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    Achievements for this year and Aims for the next!

    fabulous posts through this thread!! :D we had a brilliant year all in all! maybe not achieved as much as we had originally hoped, but super pleased with where we finished the year!! :D Main achievements : Found a BRILLIANT new dressage instructor who has pushed us harder and further...
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    Lola Makes her Affiliated Elementary Debut!

    Native power Indeed!!! :D thankyou :D
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    Hat testing ...

    the only way to "test" a hat is to physically cut it open to view the internals - (un)fortunately, they are one time use only - if they drop or fall, the air will be squashed out of the polystyrene that is the protection in the hat, meaning that it will no longer be able to do its job again...
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    Lola Makes her Affiliated Elementary Debut!

    Notimetoride - she is a pure forest bred new forest! :D it's a 5 hour round trip for us so have never been! Bernster - thankyou, she's the coolest! Just need to work on everything being much more uphill and sharper to start actually gaining the marks she deserves!! ( and me actually do her...
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    Lola Makes her Affiliated Elementary Debut!

    Millipops - thankyou. She's a doll :D we have qualified novice, still in discussion with mother as to whether she's happy to drive the box that far or not though! It's a long way for one test haha, but we are hoping to make it :) Silv - normally I don't have an issue! Just I've been doing then...
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    Lola Makes her Affiliated Elementary Debut!

    Can i just repeat how much i love this little mare? <3 last minute entry to our VERY local venue for a bash at ele for the first time affiliated, and 2nd ever go! shes felt ace recently so i wasnt too worried about getting through the test! Hacked up nicely, amid a sea of huge lorries and...
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    Lola does a lot of "firsts!" :D <3 im the luckiest owner ever!

    Its been her thing ever since she was a foal haha, bless her, thankyou so much! I still have to pinch myself sometimes :D (even if she would be loads better with a better rider!)
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    Lola does a lot of "firsts!" :D <3 im the luckiest owner ever!

    Exactly peregrine Falcon :D haha I love them too! Thankyou bernster, she is totally reformed but I won't pet the witch go too soon so good witch it is! Ha :D Cundlegreen, I'd have nothing else now! Haha its her party trick which doesn't often appear, luckily it's not a normal reaction and...
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    Lola does a lot of "firsts!" :D <3 im the luckiest owner ever!

    thankyou both! i have to agree littlerooketrider!! :D
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    Lola does a lot of "firsts!" :D <3 im the luckiest owner ever!

    silv - thankyou! New forests can be so over looked in the m+m world, but they really are brilliant! Leannepip - hahaha i think its more "good witch of the north" than the "wicked witch of the west" now hahaha :P
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    5'8 and I'd like a NF Pony - Unrealistic? Other Suggestions?

    have a mention on "new forest pony people" on facebook - if you are on there atm, they have loads of great advice, along with tonnes of breeders etc who might point you in the right direction :) im 5ft2 and ride a chunky 13hh, at no point do i feel big on her! i have a 14.1 hh who i feel tiny...
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    Lola does a lot of "firsts!" :D <3 im the luckiest owner ever!

    Thankyou all! She is just the most fun! I'm so lucky :D FW - while she still rears she still has witch pony tendencies ;) but it's just a small part of her now :D
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    Lola does a lot of "firsts!" :D <3 im the luckiest owner ever!

    Okay, not really CR, but... It really has dawned on me just how awesome little lola (aka witch pony) is :) she is the jack of all trades! Two weeks ago, we made our area festival debut :) She was brilliant and even ended up with a placing! :D she then had a few days off, did a bit of...
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    Area Festivals and a re-debut

    congratulations on your area festival success! shame we didnt get to see you though!
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    Witch Pony Update - Super Proud! Area Festivals!! (pic heavy)

    I am so lucky to have her, wouldn't change her for the world <3
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    Witch Pony Update - Super Proud! Area Festivals!! (pic heavy)

    Thankyou! I am soo sooo proud of her, she excelled herself! We next have music championships at London and south East, then native pony championship!!
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    open university and horses...

    I'm studying the open course part time, I work full time with 2 horses... I found I'm VERY good at procrastination haha,so I have to be good with disciplining myself. I try to do most of the reading before the module starts. So then I can just go back over and work through the activities...
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    Witch Pony Update - Super Proud! Area Festivals!! (pic heavy)

    Awhhhhh thankyou all!!! She is a diamond <3 Yep she's a forest bred new forest pony :) I'm 5ft2 and she's 13hh!! Ha :)
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    Witch Pony Update - Super Proud! Area Festivals!! (pic heavy)

    Thankyou both, I am over the moon with her! :D
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    Witch Pony Update - Super Proud! Area Festivals!! (pic heavy)

    Well, the last time i updated everyone we had just won our elementary debut!! <3 since then, we have been quietly working away, doing tonnes of hacking, regular lessons and keeping things ticking :) Bank holiday monday we hacked over to a beautiful facility about 10 mins away to have a...
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    Your tips please- How to improve!? (yourself not the horse!)

    What a great idea for a thread! I agree with the post that says it's hard to really ride correctly until the horse softens and is through and in balance, however.... What I'm aware of - that I pull up through the back of my knee, I need to sit *up*, sharp reaction to aid then leave alone...
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    Do you assume 1 year per level?

    Always good to have aims! You will smash it! :D
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    Do you assume 1 year per level?

    With lola, I did about 3 intro tests, then skipped to novice, she was one of those ponies who needed stuff to happen quickly to keep her thinking and therefore not bog off with me, the prelims are a little too round the outside. The novices make me ride more. We didn't get great scores but good...
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    tell me your naughty 4/5yr, come good stories

    little lola was one of these :) got her as a semi-feral pony straight off the forest, just weaned, straight out was difficult to handle, jumped over the herding gates to get her from the trailer to the stable.. would keep you at a distance with any way possible (usually feet or galloping around...
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    I have a confession

    I was there watching at Wellington, everyone commented on what a sweet horse he was to let people dismantle the jump around him! Glad to see you made it round :D sad to hear we won't be getting any more reports, but good luck in Tokyo! I'd love to go there so really jealous if I'm honest!
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    Emotional (good) witch pony update!! <3 ELEMENTARY DEBUT!!

    thankyou all! im still soooo pleased! hoping to make our bd ele debut late september i think! haha not going to even think about medium!! Leannepip -- i know right, i was totally expecting it! haha :) but hes brill and has really bought the good out in us :) dont know when to do next...
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    Emotional (good) witch pony update!! <3 ELEMENTARY DEBUT!!

    that she is indeed!! :) absoutely yes to bd, however not till after we have area festivals at novice out of the way first, all my money is going on training! haha :)
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    Emotional (good) witch pony update!! <3 ELEMENTARY DEBUT!!

    Well what can i say, i think i may have to revoke the witch pony status! (temporarily at least!) Shes been awesome of late, super fun (if a tad wild) to hack, really enjoying it again, now we have some beautiful hacking to enjoy! Been cracking on with weekly lessons and my god are they...
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    Weekend plans

    We are off out dressaging again Sunday :) looking forward to it! Hope every one has a fab weekend!
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