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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:41 am

Only a two week break but we went out yesterday, first we did some work in the school, I made a trec Z to do and keep him thinking, he was pretty good, we did have a few plants but only for a few mins, so I think that now we have better fitting tack we are now just down to the teenager do I have to do stuff Laughing

We only had a short ride out as the path we took is very rough gravel, which he normally copes very well with but I think with all this wet and the lack of road work has made his feet softer, so we turn and came home there was no mucking about so a proper reason not just " I want to go somewhere else" Laughing If it dries up it is back to getting some good road work in. I have Jennie comming on Monday as she has found a wider saddle, as this new one is already on it's limit Rolling Eyes

P.S I have to get off Moss when we have done schooling so we can move the leccy tape and open the gate before going out, Now it was only the second time I had worn my air vest and as I just got to the point of no return I remembered that I had not uncliped it affraid so there I was dangling with one arm hooked over Moss's neck, trying to unclip with the other hand while still holding the whip Laughing Laughing Looking a right idiot geek I finally did it and slide greatfully to the ground, have to say Moss was pretty good with me scrabbling around trying to stay on, he just stood there and only had a small nibble at me legs Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:48 pm

I got master Moss out on Sunday [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
tried the new saddle and it was comfy for both of us, I had planned on
doing a couple of hours ride but Moss is deffiantly footy so we just
did the hour, very pleasant if cold, a nasty cold south eastly wind but
he was fine with it maybe slightly more on alert but did what he was
told, we did a bit in the school first and he was very good [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] then it was off out, left at the first junction and left at the second no bucks and squeals [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
round behind the lake and up into the village then right to the high
point and then back down to the mill, then home. so plenty of tarmac
mostly very smooth, but a little bit off rough and a nice green lane to
the mill, 98% in walk with just one little trott, now the weather is
drying up I must get out more (although the forecast is daytime temps of
3c by Thursday [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
) time to get the feet back to were they where last summer. He is being
a bit annoying getting on and started trying to nip while I'm getting
on, I think it is memory from the old saddle being tight hopefully he
will get over it soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:24 pm

We went out again today [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Moss was still having his pre dinner nap when I went up there, (I went
out at lunch time as there are so many tractors out, all the farmers
doing the [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] trying to catch but thankfully as you know France stops for two hours [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] ) he soon got up and wandered over so a quick brush and tack up and into the school and he was fab, I got straight on [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
he walked well round the barrels and trec Z so then it was time go out,
as I am getting back on I remembered that I hadn't tightened the girth
and was desending as fast as I was trying to go up [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] saddle right round his belly but bless apart from giveing me a [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
look he stood there, he wasn't quite so happy when I put him back in
the field so I could redo the saddle but he spent a few happy mins
undoing the knots in rope tieing him up [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
the back out and on, he was pretty good a moment of "I want to go the
otherway" but nothing much, it was really a bit of a boring ride as in a
there and back again, all tarmac for the feet, we did have to go past
the big hay stack twice with it's flappy plastic sheeting and he was
super, on the way back we did have a little trot and he on the whole
seemed fairly happy with everything, so very pleased with him, it feel
like his soles and frogs are starting harden already no where near as
footy as last week, plus with the field drying out at an amzing rate
with this eastly wind he is now allways on firmer ground [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] I have also been and brought him a new padded saddle cloth [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:06 pm

We did finally get out today, it was a close shave as everytime I though
yes I must go it would start to snow again but by 2ish it was "just go
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Moss was very good no nipping or mouthing while getting on, almost forward a couple of times in the school [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] and this time I remembered to tighten the girth before getting off to do the gate and straight back on [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
his soles and frogs must be a lot better as he strode out well and we
even had a couple of nice trots, we did near enough the same route as
last Sunday execpt we went a bit further into the village to do town
stuff, parked cars, signs, people chucking rubbish in the bins, that
echo you get when there houses are on both sides, he was very good a
couple of snorts and the odd eye ball at things, on the way to the high
point we met a couple of donkeys, that got his intrest and one of the
donkeys too, it was bouncing around trying to eehor but was rushing too
much, again Moss was good a bit on his toes but no bucking or sillinest,
I am very pleased with him, he got his bon bons as a reward and I came
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:04 pm

