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        02-12-2012, 09:06 PM
      #31
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    Well, I liked your part about stretching him and feeling him move under you. The more you ride the more you really feel the horse's body move under you and start to be able to imagine what it's like to move as a quadraped moves. I mean, there's a huge fundamental difference between the way we move and the way quadrapeds, like horses, dogs, deer, elephants, cows, . . . . Move. But for them, being four legged is the norm. We have to learn to think and feel that way, so that , for example, when we ask a horse to turn, we are very aware of how that translates into moving the four legs, in what order they must move and how the animal must weight each or unweight them in order to be able to move sideways, vs, forward.

    I was working briefly with Zulu today on line. I just wanted to work on him being more in touch with is back feet. So, I had him step over a cavaletti with his front feet only, ask him to pause, then see if he could move sideways down the cavaletti. But he felt stuck, and a bit panicked . He then would barge forward fully over the cavaletti. I realized that he worries about being able to back up over the bar, and so he feels he must come forward all the way.

    So, I lowered the bar to the ground so it's just a ground pole, had him step front feet over, the ask him to stand, reward with a a niblet of carrot, then ask him to step backward over that pole, bringing his two front feet back over it. This was hard for him but he got better at it. When I got him ok with that, I tried the sidways movement and got a wee bit, but he still worries and wants to come all the way over the log.
    So, I went back to backing him over the ground pole and asking him to back his whole body, all four legs over, one at a time. It was amazignnly hard for him.

    After we did this, I trotted off to see if he'd follow the line forward, and sure enough, he had gotten tight and sticky with this small work, so I asked him to move out when I trot, stop when I trot, etc.

    Then sent him around a few barrels, asking him to go in a semicircle around, bend, disengage, and change direction to a semicircle going the other way.

    Then sent him over the cavaletti at a trot a few times. Then quit.

    25 minutes. The problem is that he has to much of the cuteness factor, which can make me too softhearted.
    I didnt' mean to hyjack your thread. Just using the same kind of writing to look back and remember each step that we did together.
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        02-12-2012, 09:56 PM
      #32
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Well, I liked your part about stretching him and feeling him move under you. The more you ride the more you really feel the horse's body move under you and start to be able to imagine what it's like to move as a quadraped moves. I mean, there's a huge fundamental difference between the way we move and the way quadrapeds, like horses, dogs, deer, elephants, cows, . . . . Move. But for them, being four legged is the norm. We have to learn to think and feel that way, so that , for example, when we ask a horse to turn, we are very aware of how that translates into moving the four legs, in what order they must move and how the animal must weight each or unweight them in order to be able to move sideways, vs, forward.

    I was working briefly with Zulu today on line. I just wanted to work on him being more in touch with is back feet. So, I had him step over a cavaletti with his front feet only, ask him to pause, then see if he could move sideways down the cavaletti. But he felt stuck, and a bit panicked . He then would barge forward fully over the cavaletti. I realized that he worries about being able to back up over the bar, and so he feels he must come forward all the way.

    So, I lowered the bar to the ground so it's just a ground pole, had him step front feet over, the ask him to stand, reward with a a niblet of carrot, then ask him to step backward over that pole, bringing his two front feet back over it. This was hard for him but he got better at it. When I got him ok with that, I tried the sidways movement and got a wee bit, but he still worries and wants to come all the way over the log.
    So, I went back to backing him over the ground pole and asking him to back his whole body, all four legs over, one at a time. It was amazignnly hard for him.

    After we did this, I trotted off to see if he'd follow the line forward, and sure enough, he had gotten tight and sticky with this small work, so I asked him to move out when I trot, stop when I trot, etc.

    Then sent him around a few barrels, asking him to go in a semicircle around, bend, disengage, and change direction to a semicircle going the other way.

    Then sent him over the cavaletti at a trot a few times. Then quit.

    25 minutes. The problem is that he has to much of the cuteness factor, which can make me too softhearted.
    I didnt' mean to hyjack your thread. Just using the same kind of writing to look back and remember each step that we did together.

    No it's fine haha, you're welcome in my journal! :)

    Yep, it's great to recall what happened and analyze it.. figure out why you did things, what could help.

    I know when Sky was struggling with leg yields at first.. it was because I was blocking his shoulder so OF COURSE he couldn't move his front end over and thus made it hard to get his hind end in order.

    Going back and thinking about things has made us progress a lot more steadily.

    I can picture you and Zulu and how he must have felt.. but you did the right thing by breaking it up into sections. Maybe 25 minutes was all he needed! Less is more, unless you're looking to end with wet saddle pads and burn some fat.

    Even when I'm riding and he's struggling with something, like reaching into a corner.. I break down everything I'm doing or I NEED to be doing in order to ask and we work through it.

    He'll get it eventually! Backing up over poles or even backing up full stop is very hard. It's not a natural movement as horses that are trapped want to move forward forward forward.

