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post #51 of 61 Old 08-20-2013, 09:16 AM
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Impressive looking horse, would fit right into the UK hunter scene!!!
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post #52 of 61 Old 08-20-2013, 12:00 PM
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I like him!!
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Oh, he's lovely! I'll be keeping my eye on this thread ;)
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UKON

All is progressing at the trainers he has been lunging well and she has been on him in the round pen. He has been renamed Mr. Short Attention Span...... If I can I will get over there on Saturday.

RILEY

Is such a dude. I've been working on building up heart and lung fitness, plus basic muscle strength in the arena. Achieving balance in the corners has been our principle work in the last fortnight, and he is really really improving. Yesterday while hacking him out I experimented with asking for collection and was pleasurably stunned to feel his back rising under me and that hind end engaging. So today in the Arena after warm up and a little circle work I asked for collection on the long side.

Oooooh on the second long side he started to pay attention and he engaged not just his hind end and belly muscles (sorry, I don't know what they are all called) but also his BRAIN. I had Riley concentrating and working. It was lovely! We had five minutes of fabulous work, including some unexpected leg yielding that he produced as a result of waking up the brain. That horse has had some good training in his past, I must make sure I don't muck it up!

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Impressive looking horse, would fit right into the UK hunter scene!!!
Do ya kinda see what I liked in him?

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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post #56 of 61 Old 08-23-2013, 12:20 PM
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I do!!! I like him very much - I guess its what we're used too and feel comfortable with really
He 'fills the eye' as they used to say!!!
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Much as I love my son, and have truly had a great summer holiday with him.....

School goes back on Tesday!!! and I can start to fit in some regular horse time again.

I have a Riley to ride, and a Ukon to visit and start to get going with ( nervousbutlookingforward )

The new saddles are here. Hip hip hurrah! I have finally found a decent saddle fitter and trusted her enough to invest in saddles for my boys that I know will fit. I was so so spoiled in the UK without knowing it, having the luxury of so many excellent, trained saddle fitters and saddle makers nearby. My new saddles are not as "smart" as I would have got in the UK for the same money, but they do fit and that is the key. They are Black Country Saddles out of interest which is ironic because we only lived 45 minutes from the Black Country where we were before.

Frustratingly but par for the course, the girth I have on loan for Riley is too small. It's a 32 inch dressage girth which I can only get done up IF he's not blowing out and IF my fingertips can grip and pull enough to get the leather near enough to the buckle to get some purchase. It took me 20 minutes the other day.....

I have a 34 inch on order.

Oooh! Oooh! I have tickets to Spruce Meadows! And I'm going! With a horse friend and not my non-horsey loving husband!

If I'm really lucky my girth will have come in and I can meet them there to collect

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Oooh! Oooh! I have tickets to Spruce Meadows! And I'm going! With a horse friend and not my non-horsey loving husband
Full report with pictorial supplement expected and demanded
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Spruce Meadows - You lucky thing
Black Country Saddles are an amazing company - I grew up, lived in and rode in that area for a long time
I still miss my riding on Cannock Chase and so many horses owners around there plus lots of long established riding club shows every weekend
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Big ride out with a friend on Wednesday exploring our surrounding land. As we out together our contacts I think we will create a lot of hacking country on which we have permission to ride.

Today Riley did good work in the arena, now doing some consistent trot work with hind end fully engaged. Falling in a bit to the right - I need to work on that in trot as well as in walk.

Then a leisurely hack around neighbour's property

Off to Calgary tonight for Spruce Meadows viewing tomorrow.

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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