Dawnwings

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  1. Just wanted to say a big thank you, I managed to get responses, and got the article written. Thanks so much guys! :)
  2. Just wanted to say a big thank you, I managed to get responses, and got the article written. Thanks so much guys! :)
  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  4. Nick, thankfully the assignment is just to produce an article of 750 words with an angle that hasn't been covered by the mainstream, English-language, media. The separatist movements would be really interesting since over here we've got two states who have been making a lot of noise about giving more than their share of tax money and not getting the same as other states in funding. It's pretty well all noise, there isn't the historical reason to separate that they have over in Spain, but it would be a nice way to make it a bit more 'local', if that makes sense. I sent an enquiry, so let's hope he's not too busy to get back to me, or I can get an extension. Either or would be wonderful at this point lol. Greenhaven, PRE is Pura Raza Espanola, which is a breed registry that includes Andalusians. It's a somewhat confusing system to me, since I have very little to do with breed societies generally anyway, but it's to ensure the quality of the breed through registration processes which include assessment of potential breeding stock. I just know that they're very popular, and pre-gfc, very expensive, but really talented as a breed. I think they're usually used in dressage, and Cavalia had about 20 of them in their show.
  5. Thank you so much! Any suggestion on his preferred language? I'm hoping that there might be something positive somewhere in the industry, but it may be the idealistic part of me coming through. Do you know anyone who has bought/sold a PRE? Honestly, I'm at the point where I'm just hoping for someone who lives in Spain to help me. Not even someone at a serious level of involvement, passing will do, just so long as they live in Spain. Have to love the 'magic tupperware container of country allocation' at times like this lol.
  6. I wish it was procrastination! Procrastination I know how to deal with lol. I've emailed people, and I had an interview lined up and then all of a sudden no contact back. So, it's that horrible part where the plan, and the contingency plans, all fall through at once. Any ideas to try? Thanks in advance
  7. Hi guys, My name is Zoe, and I’m currently working on an assignment for a Global Journalism class at Swinburne University, Australia. I am hoping someone might be able to help me. I need to get an interview with someone who lives in Spain, if possible involved in the horse industry. The interview can be via email, Skype, whatever suits. I’m also happy to conduct it through a translation program, like Google Translate or the like, if they are more comfortable writing in Spanish, though they will have to forgive spelling or grammar errors on my part. If you know anyone who could help, please get in contact with me, or get them to send me an email, as soon as possible. The assignment is due on the 20/9/13, so I know it’s late notice but anything would be helpful. My email is zbeattie@live.co.uk Preliminary questions, if they’re helpful, follow. Please explain your involvement and background with horses. How long have you been around horses? What is your current involvement with horses? What do you think of the horse industry in Spain at the moment? Do you feel that it has changed since the global financial crisis, and if so, can you please explain how? In your opinion, what have been the events that have stuck in your mind relating to horses lately? How do you feel about the future of the horse industry, both small and large scale, in Spain? Would you mind sharing one anecdote you feel resonates with how you think about horses and their role in your life, and the future of Spain? Thank you very much for any help. Zoe Beattie
  8. Hi guys, My name is Zoe, and I’m currently working on an assignment for a Global Journalism class at Swinburne University, Australia. I am hoping someone might be able to help me. I need to get an interview with someone who lives in Spain, if possible involved in the horse industry. The interview can be via email, Skype, whatever suits. I’m also happy to conduct it through a translation program, like Google Translate or the like, if they are more comfortable writing in Spanish, though they will have to forgive spelling or grammar errors on my part. If you know anyone who could help, please get in contact with me, or get them to send me an email, as soon as possible. The assignment is due on the 20/9/13, so I know it’s late notice but anything would be helpful. My email is zbeattie@live.co.uk Preliminary questions, if they’re helpful, follow. Please explain your involvement and background with horses. How long have you been around horses? What is your current involvement with horses? What do you think of the horse industry in Spain at the moment? Do you feel that it has changed since the global financial crisis, and if so, can you please explain how? In your opinion, what have been the events that have stuck in your mind relating to horses lately? How do you feel about the future of the horse industry, both small and large scale, in Spain? Would you mind sharing one anecdote you feel resonates with how you think about horses and their role in your life, and the future of Spain? Thank you very much for any help. Zoe Beattie
  9. Update: First off, I want to say thank you for all your advice and support. I had a lot to think about, and it really helped that there are other people people who have systems to work out which horses to work. I am up with the ponies, as I only see them every second weekend or there about due to distance, and I just had the best morning working that I've ever had. Mum and I had a chat before I went out, and she suggested the second two ponies, and the 2yro filly who needs some groundwork to get her settled. We walked all four of them over to the yard, and let three stay out of the working yard and hang out, and one in the working yard. They were all so good! I haven't worked my horse yet today, it's only early afternoon as I write this, because my friend/sister wants to see how she goes with me without work first. Today I picked by who wanted to get caught first, and that worked pretty well, so I'll see if I'm up to working them tomorrow as well and see how they react lol. Some of them seem to get a tad upset when I work them, because grass is delicious, but there was one of the other ponies standing at the gate looking like 'why didn't you pick me?', so I might have to see if we can work another one into the line up lol. Thanks again guys, all your useful tips are paying off :)
  10. Serra, I'm honestly not sure what Mum's final goal is, but I would dearly love to be able to ride with her on the ponies. Which would mean that as long as Ash is worked so Mum can ride her, and I'm pretty happy with either of the others. Of course, that would also mean those ponies could be found working homes easily too, so if that's what Mum wants, then it'll help. TSFKristin, I like the idea of tying them out at the yard to keep them ready so I can just work them and keep it flowing. All right, so I'm thinking I might work Pickles, because she had a really solid foundation and I know she remembers it, and then add Ash to it if I feel up to it. After working with my horse, because she's the been there, done that, and it's always fun to have a bit of a ride :) Thanks guys!
