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by Anne
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Yes, he's certainly got the winter woollies at the moment, though I noticed he is just starting to moult (a few hairs anyway) now we are past the shortest day. Winters are not too bad, usually around 10 degrees (Celcius! so ~50 F), a bit less at night. But we do get snow sometimes, and frosts. Had a...
by Anne
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals
Replies: 378
Views: 9722

Re: More Leg! More Leg! - May and June Goals

Geez heddylamar, well done for staying up top, you sound like one tough lady!! Hope Maia is more biddable tomorrow.
by Anne
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

A brief update.... back from work last week, to find that canter is well installed on the lunge, a big step forward considering he could only manage a 1/2 circle when I left, and only on the right rein. He still finds right rein much easier than left at canter, but does not easily bend right (and th...
by Anne
Tue May 15, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Giant life change...
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Giant life change...

Wow, Mountineer, good for you guys!! Enjoy :-)
by Anne
Thu May 10, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

heddy - thanks *so* much for the gym stuff, it is really helpful to have 'real world' feedback on useful exercises. I managed 12 flights of stairs yesterday, and 8 so far today, so one more 'rep' to get in before bed time... My bruises are healing but I have one on my right elbow which is making my ...
by Anne
Wed May 09, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5071

Re: Need some help or advice

Adding my voice of support, like others here, I've often thought of you and hoped you were getting on OK.
by Anne
Tue May 08, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Oh, I hope Maia comes right quickly.... if it is an abscess, running around on it is probably the best thing she can do! I probably jinxed myself by posting above.... the very next day Fergal was in a spooky and somewhat uncooperative sort of mood. We'd done a spell of okay walk/trot work (marred by...
by Anne
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Joplin my 2014 Lusitano X filly

Khall she is a lovely solid girl, and what a nice canter! Looking forward to updates too.
by Anne
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Have had 9 rides now, including one 'out on the trail' (aka, down and up our long driveway). He had his buddy there, and happily walked and trotted both behind and in front. Already he is much more prompt in his transitions, and starting to bend correctly. I'm sure we'll have some testing times (as ...
by Anne
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7692

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Exvet, glad to hear you worked through both the tantrum in the lesson and in loading - sounds like he was putting you to a bit of a test, and of course you came out on top! The 5 miles on the trail sounds like a good antidote. Khall - how old is your filly now? I also will look forward to photos (vi...
by Anne
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

And, today, we trotted under saddle!!!! We rode yesterday, just at walk, and mostly following his buddy. Today, didn't have the other horse, but my partner stood in the centre of the ring and we worked around him, and because Fergal felt so comfortable, we both asked for trot and off he went, very m...
by Anne
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7692

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Exvet it sounds like Junior and you had a challenging time, but that can be really good for learning and ultimately confidence. And cantering under those conditions!! Well done you, and keep us posted!
by Anne
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

I got back from work 2 weeks ago. While I was away my partner kept up a bit of lunging work with Fergal and he's generally much more settled and confident. He got canter right happening reliably, canter left much more difficult though. He also introduced cavaletti. He did have one set back while I w...
by Anne
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Life is stressful...thank you
Replies: 20
Views: 1171

Re: Life is stressful...thank you

I find browsing this forum a good momentary escape from the stresses of life too, and I check in daily. I think there's a great community here, and I really appreciate reading everyone's training goals and progress over on the Training board, plus all the snippets of life and stuff here in the 'Loun...
by Anne
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Further progress with the young man: having sat on him a few times, we progressed to walking around the yard, then arena bareback, and doing some stop, go and turn. Also got the saddle on and girth tightened with no drama - I feel that is our biggest achievement so far, given his initial violent buc...
by Anne
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7692

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Also loving the photos, and what a neat gate! Will look forward to a lesson report if you get a chance : my youngster is not at Junior's stage (he's had 2 rides with a saddle on, walk-only and still with a lunge line, and a few bareback walk-arounds before that), but I'm always interested to hear wh...
by Anne
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Have made some further small steps with Fergal over these last couple of weeks. Primarily, hopping on bareback a number of times, putting a saddle on his back (no girth yet), and tightening a surcingle and walking around with no bucking. The surcingle achievement was quite a relief. I'm not certain ...
by Anne
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7692