After missing the wonderful weather yesterday I got out today, not sunny but still warm [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Moss was super, the usual opinion of which direction he wanted to go in [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
but he did do as told, we had some much better trots to loosen the
elastic band then off past the covered hay bales, the plastic was really
flapping about but not a probelm then on a bit further and COWS [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
my fav cows as these just look and carry on, no running about so after
a bit of a look he walked on and past them, some where right next to
the fence [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
then down to the canal again a small dissucion on what speed we should
do till he got his legs in a knot and then thought mother might know
what she is on about [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we did have a bit of a go at crossing the wooden bridges, I didn't get
over but I got him to stand and relax before moving on, (these bridges
are wooden with metal open sides and having roaring water just a bit too
much) we did cross the other bridge which is metal open sides and over
still water and earth floor, then it was up the suken path and it was
nice and dry so we troted up, a really good forward and relaxed trot [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
then it was up to the high point, past teh Lyon berger dog that is at
eye leavel as the garden in much higher than the road and back down to
the mill across the next bridge which has no side and is over raoring
water with earth floor then we took a small short cut up a path behind
the barn, so pleased with him, with Brett and Teep's the ride is one
and half to two hour, today was one hour fifteen mins [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] those long legs
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:49 pm

Well total shock and awe All three where exerciesed today, [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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I rode Moss in the school for about 20 mins, we did some pratice for
the ID class and I have to say he was brill, I think we have the
diagonal stuff started and the toth, just need to figure out the third
to do [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
I
put him back and tacked up Brett and the Chrissie and myself took Brett
& Teepy out, Teepy was just led, we went down the path behind the
barn and then onto the road and up past the poubelles, this has a nice
big layby and I pulled in as Chrissie called that there was a car
coming, car! a tractor and Brett just stood, very proud, then off up to
the high point, past the donkeys, lots of eyes on stalks but well
behaved and the grey donkey was not pogoing about today [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
then past the Lyonberger dog and down to the mill all very nice, Teepy
was walking well after his mudfever problems in the last week or so,
Brett although on alert was well behaved [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] after the mill we turned left at the juction and met a horse, not Moss [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Chevailar, his rider got off as soon as she saw us, mind you she never
wears a hat, we all crossed paths nicely then we turn on to the path
back up to the barn, you have to step up and Brett normally puts a small
buck and tries to canter home, well today he did the most massive buck,
all four feet off the ground and the full crossing of legs Thewel
style, I did think for a second that I would be trying the airvest out [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
I told Chrissie that I would carry on and see her at the barn as Brett
didn't feel like he had got rid of all the build up, he did well and
manged to walk 98% of the way back but the last bit of the path is a
steep climb and whoose he was off another buck thankfully small, and a
canter up past the neighbours, I was well pleased that they didn't have
the dog tied up outfront, that would have finished us [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Moss was pleased to see us, he was a bit sweaty but not too bad and
then Teepy and Chrissie came puffing up the hill, apperantly Teepy had
broke into a trot when we had gone out of sight and it's a long time
since either of them have run up a hill [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
anyway once Chrissie got her breath back she said that there was no
way on earth she would ever ride Bretty after seeing his buck [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I
worked it out the last time he was ridden was 30 th Nov and then there
was another before that with no riding, so not bad really
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:08 pm

