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post #301 of 306 Old 01-08-2014, 04:10 AM
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Rosie, I can't express how delighted I am that you feel so at home in Canada. As you know, I can relate to being away from home and the strain you can feel when missing those things/people from home.

Love the pics, make me insanely homesick at the same time! Keep them coming :)
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post #302 of 306 Old 01-09-2014, 06:06 PM
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Welcome back home . Finally have time to sit and read so naturally the first place I hit is your blog posting. So glad to hear that you are still doing well. Riley looks lovely. Hope you are getting the relative warmth that we have this week - enjoy riding!
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post #303 of 306 Old 01-09-2014, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Snow snow snow pigging snow

I love Alberta, really I do. And I also much prefer the winter here to soggy-ville UK winters. But today it tested me.......

I had a fantastic couple of lessons (one on each horse, my legs were tired) at a local indoor barn and then returned home. Unloaded the horses, contemplated a cup of tea after parking the trailer.....and ......got.....the .......truck and trailer STUCK in the snow on my back drive.

Gah! There's so much of it! It took me three hours working with the tractor to clear it out, then pull it out. Might have been quicker if another adult was available but 'twas just me.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day!

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post #304 of 306 Old 01-10-2014, 11:25 AM
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Ha! My escapade the other day wasn't as bad, but close. I decided it would be a brilliant idea to plow some paths through the pasture. Didn't even make it to the pasture gate before I was shoulder-deep in snow. Had to cross a ditch and forgot how deep the ditch was ... with all the snow it looked pretty flat ��. After an hour of shovelling I got the gator back out to the road and went inside for my tea. Forget that idea! I would be very happy if it stopped snowing ...
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post #305 of 306 Old 01-10-2014, 06:49 PM
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Snow snow snow pigging snow

I love Alberta, really I do. And I also much prefer the winter here to soggy-ville UK winters. But today it tested me.......

I had a fantastic couple of lessons (one on each horse, my legs were tired) at a local indoor barn and then returned home. Unloaded the horses, contemplated a cup of tea after parking the trailer.....and ......got.....the .......truck and trailer STUCK in the snow on my back drive.

Gah! There's so much of it! It took me three hours working with the tractor to clear it out, then pull it out. Might have been quicker if another adult was available but 'twas just me.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day!
Oh yeah...Welcome to our world of snow! You're dealing with it in spades, however, coming from the UK! And yes, "Tomorrow is another day with no mistakes in it....yet". - L.M. Montgomery (Canadian author of 'Anne of Green Gables')
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post #306 of 306 Old 01-24-2014, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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I just tried to post this in my other purely-horse journal, but the forum wouldn't let me because it was too old and it's instructions on how to rectify the problem didn't seem to make sense on my iPad. So anyway, I will post here instead:

oops, what a neglected journal.

I am extremely happy with my boys progress.

I have two regular riding friends, both of whom are knowledgeable and competent - so we can enjoy each other's company and mutually support and respect each other's views.

This winter I have been riding both Riley and Ukon out on the trail as much as the weathers has been allowing it. We have done deep snow until the horrible thaw-freeze-thaw-freeze has made that kind of snow too ice-encrusted to risk. There are now a couple of subdivisions and reserves that are rideable in, but if the weather gets worse we will be purely restricted to the arenas.

Both horses are turning into wonderful reliable trail horses. Riley is un-flappable, careful, and steady. He was sore for a while after his shoes came off (fronts only) but is fine now. I would love to get him properly fit, to enable him to enjoy life more - and this is still my goal.

Ukon is learning so fast!! He hacks out from mine and from friends. He is still a bit of a nervous ninny at times but his underlying nature is bold and confident. He has a lovely forward stride and will bash through huge snowbanks without a care in the world. Every ride out is a learning experience for him, and I see him grow up in front of my eyes.

Canadians are clearly a very slow maturing breed and I get the benefit of watching those fine brains and personalities learn and mature.

I have also found a wonderful dressage instructor as recommended to me by the trainer that took Ukon. She comes to the barn which is three miles directly south of me so that I can use their indoor arena.

Now - I have had lessons for many years, and I am a competent rider but right here and now is proof that we are ALWAYS learning and that no-one is too good for lessons. I am discovering (re-discovering maybe?) the use of my hips and pelvis to move the horse. My horses don't have ingrained bad habits that I have to deal with, they are blank slates (Ukon especially) and I am loving the mental challenge of being responsible with these blank slates. My old bad habit of riding forward with my lower leg while 'pushing' the horse with my pelvis is going and I am now learning to 'softly scoop'

Riley can be magnificent when he wants to. He has natural beautiful carriage and I need to work on forward energy and impulsion with him.

Ukon is learning to concentrate; that's hard when there is an exciting world around you. When he concentrates I discover that he too can come together to hold himself up and round, he has potential to be wonderful.

I am loving it!

If it weren't for this winter I would not have been forced to retreat into the barn, and I would not be giving the dressage training a proper chance. My horses and me will benefit sooo much in strength and agility.

I hope soon to start introducing the sidesaddle to Ukon - probably for the last ten minutes of each lesson from now on, building up to more.

The journey continues
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