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|Monday, October 12th, 2009|
|Sunday, September 13th, 2009|
Livery near Painswick Gloucestershire
A long shot, but is anyone near Painswick in Gloucestershire and know any local yards? We're on the move and thinking of putting an offer on a house there. I wan't to make sure I can find somewhere close for Neo though. Would ideally want part grass livery.
|Friday, September 4th, 2009|
Sponsored walk photos!
Hey all! So you may remember a post I made a while back, about a sponsored walk I was doing with my pony in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Well, the walk was last Sunday, and we made it! Although I think it ended up being 12/13 miles rather than 11, as someone (*cough*me*cough*) may have taken a couple of wrong turns...
My pony, Pepsi, turned 25 last month, but she merrily plodded along for the entire route - although we did trail behind Beatrice, an 18hh Shire mare ridden by my friend, rather a lot! Short little legs, you know? Hehe.
I rescued Pepsi from slaughter 12 years ago as she was described as being "dangerous". She's been in semi-retirement for the past 2/3 years as I'm a little too tall and heavy for her to carry me anymore. However, I kept taking her out for walks because she's an intelligent little mare and I know that being a pasture puff would have been hell for her.
So when my best friend died in June after a brave 5 year battle with cancer, I decided that Peppi and I could do this walk in order to raise funds for a charity that my friend whole-heartedly supported. Since that initial thought, some mutual friends gave their support by walking with us, and Waldburg Shires loaned us one of their horses for the day too. I haven't got an exact amount raised as yet since money is still coming in and being counted, but we're around the £400 mark.
Anyway, enough chat - here are some photos! A few people in this community donated to our cause, and I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you for your outstanding genorosity. :) Give yourselves a pat on the back!( Photos under cutCollapse )
I've got a few random video shorts too, although I intend to put them and some of the photos into a mini sort of movie together. Here's one that I've uploaded already, though:
|Sunday, August 2nd, 2009|
Fundraising, ponies and Shires!
Long time no post! I'm actually here to promote a fundraising event my old mare and I are going on: on the 30th August, we will be walking approx 11 miles to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of my best friend, Richard, who passed away in June. We have also been donated a horse by Waldburg Shires for the day, who a mutual friend will be riding, and other people who knew Rich will be walking with us.
The JustGiving page is here - UK taxpayers can gift aid their donations, which is fantastic. Absoloutly any help would be much appreciated, even if it's only a quid. :)http://www.justgiving.com/walkingforrichard
My mare, Pepsi, is 24-years-old and was rescued from slaughter 11 years ago. Her owner at the time claimed she was dangerous. She's not: she's just a highly intelligent alpha mare who needs someone on the same wavelength! XD In fact, she climbed through her fence
last night to get to the main field (she suffers from Cushings and is kept on restricted grazing), just to show you how clever she is. Naughty, but not dangerous! Lol!
Anyway - as I haven't been here in a wee while, I thought I'd update you with some recent Shire photos. :)( Shire Horses this-a-way!Collapse )
By the by, for anyone visiting Peterborough way, Sacrewell Farm is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Come and see the horses! ;)
Now a couple of photos of my OAP (Old Age Pony?):( Pepsi-cola pony <3Collapse )
|Tuesday, July 28th, 2009|
Charity Horse Ride this Saturday
This Saturday I'll be doing a 15 mile sponsored ride dressed as a Highwaywoman through Keynsham and via various pubs. I'll be riding half of it and providing backup for the rest as we don't quite have enough horses to go round and not sure my leg is quite ready to do the whole ride, unless someone else gives up! As backup we'll be providing water for the horses and collecting in the streets of Keynsham.
If you can spare a bit of cash no matter how small please donate via my Just Giving page.Charity Ride in aid of The Rainbow Centre
It's for a very good cause!!
|Sunday, July 26th, 2009|
An update on Neo
Well, think he's finally sound for the first time in weeks. He was penned off in a small pen for a few weeks but as he doesn't realise he shouldn't eat it all in one go decided he'd escape on Tuesday and wouldn't be caught. Yard owner caught and briefly lunged him and he was sound so decided to leave the greedy pig out in the big paddock where he's with a small colt as they seemed happy together.
Yesterday we took him out inhand and walked along the main road. He was very good and not spooking at the cars despite being out alone. On the way back we tried to stop and let him graze by the road for a bit but he started to play up with little bucks and kicks when car went past. I'm pretty sure it was because it had started raining and the cars were making splashing noised as they passed by which he's not used to yet.
