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        04-26-2013, 01:54 PM
      #11
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    Our ménage has gone really fast from feet of snow, ice skating rink, swampland to a dust bowl now needing hosing down.................
    I had to look up the Equi-ami as never heard of it before.
    I'm not sure about it - have you used one before? I found a few videos - link attached. Be interesting to hear how you get on with it
    I use loosely attached side reins but not so much that they force an outline
         
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        04-28-2013, 10:44 PM
      #12
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    Thank you for the reply Jaydee. You know, I must have been really brain-dead when I wrote that. What I HAVE is a Pessoa-in-all-but-label. What I often thought of buying was an equi-ami, but never did! The lady that designed them was very local to me, so I did get to see them in use, and certainly the people that I knew that had invested in one REALLY rated it over the standard Pessoa. Anyway - I suspect the shipping would double the price now, so I'll stick to what I have.

    I lunged them again yesterday and had SUCH a good session. Introduced trot for Ukon and did enjoy both his extreme responsiveness, and also watching him move. He is a beautiful sight. We will continue to slowly imcrease the lunging to increase fitness, introduce canter, then put on a saddle etc.

    Then I brought Riley in and tried free-schooling again. Ho Ho! Now the snow has gone, and he had the freedom of the whole pen to move in he was not cooperating in a nice circular manner. He was however trying to respond to my body and whip commands so I put the blame on me for being a useless free-school-round-pen virgin, rather than him. So I put the lunge line on him and proceeded to ask for work that way. Success! He moved, he listened, he paid attention and he got SUCH a big cuddle at the end of the session.

    Only a very short session - he is a big boy carrying a lot of weight with no proper muscle to speak of, so I must take care.

    My thoughts therefore are to keep the Pessoa away from Ukon as I think he is soo sensitive that I could easily screw up with that. But I think that I will use it with Riley to help develop muscle. Slowly, gradually and gently of course.

    Next week I would like to do sufficient preparation with Ukon so that I can get on him the following week. And I would like to continue finding out about Big Boy.
         
        04-29-2013, 10:29 AM
      #13
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    I'd done some loose jumping with horses in the past but the 'free work' was otherwise new to me - not 'British' is it!!
    I've done quite a bit with Looby now as it sees to work well for her and helped build her confidence in me because she was so distrustful of humans in general but as a 'real training' thing I'm still not sure where it fits in - probably because we break and train horses in the UK without it and still end up with really good safe rides.
    I could see the Pessoa type thing working well for Jazzie as she tends to see the whole lunging experience as an excuse to be flamboyant and show off!!!
         
        05-01-2013, 12:06 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    This winter seemed to go on forever. I'm so glad spring has sprung and the temps are on the rise and the snow and ice have almost disappeared in the bush. Thankfully, our BO was keen to get the snow off the manege and scooped all the snow with his heavy equipment. We have been able to use it for a few weeks off and on now.

    My Canadian mare continues to have a coat a wooly mammoth would envy, despite all the other non-Canadian horses have almost completely shed out. She loves to hold onto her coat (every year the same) just in case we might get a freak June snow storm. Ya just never know...

    Good luck with your spring training! So exciting! Love the warm weather!
         
        05-01-2013, 12:16 AM
      #15
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    I will post more tomorrow; suffice it to say, today was a game of two halves.
         
        05-01-2013, 12:28 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I forgot to mention I like your new horse centred journal. Would love to see some new pics of the guys Rosie!
         
        05-01-2013, 11:13 PM
      #17
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    Stormy Weather

    Tuesday was blowing a hooley of scary wind, so I thought it would be a good idea to lunge Ukon again. He was of course being amazingly spooky in the round pen and with ears going like windmills to keep a check on scary trees, scary dogs, and the location of his friends, we didn't really achieve anything more than "suck it up, we lunge even on windy days".

    Then I took him back to my small yard for a grooming and a haynet. Tied him up in the 'English way' to a small loop of string on a metal tie ring. Went to get my grooming kit, and suddenly, in quick succession.....

    A squirrel made a break for it from the tree he'd been trapped in........ Was spotted by the dogs.....squirrel ran towards the barn......followed closely by two hounds in speedy pursuit....

    So of course Ukon panics and backs up & snaps the string. Which of course is what it's there for. Then he trots around the small yard in a poncy dressage star manner (which he isn't). Then he spots his buddies in the adjacent pasture.......

    So he decides to try his hand at puissance and takes the fence beautifully..... Except of course he hasn't had any training and doesn't lift his back feet up, and thus fence comes crashing down, complete with 20 feet of elec fence.

    Not a scratch or a bruise on the drama queen of course......
         
        05-01-2013, 11:19 PM
      #18
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    You win some, you lose some

    After mending the fence, and putting up temporary elec. To keep them off the damaged bit, I go to fetch Riley for a bit of lungeing.

    Round one way, yah cooperation and nice walk and trot. Change the rein...and OH. You're NOT cooperating now then. He would not lunge, he just turned himself to face me - backing up, turn on the forehand, anything else but NO I will not do that. Now, I have dealt with horses that turn in whilst lungeing, but he just wouldn't turn out.... As soon as I set him up and asked for movement, he turned towards me. Very frustrating as clearly there is a technique to achieve success but I just couldn't get it.

    So - we agreed to disagree, and went back to the barn. Tomorrow I will try again, with renewed thought, and possibly two lunge lines for a bit of long reigning lungeing.
         
        05-01-2013, 11:30 PM
      #19
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    Start to get out the tack

    After my mixed success lungeing session, and the fence trashing incident, I had Riley tied up in the small yard so I brought Ukon back in to reinforce that the yard itself is not home to horse-chasing dogs.

    Time to try my sidesaddle on Ukon to see how it fits



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    I welcome comments, but I will say that I was really pleased. It was made for a horse of very similar dimensions and so I certainly expected it to fit to a degree. When we start in it I will take it ever so slowly anyway as he needs to build up muscle and fitness, so we will see how it fits over time.
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        05-02-2013, 04:04 AM
      #20
    Foal
    I love the side saddle, I watched a teenager have a side-saddle lesson recently from a lady of 'lots of experience'. It was a pleasure to watch such nice horsemanship and understanding.
         

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