  11. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone could help me come up with some criteria to use to decide which pony to work with first. My mum is thinking about getting some of our herd trained so they can do more than be much loved paddock ornaments, and since there is limited training time available, and limited people, I've been struggling to work out which one we should start with. Mum has been very little help, saying that since I'll be doing a lot of the work, I decide which pony/ponies, and I've been struggling with it. I'm only up every second weekend, and I'm already working my horse, but the ponies are pretty clever and anything that gets done helps. The three that Mum has in mind have all been mouthed and long-reined, and are good to work with on a daily basis. They were mouthed and long-reined initially by my friend/sister who has a lot of experience with breaking/training/retraining, and she's willing to help as long as she can fit it in around her small child. Our farrier, who is also a horse trainer, has said that if he wasn't so busy he'd take them on but since he's tall and solid he'd only do groundwork with them unless he could find a small enough rider. However, he's said that they have solid basics, and they really just need the time put in and they'll be fine. Especially since Mum leans all over them and we've had kids on them to lead around no problem. My question is; what other factors can be used to determine which pony start working with? I've given a bit of information about them below, but I am happy to provide more if it'll help. I'm also curious how people who have more than one horse in work at a time decide which horse to work. Pony 1, Pickles: 10yr, 10.1hh, mare, did well with mouthing and long-reining, can be a bit flightly but usually tries hard to please. Pony 2, Ash: 6yr, 10hh, mare, did well with mouthing and long-reining, can be flightly and a bit hesitant, works well when she 'gets it'. Pony 3, Archer: 5yr, 10.1hh, mare, did well with mouthing and long-reining once she got through the 'if I lay down you can't make me', friendly and inquisitive but with a tendency to be stubborn. Thanks in advance :)
  12. When you say he is virtually unresponsive on a lunge line, what do you mean? I can certainly understand not free lunging him in tack if he rolls, that would be bad for everyone involved! If it is an avoidance thing, then perhaps the work might need to start on the ground on the lunge or free lunging, so that he gets the idea that you are absolutely the boss horse and you can make his feet go where you want, as fast as you want, and the easy thing for him to do is go with it. If you can get him listening on the ground, the time it takes him to listen under saddle might lessen too, and you'll have an easier time getting him to pay attention there because you have proved it's useful for him to do it on the ground. What does your trainer have to say about him? Hope it's going better! :)
  13. Silly question time! Do you lunge/round pen him at all? And if you do, do you do it with gear on, and is his response the same doing that as it is under saddle? Just trying to remove as many variables as possible to see what it could be about :)
  14. Thanks Nick :) I don't think she's a man's horse, and I don't think that we'll have trouble trusting her with other people once we get her respectful. My sister/friend did while she had her at her place, and it wasn't long before her son, Mr 2yro, was able to pick up the long lead and wander around with Bridget following a safe distance behind, with her head down and her eyes and ears on said small child. My sister/friend was always in a position to take over, but once her respect/dominance issues were sorted there, she just sort of relaxed into it. I have no doubt she's likely to do the same at our place. Just a matter of getting her respectful I think. If Bridget would wait until I had it figured out to try something new, I'd consider it a bit of a gift! She's currently doing it almost as soon as she realises she's doing what I want her to... Smarty pants horse
  15. Thanks guys! I'll do the eye test when I see her next. I do know that she learned to close her eye and lean into the bumping the air near her eye to not have to move her head/neck/forehand. I have a feeling that she's pretty smart, which is going to be our biggest asset and our biggest challenge. She's had a few bad experiences and she's held onto them, and she's gotten it over her last owner so now we have to sort that. Mum suggested that she might be a man's horse, I think it's that she's gotten it over her female owner, which is mostly coincidence, and she's just needs to be shown that not only is it okay that someone else is the boss horse, but she's got the option to make it easy when someone else is boss horse. So, this should be heaps fun, and challenging, and full of random questions as my horse outthinks me on a regular basis lol.