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post #41 of 61 Old 07-23-2013, 08:17 PM
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Well it sounds like you're enjoying yourself. Do you have pics to post?
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post #42 of 61 Old 07-25-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe a tiny bit of progress

Ukon is now loading and backing out like a dream. Hip hip!

Now I just need if I'm going to travel him packed in between the partitions, or in a double partition. In the former he'll have sides to hold him in, in the latter he'll have room to move to find his balance. I'm thinking of posting a thread for opinions on this one.

And I now have another girth that MIGHT fit on Riley. If it does I can get on with him again. Hopefully. Cross fingers.... Trying it on tomorrow.

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post #43 of 61 Old 07-27-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Whoop Whoop! The new girth fits! I can now ride Riley in the loan saddle until my ordered one arrives.

Now, this is a funny thing; I am an English rider (both nationality and style) and have done all my riding in English tack. I bought the western saddle for Riley last September, and have ridden him in it some, but in all honesty not lots.

I chose to switch to English tack with him because I just wasn't feeling the horse beneath me, and I like to be able to fold for a jump without jabbing myself in the stomach....

When I first rode Riley yesterday in this saddle, I actually felt slightly apprehensive because I wasn't 'tucked in' front and back! I was not expecting that at all. He was a saint of course, and we did a bit of school work. I had some poles on the ground from working Ukon and we walked over them. He must be used to the 'walk into the box and stop' exercise as he kept on wrongly anticipating stop.

Today school work followed by hack out. Lovely circles, a very responsive horse. Then a quick trip around our acreage and our neighbours encountering blowing leaves and barking dogs.

It's nice to be able to ride, with the feel of the horse beneath me again.

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post #44 of 61 Old 07-29-2013, 03:38 PM
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Nice to hear your progress is going so well.
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post #45 of 61 Old 07-29-2013, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Son is at Camp in Edmonton every day this week = no excuse for not riding.

Hacked Riley out - he's getting fitter already. Hurray

Loaded Ukon into the trailer again. Tried him in the middle partition - still a bit squeezed. Hmm, must load some photos and ask for opinions on here.

Must go to collect son now

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post #46 of 61 Old 08-09-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Lonely Riley

I took Ukon to a trainer's place today for a month. I've been apprehensive about it, and am really glad that I've now got him there: I feel that NOW we have a future plan starting. He loaded just fine and settled into his paddock instantly (grass, and friends over the fence).

Anyway - Riley and Arthur watched him go in the morning, and when I arrived back they ran joyfully up to see him get out of the trailer. Which of course he didn't

Riley has been calling and calling for him ever since and it's heartbreaking to hear. I KNOW that if he's this herd bound to him then it is probably good to have this break, and work him during the month, but I still feel awful!

And even worse is to come when I next take Riley out and leave Arthur on his own.. I think that stoic little donkey will be very miserable

Sigh. Oh well, the things the do.

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post #47 of 61 Old 08-10-2013, 09:59 AM
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...And even worse is to come when I next take Riley out and leave Arthur on his own.. I think that stoic little donkey will be very miserable...
Perhaps a small donkey friend for Arthur then???
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post #48 of 61 Old 08-14-2013, 11:22 AM
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I can see an increase in the herd coming on here...............A goat maybe? I would love some goats.
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post #49 of 61 Old 08-16-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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To Chevaux and Jaydee: no! My husband would NOT support any more critters and in truth I am happy with what I have. Except maybe a couple of pigs for eating, but that's not for a horse blog...

I have been doing well sticking to my commitment to Riley to get him fitter and more in a work routine. Son doing half day camps is just enough to fit in some arena work, and I even squeezed in some weekend work without my usual feeling of guilt.

Both Riley and I find it hard to motivate ourselves for Arena work, but we are getting there. My technique is to 'talk the talk' that an instructor would if I were in a lesson. So firstly I state my purpose of the session, and say what the arm-up regime is, I remind myself of things to watch (no leg nagging, close fingers in left hand, nice corners without his shoulder falling out etc etc), and proceed with the session in that manner. I do find that if I am talking aloud then I retain concentration on the job in hand.

Riley is big and unfit and I have to remind myself of this so we are working on balance and flexibility but currently sticking to riding large in the arena with diagonal rein-changes and very few-to-none 20 metre circles. His area of stiffness to watch is the right hind and now I know that I can watch and work on it.

He attempted a bit of napping in one of our sessions - but I pushed him through it with leg, voice and whip and now it doesn't happen. I know he would LIKE to slow down at the gate or the mounting block... but I won't let him

Hs reward for good arena work is to go on a little hack around our acreage.

Today we will go out for a hack with a friend instead of arena work; both he and I will enjoy that.

UKON is doing well I have heard from the trainer that she is pleased with his progress this week and she expects to get on him at the end of this week. Fingers crossed that good progress continues.

The two boys and I miss him muchly.
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post #50 of 61 Old 08-19-2013, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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It's not a great photo, he hadn't been groomed and manicured; but I am PROUD of Riley's shape change....

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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