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        11-16-2012, 12:29 AM
      #171
    Foal
    Yes, I work at a boarding kennel while studying to become an equine vet, only really get work during the holidays which is when I actually have time to work with my horses...
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        11-16-2012, 12:38 AM
      #172
    Trained
    Ah the joys of Uni. I got sick of it pretty quickly, have still got my spot on deferred but I'd much prefer to get into the police. If I don't get through, then I'll go back and study again. I was doing Environmental management but I think I'll switch to env. Science instead.
    I thought about vet sci, but don't think I could deal with a lot of their work. I don't have any dramas with treating big gory looking wounds, but watching my 2 year old get his wolf teeth removed on Monday made me feel crook! Possibly due to my irrational hatred of going to the dentist!
         
        11-17-2012, 01:19 PM
      #173
    Green Broke
    Longreined Reeco out on the road today, met lorries and cars and a skip full of scarey flappy things, the only thin to upset him was a couple of cars that didnt bother slowing down at all and went past him at about 50mph. He tucked his bum, raised his back and skipped a few steps BUT major improvement in that he managed to think before he bolted, got his back down and walked on sensibly. 6 months ago he would have bolted and no chance in hell could I of held him.

    In other news Jeff is officialy for sale, had a lady try him today. I hadnt realised how attached to him I had become.
         
        11-19-2012, 06:09 PM
      #174
    Weanling
    Am just getting stuck into the new boy now. Was very wary of what an 8 yo, 17hh ex point to point TB who hadn't been ridden in a year and a half would turn out like, but I liked him so much as a character when I was working with him (I got him from the animal welfare centre where I work, he had never been abused but was part of a transport law case that took that long to get to court) that I thought it was worth the risk.

    Turns out someone has trained that horse very well! Put him on the lunge and he actually knows how to engage and move in an outline, know obv a bit out of practice. When I got on him, he stood so relaxed without batting an eyelid, and he has been good as gold in walk and trot in the school. I took him out a hack today, and despite kamikaze pheasants, a heron, two deer and the opportunity of crossing open fields he was good as gold. I really think looking at his paces and his willing, relaxed attitude he may well make a dressage horse, even if he never makes it as the eventer I want him for.

    So yeah, lots to work on, but I think I'm going to wait before I start schooling him til he has shoes on - farrier's coming next week. So until then lunging in side reins, and after that we can get going!
         
        11-19-2012, 07:05 PM
      #175
    Trained
    OTTB's like that are great fun Minstrel, have a good time :)
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        11-20-2012, 12:08 AM
      #176
    Foal
    I know I'm coming into this late but at the moment me and my boy are working on getting inside leg to outside reign connection consistently (all the time) and also on getting a specific bend in the hindquarters which is completely separate from the bend in the shoulders (which makes him differentiate the to aids and what body part is expected to bend). Also working on center lines center lines, center lines...you never know how hard it is until you start down the center line and your to the right of it lol. But he is coming along on everything great! :)
         
        11-20-2012, 12:30 AM
      #177
    Trained
    Its never too late to join in here, Mary Liz :)

    I got a ride in this morning before it heated up - not even summer yet and we're sitting on a balmy 37 degrees (C).

    Just drilling the basic transitions. I have realised that I'm not demanding enough in the transitions, allowing him to come against the hand.
    So millions of walk-trot-walk-halt-trot-halt etc. transitions. A few trot-canter-walk transitions sprinkled in, and a few medium-collected-mediums in trot/canter.
    His paces are already feeling much better, more weight on his haunches and much more suppled through his shoulders and neck. Just goes to show that the basics are SO important to keep touching on, no matter what level of horse!
         
        11-24-2012, 02:43 PM
      #178
    Trained
    Gypsy did her first half pass today =]
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        11-24-2012, 08:06 PM
      #179
    Trained
    Well done!! It's such a great feeling when everything finally clicks and they offer a new movement or new 'gear' with ease

    With all of my work over the last fortnight on transitions transitions transitions - I thought I'd let him loose down the long side and see if we could maintain balance in the medium trot WITHOUT hanging onto my hands.
    Wooooohoooooo my horsie has a new gear in there now! First time I've felt him really push off those hind legs, lift his wither and reach forward into the bridle, to maintain the medium for a whole long side! I don't think he's ready to start extended work yet, but if I keep getti g mediums of that quality it wo t be far off.
    Had a little play of putting him into a working pirouette in canter on both reins - he hadn't forgotten how to do those. And some short counter canters and shallow loops.
    Certainly can't complain about how he's working at the moment, but if I had to pick on something it's that he's not staying enough with my back still, so is tending to rush and bare down on my hands. But it's improving as he gets stronger and more confident.
    I'm thinking about introducing him to some work over poles in the next couple of weeks, he is quite settled at this property so I feels after in introducing it now.
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        11-27-2012, 08:41 PM
      #180
    Foal
    Cover girl and I are working on counter canter, improving our trot half-pass, and building collection. We're kind of right at the very beginning of third level work, so it's not very pretty.

    We have so many problems to work on!!! Ack!!!


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