    But it's great for them :)

    Sky used to have suuuch issues even walking over poles. He thought they were going to grab his legs and gobble him right up, so he'd stop a foot away, spring forward as high as he could, and then continue on. Now he doesn't miss a step.. I haven't tried backing up over poles though.. hmm...
         
        02-25-2012, 02:26 AM
      #33
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    Saturday Feb 25th 2012

    Since I'm so far from my boy (like 12,000km away!) I've decided to keep on track with journa-ling what I do while in my new home in New Zealand.. as well as updating pictures of my horse as I get them.

    One thing you all need to know is that New Zealand is a day ahead of you all (except Australia) so my 25th is a Saturday.

    I arrived here on the 21st of Feb (I think?) after hell at the airport and in the air. We missed our flight due to car trouble and delays, we got delayed 2 hours with no time to change clothes or call our friend that was picking us up at Wellington airport. We had flights cancelled and switched.. and to top it all off, they lost our 8 bags of luggage.

    We reeked to high heaven, I got a stye under my eye (blah!) and soo tired and sore from trying to nap on the plane.

    Needless to say, going home and showering and going to bed in a small narrow little springy bed was absolute heaven. I had never slept so well.


    Feb 22nd; The next day we were to be picked up by our friend and shown around town. Well we were so groggy getting up.. looked at the clock. 8:10am. Despite my best efforts to sleep in :P

    So we got dressed, nibbled tentatively on our New Zealand cereal with whole milk, and awaited his arrival.

    Let me tell you one thing about New Zealand. They are so conscious of man's affect on the environment. They are so efficient and thoughtful and organic. The cereal was high in energy and fiber.. and it tasted so good! We hadn't drunk real milk in years due to our vegan route (which I opposed) so it was so refreshing.

    Our friend cam around 1pm and took us in his car for a drive about. Where we are, there are only two highways: 1 and 2. One goes into our living area, whereas 2 goes south into Wellington. The drive down to Wellington was breath taking. Green everywhere! And the coast was full of white sailing ships and seagulls. The city was beautiful and small and just absolutely glorious. We drove down the one way roads, watching everyone zip by. It felt oddly 'ok' to be on the left side of the road.

    We got home and were asked to dinner later that evening. We spent the rest of the day tinkering on the Wii that our rental came with. We played Big Brain Academy and had a blast just relaxing after our crazy month.

    5'oclock rolled around and we were picked up and taken to his house for steak and corn. Amazing food...

    The following day, Feb 23rd, we stayed home like a bunch of bums. My father went to work and my mom was feeling tired. We were going to go shopping but dad had taken our only NZ cash so we were 'plum out of luck' :P

    I got a lot of leeway done on my sudoku puzzles as it was raining and blowing wind so hard it was near impossible to be outside without catching a chill. And someone in the states told us we wouldn't need any colder weather wear... my donkey!

    I feel like it's colder in this house than it is outside, even with the wind! It has been a challenge to think of Celsius rather than Fahrenheit.

    I spent the rest of the evening talking with my very special guy. It was a lot of fun haha

    Friday, Feb 24th 2012 was my very special guy's birthday, and the day we went on a walk!

    My dad was at work so my mom, brother, and I were home. My mom was angry about the internet not working for her, and I was too frustrated with her and my father to bother with it so I just let her use my PC instead.

    Meanwhile my brother and I turned on the Wii again and I gave "Mario Galaxy" a go. My goodness that's an insanely hard game... one controller in each hand doing 5 different things at once. I was rockin' it!

    After my dad came home, my parentals and I went on a walk; my brother doesn't really like to do anything outdoorsy. It was a short walk, and we just went exploring through our little town to get accustomed to where things were and just to get fresh air. I saw the most beautiful Doberman! And I was beaming ear to ear, and got a lot of smiles returned to me.

    I came home and talked with a few of my friends, and my very special guy. My feet hurt though because you gotta break in the new shoes and I made the dumb decision of walking a little over a mile in them. Bah!

    Now.. today the 25th.

    Woke up at 8am again (it's a curse!) and took a really long shower, instead of a short one. I was so cold.. my nails were even purple. I wasn't feeling good at all.. and the orange juice didn't help (it tastes odd here!) but I put my best foot forward regardless and spent some time really putting myself together.

    My dad had gotten a day rental car so we decided to go on an "island adventure" meaning get in the car and drive to explore until we get tired and then go home. So we did.. and we saw some beautiful sights along the way, got lost.. and dad nearly got run into a few times because he decided to be THAT guy and go left on red and turn into the wrong lane (the right side) my oh my..

    Then we went food shopping, which we did okay on. Spent under $200 NZ and got a lot of food. It's rather expensive here. $12 for a cooked chicken. 2 for $15 uncooked. Garlic is $22/kg. Makeup is $30, for one eyeliner pencil haha!

    We then came back and had really good sandwiches and we're spending the evening at home. Everyone is so tired.. I'm struggling to stay up. I don't sleep that well in my temp bed. We move into our home in 6 days, so I'm hoping the bed is a little easier to sleep in. The one I have now.. you just sit on the edge and you sink down a foot via compressing the spiny springs (which you feel.) I think if someone jumped on my bed while I was sitting on it, I'd go flying out the window!!

