Was going to use today as recovery from the Tonimbuk horse trials, but now just ended up doing things at home in between showers and, off all things, riding. Took Jarrah the 23 year old out for a ride down the back. He would love to jump the Cross Country jumps I have, in his mind at least. He was never really capable when he was younger, so no chance now. I wouldn’t let him anyway J. Occy got the day off today as I rode him yesterday down the back and worked up a good sweat, so he has had 5 days on anyway.
Few branches down from the storm which I will clean up as they are blocking one of my longer tracks and one of the jumps.
Will have to see if I have time to pop down to Tonimbuk next Saturday to have a play. Good low stress opportunity really.
Heard through the grapevine that the Cross country is cancelled due to the rain overnight. Luckily the grapevine (thanks Vaughn) called me just as I was about to load up Occy back onto the float and drive back up. Another day off and too wet to do anything outside.
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The road on the way home from Tonimbuk last night. Luckily I had just made it off the freeway before the storm hit. I got almost 120mm overnight. Hope it holds off for the cross-country today. The sound is the hail on the roof. Poor Occy in the float would have been deafened.
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.
I’ll blame this on Bignose, sorry meant Occy as if usually parks his fat behind near that wheel. Must admit the other tires look a bit worn also so may need to go tire shopping to keep pony safe.
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Our first showjumping comp in a long time and our first straight sj comp at this level. All things considered we did well getting a 4th and a 5th place. The video is of Elizabeth Hughes on Robert Henry HRCAV level 1 placed 2nd in the AM7
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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. 🙂
Here are some tips to helping you achieve the pace you want to ride successfully around your next cross country course. Plan your ride, know your speed to go the distance. Now you need to work out how you will ride that average speed. As you walk the course, try to get a sense of how it will flow and feel to ride. Where will you have to ride more slowly and where can you make up time. When you are galloping your horse along you will need to let them you know that a jump is approaching.
Competed in the Wandin Horse trials in the Preliminary section on the last weekend in November. Saturday the weather was dry for the dressage. That was lucky as my farrier put new shoes on Compadre (Occy), unfortunately without studholes. The dressage test was ok, but nothing sparkling, especially after the Flowerbox incident at A, so we had to settle for 11th place after that phase. Up to the farriers that night and Occy had studholes by 8pm.
That was just as well as it rained overnight with the odd drizzle during the day. Even with the studs in we had a bit of a slip in the crosscountry warmup, but I had the best ride I ever had on Occy for the XC to come in clear and under time which moved us up to 2nd place.
We followed this up with a very nice and clear Showjumping round to stay in second place. The 1st place getter was about 15 points ahead, and as there is currently no way we could score in the high 70s for the dressage, we did as well as we could have, getting one of the 2 only clear clear rounds. Even the winner had time penalties Crosscountry. We scored a nice new Saddleblanket from Horseland for our troubles.
There’s nothing like a good stretch -when you wake up in the morning, during breaks at work, or before and after your workout. In human physiology, we know about stretching and its benefits for the athlete. Many practitioners and physical therapists recommend stretching for their equine clients. Are the techniques really helpful, and if so, why? Or are we endangering our horses’ health with some of the stretches we make them do?
Navicular disease once was called ‘the last resort of the diagnostically destitute (practitioner),’ based on the syndrome’s ambiguous symptoms and the practitioner’s inability to isolate definitely the source of the horse’s pain. In the 1980s, navicular disease was believed to be the most over-diagnosed lameness in American horses. The reason? You could never really be sure what was causing the lameness. Symptoms were lumped together; owners demanded a name to put on the lameness. This article provides an update on where things are at with research and prevention, read to the end to the “Big Picture” paragraph.
The corer at work preparing the ground to make the going better for the horses. With 39 degrees Celsius predicted for dressage and 34 for Crosscountry day the course has been shortened to about 8 minutes from 11.
Show jumping day and it is predicted to be 40 again. Course walking.
Stuart Tinney riding Vettori ended up winning the Australian International 3-Day Event in a tight finish with less than one time penalty separating from second place getter Megan Jones who took out second and third positions on Kirby Park Allofasudden and Kirby Park Irish Jester. The Australian team has emerged victorious against New Zealand in the Trans Tasman competition.