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post #311 of 1058 Old 03-28-2013, 09:00 AM
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Are you wanting to move out & stay there, or come back to the USA? Maybe you could stay w/friends for awhile?
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post #312 of 1058 Old 04-01-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Are you wanting to move out & stay there, or come back to the USA? Maybe you could stay w/friends for awhile?
Definitely go back to the states so I can be with Sky and figure out my life :) And for now my friend, who is taking care of Sky, has offered to let me stay with her. I really want to get on my own feet as soon as possible however we'll see what happens. I refuse to mooch!

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So this past Saturday (3/31/13) brought me to the first experience in the jumping world. I cantered up to and jumped over small cross rails. Here's the video. I'm in the striped shirt.




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post #313 of 1058 Old 04-01-2013, 08:17 PM
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Great videos, and awesome future plan!!! :)
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post #314 of 1058 Old 04-29-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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New entry for my diary.

4/29/13

I have taken on another project horse who I am working with for free, but do not own: An unraced 12 year old thoroughbred mare. We'll call her Prettyface since I love her broad intelligent face.

Prettyface is 15.1, brown thoroughbred mare. Lacks much of a topline, extremely stiff neck muscles which I suspect are in spasm. She's been out of work for a month, inconsistent rhythm at the walk and trot, sensitive in the mouth from previous hard handling, spooks a little bit but not much. A little bit mareish as expected.

I have permission from the owner to work with Prettyface on her groundwork, on her lunging, and play around with a different bit (hooray!!!). I plan on starting her completely over with learning to yield from pressure, then light touch, then motion and vocal cue. Walking she's fine at, transitioning to trot she gets tense and throws her head up and gapes her mouth even with no pressure. She likes to do her own thing. Leans when she turns. Does not respond well to seat or leg aids.. will be a work on progress.

I'm so excited :) I only met her yesterday and she is about 30 minutes tops away from me.

The downside is no indoor or light area so when it gets dark.. I'll have to be creative. May need to buy a few electric torches to illuminate the arena at night.
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post #315 of 1058 Old 05-05-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Sky has been doing better.. still stiff as per my other thread Stiff Stifles- Seeking Advice :(

But he's still not well. Which worries me.. but he is eating again (he was not eating at one point.) Going to see about getting someone to school him once he's better so we don't run into this problem again.

If anyone wants to follow my progress with Prettyface, here is the thread: Working with Prettyface

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As for me, I learned the halfpass this past lesson! Wow that made my calves super sore the preceeding days but I'm happy!! It's still not perfect but I got the best work out of Mr Appy man, and he didn't shake his head or put his nose in the air once! It was starting to round up and use his back at the walk and trot, but then it turned into more of a hunter shape throughout the lesson.

I'm still learning, haha!
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post #316 of 1058 Old 05-19-2013, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Woohoo!!!

Sky is in "training" for one day a week and then ridden a few additional days that week. He is doing much much better! He is cantering under saddle and attempting to use his back more, his trot is lovely, and he isn't popping his shoulders out as much anymore. Stifle issues have gotten better, he isn't as stiff. So pleased!!

As for me, I am so proud of myself. I am getting better and better with my lateral work. Just wish someone would come out and video me so I can see what needs improving and what I can jump up and down giddy about.

Unhappy Appy is my mount, but he is progressively turning into Happy Appy thanks to my improved contact and less rugged aids.
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post #317 of 1058 Old 05-19-2013, 08:11 PM
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Awwww....I didn't know you lived out of the country and away from your baby!! When are you moving back? I would be losing my mind. I'm glad you have a wonderful friend to help you out.
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post #318 of 1058 Old 05-19-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Awwww....I didn't know you lived out of the country and away from your baby!! When are you moving back? I would be losing my mind. I'm glad you have a wonderful friend to help you out.
:) thank you, and yes it's incredibly difficult but my friend is so amazing and he has made great strides with her trust. She's incredible.

I hope to move back sometime in December or shortly thereafter :)
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post #319 of 1058 Old 05-25-2013, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Lately Sky keeps bending his shoe in half... has anyone heard of this happening before?

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Sky moves to a new barn in less than 6 weeks. My fingers are crossed he makes it there safe and sound!

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My lesson yesterday went well :) I had to come in this weekend for work hence why I'm able to be on here. I lead the group this time in my lesson, which comprised of only myself and another individual. I apparently LOVE smaller groups and did very well with my shoulder in and half pass. I love the feeling of my shoulders and inner thighs being slightly sore.

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post #320 of 1058 Old 05-25-2013, 05:45 PM
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With the excellent care your friend is giving him, I'm sure Sky will make it there safely, and no doubt get the King's treatment!
*I like that 'slightly sore' feeling as well - a reminder of an accomplishment :)
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