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post #41 of 76 Old 08-31-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Last weekend Gilda had her saddle checked and fitted (it was a good fit, but the flocking was too firm so the saddler reflocked it why he was there).

For the last few days I've been doing the odd bit of work with Gilda, getting her back into the swing of things as we hadn't really done anything since the last update at the beginning of the month.

Yesterday -This evening she did some trotting poles on the lunge and allowed me to mount from the ground and some lovely circles in walk with lots of halts and some half circles in trot, which was calm and relaxed

Today - Super ridden session with Gilda today, I'm so pleased with her. Trotted our first circles I think she may progress quite quickly now if things continue in the same way Hopefully I'll get some video and photos tomorrow.
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post #42 of 76 Old 09-01-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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post #43 of 76 Old 10-06-2013, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Gilda is coming on really well now and we have started schooling in the field getting ready for our first hack out soon.

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post #44 of 76 Old 11-04-2013, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Gilda is still making good progress, today we worked on "going places Gilda doesn't want to" which in this case was standing next to some sacks in the yard. It was a good exercise in making her move forward without napping and trusting me on her back giving strong commands rather than from the ground. I think next time I will get some tarps out to get her to walk over them with me on board - this is important to me before we hack out, I need to know I can get her to move as I need to if we meet an obstacle.
She also had her first clip :)

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post #45 of 76 Old 11-04-2013, 05:07 PM
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She is so cute! Looking snazzy with your new hairdo, Gilda ;)
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post #46 of 76 Old 11-05-2013, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you.

Oops , just noticed she has her mother's head collar on so a bit misleading!
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post #47 of 76 Old 11-30-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Today I cantered Gilda for the first time in the field. Initially just a stride or two and then we cantered a reasonable distance across the field which was lovely, no bucking or complaining or rushing. I really must hack her out next, just haven't got around to it yet.

We also had a go at loading in the lorry which she did no problem

Forgot all about doing the tarp work! Will do that too next time and try and get some new photos too)
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Well, the weather here in the UK has been wet, wet, wet, so I haven't worked with Gilda for about 6 weeks, however, today I got on and decided to hack her out for the first time ever. Once through the gate into a muddy lane (she has not stepped outside my property since she was 5 months old) we met our first obstacle, running water where the clay is paler than the mud, she climbed the muddy banks each side but would not step into the lane...I had to show her that it wasn't a bottomless pit and walked a short way infront of her, as soon as I could I got on which made life much easier.

We hacked along a couple of green lanes and considering we were without horse company she was brilliant, trusting me to guide her. On our return (it was only a short walk for our first outing) her field mates, a rather highly strung welsh D the same age as her and a yearling pony, came galloping up and ran along the side of the lane in the field, I was amazed that Gilda stayed with me and just got a little elevated. Back to the field and I got off to chain the gate and then on again in the field with very muddy boots, but again she was fine. Very pleased with her progress today.
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Great progress - just goes to show that all the time you spent getting her prepared for this step forward was worth every minute of it
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post #50 of 76 Old 03-31-2014, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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Not done much this year s far due to the wet ground, but now it is dry so I tacked up and did a little schooling. Hoping to make lots of progress soon and we are aiming for a fun level pairs dressage test with her Mum in August at my riding club.

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