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        12-10-2013, 11:47 PM
    So after almost getting on top of the Roo problem, we have now hit another. Ulcers. Again. Key had a nasty reaction to a tick and her leg blew up like a balloon, which meant a trip to the vets. The vet convinced me that her ulcers wouldn't flare up if she had ulcer medication in conjunction with Bute. They were wrong. So now we have gone waaaaay back to square one. Lots of long and low and trying to convince her that her tummy doesn't hurt, so she doesn't need to buck when she canters.

    Rhett on the other hand, has found a work ethic! Must be all the fitness/conditioning work that we've been doing. There's even a go button, and it works without having to get after him! It is very exciting We are working on getting the shoulder in, travers and renvers buttons established properly. Also having a bit of a play with lengthening stride in trot. So far he he's trying to do what I ask by lifting his knees higher. Silly Friesian.
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        12-10-2013, 11:49 PM
    Classic friesian, picup!!!
    They're known in the Dressage arena for the extensions that go up instead of up and out :P
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        12-11-2013, 12:00 AM
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Classic friesian, picup!!!
    They're known in the Dressage arena for the extensions that go up instead of up and out :P
    I am determined that he will have an out as well as up! They told me he'd never be able to chase cows either, but what he lacked in ability and speed he made up for with enthusiasm and giggle factor :)
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        12-11-2013, 04:06 PM
    Well the little kiddo has figured out how to change clean left to right but I'm still terrified to ride it away from the mirrors hahaha. Right to left needs to jump through more so now we get to start with new fun exercises to get the canter more through! Meaning starting the pirouettes and all that work a little more seriously...
    First show is in February and we are ready!! Hopefully everything stays on track and we might even get a PSG in later next year :) What a smart little horse! He hasn't even had 18 months under saddle, coming 7 next year and he's gone from close to 2 years behind to being almost right on track!! Vet was out to do his FEI vacs and commented on the positive change in his physique :) I am so excited for this little guy! Just have to keep pinching myself and continue to plug away at getting him more through, connected and stronger in the collection.
        12-17-2013, 12:49 PM
    After battling another colic episode with my guy and getting him recovered and back into routine, we're back at it! I got a beautiful line of clean tempi changes last night!! I was (am, still) beside myself with excitement. It took me a few tries to remember my coordination but once I figured it out we were golden - he knew what was going on lol. His collected canter on the left lead is absolutely to die for right now, he's really figured things out recently. The right lead still needs some help and isn't quite as strong yet. After yesterday's ride I realized that 4th level isn't too far out of reach for him, so I have a faint hope in the back of my mind that we'll be able to make that some time next year
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        12-17-2013, 02:52 PM
    Wonderful news Tigo!
    And it makes me very jealous and desperate to fast forward the next 12 months of riding a breaker to get to the 'fun stuff' again!!
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        12-17-2013, 07:54 PM
    Thank you Kayty! It's all so exciting. It is so hard to not want to jump into the 'fun stuff', I understand! I try remember that slow is fast in the long run

    I'm being cautiously optimistic that I'll be able to get out showing next year haha. The silly guy seems to thwart any showing plans I make. However, if all goes well and we stay on track I'm hoping to hit our first CDI within the next 2 years!
        12-18-2013, 05:08 PM
    Tazer and I are working on flying lead changes, half-pass, and medium trot.
        12-19-2013, 09:57 PM
    Well, just when I think we are going well and everything is rosy, a spanner gets thrown in the works. Key's ulcer's have flared up, so I'm back to square one with her, quiet walk, trot long and low work for a couple of weeks while the treatment does it's thing, then slowly start asking more questions of her and picking her back up again so that she realises that her tummy is better and it's not going to hurt to be more collected. But it's ok. I'm on top of it, and I can use this time to make sure she's in front of my leg and not running through my hands.

    Rhett (the friesian) is in boot camp. One of my amazing friends has written a training/rehab program for me that will help get the weight off, get him fitter and strengthen up his stifles all in one! I am going to go through ridiculous amounts of rocktape to keep him strapped up! A bit excited about getting him going.

    And then there is me! I have had an attitude adjustment in the last week or so. Equestrian Australia has changed the membership structure so that I can no longer compete at an unofficial level. My and my little OTTB have to now compete against the professionals riding their purpose bred warmbloods. For a while there I was sulking about it, because I couldn't see how I could be competitive against these guys. I have decided that what we lack in flashy movement, we will make up for with hard work, dedication, training and accuracy. For me to achieve my goals with my mare I can't be negative. I need to stay focused and positive and keep pushing forwards.
        12-19-2013, 11:00 PM
    Yeah it is a shame that the EA has changed that ruling as I know a lot of people have given up competing as a result.
    But I guess unless placings mean everything to you it's not a hugely big deal. It's good to have official judges because you'll get an accurate gauge on how you're riding tests rather than the inflated percentages many unofficial judges give.
    If you're training well there is no reason why you can't be up in or near the placings - a good judge will recognise a well trained TB above a poorly trained but flashy WB.
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