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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:45 am

No problem, I didn't take it the wrong way Very Happy I must admit I do keep forgeting he is a baby, as Brett is still such a nervous tit and he's 11 Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:02 pm

Yay we got out tonight [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

We did a bit in the school just to make sure he was calm and listerning
then off out in to the big wide world, and he was super cool, only
100meters down the road we heard a tinkerling bell, I couldn't work out
what it was, then a bike over took us [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
totally calm then off on the road that takes us to the pig farm I
wasn't going to do that bit tonight just to near to it and then turn and come back, to get there we had to pass sheep, a very bouncy collie dog and about 60 rounds of hay parked in one field, yes we did look but after a
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we had a really nice trott up the hill and then stopped and admired
the view, we could just start to hear the pigs scream so we turned and
came home, we had another trott going past the sheep ect and he was
great, also most of the way back we where on the buckle end [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] we met a car on the way home too and he stood really well for it to past and for me to speak to the driver [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:24 pm

Fan...dabby.... doozy, what a good man
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:01 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Sounds like Mossy's doing brilliantly.
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:49 pm

Last night I started on the de-spooking Brett to bunting, I hung it over his head and gently shook it and he [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] he even stopped eating [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
although he did very warily finish his tea, I will leave there a few
days and the try and fix it out side so he has to walk under it.
Needless to say Moss didn't bat an eye

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We did some more school tonight and I got cliff to film me, so we are in focus and in the light [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

By the second vid he is getting a bit sulky a she thought he had done enough and wanted to go out and explore [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:30 pm

Nice vids Very Happy I see what you mean about the sulking Laughing I bet his pace would soon perk up if someone opened the gate...........





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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:26 pm

He was certamily a lot happier tonight Very Happy
We had a lovely ride out tonight, we did just a five mins or so in the
school then off, very forward to start as it's a steep down hill and he
has always wanted to trot it [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
still I didn't need the second rein and he soon calmed down, we had a
car come up behind us and as it's a twisty road they had to follow till I
could wave them on, we then had another car come towards us with lights
on and for both he was super we then went off road [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] across a little bridge, that did take a bit of persuasion but we did it, I didn't trot as he felt forward enough [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] and we had a couple of branches where I had to lie on his neck [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
, we did the lane then up the steep hill where we stopped to admire the
view the we turned and came back, after the bridge we turned a
differant way home and had a good trot along there, not much leg needed
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And I rememeber not to nag with the leg and succeed pretty well and guess what? he doesn't grind to a halt if I don't nag [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:07 pm

I had a great week with Moss we have ridden a fair bit and he has been super [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]


I did a little vid the other night, not too good, some quite big gaps of nothing but hang in there [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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is some walking, hopefully with out nagging, some sitting trot, this is
the first time I have ridden him at rising trott, it felt ok fairly
smooth not too sure that it looks like that, I kept thinking don't lean
back, some rising trot and we had a bash at the totf [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] have to say we did a corker when the camara wasn't on [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] but we where facing the gate and he wanted to go walkies [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
so the filmed one is not very good as we where just stood in the middle
of the school, If I can I will get Cliff to film again at the end of
the week
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Rode again last night [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
first time of doing two nights in a row, we only did school the night
before so last night was just a few mins in the school then off out, we
had a small discussion on where we where going [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
as he thought it was the route we did last time, still I won that one
and it was a new route, he was great we meet a fair few cars and had two
very noisy hearth rugs going for it behind a gate, we past a field on
beef cows, then we had a little trott after a few mins though he head
was up and he was on alert, so back to walk and what is it? arr yes
small black and white cows [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] I just kept looking forward and said "walk on" in my best bossy voice and off we went [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] we went a bit further up the road then turned and came back, no notice was taken of the cows that time [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we had another trot then some buckle end walking to finish Very Happy
the boys where not bothered that he had gone and they didn't bother
walking back with us either [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:34 pm

cheers well done both, it's lovely to be involved in your journey together Smile Nice bit of rein back Wink to finish with.