Today I got on again! He was very good and stood quietly by the mounting block with someone holding him. I rode him in a bitless bridle I borrowed from someone else at the yard. There was someone else lunging in our tiny school so I wanted to walk him out into another paddock we use for schooling. He started napping at the gate and threw a few bucks but just pushed him through it. I had no steering with the bridle in the cross under config so changed it to a side pull and it was much better. With the cross under he just leaned his head against the pressure. He's definitely not as responsive in the bitless but after walking around he seemed to get better. He wasn't shaking his head like he would with the bit. I've now ordered a Light Rider bridle on loan from here http://www.bitlesshorse.com/Files/Bridles.html
The dentist is due at the yard on Monday and is going to have a quick look at his teeth for me. The vet did them not too long ago but I'd rather get an opinion from the dentist. I quite like the idea of bitless but may want to compete so need to get him accepting the bit.
Plan is to get someone who can walk better than me to walk/longrein him out and I'll concentrate on short ridden sessions then hack him out once he's more reliable with the traffic. Vet advised against lunging but said walking out backed in walk to build him up would be the best option as he needs to build some strength. Current Mood: accomplished
|Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009|
Attention seeking mare
My mare Lizzie cracks me up. She has brains and a sense of humour so does very silly things at times.
Today I was working on the fence and she wanted my attention.
This is what Lizzie did to try to get me away from the fence and get my attention.
Lizzie stands in front of the 2 water bins looking at me.
When I look at her she starts trying to pull one of the bins over with her teeth (the other bin had a hose in it filling it up).
I ignore her.
She keeps looking at me then trying to pull the bin over again.
I continue to ignore her.
She finally pulls the bin over and then looks straight at me.
I look at her but ignore her.
She puts her ears forward as I am looking at her, reaches forward, picks up the hose in her mouth, pulls it out of the other bin that it is filling up, looks at me (with water coming out of the hose still) and then drops the hose at her feet.
I look away.
Lizzie then lowers her head, sighs, and walks off. Current Mood: amused
|Tuesday, April 14th, 2009|
|Thursday, April 9th, 2009|
Don't know if any of you guys have seen this before, if you have, i'm sorry. i just thought it was kinda cute.
|Wednesday, April 8th, 2009|
Just got some new mud boots today, really needed them due to the crazy amount of mud in the front of the padock. i like the skulls on them but i'm not super keen on the pink hearts. They will soon be covered in mud so it doesn't matter too much.
Please excuse my rough and beat up fram house floor and my dog sniffing the boots in the background!
|Tuesday, April 7th, 2009|
i just found this community and i thought i'd join. So a little about me, i live in Maine, i dj at a local goth night on friday nights in Portland called Plague and i also keep some snakes as pets. i just got another horse after being horseless for about 3 years. Her barn name is Gypsy and her registered name is King's Impression and she's a 6 year old paint.
Gypsy needs some finishing work but all in all i think she's going to turn out to be a wonderfull horse once she becomes a bit more sure of herself and learns to bend and flex more. i just got her home today so i don't have a lot of pics yet but i'll post one of the few i do have. Current Mood: content
Taking a step back
Saddle/bit fitter came yesterday and had a good look at Neo. He was chompy even with a ported Myler bit which she says is very strange. She also tried a few saddles but thinks he should still mature a bit more before starting ridden work properly, she thinks this may also be why he's very chewey on the bit. He had a couple of tender spots on his back as although the saddlie I was using (a wintec VSD with CAIR) sort of fit, it was as we expected lifting up at the back.
I'm now giving him a rest until the weekend as he'd had a busy few days. She's going to come back when the yard is quiet (was several people having saddles/bits done) and try him in a few more bits. I'm now going to go back to more ground work. A lady at the yard has a few of the Parelli DVD's I'm going to borrow. I'm also going to take him out on a leadrope from another horse to get him more used to distractions out and about.
If I'd known we were going so far on Sunday I wouldn't of taken him out! It was all a bit too much for him for his 3rd outing!
I'll leave rebacking until either late summer/autumn or next spring.
Bit dissapointed at taking a backwards step, but I think its best for him at this stage. The only other option would be to push him through his missbehaviour and none of us think he's mature enough to take this. I also don't want a horse with a broken spirit. Seen them broken by lots of beatings before and the poor pony afterwards just seemed to stand there looking sad all the time. Current Mood: thoughtful
|Sunday, April 5th, 2009|
Another horse filled weekend!