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Wow, double congrats on moving to your new place, and (especially) getting Junior 'out and about'. Sounds like your mustang is the ideal buddy for the youngster. Would love to see photos!!!
by Anne
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Demi and MC - thanks for your positive comments! We've not measured Fergal, but think he is about 15.3hh. He's a shade taller than our measured 15.2hh gelding. He feels tiny next to our other big boys (16.2hh 3/4 Irish Draught and 16hh 1/2 Andalusian, very solidly built, and even the 15.2hh boy is m...
by Anne
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Continued progress with the young fella, though he's had some days off with weather and just other 'stuff'. Biggest success was that I swung a leg over him yesterday and sat on him. Keeping my upper body low for now, but he was quite unconcerned on the left side, bit more worried from the right, but...
by Anne
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!
Replies: 185
Views: 10864

Re: It's thermal underwear time - Jan/Feb goals and progress!

Demi I LOVE your pictures, it is so nice to see you and the lovely Rocky, and you look like you have a super partnership with her. I'm mostly a 'lurker' here on this thread, but I really enjoy reading everyone's updates.
by Anne
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

yeah, Kande, body language is super important eh. Fairly good progress over the last week : calmer on the lunge, and really understanding the voice commands halt/walk/trot, and importantly slowing down when asked (small shake on the lunge line, and 'hoo, hoo' of the voice). Yesterday evening I stood...
by Anne
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7692

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Great end to the year for you and Junior, exvet, congrats!! That first canter is *such* an achievement.
by Anne
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Sue, you give me hope! I really appreciate you sharing your Rudy and Tio experiences. We've brought on a number of youngsters, but none so sensitive and reactive as this guy. It's a good reminder to install a 'no' (growl) command. They have to learn what is not desired, as well as what is right. I a...
by Anne
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Fergal's been here 8 weeks today, and looking back, yes, there has been progress! He's more relaxed on the lunge, and is good with halt/walk/trot commands. Not perfect, but good. The last couple of days I've started some in-hand flexions / jaw releases. Mostly following the Mark Russell descriptions...
by Anne
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need some help or advice
Replies: 65
Views: 5071

Re: Need some help or advice

Dear Linden, I just want to add my words of support for you through your difficult times. I don't have any advice, but please know that I value you through your contributions to this bulletin board, and the old UDBB. You have such a super eye, and I always appreciate your concise, pithy, accurate co...
by Anne
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Heddylamar, I hope Maia is doing OK after that choke episode, sounds scary. Fergal is making progress : he's generally calmer, I'm starting to be able to pick up his back feet (he was quite kicky initially), he's OK with having a cover thrown over him (haven't yet done it up), and being sponged off ...
by Anne
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: New PRE baby!
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: New PRE baby!

Lovely! Is she your bubba by Paseo II? Not spanish, but I quite like Uliana.
by Anne
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Sue - oh, I like that idea! thanks for taking the time to explain. We always have treats on hand, but tend to hand them out fairly randomly, and usually after a spell of good work, so I don't think there's much learning attached to them. But if we do your yes/no system, I can see how that could help...
by Anne
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

Linden, love the descriptions of your two youngsters. Sue, thanks for describing Rudy's training, it is encouraging to hear about, and I'll read up on ttouch. At the moment we are doing lots of leading with small challenges (step closer to the scary thing) and he *is* improving. We're certainly in n...
by Anne
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Class of 2013?
Replies: 70
Views: 7544

Re: Class of 2013?

I too have a 2013-born chestnut, a connemara-TB cross gelding, who I've owned for 3 weeks..... he's a bit of a 'project', very limited previous handling (why do people breed then not bother to do any work with the young one?! grrrr), and super sensitive and reactive and anxious. His neck and back mu...
by Anne
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 13300

Re: Get out your winter boots - November/December Goals and Progress

StraightForward, would you mind sharing which Ritter course you signed up for, and I'd be really interested to hear how you find it? The 'testimonials' on his website make the courses sound very good (naturally!), but it would be super to hear directly from someone actually doing them...
by Anne
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Puerto Rico ( Irma sounds terrifying)
Replies: 23
Views: 2862

Re: Puerto Rico ( Irma sounds terrifying)

Stay safe Musicdoc, you sound well prepared, and well (years!) in advance. Kudos to you. Good luck all you others in the path of the storm, it looks scary.
by Anne
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September and October Goals and Progress
Replies: 382
Views: 46957

Re: September and October Goals and Progress

SF, Pickle is looking great, she is a strong looking and good moving mare. I love that the support rider is, um, supportive (!) - really watching out for Pickle and her rider, just good to see. Congrats on the progress, and I hope you get on before winter.
by Anne
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread
Replies: 346
Views: 46500

Re: July/August Perspiration and Progress Thread

Ponichiwa, so glad to hear you & Kiwi are OK - many reports here in NZ of the awful flooding in TX, that's a s**tload of rain!!

