Saturday, 15 July 2017

Lesson 15th July indoor school

So lesson at 09:30 in the indoor with Ros.

Main learnings from this lesson


  • No we no longer get the 'lumpy' trot on the left rein nor have we for a long time I need to recalibrate my expectations and not just be satisfied with an OK trot but to ride for a GOOD trot
  • Corners riding a good corner will help with the trot half pass F -> X then X -> M as it gives more room
  • Balance him 
  • Ride at home schooling as you would for a test, prepare and ride corners 
  • Ensure consistent bend / flexion when on left rein.

Poor neglected blog - Getting back to it

So I'm now having lessons with Ros Wade the mother of Jessica Wade, because Ros has more availability than Jessica so it just fits better with my limited availability.

I've been having lessons for about three months (?)

Ros has a very detailed eye for rider  position and horse way of going.

My riding has improved and I'm paying more attention to detail

The pony's physio was pleased with how he felt last time will be interesting to see if we've retained that improvement.

Our barn has been pressure washed and repainted and is looking very smart as we've had a major tidy up.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Lesson with Jessica Wade

So noticeable improvement.

I am still struggling physically to keep a grip on the left rein, some of it is neurological and some is habit.

He went noticeably better from the get go :-) so chuffed with that.

Will keep on keeping on

If he leans and buggers off then *do something* , do a circle get control back and resume exercise don't just sit and hope that somehow divine intervention will work ...

So today's schooling patterns

SI -> 10m circle to restore forwardness - > SI

On a 20m circle

1/4 circle travers -> straight 1/4 circle -> 1/4 circle travers -> straight 1/4 circle

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Lesson with Jessica Wade 20th December

So today I concentrated on keeping my left rein a set length.

If he shortens his neck send him to the contact, if he leans activate the hind leg.

Was difficult at first as Chorrie wasn't settled but by keeping the rein length and not fiddling we got a good contact and a much better trot left rein.


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.