Another day of all three being exercised [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we moved the boys to the summer fields, so I went first with Moss, we
went down to the mill and then up the path to the high point, doing this
way means a steep uphill part, Master Moss stoped half way up and did a
bit of "I'm not going up there, too much like hard work!" I did get him
to go on, no dog at the top, it must have been on it's lunch break [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
then down towards the canal, got over taken by two cars, the first
slowed (a bit) and the second nearly went up it's back end as it didn't,
what is it with people, narrow road and horse [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Moss was cool though then past even more dogs, three houses all with
kennels and then turn left which caught Moss napping because he had the
route planed [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
down again then back up to the main road, loads of looking right and
left then over and off towards the "Le camp" a boggy area that was used
to house people digging the canal and from there to le grand tranchee to
get into the woods you have to cross a small stream going through a
concret pipe, we have had problems with this before and again he
wouldn't cross it, so after looking to see if there was a suitable
getting back on point [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] there was, so I got off and went to lead him across and he said NO [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
I got him across after a few mins then the challange to get back on,
which I did after a few attempts, I need to get more flexible [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] then the really exciting bit of down a steep and muddy path [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] we did it but I was a [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
at the bottom then loads of bog hopping and back towards the field a
couple of nice trots and finally to the field, loads of grass, Moss was
well chuffed, he had his "good boy" snack and went off eating. Then I
went home and then Cliff and myself went back to the barn, Got Brett
tacked up and Cliff leading Teepy, we did the same route, just a short
cut at the start by going down the path behind the barn, both the boys
did well and Teepy strode out well, we did meet the Lyonberger dog,
obviously it had finished lunch, then past all the chasse dogs [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] across the road and on the way to the wood some little spooks from Brett, you know the farting mice and opening flowers [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] and he walked straight across the concret pipes [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we followed the massive skid marks down the bank, (no wonder Moss was
haveing problems) Brett took a very intresting route down almost as hair
riasing as Moss's, Cliff managed to fall over, in the deepest bit [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
then we had a nice amble on to the field where we met a very relieved
Moss, he had appered to have eaten enough and was looking for his mates.
They
are now all happy and have had their tea, although Moss looked a bit
put out as to where the hay and barn where, "did I expect him to sleep
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:53 pm

Always look forward to your updates maycloud, how's it going with your "boys"?
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri May 03, 2013 3:02 pm

Not too bad Azaria, a bit quite with the weather etc, a few up dates to add now, we have even had a lesson! a friend is doing the heather Moffet teaching course and needs guinipigs Smile

Thought I would put Moss and me's lesson on here. April24th

We did spend a
bit of time faffing with saddle as it has two padds at the moment and
Nicky thought the second one was doing nothing so we took it off and it
does still sit fine, then it was the getting on bit, which took some
time I used the upturned water bucket as Nicky had kittens at the state
of my battered beer crate [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we did talk about doing clicker stuff to get him to stand long enough
but he can't eat with his bit in, so not too sure what to do [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Then
it was getting my legs straight and in place, cranking the bad ankle to
where it should be and then off to strutt our stuff, soon got told how
to hold arms, hands etc, fourty years of bad habits to try and stop [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
then it was onto feeling the horses belly move with strides and to
move the leg with the horse and I failed totally, I just can't feel
Moss's belly maybe I need to feed him more [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
so plenty to practice there to do, then we did stopping with only
useing your bum, lots of buttock clenching and no dout some very
intresting faces from me while trying to do it, Moss did stop too [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] we did about 20 mins and the decided that it would be enough for Moss as he still is a baby horse [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Both Nicky and Claire said that they would help me move the boys to
the next field, I would ride Moss, Nicky would walk Brett and Claire and
Zac would take Teepy and it worked well apart from Brett wanting to
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April 25th
Well I didn't get out for a ride, I didn't get to the field till 8.30
but I did some mounting practice ( caused Cliff to raise an eyebrow [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] ) it went fairly well, I saddled him up (& put my hat on [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
) but left him in a halter in case I needed to do carrots, I got to
stand by the upturn water bucket and gave him a good scratch for
standing, then I got on the bucket, if he stood I gave him a scartch and
then let him graze for a bit, we have have some hoof thumping the
bucket and trying to stand on it but not too bad, I climbed up a couple
of time but just lent over and he was pretty good a lot better than
yesterday and I think if he had been fully tacked I would have had time
to get on fine, so [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] for tomorrow. although I was a bit pleased I didn't go out tonight the tractors didn't stop working till gone 9 [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] normally they are all in have dinner by 7

April 28th
Woooo Hooo we got out for a ride today [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] the first for six weeks [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] I said to myself just put on your big girl pants and get on with it [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

He came cantering up to me as soon as he saw the saddle [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] and was brillant to get stood like a lamb [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] wondering if the extra pad was too much and caused him a bit of pain [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we did about an hour out, down to the canal and back through the
tranchee, he was a little on alert a few starts but no spooks and I
think he enjoyed himself, it has been six month since he has done that
ride, we had a nice if looky trot up through the tranchee, but I'm very
proud of him, he is not yet four and after such a long hacking break to
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Ok so for tonight.

