Finally managed to get a good run in a horse trials and get it on Video. Got it sorted apart from the wind noise. Can’t help that one though unless I stand still. I am happy with the quality of the rcording for the Cross Country phase, may need to do some for the showjumpng one day. This Event was held at Werribee on the 30th and 31st July and was run by Wandin Park Riding Club.
I’d like to thank all my friends for their support, Heather for sharing her horses food with Occy (I forgot his at home) and all the bits of gear I have got from various suppliers in the past like Dressage Selections www.dressageselections.com.au and Southern Stars Saddlery www.southernstarssaddlery.com
After a heavy workout and jumping you should take care of your horses legs. I used Kool It Wraps on Occy’s back legs last weekend. They are easy to use and don’t rely on ice, but you can soak them in ice water if available. Just start soaking about half an hour before you need them to hydrate the Gel.
The benefit is they absorb the heat from the horses legs exceptionally well, and you don’t have to worry about freezing the horses legs and causing damage as can happen when using straight ice. They cool for a long time and once they warm up it is a easy thing to do to dunk them in cold water again to refresh the cooling effect. They are an Australian made, well constructed heavy Cotton Boot filled with water holding crystals with adjustable Velcro straps to hold them in place.
Managed to have a read of couple editions of a magazine called“The Horse Downunder Magazine”. Must say I am impressed.It’s not just filled with competition reports or dedicated to a particular disciplineof style of riding. For example the May 2010 edition has features in it about Steve Jefferys, Shane Rose,Nike Chapman and Pat Parelli. June includes articles aboutEquestrian ArtistTom McAulay, a ride to Snake Island, Victoria and some training tips from Double Dan Horsemanship.
But wait there is more.JCountry personalities, towns and clubs also get included along with their stories and connection to the land and horses.
So there is something for everyone. Articles are well written and alwaysaccompanied with great photo’s.Check out their websitewww.horsedownunder.com.au
It’s a Saturday and I got to stay home. Bizarre that. And its sort of raining. Perfect with catching up with some of my DVD watching. I have a couple of Laura Bechtolsheimer dressage training videos from www.horsehero.com which are excellent. Both of them feature Klaus Balkenhol
as her coach, with some very clear translation done by Dr. Bechtolsheimer. The Future Stars DVD also includes a very clear portion on Long Reining, portions of which can and should be also used for lunging a horse. Lots of transitions and changes rather than a senseless chasing of a horse in circles. It is worth getting this DVD just for this. But then again the section with Klaus Balkenhol, Laura Bechtolsheimer and the 4 year old Joey, is superb.
But my favourite DVD is the one that concentrates on Laura’s horse Dankeschoen (Dan to his friends). It is a progression of training over several months of Laura riding Dan by herself and explaining what she is doing with the warm up and exercises. This includes training for lateral movements from shoulder in to travers and renvers including required aids to help the horse. The DVD It even shows how Laura handles things when they go slightly wrong, no staged training videos here. Better this way because for most of us things don’t always go right and we need to know how to deal with those times.
And through all of this Laura just talks on, not even out of breath. Once again you get to enjoy Klaus Balkenhol coaching Laura in the section dealing with the start of piaffe, and his experience really does show here.
Apart from the quality of the riding and the coaching on these DVDs, they have some of the best sound and video quality I have seen in a long time. Can’t really wait until the next rainy day to watch them again. Both DVDs are available from www.horseheroshop.com. It stopped raining, so better get back out there and ride now Regards Walter
I am always filling out entry forms, most of which are in a pdf format so I always needed to start afresh for every competition. Until now that is. I have just found Infix PDF Editor to make my life easier. I can now change edit and save a pdf entry form just like a normal Word document. I just have all my details and the horses details there permanently and now only need to enter the competition details. So much easier and quicker. Now back to riding.