Mountaineer - yiippeee!! I'm smiling for you two too.
by Anne
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Annwylid Dare to Dream
Replies: 74
Views: 7692

Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Yay for the trailer 'swap' (hopefully with $$ in your direction), and super to see Jr's progress (I remember your post about him doing a job on your face, glad he his manners have since improved!). Hope that you can get out on the trails riding the mustang and ponying Jr? I agree with Chisamba that ...
by Anne
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Pony trot?
Replies: 120
Views: 17684

Re: Pony trot?

Thought I'd add a definition of 'school trot' which I read in Steinbrecht ("The Gymnasium of the Horse") today : "The school trot should initially be identified by ....... great collection and elevation as well as diligent, raised, cadenced steps that do not cover much ground. ..... i...
by Anne
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 41
Views: 5301

Re: Breakfast

I luuurve breakfast! It is a meal for which I prefer the.same.thing.every.day : weetbix, home made un-toasted muesli (rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, dried cranberries, raw almonds, dried coconut, sometimes some other nuts depending on what's on sale at the supermarket), fresh fruit (usu...
by Anne
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Chancellor
Replies: 42
Views: 5541

Re: Jingles for Chancellor

Adding my best wishes and healing jingles for Chancellor.
by Anne
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: new horses updates and intros
Replies: 10
Views: 1542

Re: new horses updates and intros

Sorry you have had a rough few months, Linden, it is good to see you back! And your horses are *gorgeous*!
by Anne
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: The "falling down" neck / neck like a waterfall
Replies: 19
Views: 2884

Re: The "falling down" neck / neck like a waterfall

Agree with you Bats79 - not a description or image I like (and had never heard it before). 'Falling down' to me implies loss of control (who ever *wants* to fall down?), and a waterfall is similarly negative - the water crashes into the ground with considerable force, not what I want the front of th...
by Anne
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My next step
Replies: 8
Views: 1483

Re: My next step

What a good opportunity for you, he looks like an awesome partner. Good luck in your work together, and please keep us updated. He does have a sweet face!
by Anne
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Goals and Progress May/June 2017
Replies: 329
Views: 47572

Re: Goals and Progress May/June 2017

My condolences too. RIP Bucky and kia kaha Ponichiwa.
by Anne
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cheers!
Replies: 23
Views: 3487

Re: Cheers!

Hi Xanthoria, welcome (back)!
by Anne
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: pasterns - normal or too long?
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Re: pasterns - normal or too long?

Thanks for your comments S, P and C. Yes, his hooves are awful. Never been trimmed, which makes me worry, like you suggest Susan, about the bony alignment within.
by Anne
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Looking for a draft-sized unicorn.
Replies: 19
Views: 3604

Re: Looking for a draft-sized unicorn.

Good luck to Dave in finding his new riding partner. I love that he wants a horse that 'is able to take a joke'!! Yeah, some can and some can't eh. Crossing fingers too!
by Anne
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Deneb:
Replies: 175
Views: 26164

Re: Deneb:

I hope that Regumate helps your lovely Deneb. You seemed to be making such good progress, but running into walls/mirrors is just plain scary. Keep safe, and keep us updated!
by Anne
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: pasterns - normal or too long?
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Re: pasterns - normal or too long?

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by Anne
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: pasterns - normal or too long?
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

pasterns - normal or too long?

The below photos are of a 2 yr old trakehner cross colt. Please share your opinion on whether his pasterns are too long? Stills from video of his canter seem to show a large (too much?) amount of flexion - is this normal or abnormal? It may be relevant to note that his feet have *never* been trimmed...
by Anne
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Emma
Replies: 71
Views: 11464

Re: Emma

Demi, what a lovely update, it sounds like your patience is paying off, and I love the soft attentive look in Emma's eye and ears.

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