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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:17 pm

Pictures are taking a little time to upload to photobucket so, here's a couple of pictures of roo's Mum, Ereka, that I took week before last while I was in France.



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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:47 pm

What a lovely girl, she does look a lot smaller than Roo though Laughing although still pretty chunky Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:38 am

Yesterday after breakfast Joey and I got Rhubarb tacked up for long-reining and, after an initial few minutes of me working her, to settle her down, Joey had a go.



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Joey did very well long-reining her in the paddock and so we opened the fence and let him take her out into the big field. She was as good as gold.



Joey is very fond of her and she responds very well to him. She certainly remembers him and i think she regards him as being higher in the pecking order than her.



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Next I got Joey to take her into the round pen and we took off the long-reins and put on the riding reins. I hopped aboard for a few circuits round the pen, then it was Joey's turn.



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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:53 am

Just look at the smile on that boy's face!



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Here's a vid of Joey riding her in the round pen




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Then we let them out of the round pen. Joey did really well and Roo was mostly very good for him but did trot off to the gate with him. He couldn't do a lot about it with his reins too long

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Later in the day we had another short ridden session, this time without the long rein prelude. No problems, so today we might try something new.



Watch this space.





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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:58 am

Fantastic photos, Joey looks so happy and what a star Roo is

The links don't work though

have a great time today Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:23 am

My IT incompetence is now sorted Embarassed . Links are working now (for me anyway).







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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:56 am

They are working now, brilliant, well done Joey and Roo Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:42 am

my golly you must need a massively long girth. the saddle almost looks miniature on her!! she looks on lovely condition. her mum tho looks way to small to be her mum...ouch!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:00 am

The saddle is an 18" thorowgood T6 Cob. The girth came from Pen (Azaria) and is, I think, 62" long.



Yes, her mum looks too small to be mum. I think she gets both her coat colour and her height from Dad, but even he is only 16.1hh or so (165cm) Roo's about 17hh.



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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:05 am

I love you A fantastic update bill thankyou. I can see were roo gets her good looks Wink her mum is adorable and her dad is stunning. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:37 pm

what an apt name - powers - he certainly is!!! you can see he's her dad !
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:37 pm

He is a stunning chap Powers Very Happy Moss must get his colour and ganglyness from his mum, I would love to find a photo of her.

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:37 pm

We had a bit of an exciting session this morning affraid



I got on Roo in the round pen and walked her around for a few minutes. then we got Blue tacked up in her paddock and I rode Roo over there while Joey got mounted on Blue.



After walking them up and down the fence line a couple of times, Joey brought Bluey out and I tucked in behind them with Roo for a ride in company round the perimeter of the field. This was roo's first ridden session in company so she was a bit excitable and kept wanting to overtake, so I ran her into Blue's bum a couple of times and she kind of got the idea that she was not to set the pace, that's my job.



All went well for the first couple of circuits, so I thought maybe she'd be OK leading for a bit. I told Joey I was going to turn right and hat he should fall in behind at a safe distance but it didn't quite work like that.



as I turned, Roo took the opportunity to reverse at Blue and kick her Evil or Very Mad Fortunately, with my weight on board, the kick was pretty ineffectual and no harm was done to Bluey.



Mel caught it on video but it's a bit distant and not great quality.



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After that tantrum I kept her firmly behind Blue for a couple more circuits of the field and she was much better behaved. I even had to chivvy her along at one point to catch up with Bluey.



We finished off by venturing out the gate into the next field and made a big circle back to the gate and back "home".



I don't know who was the more sweaty, me or Roo Laughing She got rewarded with some treats and a sponging down, I had no such luck Sad



We gave her the rest of the day off as her first "mini hack" had obviously been quite a taxing experience, physically and mentally, for her. she'll have time to think and process the experience and I hope we'll do more of the same tomorrow morning, hopefully without the tantums! If she's good, we may venture a little further afield.





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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:32 am

Naughty, naughty girl, tut, tut Rolling Eyes Thank goodness no harm was done. Smile

phew, it was a bit "taxing" physically and mentally for you guys aswell, wasn't it ?

Hope she's been a good girl today,( no squealing) will look in later for an update Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:15 pm

sunny It was too hot this morning to do anything intensive with Roo, so Joey and I took Buster and Bluey out for a gentle hack, nearly all in walk. a lovely outing but even with the gentle pace the horses were well sweated up when we got back and needed a nice cool sponge bath and scrape off to cool them down before we could put them back to graze.



