Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Back on the blog

So following the terrible loss on the 16th July (RIP darling Oliver Beagle) Chorrie was pretty much unridden for a week as I was barely keeping my head above water emotionally.

How do you cope when someone that has shared your life and been loved by you for sixteen year dies? Well I guess I didn't truth be told.

Anyway I got back on board on the 24th and it was pretty obvious that a week of not much work wasn't good for the pony.

Had a second lesson with Jess today and things are back on track.

However I need to work on having him even in both reins as he hangs on the left so need to fill the empty right rein.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

The week that was and a lesson in the sunshine

It's been a difficult few days, on Friday 8th April Chorrie spooked coming out of the barn lost his back end and got away from me.

Turned him out as no physical marks and went to Hartpury for the Winters to cheer lead Jess on her up and coming young horse Empire H. Jess rode a fabulous test, and I had a lovely day with Trudi and John. Got back to yard and pony trotted up sound

Saturday 9th rode pony in large outdoor and he wasn't right behind. Sunday rode with Jess and he was improved on Saturday but stiff right hind , a bit better again come Monday but still NQR

Physio out on Thursday , to her it felt like he cork screwed as he fell , disappointingly there was a lot for her to do and he needs an easy week

Matt from Grant Chanter out on Friday, front lower right premolar wobbly, a few chips bit otherwise as you would expect, next visit in six months.

Then out to lunch at Witney Lakes which was lovely

Huge disappointment only part of my order from Horse Health arrived and not the saddle cloths and ears I was looking forward to

Saturday did a bit of walk work and spent time descabbing the mud fever scabs with Sudocrem and cling film !!!

Sunday lesson

So biggest take home was if he is leaning on right rein, ask him to bend left and use right leg.  Use twice as much leg as hand otherwise you are just wagging his head ( my words ) and not being clear you want him to keep moving.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Transitions on a Tuesday

So today's learning was in plain English get the pony off his head aka front legs and more towards being on his hind legs.

He likes to use my hand as a fifth leg, fair enough I like a decent contact but there is a difference between a contact and pony leaning and balancing on my hand .

So lots of transitions that are more seat than hand and it does help, he seems to particularly lean post lateral work (tiredness?)

I still need to place the shoulders then ask the hind quarters in half pass especially trot half pass.

Tomorrow will be walk/trot/walk transitions

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Saturday's learnings

Pony seems to very much enjoy his lateral work, he gets very jolly post lateral work and lots of transitions were needed to get some semblance of control back

Half pass in trot need to ensure he doesn't go deep, also be more consistent in shoulders first 

Leg yield need to go forwards and over not just over

Carrying a whip does help

Need to be stricter with myself by door I need to

A) Not look out
B) Ride normally 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Physio Report Thursday 11th February

Previous history

Ridden work progressing, trot work established, working up to 45 minutes 5 days a week. CL remains stable and non reactive.


Seen in walk and trot on the straight and circles; gait characteristics remain largely static; good in trot on small circles with a good degree of elevation and suspension phase is well marked even on small circles.

On palpation there is a good improvement with the epaxial muscles of the back although showing a degree of hypertonicity shows resumption of a more normal tonicity in particular the lumbar region is much soft and good flexibility in the lumbar sacral regions. The pelvic muscles show moderate degrees of  shortened tightened muscle but once again this is an improvement  with correct tone in the hamstrings.

The base of the neck palpates with a degree of hypertonicity but responds well to myofascial techniques. Range of motion techniques show a correct degree of  flexibility in the main junctions of the spine and the RF shows a correct posture; the tendency to stand over this limb is not apparent today.

Treatment and plan

Manual therapy including massage, myofascial release and trigger point techniques with emphasis to the regions highlighted combined with active stretches and mobilisation to the neck, back.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Sofa covers

am blogging this so I remember as I seem to forget every second time w change the covers

Put the back cover on , put one arm on and then put the other arm on

Back first then arms