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post #121 of 371 Old 07-17-2011, 03:35 PM
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So the only options are showing, trails, or breeding? (Where I live, only a small percentage show; a larger group enter team events, like roping or polo; but most of the horses are ridden at home, or at stable facilities, for fun, often taking lessons, but only the younger ones can be forced to show.) One thing to consider: if she is bred, her offspring could well be just as sensitive and intelligent as DiDi. Would that be a problem?
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Perchance to dream - Part 2

Beling, - would a DiDinita be a problem? - No I think not. If I had found DiDi a little sooner in her life - and mine - I don't think DiDi would be the problem she occasionally represents these days.
I believe our horses learn in their first year from their mother,
in the second year from the herd of mares and youngstock,
and in the third year onwards from man.
It so happens from the minimal documentation I have of DiDi's past, it would appear that the farmer who bred her died, closely followed by his son who should otherwise have taken over the herd. As a result DiDi was shipped over from Ireland to be sold at a horse market in Wales, as is often the practice adopted by rural Irish farmers.
As a result she would not have got any stability in her life until she was 5. Seemingly for the first few impressionable years she was neglected and was passed from dealer to dealer. That's most likely when she developed her 'streetwise' instincts. If I were to use a human term to describe DiDi it would be: 'streetwise' - DiDi knows what she wants and has the nack of getting it.

But as for the foal, any progeny of hers would be looked after from birth. That way we would bring her up under a managed program. Ideally The Countess would be involved but I'd make sure she did not have all her own way with my youngster.

Over 36 years I have owned personally six horses, each ridden for recreational purposes only. All of them were good looking and none of them lacked sparkle. Intelligent horses are more fun that way.

Who knows? It could happen!.
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post #123 of 371 Old 07-29-2011, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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There has been a bit of a lull.
The last competition DiDi did resulted in a 2nd Place rosette but since the day of the event the result have been modifiied - actually she came first.
She is strutting about now, more like a peaock than a mare.

All the practice now is for the area festival competitions. She has already qualified at novice level - we were going to enter her at both novice and elementary now it has been decided for her to stay at novice - for the time being.
Don't forget , she has only been playing this game since Nov 2010.

Now she is the only mare on the yard, she is almost unbearable. She keeps muttering about a new dressage saddle but as I have said to her, she is doing quite well in the one she borrows. I bought her a $50 fly mask the other week - what more does she want?
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post #124 of 371 Old 08-11-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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DiDi’s prom

The lull is coming to an end. DiDi is preparing for the area competitions. Despite the opposition she could do well, after all she will be on her home ground. The problem is that there will be a lot of horses at the next test which is one of the hardest ones at Novice level. So in addition to the waving flags, a mass of strange horses, a top level judge and a difficult test, she has decided to make it even harder. She is coming into season, yet again, or so we believe.

In her latest search for a new way of demonstrating she is the boss of equine and human, she has discovered a new trick.. She runs backwards. Of course, most riders are concerned about developing impulsion forwards whereas DiDi can do it both forwards and backwards.

The Rider already wears dulled spurs.
The bit is of a mild French Link type
One dare not ride DiDi carrying a whip, which in any case is forbidden at this level, so all that is left to control this wayward mare are calves and heels and voice.
In competition and at the other end of the arena one might get away with a whispered: ‘walk on’ but a loud “Get on with it you cussed mare” is simply not on.

So, to summarise: we could be banned at this next event.
I can see her being dismissed from the BD club for barging into a £100,00 warnblood.

We talk about: Alpha Mares, Prima Donnas, Dressage Divas, Huzzies. DiDi is all of them.

At times like this I do a little sum of: 600 kilos, @ 200 grams per tin @ 50p per can = £?s
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Well Sunday as arrived. The next thing is to find out whether Madame Prima Donna is in a fit mood to perform today. I'll know within a few minutes of bringing her in from her paddock.
First thing to do will be to check the grass and see how much is yellow and the second to look and work out where the geldings are.

As I go to slip her head collar on, will she stand still? If she ducks out then I am in for trouble.

Then I'll bring her up into the yard to make her presentable to meet her public. She'll eiher stand still or prance about.

I'll have to make sure I have a pocket of treats otherwise she'll sulk.

The big test though, will be when we get to the competition centre we'll drop the ramp and she be standing there - either calm as a cucumber or as foamed up as a coffee capuccino.

Then will be the time I'd wish I'd worn the steel capped boots.
She'll come down the ramp like a rocket, prancing and snorting - looking around with pricked up ears with her head to the sky.

Its wise to let her look around, then hopefully she'll walk calmly to the back of the truck and allow herself to be tied up.

At that point we'll have to work out whether to go home or not.
How many horses are in the warm up arena???????? mmmmmmm

I'll let you all know how it works out

PS If I have to go all through that to get 66% or more, then fine par for the course, what am I moaning about - anything less then my thoughts will drift back to the 200gram cans.

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post #126 of 371 Old 08-14-2011, 08:48 AM
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Barry, I very much enjoy reading your posts. Honest & true with a side of sarcasm, much like my favorite folks in real life.

Good luck today! Hope your Diva dazzles :)
Please post pics of her in all her glory.

On a side note, don't wish you were wearing steel toed boots! We have a family friend who is short a few toes from a mare coming down on his foot wearing them. Crushed and cleanly removed them.
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post #127 of 371 Old 08-14-2011, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well Ladies we are home carrying a bright blue rosette saying "2nd" in Open
for 67% in Novice test 35 (2009)
out of 24 entrants

Now she is affiliated I was even given a £10 prize - say 16$

My Girlie didn't put a foot wrong and even got 1x8 in No 9

Judges comments:
"Lovely mare showing some pleasing work - could be a little rounder over the
back at times today"

Now of course she has to do it all over again next Sunday at the Festivals

She'll be on hormone powder for the rest of the week

No more talk of 200gram cans

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Congrats on your scores.

When I was showing dressage -- and I did it for about six years -- I think I can count on one hand the number of times I got over 65%. I figured if we didn't come last, we'd had a reasonable day. That's why I had a giggle about your worries over getting anything less than 66%.

I prefer the mountaineering mentality. "We had a good day: we didn't die and we were out on the hill for less than 18 hours."
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post #129 of 371 Old 08-18-2011, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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Silver, I reread your last post. You are quite right of course. What's the real point to me about DiDi's scores? Do I really care about her winning? - not particularly - I don't really understand the marking system anyway.

Would I have preferred to take her up to the woods - just me and her? - of course I would.

Do I wish I had Joe back? - deep down - yes I do. He was a mate - DiDi is a daughter at college.

Will DiDi ever be a mate? No, her temperament is all wrong. She's not safe to ride in a busy rural community.
What's wrong? - the very sharpness which makes her good at dressage.

Is she going to make it to the very top at dressage? - no , she's not a fashionable breed and she is close coupled. And we suspect there are physical issues we can't do anything about.

Plus there is her unpredictability!

So what's the point? Well, she is safe where she is.
And I don't have to seriously consider giving her up - yet.

So on we go. DiDi and The Countess are up for it - so I must show my support and help where I can.
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What I was saying, in kind of a tongue in cheek way, was that there seems to be a lot of pressure on DiDi, and yourselves, to get the high scores. Maybe not. But I feel as if I am reading in between the lines of your posts that DiDi's current lifestyle is dependent on her doing well at shows, that perhaps you will consider selling her or retiring her as a broodmare more seriously should her scores fall. If that's the case, it's a lot of worrying to be doing and the horse probably picks up on that, which might increase her skittishness and unpredictability.
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