One question maycloud, what's a hearth rug??????
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:02 pm

Those small very hairy dogs of no known breed Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:00 am

Got ya Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:33 pm

We went out Thursday and Moss was a bit bouncy as we meet a few things
but still pretty good, I must try even harder to stay relaxed and not
get tense [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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started well off up another new route till we came to a field of sheep,
now we have done sheep but normally there are only half a dozen or so
this time it was the full field full, so we spun and started for home [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
he did stop without the second rein and and we stood and look and
started to walk on then we spun again so again face the sheep look then
calmly asked for walk on, which he did [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
a few bouncy strides but very good, then off up the road to the farm
and at which point I thought "I have had enough" as the chicken feeders
where going great guns, all the cows where lowing and the farmer had the
tractor going and was feeding the cows, but no Moss was come lets go on
nothing to fear here [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
so we did, we had a lovely trot all the way to the next farm, then we
turned off for home a past a field of cows, they where nice old dairy
cows who did nothing but look [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
the further on we found another field of cows this lot wanted to
follow, gulp but we did ok, then past a horse and then then another
field with two horse and a kennel full of barking dogs. then home and
the little bugger didn't want to go back in his field much happier out
and about

A very big horsey day today, it was time to move the boys to a new field
back the other side of village, so I decided that I would ride Moss
first then go back and me and Chrissie would ride Brett & Teepy over
and hoped that Moss would behave in the new field with out him mates.

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went brill, Moss was a star he was a bit naughty at the start as about
15 mins into the ride we met a motor scooter which he put in a small
buck after it had gone past [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] slight change of undies needed but carried on, we where out a good hour and half [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we did roads, green lanes and the woods at the grand tranchee, we had
some lovely trots, I might get the courage up to try a canter one day [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] he did one stonking great spook which made me laugh [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
when a pheasant flew up from about ten foot away in front of us. We
got to the field and he was happy as Larry , straight in, had his sweets
and straight into eating never looked for the boys.
Then totally
dripping in sweat I met up with Chrissie, we went back to the boys who
had their knickers in a bit of a twist as to where was Moss [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] but we tacked up and I got back on, Bum conpaining slightly [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
and a nice and uneventful ride on slightly shorter route but no
scooters or pheasents, Teepy was very tired by the time we got to the
field so Chrissie got off and lead him, it's the furthest he has been
this year and it was still very hot. Brett and Teep where delighted to
see Moss and he semed fairly pleased to see them and so we bunged then
intogether and staggered back.
In all about 3 hours in the saddle, a
longer but faster ride with Moss but both still an hour and half each,
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A couple of pic taken from almost the same place

Spot the differance


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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:27 pm

You're doing brilliantly maycloud cheers , the only difference I can see is in the colours.... mane.... one light one, one dark one, but that could be just the lighting. Smile
Have you had a good week? Hope you could walk ok teehee
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:25 pm

That was it Azaria Laughing Moss's shrubby brown Mane and Brett's blond locks bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:28 pm

we have had another two rides this week, both he has been fab, we did
meet a load of bouncy heifers the other night who all came galloping up,
on one side and a field of dairy cows on the other side, there was a
bit of the figits but not bad if fact it was mainly the PUT (pratt up
top) that was the probelm [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
I could hear my friend saying "now my girl what you need to to do is ride
past this lot every day" and which I have done or at least on the next
ride (tonight) they cows did nothing tonight [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] but we did meet the farmer with his quad bike [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] , this farmer is great, he turned the engine off and after a couple of spooks Moss past him [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we had to cut short our ride as it suddenly started to get dark, but
had a nice trot back towards the cows and finally got him trott past the
smelly muck heaps, we are still doing ten or so mins in ths school
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:55 pm

Well done both. Very Happy



It's amazing the things horses can find to spook at, isn't it? with Buster today it was a big stack of big black silage bales that weren't there last time we went that way. From fast trot to skid-stop and Bambi on ice impression in a nano-second Rolling Eyes . Never mind, it all helps to keep us on our toes.



