maple

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  • Birthday 09/17/1989

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  1. good luck!! hey if you can go down there on a wednesday night and you can school a course for like $30/round
  2. On The Bit

    I found ace was really good for teaching this one student of mine, she had never been taught proper aids (literally was told to crank the horses head to the right to ask for left lead, because you have to knock your horse off balance to push him onto the lead you want) and if you want to canter you just kick really hard, until he canters -.- so ace is the kind of horse that if you dont ask correctly, you wont get it. and if you try and pull his face around and boot him constantly he will put you on your butt. if you simply try and kick your way into canter and opposed to proper supporting aids, you will not get canter, you will get a trot that extends till the cows come home. if you try and use just your hands to 'pull' him out of trot, he will sit down, and canter on the spot. use your seat student ^-^ if you try and steer by pulling and pulling on the inside rein, he will wrap his head around to your leg and continue to go straight lol the list goes on.. he may be a little crazy but in a way he can be a great teacher. I know he sure taught me alot, out of all the horses I have trained he has been the hardest, but I have learned the most about what it truly means to be a horseman and a trainer.
  3. On The Bit

    See thats why I think they should use horses like ours as lessons horses cause if you tried half the schtuff these lesson kids pull on ace, they would be eating dirt. fast way to learn proper horsemanship.
  4. Just to add to the points above, did you do any pole/caveletti work prior to this? To develop your rythym and two point BEFORE you started jumping anything. Its becoming more concerning that your jumping this height already and you seem (no offence) very in-the-dark about proper equitation. Its probably a good idea, it will help you learn postition and release and help your horse learn to lift her back and stay relaxed and supple. My horses have to be able to calmy complete entire pole/cavelletti courses, in good constitent rythym, staying soft and supple and engaged before they ever even see a fence. I say this cause I already see her (wheter is a habit developing or just from the funky distances) thinking about charging the fences, even at this height. Once she can do the poles course, you can change one or two poles to small cross rails and then work your way up so that you both progress properly and confidently. I know its fun and you want to just get out and do the big stuff but remember, fundementals are the building blocks to fun.
  5. Im going to try and with hold my helmet speech, but I have to say Im glad you are getting one but it is very unwise to jump until you have one. things happen. You're doing pretty good sans lessons as someone who also self trains so the majority of the time I know how hard it is, read lots, watch lots of videos, talk with lots of trainers and videoing your own rides for critique is helpful. Im going to bee a broken record, and say shorten your stirrups, alot. I like a longer leg but yours is so long its not really doing anything for you. And you need to be able to get your heel down and stay a little more steady in your lower leg, and keep it on your horse. Maybe try and do some no-stirrups work if you can. I would also work on her contact a bit more, she seems very cute and willing but she does rush a long spot here and there, and it will help get her more fluid and engaged in her flat work. I know its hard with stock breeds, my jumper is a tb paint and some days he wants to just drop his front end and diddledoddle. Keep us updated with pics and videos, she is very cute!
  6. Hits Thermal

