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        08-25-2012, 11:35 PM
      #1581
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    Nyx (and anyone else training a young/green horse) - have you seen a copy of Reiner and Ingrid Klimke's Basic Training of the Young Horse?

    I bought myself a copy last year, it's fantastic. Goes through all the stages, from before the horse is backed all the way to training for XC, SJ and dressage, has heaps of handy ridden and ground exercises and really encourages a slow, steady and flexible approach to training. I love it, I mix it with stuff I get from internet discussions and from Sylvia Loch and the Classical Riding Club. Doing some of the pole and cavaletti exercises today with Brock - without hills cavaletti are my only real option for getting him fitter for sale/lease.
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        08-25-2012, 11:59 PM
      #1582
    Foal
    Found an amazing pair of tall boots that I can actually afford and secured my spot in the intensive jumping and dressage courses at my riding school. Oh, and I get my favourite horse for dressage. Everything is coming up for Gilly!

    Oh I feel so happy. Might make going to work tonight semi-bareable.
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        08-26-2012, 12:40 AM
      #1583
    Weanling
    When I was horse shopping I had about five or six ads that were of interest, I emailed or called all of them and only three got back to me. One was kind of weird and shady and the horse apparently sold an hour before I was scheduled to go look at it.

    The second one was an absolutely beautiful dapple grey OTTB. Her ad sounded absolutely perfect, so I went to go see her. And while yes, she was gorgeous, she just didn't feel... right.

    The third one was a terrible ad. The pictures made her look short, squat, wormy, dirty, and disgusting. Everything about the ad screamed "not worth your time!" BUT - there was just something that I couldn't get out of my head. I made an appointment to go see her and met my dear Éowyn, who was a little short but hardly squat looking, not wormy at all, and I knew that she was the horse for me.

    I know that makes it sound all 'touchy feely' and like we somehow have a 'deep spiritual connection' and no, I don't think she's the Black Stallion to my Alec Ramsey. She can be an incredibly irritating little brat and there are days we stare each other down and I wonder why I went with the little shrimp with attitude. But I love her and I think we're going to make a great pair.

    That's my horse shopping experience, anyway.
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        08-26-2012, 01:17 AM
      #1584
    nyx
    Weanling
    EHOD - where would one get a copy? Lol

    Yes ads can be very decieving can't they. I know what you mean by that spiritual connection. I have that with nyx, never had it with any other horse.
         
        08-26-2012, 06:02 AM
      #1585
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    Nyx, I got my copy (2nd edition revised) from Brighton Saddlery for about $50 but it's for sale at Fishpond for half that (link here). Amazon UK have the second edition as well (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Basic-Training-Young-Reiner-Klimke/dp/0851319270). Between that, Sylvia Loch's The Classical Seat, Sally Swift's Centred Riding 1 & 2 and the Complete Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook I feel well-equipped (I have a heap of others but they'd be the first I save in a fire!!).
         
        08-26-2012, 06:17 AM
      #1586
    nyx
    Weanling
    Oh cheap! I will be getting my self one for sure its just what I been looking for.
    I would like to learn a few different techniques as everyone I know pretty much all have the same ideas. :)
         
        08-26-2012, 06:29 AM
      #1587
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    Yeah. It's a bit different to NH and stuff but a very nice approach (in my eyes) to training a young horse, and it emphasises patience and the fact that not all horses learn things at the same pace. Plenty of little snippets of wisdom scattered throughout as well. RK is one of my favourite riders to have competed at the top in dressage.
         
        08-26-2012, 06:34 AM
      #1588
    Yearling
    So I've got myself a little horse to train, a Welsh Section D mare who's green as grass, and who's owner wants some dressage schooling put on her. It seemed like something to do in my current state of woeful unemployment. The mare has a nice nature but she's already got some bad habits, as her owner is green as grass as well. She doesn't understand lateral leg pressure and when she doesn't want to do something, she turns her nose to the outside of the arena, braces against you, and throws her shoulder and ribcage to the inside. I'm going to have to teach her to move laterally and listen to the inside leg, but in the meantime, I gave her an opening rein whenever she did this, and would only release it when she followed the rein around in a tight circle. It seemed to work, as it's easier to go in a straight line than turn in small circles. This will be a bit of a challenge, as all the youngsters I have worked with were ones I started from scratch, which I think is easier.

    The little Welshie is also about 14hh and has no muscle, so she feels a little ridiculous compared to my usual ride of 16.1hh of fit, powerful draft-cross.

    After riding my horse yesterday, I'm feel less confident in my ability to train this one. My lower leg is terrilble; has been for years. I just can't keep it where it needs to be. Even after a zillion years of dressage lessons. And for whatever reason, I was bracing on the left rein and could not seem to loosen up. The horse was fine and she went really well (as she usually does. She only has bad days when she gets her first raging heat of the spring, in March or April). Thus the evidence I have that I can train is that in spite of my terrible riding style, everything I have owned or worked with for any length of time has eventually gone well.

    I'm just getting fed up with my crap equitation. I'm thinking of putting my non-horsey husband at the other end of the lunge line, giving him a picture of Carl Hester, and saying, "Hold the lunge line and shout at me 'till I look like this."
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        08-26-2012, 06:42 AM
      #1589
    Green Broke
    Thought I should join in :)
    Although I'm not a 20 somthing yet I will be next year in Feb (scary thinking I will finaly be out of my teens)

    I have been riding since 12 I think, have my own horse :) who I do low level eventing on
         
        08-26-2012, 07:04 AM
      #1590
    nyx
    Weanling
    Welcome redtree! Love your avitar, always wanted to try swim a horse in the ocean but id freak out about sharks lol.

    EHOD - how are you going with Brock anyways? :)
         

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