Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Any way, I digress, today I worked Moo in-hand in the BB which Claire has kindly left me to try. Interestingly he was hard on my hands :-( but I did like the straightness that I could maintain in his neck and head. Alas though no great possibility of getting flexions to the side as I can with the hackamore.
I shall video in both bitless options and see what it all looks like. Claire says I over analyse but I guess I can't just accept stuff so here I go analysing again, lol.
I now have all the stretches to do with Moo after he has worked so I'll keep you posted on how we go.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Moo worked well on the lunge and I shall continue to ride him every other day and ground work in between. Yesterday's ridden work was great and he was very responsive; moments in the trot when he felt really *carried* and relaxed. Today he seemed 99% but it's early days and I'm waiting to hear about the osteo but I'm somewhat heartened by his freedom in the shoulder and quarters and it seems he won't be in retirement after all (the thought went through my mind many times on holday).
This afternoon the trimmer came and I'll have to take pics but Moo's feet are looking soooo different. Gareth is pleased with all three, phew, and when the hoof boots arrive Moo will harden up his soles and be ready for all terrain, lol.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Just before hols we had a lovely day, Claire and Allison arrived the day before and Di came over for lunch and playing pones. Sadly Moralejo had other ideas and hobbled in on 3 legs and a hop. To say I was stressed is probably the understatement of the century, lol. I won't bore you with the details but basically I left for hols with a horse on bute, only marginally less lame than the day before and one hundred, or more, thoughts doing my head in. Well we had various texts and chats between Claire, Di and I and I decided to avoid the horrors of travelling Moo to the specialist horse vets in Pompadour and instead went for some manipulation with Di's new found masseuse Lucinda and it was well worth the trouble. It seems that Moo has put out his wither and probably something behind too and so we will be having an osteo visit and exercises/massage and ridden/lunging therapy too.
I am just so glad that I had Claire at home to keep everything ticking along and updating me and also glad for Di's offer of taking him to Pompadour to the vets....thanks guys.
Well this entry is already long enough but I want to end on a positive note. I rode Moo very briefly on Sunday afternoon (in Claire's Heather Moffett saddle!!) and he was still a little stiff in walk and decidedly short in trot. Yesterday we lunged and it was almost imperceptible and today I rode again; lots of stretching and he was such a good man and about 95% so I think we may be doing the right thing.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Still no rain and the grass is drying up, even though we usually have way too much grazing it's the drought times that prove difficult.
Hopefully a weeks break will focus my brain and I'll get back to regular blogging.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I just love the arrangement of the strings on this Sinéad O'Connor track. The opening lyrics......
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.....
just sum up my recent feelings about my riding/training. The world of horses and their training is filled with ego and self confidence on one hand but humility and doubt on the other. I have no need of ego but the right mix of the other three is, I feel, essential. If there is a god I hope he will grant me at least a little of each. More thoughts when i have time.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Finally captured the latest trot work ; it was really windy but he worked well. He is still uncertain with his balance and so his head/neck are not that stable but much improved I think. I'm using the 1/4's moving when I *loose* him (ie when he gets tooonward bound and ignores my aids) and I find that if I ask for a giravolta as soon as he stops listening then it engages the head and then as I increase the circle I can replace the shoulders in front of the 1/4's....until he looses himself again, lol.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Just about to tack up after the rain shower (instant dust supression) and Lydia runs in the yard as if the house were on fire. She HAD to get to her friends house to play; I resisted the urge to say *ask dad* as he was plumbing in the new dishwasher. Put Moo away and took her up the road to her friend's place.
By the time I got on board the shower had pretty much dried but the dust wasn't too bad. Still playing with the lateral work, moving the shoulders/quarters about and generally enjoying ourselves. I captured all the walk but no trot as I just left the video running from the start, oh well at least i have vid. Trot next time. I really have to crack the outside control, it feels/looks almost there but it's where I loose him every time.
Good news!! We bought a Ripoffair ticket for Wednesday :-)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
'Stopping panicking' I'm barking as I try to tackle the stairs, hampered somewhat (as one would be in a sack race) by my still half mast jods.
Cutting a tediously long story short she has gouged a lump out of her shin, she will die from the blood loss (hasn't yet) because she takes warfarin for one of her myriad of complaints and will end up needing antibiotics for the infection that she knows will set in.
Enough said, my bad karma has already come around and if I get more in return for this posting then tomorrow may be a very bad day.
On a good note...had a chance, finally, to ride Moo and he was great. I'm not in the mood to expand much but I'm finding that a stroke on the neck with the inside rein is a great *bitless* aid and I had some good trot work as a result, plus some good improvement in the lateral work.
Also had a *dust-free* ride today; no, the promised rain didn't materialise but my watering system did. I now have a tap on the side of the school and can place my waterer (spray system stuck into a bucket and then sat inside a tyre for stability) in three spots to cover the whole school. Result!! Tap will be good for Claire too when we are away as it's right next to the diddymen's paddock, result number two.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I threatened her with the exorbitant price of a single fare back home on RipOffAir but she refused to make an instant recovery and has huffed, puffed and sighed her way round the house ALL DAY. Her son refuses to entertain her hypercondria and so ignores her, I have learned to follow his lead. I shall never get to heaven, lol.
Normal service WILL resume when she decides to go home.
Oh and HI to Danni, thanks for following and please feel free to join in.