    we are not in the area, or country but a group from our barn in going this year
  7. so much for the sport of kings, i just vomitted.
  8. I was suposed to be starting Ace over fences this next week but I am instead, on bed rest. Here is a novel. Went riding with a friend from the barn, on saturday (jan 8) nothing much just kinda hacking around in the arena. Ace was being a tool, but I chalked it up to just not having been lunged. Continue to ride and then he starts acting up and just about runs over a standard - so I pull left to try and miss is and it sends him into one of his infamous "ace fits" where he does this weird rear-jump-run thing, I refer to his best attempt at courbette. I come off the side, and land like a pancake on my right side. I did not tuck and roll lol. It wasnt even that bad of a fall. I couldnt really hear, and I was pretty winded and had that just-fell-off-a-horse numbness, Jenny comes over I manage to get out that I think I'm ok just winded. So she sits with me till I catch my breath and goes to get ace. Mental check - wiggle fingers? check. wiggle toes? check. Half sit up, go to roll over to get up -- nope. oh no. At this point I wasn't really in much pain, just couldnt move my hip/leg enough to roll over but I could wiggle my toes, ankle, calf. So Jenny goes to find the first-aider, shes went home, great, calls Justin and he runs to the barn, I tell him I dont feel that bad, my hip is just numb and I can't get up, he says he is taking me to the hospital (insert my i hate hospital face here) I tell him fine but no ambulance. So I sit there and chat with jenny while he goes puts the horse up, and gets the truck and drives it into the arena. At this point im still not really in much pain. He picks me up to put me in the truck and PAIN. Get to the hospital and explain what happened and that I think I may have just popped out my hip, Ive done it before. The problem? Im unable to weight bear on either side. Get the work through and I have midline tenderness, obvious trauma to right hip and tenderness in my c-spine. Initial thought is that I have possibly fractured my hip, lumbar spine and possible c-spine. Not a bad fall huh? STRAIGHT TO TRAUMA ROOM. yay. Now I have endured 24hrs of drug free labour I'm not a wuss by any standard but to be able to move me onto a back board, the had to give LOADS of morphine. Now I don't know how many of you have been on morphine but this presented a whole other problem. I was now passing out from the morphine, and then not breathing. So Justin stayed beside my bed, for 11hrs making sure I breathed. By the time that I got in for my xrays, and CT I had 20mgs of morphine and was still in pain and now there is blood in my mouth and pee. Okay, so apparently I know how to fall... THANKFULLY! After 11hrs, 2 hospitals, 2 rounds of xrays, a CT scan, 2 ultrasounds and enough morphine to put out a horse I'm home and on bed rest. Justin said I looked pretty sexy strapped to a board, with a collar, nasal tube for oxygen and an IV in each arm lol. Somehow I managed not to break anything (thank god!). The sum of the damage is the my back spasmed so bad from the trauma that it was pulling my lower spine which should curve completly straight, pinching nerves hence the inability to walk. I have major soft-tissue damage and bruising to my right hip and pelvis, and some minor internal bleeding in my bladder and around my kidney which thankfully resolved itself without need for surgery or lasting damage. Now, tuesday (jan 11) and I can somewhat hobble to the bathroom and back with little help and get to marathon lord of the rings today.
  9. Baby Nicolai!

    ZOMG SOOOOO CUTE!!!!! I love this horse.
  10. After About Three Years....

    ooh shilo i love that picture! I just might give it a shot! I didnt want to post this one until she saw it first - this is taglet's horse Tag. Sadly as you may remember he passed away. "It is an awful thing, the death of a loved one. It's like walking down the stairs to your bedroom in the dark and thinking that there's one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down through the air and is a sickly moment of dark surprise" -a series of unfortunate events
  11. After About Three Years....

    oh gee i WISH henny was mine, no he is Peter Atkins' horse HJ Hampton, hes an AMAZING three star/rolex/WEG eventing horse who still does leadline for peter's young son.
  12. After About Three Years....

    thanks guys! ive been having fun doodling away. although I posted these on facebook and my dad ALREADY made a status to his clients (hes an auctioneer) trying to sell commission work WITHOUT asking me (UGH!!) cant I have anything I can do for FUN, like ya maybe if I feel like it ill do a peice or two for people but this is my hobby, my ME time.. whatever.. anyways HENNY IS DONE!! yay! can you tell its him? (sorry my camera is low quality)
  13. For Those Of You Who "start" Your Own Horses...

    I guess it depends on the horse and how phsyically and mentally strong they are that decides how fast you push them. Look at Ace and Rio, we started them the same time (march of 2010) and Rio is only doing w/t/c/hand gallop and starting lateral work, rode once or twice a week, shown once this fall. But he is 3 coming 4, azteca and still growing and although very calm disposition wise can get a little stressed out when he get overwhelmed, and his body can't handle alot of work yet, and hes still growing so hasnt filled out enough to quite carry himself through alot, he still does straight baby corners. Ace, being 7 coming 8 (late start, long story) is in alot better shape physically, more filled out and WELL done growing, and handles training well, learns VERY quick, we have been able to push him harder, he showed 5 or 6 times over the summer in flat hunters. He is doing w/t/c/hg, with advanced transitions w/c c/h ect, working, extended and a tiny bit of starting collection. working pirouettes as they come easy for him (he is really easy to 'sit down' in the canter, lateral work a nd bending (proper circles, corners ect) trot poles and small jumps undersaddle, as well as 1.20m free/chute jumping. and flying changes when he offers them on a figure 8, if not we do a simple c-t-c change and leave it at that. Still kept fairly light, 3-4 times a week with 1-2 days just lunged 15-20mins and the odd hack or fun day, just cause he is an air fern and will explode without exercise
  14. When Do You Start A Young Horse?

