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post #451 of 511 Old 03-18-2014, 02:31 AM
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Yay babies!!
I miss having a baby around, they are super fun - I always love the progress they make :) Exciting to hear about how well Billy is doing.

We are in the middle of our first "mini show season" of the year - heading to the third show of the year this next weekend. Top scores so far are a 66% for the big guy in the Int B and a 68.8% for the kiddo in Third level. Really positive comments for both of them :)
Then we have a few clinics and back to another show in May, possibly two.. The goal is to crack 70% on both and get the big guy consistently doing 15 ones that we can do the YR GP.

Very excited waiting for the cross country course to dry up and then I can head out there to school a few times a month!! The horses love it and it's so good for them. Hoping to make it to a horse trials in June too :)


I'm still undecided about what big comps I'm going to make a hard try to get to. It gets very expensive to haul for 2 days to get to a comp - however apparently there is lots of prize money and my friend is working hard to convince me to go with her :P She is only 8 hours away though!
Oh horse shows, why are you so expensive :(

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
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post #452 of 511 Old 03-18-2014, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Haha you always miss what you don't have - watching my coach schooling half pass and changes today on her 6 yr old, I was certainly missing Spighi! But a couple of years and Billy will be starting the fun stuff ;)
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post #453 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 11:06 AM
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Well since Reeco died I havnt sat on a horse, have put on close on 2stone (28lb) in weight and generaly been completely miserable.

My new horse Lenny arrives on friday, He is 4yrs old virtualy untouched, never had a bit in his mouth or anything (even a rug) on his back.
I'm hoping to have him broken and competing by mid june and doing a prelim test by late august! Watch this space

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post #454 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 11:24 AM
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^I'm sorry to hear things are tough right now. ): Hopefully Lenny will cheer you up and make things a bit easier.


I am just trying to work on getting my endurance back x.x Right now I can still only ride for about 15 minutes before the pain becomes too great in my heel x.x

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post #455 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 11:31 AM
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Great show this weekend 69.7% on the Andalusian in third level. 72.6% in my Int B! FINALLY getting the short work, and now just working on fine tuning things, slowly slowly. And working to get up to 15 ones for the I2... Of course my goal is to get 70% and once I'm there I'm still looking at what to work on next!
One student got a reserve championship, another on her second time first level test 3 got a 65% and beat an international coach to place first in the class! Also had another student with some very solid third level tests (she didn't beat me this time though - but was close!) And on some young horses in T level got nothing below 70% on either!
So very happy and now have 4 weeks before the next show (just students) and another 3 after that one for my next show with my horses. In between have some clinics, as many lessons as I can book in, and am going to go look at some horses :) so a little break but I still have LOTS to do!!
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post #456 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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What Faye????? Oh my god, I didn't know that you had lost Reeco mate, I am so horribly sorry :'(
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post #457 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 04:20 PM
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He had a heart attack Kayty. About a month ago he was having a play and a buck on the lunge and just dropped

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post #458 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Wow!! How heartbreaking for you, but at least it would have been so fast that he wouldn't have known what hit him. Thinking of you mate X
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post #459 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Billy had a lesson in "bloody go FORWARD" this morning! He's been looky and distracted for my last two rides and as such has crept behind my leg. My fault that I didn't get straight onto it.
A couple of quick taps of the whip behind my leg and oh look, we found a go button, a steering button and a focus button all in one.
Remind me not to get slack again! I forget he's only a breaker :S
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post #460 of 511 Old 03-24-2014, 09:48 PM
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My new coach is having me work on not having a strangle hold on my mare, especially in canter. It is a bit of a learning curve, but even though we are having a few teething problems I am really starting to feel the difference in her canter work. Basically it's all about getting her to maintain a nice working canter without me holding onto her all the time, but because I've been holding on to her for so long I soften and she assumes that it's the cue to roar off! I just have to stay consistent and we will get there. Already she's working in self carriage much better and I mostly only have to ask, rather than ask then tell now. It will take time but it will be so much better for both of us in the long run.

I've also been following the conditioning program that the equine sports therapist designed for us and there is obvious changes in Key both physically and mentally. She's certainly much stronger through her back and hind quarters and she's much calmer when we ride out. I am looking forwards to seeing the differences in our scores when we go out and compete again.

Oh, we have also discovered that guinea fowl are terrifying grey horse eating monsters. They look funny, sound like someone is being strangled and appear out of nowhere. Require much hiding behind the shed and snorting at them.
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