It has been a gorgous day and by 6pm I was free to go out, Moss was straight in the holding area [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] was pretty easy to saddle [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] mounting went fairly well with the new step ladder, just a few moments but nothing much [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] he stood really well for me to do stirupps and check girth ect [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] then we went out and went about 10 meters and that was it [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.] I battled for about an HOUR [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
we did just sitting and rewarding any steps, I tried going the other
way, I tried giving him a bloody good slap all came to nothing, and he
wasn't perticualy upset he just wasn't going that way? the only time he
got nasty was when we walked the other way for the fourth time the boys
followed us and when we turned they didn't, then as we past the gate he
put in a couple of bucks and tried to take the fence out, as soon as
Brett wandered back he calmed down, in the end I got to the point where I
could ride him out of the field across the road round the car and back
smoothly and calmly twice and called it a day.
Bloody frustrating or what, I have never had a problem with him leaving before, to be honest it didn't feel like he was upset about leaving the others more just he didn't feel like it, trouble is he knows he is bigger and stronger than me.

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat May 04, 2013 2:35 pm

What a splendid looking chap. I wouldn't worry too much at this point, he's only young, so there will be "times" that he tries it on Smile I'd not make too much these "one offs".

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:03 am

Well after what has felt like forever 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.]  I have either been snowed under with work or the weather has been pants

He was great he stood nicly for me to get on and check girth ect, then we went to leave and the breaks went on but only for about a min, you could almost hear him thinking did he want to go out or did he want to stay in and be bored so he decided to go out [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]he was very good, he strode out well, we went down to the canal then back up the grand tranchee, again he was good till we found a new nearly fallen tree across the path, which was apparently a dragon lying in wait [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.], we had some spins and bogging off but after a while I got him to stand then we slowly made our way back to the tree, we had a few false starts but we finally got to the dragon, which after he had had a mouthfull of the leaves he then changed he mind and walked straight through it [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]we carried on till we got to the track then we had a trot and then a canter [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]our first, it was his idea but he didn't tank off so I let him, it was only a short one 30 or so strides but he came back to trot ok. we walked home we did a very small bit of buckle end but he was just a tad to forward for that and to take photos so the only photo was as we got home.

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I'm also really pleased that he seems to have got over having sweetich, this time last year nearly all his mane had gone, look at it now Very Happy I had him homopathic pills and used avon so soft as a midge spray
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:04 pm

I hope that you keep a "hard copy" of all your adventures maycloud, study  it'll make fantastic reading for you when you're not riding anymore (hopefully in many, many years time)

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:10 am

Well tonight I did a hours riding [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]thats the upside, the down side we only got 100m down the road [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

On the other up sides, he was good to tack up, great to get on, he stood very nicly, off we went and we got to point when I thought yes we are ok then the anchors went on [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]I battled for a bit the thought bugger it and went the oppiste way he was brill then we got to the road junction and he had to pass the bins, he did the biggest spook ever, nearly slipped over got well stressed the bins where smelly, I tried to get him to go on but he started to get bucky (if it had been Brett I would have been off in a shot [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]) also we had a car coming and a tractor tedding behind us and Brett starting to let rip because his mate was not in sight. I decided to turn back before it got nasty.