Yesterday I rode Neo out on a short hack with a few others around the local nature reserve. He was pretty good. Didn't like the shiny windows in the warehouse again, but we did walk past a double decker bus without any problem. We also walked over a log that's raised up off the ground to keep scooters out of the park area and he was fine. He did have a couple of silly moments and threw a couple of big bucks but I sat to them and stayed on OK.
Today we went on a pub hack. I rode Jet a lovely safe big black cob. I didn't think Neo was going to come but Amy who is an excellent rider and experienced with youngsters said she'd ride him. I don't think any of us realised how far it was! I'm glad she was riding him as he was a little sh!t at times and was bucking and even reared a couple of times( not right up thank god!). There was 11 of us out though and I think it was all a bit too much for him as we did 6.5 miles! He was so sweaty when we got back but he still had lots of enegry and galloped off down the field after I'd let him loose!
It's only his 3rd time out and was probably a bit much. We did main roads, a bridge over a main road, a bridge over a river and some steep banks!
I've got the saddle and bit fitter coming tomorrow to make sure all his tack fits OK. I don't think its discomfort I think he's just trying his luck a bit. I think he's being the horse equivalent of a stroppy teenager! Current Mood: tired
|Sunday, March 29th, 2009|
Our first hack out!
Took Neo on his first hack out of the yard today. I was a bit worried because he was acting like a spring lamb when I rode him in the school on Friday and wasn't much better yesterday. But the weather was nice today and after the strangles outbreak we've just been cleared to hack out again.
I thought it was only going to be 3 of us, but ended up as 6! 2 of which were me on Neo hacking out for the first time and yard owner on her youngster also hacking out for the first time.
I tried not to be nervous but couldn't help being a bit nervy at first. I was worried as we have to go a short way along a busy road and out in hand Neo doesn't like the traffic coming up from behind. He was fine though, he only stepped back a little bit while we waited at the junction but on the move he was as good as anything. We did ride 2 abreast along here keeping the youngsters away from the passing cars. A noisy scooter even went past and he didn't flinch. I think he was more interested in looking at the horses reflections in the mirror like windows of the warehouse by the side of the road!
We then headed down through a housing area and into the local nature reserve. He was so good, having a good look around at everything but not spooking. The only downside is he did trip a couple of times because he was too busy looking around rather than where he was going!!
On the way back we were up front a lot of the way as he seems to like to be in the lead! Had a few little trots up hill and along the end of the road. He feels so much more balanced riding out than in the school. I'm going to concentrate on hacking for now to build up some muscle. Now the nights are longer I can ride out after work.
Next lesson.. will be hacking out alone!
|Sunday, March 22nd, 2009|
Curly has been stabled due to a bad neck for most of the week but yesterday was allowed out for a few hours. He made the most of it!
*Boing*( more hereCollapse )
And his partner in crime... 21 month old filly Kementári. ( more hereCollapse ) Current Mood: busy
|Monday, March 2nd, 2009|
Started proper backing of Neo at the weekend. On Saturday we went solo off the lunge line. Before this session all I'd done is sat on him and been led around a few times. On Sunday my other half took some videos of us. First on the lunge and then after we did some off the lunge work I had him walking through some cones.
I'm so pleased with how he's going. He's taking it all in his stride and is already responding to my legs (been using legs with voice which he already responds to on the lunge). We were happily walking around the school and changing the rein by the end of the session as well as winding around the cones. Also as you can here there was a horse kicking off in a field close to the school. He was having a mental moment as all his chums had gone in. Neo was perfectly calm and ignored all the fuss!
After this we finished with giving him his feed in the trailer so he gets used to loading... He'll go anywhere to get his feed!! Current Mood: cheerful
My Little Pony vs. Rammstein
Sorry to spam with a second video in one day, but I thought there may be people here who'd appreciate it this. :) It's actually very well done, particularly with the vocals!
Shire horse charge!
I was asked to work at the Shire Horse Centre yesterday, and I thought I'd share a short video I took. The horses, Boy and William, were in a massive field and were right at the far end of it ... typically. So I walked half-way up and called them, and this is the result. :) Ignore my voice on it, I didn't realise the mic was on and don't know how to remove sound! :s