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post #251 of 306 Old 04-15-2013, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Finding an Instructor

Or coach, or trainer, depending on who you're talking to.

I have had a conversation with a flatwork instructor based in Stony Plain. She sounds like we may get along - of course you never know until you have had a couple of lessons. From 1 May onwards she will be driving PAST MY HOUSE on Wednesday evenings and could give me lessons in my arena on her way, or way back. BUT Wednesday is son's soccer night so I don't know if we'll be able to fit it in. If not, I will have to haul to one of the barns she instructs at, but that's not ideal because she tends to teach in the evening and I prefer during school hours.

She also gave me the names of two alternative instructors, one of whom she highly recommends for youngsters, and the other for flatwork.

I also have a list from the Equine Canada website of registered instructors so I have a lot to go on.
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post #252 of 306 Old 04-15-2013, 11:48 AM
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And I'm moaning because I think our spring in CT is too slow arriving - not sure how I'd cope if we still had snow
I have to take my hat off to you Albertans!!!
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post #253 of 306 Old 04-17-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'm going to go off-piste now, and start a new thread in the Journal section purely about the horses. I will post a link here.

The snow is being oh so slow to go, and the media and all my friends reliably inform me that it really is slow for the area, not just to me as a newly arrived Brit! Normally apparently April would be our month of slush and sogginess with daily highs of 12 deg. Instead half the world is still covered with snow!

I am lucky though - we must be sitting in a warm spot as half my pasture (approx) is now clear of snow and the horses are hardly needing any hay. While my friend one block East is still deep in winter feeding with no ground visible!

The round pen and the arena have not of course been stomped down by the horses all winter, unlike the pasture and paddock, so the snow is deep there. Yesterday I opened up (with a shovel) the gate to the round pen and scattered a bit of alfalfa around inside. As per plan, my alfalfa addicts came in and wandered around, making some mess of the snow.

Today I just decided to go for it, and I took Ukon in there for his first lungeing session of the year. At walk of course as he was wading through deep snow, but a total success. I qualify success thus:

- he responded correctly to my verbal and physical instructions
- he went in slow big circles at walk
- he learnt, he started to 'work' for the year!

A very very very short session of course, but

I also did a teeny bit of pressure - release work with both boys, having been reading Kelly Marks' book 'Perfect Manners'. I'm going to work through the exercises in that book, and then take another (of my many ) horse training books off the shelf and go through that one. Why have a library and not use it?
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post #254 of 306 Old 04-17-2013, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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If you wish to read about my horses and not me, click here

Two Horses at Home, a journey of Discovery

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post #255 of 306 Old 04-17-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Being a Brit in Alberta

One of the things I did when I came here was to join my son's school foundation - that's the parent fundraising body. I have observed the following:

- parent fundraising is the same the world over

- Canadian mothers (okay, the Albertan ones) really care about their children's schooling with a positivity that is perhaps lacking in the UK sometimes

- I can be a different person here. Just a little bit. Why. I think that in the UK we carry around baggage without realising it. Take me - within five minutes of meeting me, the other mothers in Shropshire knew this about me. I am from the South of England. I went to a private school. I am not from a local farming family. And those three things are MASSIVE when you're trying to fit in as unknownst to all of us, we all carry around prejudices.

Here in Canada I am ENGLISH, and that's pretty much it. No one has preconceptions as to what that means. And as a result of this I think that I have become a better person - I don't have to confirm to, or fight against stereotypes, I can just be and enjoy!

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post #256 of 306 Old 04-17-2013, 06:43 PM
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Although England is a truly marvelous country, (Would love to visit the Lake District and Hilltop Farm someday), having read many biographies I've learned that, "Social standing is almost everything", and one can "judge" another's class purely by their dialect and place of residence.... I sense you find it refreshing to be able to meet, congregate with, and enjoy your peers who admire you just for being who you are :)
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post #257 of 306 Old 04-17-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Northernstar, you are absolutely and totally correct in what you say. I really hadn't realised how much of a difference our many layered class system still makes. And yes, it's all apparent in the accent!

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post #258 of 306 Old 04-18-2013, 09:14 AM
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Oh Rosie, it is much the same here.

I am 11 years in this country, and I find it amazing how people are quickly judged and classed by where they are from. There is a huge sense of parish pride. Just the other day myself and another mother (who is originally from Dublin) were commenting how we are both considered blow-ins, that we struggle to get to know the locals and there has always been a "bit of a wall" put up to keep us out.

I can not wait for the day I can live on Canadian soil again, where people are generally accepted for who they are; regardless of where they are from, what their family did, race, gender, age, ect.

Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.
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post #259 of 306 Old 04-18-2013, 10:01 AM
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It is so interesting to read about the cultural and social differences in other countries. We take so much for granted here in Canada!
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post #260 of 306 Old 04-18-2013, 08:04 PM
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I envy that fact that you live in Alberta! Love the mountains, Saskatchewan will do:)
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