    ofcourse it all depends on the horse: attitude, breed, growth rate ect but generally we handle our horses from day one. foals are halter broke and get used to blanketing, bandaging practice, exposed to trailers, farriers, vets, scary things and being touched EVERYWHERE but are generally only handled a hanful of times in a month. When they are in the winter of their first year (coming 2) they are taught to lunge, accept the bit, saddled, jumped around and groomed from a mounting block and generally get used to the goofy things humans do, at this point they will have been to a few shows, got some in-hand ribbons under their belts. still they are only handled one a week, for maybe 20 mins at a time (only 5-10 mins of lunge walk/trot esp with the warmbloods or spanish horses whose joints are less developed) depending on the size, muscle mass and knee condition ect they may be sat on bareback for a minute or two, a hanful of times. they aren't worked too hard or frequently, still on 24hr turn out "being horses" the winter of their 2/3yr old year they start lunging more, maybe with side reins, learning lateral give and start riding undersaddle. they arent pushed very hard till the fall of their 3/4 year simply to save tendons and knees as we work alot with the breeds who have alot of growing to do. And temperment has alot to do with it, some lines and breeds can be pushed harder then others. By the time they are near the end of their 3/4 year they are being ridden 2-3 times a week, and that increases as they start to compete. Jumping is limited to once a week with the greenies. Most of our horses seem to be gone around this time but I do have ace who is 8 this year but since he was started late (10 months ago) we still consider him a baby as far as mind frame but because he is more physically able we have pushed him harder and he is already doing work at his age rate, ridden 3-4 times a week, lunged 2-3 times, one full day off. Doing walk-canters, gallops, working gaits, extended gaits and a little bit of collecting, rollbacks, and working pirouettes and will be jumping twice a week once i get off my butt and start him over fences. He shows once or twice a month in the summer, 6-8 classes each of flat.
  15. When Do You Start A Young Horse?

    ofcourse it all depends on the horse: attitude, breed, growth rate ect but generally we handle our horses from day one. foals are halter broke and get used to blanketing, bandaging practice, exposed to trailers, farriers, vets, scary things and being touched EVERYWHERE but are generally only handled a hanful of times in a month. When they are in the winter of their first year (coming 2) they are taught to lunge, accept the bit, saddled, jumped around and groomed from a mounting block and generally get used to the goofy things humans do, at this point they will have been to a few shows, got some in-hand ribbons under their belts. still they are only handled one a week, for maybe 20 mins at a time (only 5-10 mins of lunge walk/trot esp with the warmbloods or spanish horses whose joints are less developed) depending on the size, muscle mass and knee condition ect they may be sat on bareback for a minute or two, a hanful of times. they aren't worked too hard or frequently, still on 24hr turn out "being horses" the winter of their 2/3yr old year they start lunging more, maybe with side reins, learning lateral give and start riding undersaddle. they arent pushed very hard till the fall of their 3/4 year simply to save tendons and knees as we work alot with the breeds who have alot of growing to do. And temperment has alot to do with it, some lines and breeds can be pushed harder then others. By the time they are near the end of their 3/4 year they are being ridden 2-3 times a week, and that increases as they start to compete. Jumping is limited to once a week with the greenies. Most of our horses seem to be gone around this time but I do have ace who is 8 this year but since he was started late (10 months ago) we still consider him a baby as far as mind frame but because he is more physically able we have pushed him harder and he is already doing work at his age rate, ridden 3-4 times a week, lunged 2-3 times, one full day off. Doing walk-canters, gallops, working gaits, extended gaits and a little bit of collecting, rollbacks, and working pirouettes and will be jumping twice a week once i get off my butt and start him over fences. He shows once or twice a month in the summer, 6-8 classes each of flat.