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  1. khalswitz

    Geoff update: the end of the road.

    Hi all. I know it's been a while since I updated last with Geoff's condition. Up til now, he's been just tootling along, been turned out, wound not quite healed but getting there. Today I got a phonecall from my yard owner saying he looked very unhappy and very lame. Went up to the yard, and...
  2. khalswitz

    Geoff Update: It's all in the air!!!

    Hello HHO!!! It has been a while... but whilst we're no still no where near 'competing and training' again yet, there is some news in Geoff-land. He is doing ace. Not only is he the best patient in the world (how many horses, 2.5 months into box rest, would be standing in their stable calmly...
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    Geoff Update: Some HHO vibes would be much appreciated!

    Geoff has been in a fitness program for the new season, has been going ace - looks like a totally different horse. We'd been planning our events for the season, and were very excited. Today, I arrived at the yard to find my boss with the tractor taking the trailer into the field. Geoff had...
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    Geoff Update: Long Time No Post!!!

    It's been a while, HHO! Things have simultaneously been very busy and very quiet at Khalswitz HQ. Geoff has been on holiday pretty much since late November, firstly thanks to a cracking hole in his hock, then an abscess in his off fore, then horrific mud fever on the near fore, then another...
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    Geoff Update: Saddles and Self-Harming...

    Geoff has settled in so well at his new yard (and my workplace), and even has a proper best friend now too (a lovely 16 year old grey who, when we call them in for breakfast, neighs to let us know he's heard and then rounds Geoff up to make sure he comes for breakfast too!!). The hacking...
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    Strange Explosions, Tidy Geoff, and BOOT CAMP

    WELL. I know this is hot on the heels of our last report, but there has been lots of goings-on at Determined Equestrian! Firstly, right after my last update, plans changed. We decided to move Geoff sooner than later, so he was planned to move on Friday to his new home at the event yard...
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    Geoff the Magic Dragon is obviously famous!!

    All has been quiet here at Khalswitz HQ. Geoff has stayed sound after our three week panic attack, which is great, but he has turned into a snorting, flying creature of destruction the minute I sit on him. After two weeks of escalating spooking, skidding to a halt, going backwards and rearing...
  8. khalswitz

    Back to front or front to back?

    Here's some food for thought. A friend of mine claims that the 'correct' way of doing things, ie working from back to front, getting the forward and the engagement before worrying about the head, is the ideal, but that is many reschooling cases it doesn't work. She says there are cases when...
  9. khalswitz

    Geoff Update: His Leg and My Job :)

    So, Geoff has done his period of box rest and anti-inflamatories, and vet came out to check him yesterday. He was originally 6/10 lame in trot and noticeably off in walk, but he is now sound in a straight line and only very slightly off when turned or lunged (and considering he escaped his box...
  10. khalswitz

    The Good News... And the Bad News :(

    Bit of a mixed bag this report - and none of it even involved competing this time. The bad news first. Geoff is broken :( As I posted a little while ago with the dramatic shoe-twisting and foot-impaling scenario, and the subsequent jumping outing where he turned into a rodeo pony again for...
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    Geoff Update: Return of the Monster Geoff

    After the disappointing cancellation of both of our events, after a very dramatic shoe-related disaster, we got a note from our local venue that this Wednesday would be the last evening SJ before the winter. Determined to make the most of it and have fun, we entered the 70 and 80 classes...
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    Disaster

    Here we are, just after the final withdrawal date for our first BE event this weekend, and I arrive late at night to find Geoff hopping lame unable to move. He has twisted his hind shoe, and there is large hole in his foot where he has stepped on the clip. THANK GOD my vet happened to be on...
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    Some questions about tack and turnout for BE...

    You can tell I've turned into a dressage diva, as all my bridles now have BD suitable bling on them. I know bling is not 'fashionable' at BE (Although am watching quite a few blingy browbands on the XC at WEG!), but is it legal? Rulebook suggests BD rules (excepting the one about plaiting bands)...
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    Geoff Update: The One Before The One We've All Been Waiting For

    So, this will be our last update before Geoff's BE debut next weekend. And of course, poor Geoff hadn't been touched for a week and a half whilst I was away working at Blair, so I returned home this week to a moody git who wouldn't stand for the farrier, bronced on the lunge, and kept pushing...
  15. khalswitz

    Feeling SICK

    ... now that I have just sent off an entry for mine and Geoff's first BE80. He's been jumping well, so feeling hopeful, but can't help worrying. Any tips/hints/positive stories to tell to make me feel less like I've just committed very expensive suicide?
  16. khalswitz

    Geoff update: Little jumps, big jumps, BD points.

