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  1. daffy44

    Anyone want a thread for the Olympic dressage live?

    One of my best friends is called Pumpkin, she will tell you its a great name!
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    Anyone want a thread for the Olympic dressage live?

    I'm with you here TPO, I dont see anything remotely dull, mechanical or switched off either. I see an ability to produce huge athleticism without huge tension, and a remarkable partnership and trust with her rider.
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    Weekend plans

    Thats a genius post MP! You really should write a book, so perfectly explained. Its what I meant, but didnt express very well, on a previous thread about not really appreciating attention to detail and the basics until you get to GP, you've put it brilliantly.
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    hho news page

    I'm confused, I am a print subscriber and I got the same email that Tiddlypom has shown, but then I also got the notification that I have reached the limit of free news?
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    TM, I may be falling in love with Nova! What a star, absolutely perfect start to his xc career, so bold and sensible, but I think you may well be right, his jump is so careful he may be a little too much sj to be a high level eventer, but I think hes fabulous, you must be bursting with pride!
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Asha, my 4yr old is a big, empty frame of a horse that needs filling in! He is big moving, and needs to build up his strength and stamina, he is fed a scoop of Hi Fi, half a scoop of Saracen Conditioning Cubes, half a scoop of Speedibeet twice a day, adlib hay, and in the field all day. This...
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    Make it make sense!!

    Todays instructor sounds brilliant, I do firmly believe that if you really understand something you are able to make it very simple.
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    Make it make sense!!

    I think you have possibly nailed it!!
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    Make it make sense!!

    Then talk to your instructor, tell her you dont understand what and why she is asking you to do, she should be able to tell you exactly what and why she is asking, thats her job, but if you dont tell her you are feeling lost, she cant help you. Dont assume she is trying to correct awful flaws...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Its frustrating isnt it? Mine does everything very happily alone, which is fab, but riding with other horses is an important life skill that cant be ignored, I'm sure mine will be fine, he did it when he was at the backing yard, no problem, but its the one thing I feel we are currently lacking...
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    Make it make sense!!

    This is sounding so over complicated! Please dont think I am being rude, but you are not aiming for Badminton,so try simplifying things. I agree shoulders over hips, but as MP said just try to be generally aligned and balanced, there is no need to do too much, no wonder you said earlier in the...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Another arena hire for my guy this week, the previous two he has done he has been very well behaved, but understandably tense, and held the tension for longer than I would like despite being very good. So we went out for a third time on thursday and I am so, so pleased, totally chilled from...
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    "I'm a robot when I ride" and other big breakthroughs - what's yours?

    Absolutely, I certainly find I work on the same things with the newly backed 4yr old as I do with the GP horse, I'm just more demanding with one than the other. I remember being frustrated that my one tempis (which are good) were only getting 6s in the test, because they dropped in quality once...
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    "I'm a robot when I ride" and other big breakthroughs - what's yours?

    Brilliant idea for a thread OP! I think I have two big break through moments, the first one is kind of the opposite of yours OP. I was riding in a lesson when my then trainer asked me why I had just done something, unfortunately I didnt even realise I had done something. This prompted a...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Lovely pics Lannerch! What a good girl she is, and sounds like an excellent plan for her. TM, Nova looks awesome! Such a great attitude and an equally fabulous technique, you rode him beautifully, that video was a pleasure to watch, and a homebred too, you must be so excited with him!
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    No MSJ Freestyle at Olympics?

    They may feel that Gio is better suited to the expected hot, humid weather in Tokyo, or possibly feel its more important to have Freestyle as the high scorer on the Team for the Europeans, either way, how fabulous that she has two equally high scoring horses to choose from.
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    You're a lot braver than me! I have worked a bit with baby racehorses, but only being the person on the ground, and I'm very happy to keep it that way, if it feels dodgy I want the option to get off!!
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Happy Birthday Nova! You must be so proud of him, he is growing up beautifully. Thank you TM and RachelFerd, I appreciate the nice comments, and I do agree with you both, I love working with youngsters, but I totally agree they need experienced people, no matter how good the youngster is, this...
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    Make it make sense!!

    I found this thread interesting, and it prompted some musing, nothing personal at all to you AE, I dont know you, and I havent seen you ride, but I think the conclusions you have come to are very valid, the reasons we ride, train etc are personal and first and foremost we need to do what makes...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Well I've had two days that illustrate the joys of young horses! On thursday, I was out hacking with my 4yr old, and I reflecting on how grown up he is feeling, I get on him from the grown up, fixed mounting block on the yard, we can go wherever we want on a loose rein etc, I was hacking alone...
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    Could it be grief?

    I'm so sorry for your loss, yes, it absolutely could be grief, I would give the little one some company as soon as possible. I lost a horse last year, and her best friend was with her when she died, and she only left the body when she was ready, but even so, after the horse was buried her best...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    TM, I loved your video, so quietly ridden, and Nova looked really confident and happy, such a happy, positive experience, brilliant. My 4yr old is still coming along nicely, hes been home from backing about two months now, and all good, today before hacking I decided to go in the school briefly...
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    1st weekend in June: Weekend plans

    IHW, he is gorgeous! What an amazing debut, huge congratulations to everyone involved with him, what an exciting future for you all. Palo, everyone feels like that with youngsters, dont worry, and yes, you will be working on the basics for as long as you are working the horse, its the majority...
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    Competing well below your working level

    I totally agree with this, I know we are all different, but I cant imagine what positives can come from looking up fellow competitors records. Its something I have never done, and I cant see how it would help anything, I think its really important to focus on the things you can control, and...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Thank you TM, thats what I am hoping for, hes just a big, empty frame at the moment, but I'm very pleased with how he is starting to develop, thats what I mean when I say he'll take time, I dont think he'll look great until hes 7 or 8. Lannerch, well done for the win! Boundary testing is an...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Another arena hire today for my 4yr old, and I'm very pleased, couldnt be easier to load, travel, tack up etc, he is very surprised when he gets to a new place, but still behaves well, which is very nice. No walking in hand first this time, just got on and he was fine, his stamina is improving...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Brilliant Lannerch! She looks to have a great attitude, bold and sensible, and scopey too, lovely mare.
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    15.1 TM?! I would have thought about a hand bigger than that! He looks fantastic, really strong for his age. Mine is 4 today, and for his birthday I got him a vet with a needle, I know, I'm so kind! He had a lovely chilled hack in the sunshine grabbing cow parsley, then he had his booster...
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    Pushing or taking your time with the young horse?

    It isnt a case of either or, I think of it more like socialising a puppy, its about making a good citizen, a horse (or dog) who is easy to take out and will be sensible in different scenarios. I have a four yr old who was backed a couple of months ago, and he went out for his first arena hire a...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Fabulous technique there TM!!
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