I did some thinking I wasn't going to give in but I can't make him he is too big [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then I remembered an artical that a friend put on FB about how important it is for a horse to learn to stand, so we did that we would stand for five- ten mins (no eating or fidgeting) then we would walk on (nearly got to my school field once!) he would start to faff around then I would get him to stand for a min then we would turn round walk back to the field and do it all again, it didn't always work that smoothly we did loads of unintentional backing [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then we did some circles round the car, some TOTF and called it a day after an hour, I also dismount on the step up. so we do quite a bit we just didn't goo far [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]and all the time we had the tractor tedding the hay almost next to us, just a ditch between and he didn't worry about that,
Not really sure where to go, just keep trying I suppose, have to say there is no worry about leaving his friends, no worrying about monsters indeed we did 90% of our stuff on a loose rein, just it was no I really don't fancy going out tonight [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:38 pm

Never a dull moment chez toi Very Happy  How's it going?
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:17 am

Well as me and Moss have hit some problems and I just don't have the expertise to sort it I have decidied to send Master Moss to school, I have booked him into Bob's place Reinhill ranch Very Happy Very Happy  All going well he is going at the start of September for a month, so that they can restart him and get over any hurdles and I'm booked in as well so I can be restarted and got over any hurdles Smile Smile I'm looking forward to it.
I went up to meet Bob and Alison on Thursday with three friends, we had a great day, we watch Alison ride her horse and I got a little sit on too Very Happy  although it was way too hot to do anything
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:44 am

I went with M-E to meet Bob & Alison (thanks for taking me M-E!Very Happy ), had a great day out - although it was very hot, thank god for air conditioning in the truck!  Bob & Alison are lovely people & enjoyed the demo, their horses are soo chilled, hopefully Master Moss will come back that chilled out too!  Would love to have a go at Western myself next year, such a shame Bob is soo far away!  If you want to be videod at Bob's place M-E let me know & I'll come with you, any excuse for a horsey day out lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:40 am

Haven't done bug with boys for what seems like weeks Sad  B&B has been really busy, which is good for saving up for Moss's school fees Laughing  but is leaving very little time for playing horseys

The other night the boys did make me laugh



First Moss walked down the field with me but stopped at the gate, normaly he is in first [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]I go into the barn and there shredded on the floor is my big sheet of rigid plastic that I use for him to walk over, he must have had a great time with that, boy did he look sheepish when I look back at him [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Then while I was geting tea ready I heard some of the planks of wood that Cliff has stored by their manger being moved around, so I go to call out "Moss pack that in" when I see Teepy with a piece of skirting board in his mouth [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]looking " gosh how that get there" [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Finally after I had put Brett and Moss back into their bit of the field I let Teepy out, Brett was parked not leting Moss pass then as Teepy got next to him they both walked off together like two old men chating about the footie, with little Moss tagging along behind [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.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:28 pm

I love you  aaaaaaah bless. Good to hear the B&B is doing well.

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:36 am

Well Moss has gone to school. Bob came and picked him on Friday, he loaded pretty well, I have been away till yesterday so I sent them a e-mail today and got a reply saying he had settled, he had been a bit bossy to sart but was now settling down and do well although Very Happy  he also has a very good appitite Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:43 am

Hope all goes well maycloud Smile  Please keep us up to speed on your boys progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:03 am

I got to see Master Moss today,
On the whole they are very pleased with him and say he is a real sweetie although still very young in the head, he did put Bob through his paces earlier this week, they had some big disscusions on who was in charge, Bob said he was the toughest he has had for that for about three years [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]but all has now been sorted, he has been ridden most days, in the school and out round the farm, they found his planting problem, mainly that he is bold & bloshy but not brave, as a baby he just did stuff and opps later but now he is thinking about things and working how he can avoid the opps, plus he has seperation issues, not with the horses but with humans, he's happy if people are just around but hates to be totally on his own, so they are working on that too. They are very impressed how he rides, very light and soft [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]so I haven't messed that up but they have totally changed his bit and he is much quieter in his mouth now,  he is now having Sunday & Monday off out in a field then back to work on Tuesday. I'm going up on Friday to have some training myself and hopefully won't reduced Bob to laughter like I did to some friends last week [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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PostSubject: All part of growing up   Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:28 pm

Lovely photo`s, looking forwards to an up date.  Keep the videos coming. He will be coming on by leaps and bounds now. Just not to many leaps.... or big leaps either.
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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:49 am