    So, we seem to be in a parallel universe were Geoff has become awesome. Either that or he has a better looking 'good twin' that's taken over recently. I mean, I've even been offered actual money for him, and not for glue/tesco burgers/ pedigree chum either... It's bizarre. So, afraid of the bad...
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    Geoff update: Combined Training Take 2

    So after our success at last week's small Combined Training, this week we were entered into our local RC's yearly combined training trophy event. We entered the Prelim dressage (well aware that after our BD Novice debut next month we will be out of RC prelim, so to make the most of it), and the...
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    Bitless Dressage

    So, following on from the discussion Faracat and I started on the polo welfare thread in TR (hijacking!!), do you think that BD should offer spectate classes/sections for bitless? Personally, I have nothing against seperate classes, but certainly the videos of higher level bitless dressage I...
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    Geoff Update: Bouncing, Poncing, Splatting and... Winning?

    It's been a busy week for Geoff and I! We are now starting to aim properly for his first event and first BE this season so we are practicing hard. In an attempt to expose Geoff to as many scary fillers and things as possible (SJ still being our weakest phase) we are going along to our RC's...
  20. khalswitz

    FRUSTRATED with transport....

    I'm going to start this off by saying, I have no horse transport. Because of this, I'd always considered myself very lucky when I do manage to get a lift somewhere, and chose my current yard partly because it is in hacking distance of venues. Now I was very much hoping to get out for our...
  21. khalswitz

    I need some indestructible buckets!!!

    So Geoff has a tendency to get a bit excited when eating... he has destroyed three trugs in the last six months, and one of the supposedly unbreakable flexible feed buckets. He just stamps and stamps with his front feed, flings them over the door, and generally batters them. I've just bought two...
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    Geoff Update: Area 22 Dressage!

    It's been a wee while since Geoff last had an update on here. It's been pretty quiet - I've been busy with work, and Geoff has been doing lots of schooling, working away on flexion and increasing suppleness, and me sorting out my position and wobbly hands, and both of us doing some jumping...
  23. khalswitz

    Aswanley BE80 - does it have a ditch?

    Trying to plan a nice inviting first BE80 for my lad, and Aswanley is a lovely straightforward event at the end of the season which would be perfect. But does anyone know if they have a ditch?? My lad is pretty ditchy, which we're working on, but for his first event I'd rather not have to worry...
  24. khalswitz

    Geoff Update: Two Lessons and a Bit of Bouncing

    Since our last update things have gone a bit strangely. Geoff, who was loving his dressage and doing respectably at Prelim BD with a few respectable outings at Novice unaff, has suddenly turned into a proper little jumper! The bit change that was recommended at BRC Area Camp has completely...
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    Geoff Update: RC Camp where we SORT THE JUMPING!!!!!

    Picking up where out last report left off, Geoff was due a couple of weeks of light hacking after a busy six weeks of competing. He seemed to really gain a lot of confidence in the ring during his six weeks of going out at least once a week (and some weeks twice) to local low key comps and has...
  26. khalswitz

    Bumper Geoff Update

    A very busy weekend to update you all on before Geoff has a few weeks' well-deserved holiday - rest, hacking, and cantering round the field, his favourite things! So last Friday night we had a grid work session with our instructor. For the first time in AGES we didn't have a single refusal all...
  27. khalswitz

    Mini Geoff report - Novice take 2 :)

    So after our epic results on Saturday (http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?664393-Geoff-Update-BD-Take-2-and-Attempting-Novice) at our first Novice test, I was in a quandary about what to do next. We're entered for 2 BD prelims at the weekend, trying to get our sheets for Areas...
  28. khalswitz

    Quick question: dressage turnout!!!

    Am nipping off to a very low key unaff dressage comp tonight. Usually wear my full getup for unaff (tweed, shirt, stock, cream breeches black peaked hat and white saddle cloth and plaits), but was told when putting my entry that 'it's very casual - don't bother plaiting and feel free to dress...
  29. khalswitz

    Geoff Update: BD Take 2 and Attempting Novice...

    So, as was decided after much discussion with the HHO forum, Geoff and I had an attempt at our first Novice unaffiliated yesterday in addition to our second BD outing at Prelim. A friend was taking us and doing the Novice, so saved her having to go too early, and whilst we were aware we...
  30. khalswitz

    A positive SJ Outing? From GEOFF?!

    So, as we all know, Geoff is a little... unpredictable to show jump. It seems to be becoming a more and more common occurrence that people ask me 'why do I bother?'. I bother because days like Saturday DO happen!!! A friend offered to trailer Geoff and I with her to an SJ derby competition on...
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