You're putting me to shame with all this work you're getting in with Moss Embarassed . I shall have to extract the digit and do some stuff with Roo.





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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:25 am

It was his first quad bike so not too bad Very Happy

I have just been lucky with the with weather since Moss came home and that it is still light to gone 9pm as I don't get chance to do stuff till about seven on a good day, it has hardly rained since he came home too Very Happy for the next two weeks I have my mum and my aunt here, then I'm going to the UK for four days and finally my MIL is over for five days so I think the riding will be dropping off a bit, also it looks like autumn will be arriving by the end of the week Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:56 pm

dont you just hate the silly cows that feel the need to rush after you or towards you - oscars' always looking for the t-rex chasing them! give me sensible dairy cows every time.
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:39 am

Totally hate the cows that run up and down, why can't thye just stand and graze Laughing

We have done another couple of rides, one just in the school and a lovely one last night out and about [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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got to the field and called him, he was snoozing under the tree with
the others, I put down the bridle ect and went back for the saddle, when
I got back I called again and he came trotting over the other two just
stayed under the trees, Moss trotted straight into the holding area and
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:love: we did a few mins in the school then out, we went past the cows
again and on the differant road, they had been given another strip of
grass so stayed plus I think they are getting a bit more used to us, we
did have a couple of spooks but I think either the boar or chasse had
been through the maize, we went down to the canal and then back up the
grand tranchee had a reaally long trot (for us) I was very glad I hadn't
gone on the other side as the chasse where out a few gun shoots around,
then back past the cows [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
when we got home I walked him past the gate so he doesn't always nap
there, well Moss being Moss marched straight past and then didn't want
to turn back and come home [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]:

Don't think I will be getting much riding in from now on it's due to rain for the next ten days [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:00 pm

Yes, the forecast is utter cack for the next few days Evil or Very Mad Looks like Roo might be seeing a bit more of the brolly [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]





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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:19 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:37 am

We have done bog all really just the one ride in the last ten days

Considering we hadn't been out for a week he was very good, we did have a little strop at the start as he didn't want to do any school stuff first and I siad he did, so we discussed it a bit and he did it then we went out, we had some snorts and a few little starts, but really very good, we had a few little trotts but all local wildlife seemed to out with us, squirrels, buzzards, etc plus some nasty niffs in the area chicken sheds and sawage works ect which distracted us [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] the kayaks where out in force too but that didn't bother him at all.

I have been a bit worried as he was coughing every time he trotted and for the last few
nights he has had a snotty nose, it doesn't seemed to have got any worse, still a bit snotty and the radom cough. do horses get mild colds?

A few pics of the boys from the last few days

Teep and Moss having a groom

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:59 am

Mine have been coughing a bit too and I think that it has been so dry and dusty in recent weeks that it has affected them and yes, I do think our horses suffer with runny noses and mild colds and things like we do.
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:29 pm

A change in temperature over-night can have an effect as well as dry hay or as you say dry conditions. I'm not sure that horses have 'minor colds' like us, and if they do, like any athlete care should be taken I think. Perhaps check temperatures, note any increase and treat accordingly Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:55 pm

Another whole week between rides [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Sat & Sun where lovely days but Sat I had to work and Sun there
was big rando and vtt so really not a good idea to be out, still we did
get out today the one dry day forcast in the week, he was great [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
the usal discussion about the bit of schooling to start, we where out
proper for about an hour and we did some new stuff, like muddy puddles [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
and we went down the side of the canal and then across the road
bridge, that did take a bit as there is a Lock by it so loads of roaring
water, but we did it then we just stopped in the car park and looked at
the canal the turned and came back.
His cough and snotts are finally
getting better, just a couple of coughs on the ride, I did only do one
small trott on the ride and after about 50 m he stopped and coughed so I
went back to walk and there was no more coughing,
the forecast is
terrible for the next ten days, so no idea when we will get out again
plus I'm in the UK from Tuesday to Saturday and I have the M-I-L
arriving tomorrow too affraid


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