I had a great day with Moss. first Bob did some lunging with Moss then some ground work and got me to do some leading [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]it started well then Moss remembered that mum is really not happy out front and it went a pear shape [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]still at least Bob can now see the size of the job in hand [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then we gave Moss a break for about 30 mins while I got a (nice) talking to on how to lead Moss, then back down to the school and I was told to lead him [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]which we did, me with my new "imagaine somebody who pisses you off" attude [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then into the school, there where two other horses working there plus we went down with another lady, my task was to park Moss at the side and stand at his head [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]and not let him move or bite [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]we did about 20 mins just had to tell him off a few times but he was mainly very good, and he mainly nuzzled my arms with him lips not teeth [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then we go to ride and guess what he was pretty pleased with how I ride [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]good seat, toes sticking out, not too much contact [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]and I turn pretty well too [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]we did lots of turning and changing direction, [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Bob is really pleased how Moss rides, now it's mainly ground work although he is loads better and much less mouthy, just me that now needs get a move on and raise my game Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:18 pm

Whoopy do we did it, we took the boys out [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]my first ride on the big boy since March!!!!!!! and his first since July, he was very good a bit snorty to start and a bit of the tail end Charlie but soon settled down. Teepys was very happy to and did the hour's amble very well [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.]

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PostSubject: Re: Maycloud's blog   Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:44 am

Just had a brilliant couple of days at Rein hill, loads learnt and hopefully digested.
Tuesday afternoon I had lead Moss to the school, and did some lunging with him, while Bob was teaching a couple of other ladies, then we had to stand while they did there stuff, then one of the stargies ( can't think what to call her) rode Moss she did walk trot & canter then joined in with the other ladies and did some pole work, like trec Z but more as a figure of 8 with totf, toth, back up and side pass and my boy did really well, side pass was his first time but he did it [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then it was my turn [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]but I just did walk & trot, I had to post as I just can't do sitting trot on him [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]then we did a short canter [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]bloody hell that school shrunk! and I couldn't sit the canter either [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]but he stops on a sixpence, you just breathe out [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]  then Bob said that the big part of the test had been how me and Moss coped with Moss's new friend leaving the school, which he had been fairly ok, a few steps and looks. then I got off and I led him back up to the stables.
The next morning, Bob got me to help with a 2 year old entire horse just in for backing, it's third day at school, I was shown how to lead it in and out of the stable to groom and clean front feet, then it was my turn to do all that, then I had to lead him down to the school and into the round pen, then I handed him back to Bob to do the proper work, when he had finished I led back up and then he was put in the stable and tied up for a bit we stepped round the corner and kept a ear on him, all quite after a bit I then went back untied him took him out of the stable back to the grooming area gave him another groom and then put him back in stable, his day's work done, he was a real sweetie, then it was Moss's turn, we tried his normal saddle on and it fits perfectly [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.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]well chuffed that saved a bit of money, I lead him back down to the school we did some lunging, while we did that the two people riding in there left which caused Moss to go " I'm coming with you" so I had to make him go on and stay working, which I did if I got bit dizzy, after we got back ontrack Moss had stand quite for a bit then I got on, we did a lot of walk and trot, Bob then wandered off for a bit then when he came back, we had to canter again, to be honest I am well out of pratice and those corners come up too quick [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]after all that I rode him back up to the stables [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Moss is coming home on the 4 Nov [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]and I am going to have to get my big girl pants and man up lotion out as I have been told that to keep Moss nice/happy/good/soft I have to work him every day, work hard for an hour or so for the next 3 months before he can start having the odd day off [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.]that so going to be so hard, the best would be find a logger or farmer who works horses everyday and get him to take Moss on for 6 months or year, but if I can do the work and keep it up by the time he is 6 - 7 he will be the type that can have time off and come back great.
Oh yes and we measued him with a proper height thing, he is just 17hh

Right off to serach the web for waterproof coats

Penny if you ever fancy trying some Brittany trails please let me know, we have a spare room too Very Happy Very Happy Laughing
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