    But I really love it here in New Zealand. Just trying to figure out how to meet people and make friends. Work doesn't start for another 2 months and I'd be around older people anyhow. We'll see..
         
        02-26-2012, 10:05 AM
      #34
    Green Broke
    So, I take it your in NZ now, where is sky?
         
        02-26-2012, 09:12 PM
      #35
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    Originally Posted by gunslinger    
    So, I take it your in NZ now, where is sky?
    I am! Sky is back home being leased out to a wonderful person. It cost 16k to lug him here and if I couldn't stay then he'd be stuck here until I got an additional 16k.

    I miss him so much. But he's in good hands :)
         
        02-27-2012, 01:06 AM
      #36
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    February 27th 2012

    This will be a short entry.

    I woke up and my hair was an absolute wreck so I spent ages trying to fix it up. Usually I just leave it shaggy and whatnot but today was a special day. I was going to meet my boss and all of my work colleagues so I wanted to look as professional as possible.

    So I spent more than enough time on my hair, trying to brush it, straightening it up with my new 220V straightener. I had already picked out what I was going to wear so that was laid out on the counter top.

    I think I spent like... an hour JUST pinning up my hair to get it out of my face. I changed it around a few times and finally was satisfied with it.

    Went off in the car on the highway into 'town' and met some local native Kiwis and Maoris. They were so friendly and we talked a little about their customs and how amazing New Zealand was so far. I got a lot of smiles :)

    Then finally met my boss, who was also very friendly and I didn't feel the least bit nervous. I met some other coworkers and colleagues and we all seemed to get along great :)

    I can't wait to start!

    The weather was absolutely gorgeous all day and I came home feeling better than ever!

    Hope everyone's had a nice day today :)
         
        02-28-2012, 07:53 PM
      #37
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    Here are some pictures I've been sent of Sky!

    I miss him so much..
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        02-28-2012, 08:11 PM
      #38
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    February 27th 2012

    This will be a short entry.

    I woke up and my hair was an absolute wreck so I spent ages trying to fix it up. Usually I just leave it shaggy and whatnot but today was a special day. I was going to meet my boss and all of my work colleagues so I wanted to look as professional as possible.

    So I spent more than enough time on my hair, trying to brush it, straightening it up with my new 220V straightener. I had already picked out what I was going to wear so that was laid out on the counter top.

    I think I spent like... an hour JUST pinning up my hair to get it out of my face. I changed it around a few times and finally was satisfied with it.

    Went off in the car on the highway into 'town' and met some local native Kiwis and Maoris. They were so friendly and we talked a little about their customs and how amazing New Zealand was so far. I got a lot of smiles :)

    Then finally met my boss, who was also very friendly and I didn't feel the least bit nervous. I met some other coworkers and colleagues and we all seemed to get along great :)

    I can't wait to start!

    The weather was absolutely gorgeous all day and I came home feeling better than ever!

    Hope everyone's had a nice day today :)


    Ok, I woke up with my super short hair going every which way and no amount of brushing puts the butchy doo in it's place. I mean short! Like GI Jane. Yesterday I spent ALL DAY cleaning the nastiest refriderator I have ever cleaned. I think the last time I cleaned it was the turn of this century. Worked all day in groto grime and mold and crap (slight exaggeration, for the sake of artistry in words).
    Turned the heat up to try and combat the 39 degrees F damp , wet weather, put the laundry through our ancient machines (hoping they survive to fight another day) and now am looking at the sparkly fridge with this same , old, jaded thought, that I hate . . "what am I going to cook for dinner?!!!!!!!"

    Are you happy now?
         
        02-28-2012, 08:38 PM
      #39
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Ok, I woke up with my super short hair going every which way and no amount of brushing puts the butchy doo in it's place. I mean short! Like GI Jane. Yesterday I spent ALL DAY cleaning the nastiest refriderator I have ever cleaned. I think the last time I cleaned it was the turn of this century. Worked all day in groto grime and mold and crap (slight exaggeration, for the sake of artistry in words).
    Turned the heat up to try and combat the 39 degrees F damp , wet weather, put the laundry through our ancient machines (hoping they survive to fight another day) and now am looking at the sparkly fridge with this same , old, jaded thought, that I hate . . "what am I going to cook for dinner?!!!!!!!"

    Are you happy now?
    Oh my... lol. I don't know what kind of tone you put on that post but it sounds kind of crazy!

    At least your fridge is clean! Dirty fridges just put me off soooo much! I don't like that dreaded thought either.. especially if I am asked by someone after I just finished a meal.

    I used to have short butchy hair, this is after like 4 weeks of it growing out..: http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n...8958630586.jpg

    It was insane some days so I can better picture your hair as you describe it :P

    Why did you ask if I'm happy? That threw me off a little bit.
         
        02-28-2012, 10:19 PM
      #40
    Green Broke
    Not to be to forward, but how long do you intend to be in NZ?
         

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