This afternoon I helped our friend, Jo, with lunging her mental ex-racehorse. I think the hot weather must have sapped his naughty instinct because he was surprisingly well-behaved.



At tea-time I had a lecture with our club instructor for a riding clubs exam, then it was straight back up the field for a little session with Joey and Roo. Joey rode her in the round pen and we did some trotting pole work, which was moderately successful, then tried a little cross-pole hop, which she couldn't quite get the hang of. she got to the point of hopping over with the front legs and ploughing through with the back ones. Rolling Eyes



Rather than labour the point, we finished off with Joey riding her round the field a bit then back to her paddock.



By the time i'd done feed, water and moved fences it was 8.30 (BST) and getting dusk. I was too knackered and "horsed out" to bother poo-picking, that can keep till morning. Sleep





sorry no pictures or vids this time.





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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:46 am

Yesterday evening we didn't have much time for any proper schooling with Roo, so I let Joey take her out in the big field for 10 or 15 minutes.


 


She was mostly very good, if a little too enthusiastic at times. There was one naughty moment, which our friend caught on video and Mel has slowed to 1/4 speed.


 


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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:36 pm

affraid The "Little Madam".......... more like Bronco roo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well sat that man cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:07 pm

Azaria wrote:
Well sat that man cheers

Yes, he did well there. Joey's a good young rider. He puts me to shame Embarassed He's been a real asset to have around this week. Roo's made real progress with us being able to do a little with her every day. I shall miss having Joey to help when he goes home on Monday.

We had a session in the round pen tonight to try and get her canter work started. Joey rode and gave the leg aids while I took the centre with the lunge whip and gave the voice commands.

We got her walking and trotting then asked for canter. As expected she had a few bucks but did manage a few clumsy paces of canter on each rein.

We didn't want to overdo it on her first attempt at canter with rider, so Joey took her out in the field to walk and trot for a bit before we called it a day.

Joey's Mum, Sarah took some video but her camera card doesn't seem to be compatible with our card reader, so we'll have another try at getting her footage onto computer tomorrow.


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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:44 pm

Gosh you have done really well this week, Joey is a fab little rider, he and Roo get on so well too Very Happy It is hard when it's only you to do stuff, you will miss him next week,
I love Roo's little buckaroo stuff, from the comfort of my chair that is Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:25 am

She did it with me a little while back. To be honest, it's a bit like being in the comfort of an armchair, an armchair that has hiccups. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:57 pm

We tried another card reader and it worked! Here's the video.

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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:34 pm

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Moss has a half brother by her who is 6 yrs old "SYMBA DES MARECHAUX" and has 2 others (4 in total with moss), she was a broodmare from 2003 to 2009 (moss was her last).
He is pure CN on his mums side but maybe he has a bit of breton (or something like that) on his dads side.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:57 pm

Brill vid Bill, Well done Roo and Joey cheers cheers cheers cheers

When is he back?


Yep I had found that Saz it's a photo I would love to see, she has to be the thin and gangle type, because I see no Breton in him.
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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:30 am

Joey goes home this afternoon so, when they've had breakfast, I'll see if he wants to have a final session with Roo. Once he's gone it will be up to me and Mel to keep up the momentum with her.

In your search for pictures of Mossy's mum, have you tried contacting her breeder or Mossy's breeder? He/they sjould be listed on the HN records. Even if they sold her, they should be able to put you in touch with the current owner.


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PostSubject: Re: Bonjour's Blog   Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:51 am

Roo got out again last night. My fault, I knew the battery was running low on her fencer and I forgot to change it. Never mind, as usual she didn't go far and was found visiting little Cara.

Joey and I had our last session with Roo this morning. We took her, in company with Blue, aroud the field out across the next field and down the track about 300-400yards. I think we can class that as her first proper hack out. She was a total star sunny

Here's us about to set off up the track.

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Sarah and family have gone home now but we're hoping they'll come and visit us and Roo again. I've given them the web address for GFree, so they can keep in touch with Roo through my blog.

There will be a few days off for Roo now, partly due to changing weather and partly because I've got to play catch-up on some (borrrriiiing!) work stuff. then i'll see if I can get our friend Sue organised to ride Bluey so we can get some more gentle hacking in with Rhubarb.



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