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NaughtyNeigh2

Xmas update

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So Solo is having a little break currently as he's worked hard and can have a bit of time to rest and reflect everything. 

 

Sparks is in work still.... And now a part of my business. I started offering trick training clinics with him, which I'm now fully booked till March! They start next week, which I'm excited and nervous about starting! I hope people enjoy learning trick training as much as I do. 

He's also doing some modelling work too! 

I've put some videos of him together recently. 

Fingers crossed it's a good decision! 

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Thanks for the update - your trick training classes will be great!  Part of what people will learn is that it is also about the relationship that you have with your horse that makes trick training successful.  Love the rearing photo of you both!  Merry Christmas to you, Sparks (aka Coblet!) and Solo!

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That's my plan to a degree, Sparks is great but where he knows the tricks, it makes it slightly more difficult to show the training behind each trick as he'll happily do the finished trick rather than behave how a new horse to tricks would. For some of the tricks I plan on using Solo to show the raw 'baby steps' that will be more accurate responses teaching them at the beginning. Plus he'll gets used to a bit of a crowd and new people which is helpful. 

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Merry Christmas! Hope you had a lovely holiday. 

 

Solo is back in light work now for the new year, he's had two months not being ridden, I'm just going to ride him lightly and take him out of the trails a few times a week till February, then he has another holiday planned being turned away 24/7 with a couple of other horses from the Spanish yard till spring when he'll be 5(!). Time flies. 

 

Sparks has some possible exciting news too..... But I can't say anything just yet as nothing definite so I'll keep you guessing! 

 

We played around tackless today. And Solo had a first ride back in work. 

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Good guesses so far..... 

 

I'll do a bit of everything with Solo. I plan on keeping him at least for a year or two and seeing where he is. I don't know what his career is just yet. He finds lateral work incredibly easy working on the ground and can really sit back on his hocks naturally so quite interested in classical schooling with him in the future. He's quite receptive to the idea of tricks also. He's showing a nice little pop jumping too. And he's nice and safe on the trails. 

So yeah..... I don't know yet in a nutshell. He sort of has future potential for anything currently so I'll see how he goes and what he enjoys best!  I just want to ensure he's a useful, slowly produced, well mannered horse by then, so he has a good life wherever that's with me or someone else. Though I can't see me being able to bring myself to sell him lol. 

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Some new year and Xmas ponies... 

 

Video one doing a mounted riding lesson off Solo with my yard owners daughter on Sparks. 

Other vids are out hacking and Solo doing some work with Sparks. My partner is riding sparks..... He's not massively bigger than me on the ground but looks bigger on Sparks than me. 

Solo and sparks went on a hack over to the Spanish yard yesterday, stayed there for the day and then hacked back. 

The palomino is Solo's sire. 

 

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Pretty horses working hard. The palomino looks just like Solo in a different color. Your partner has shorter legs and is taller from the waist up. That's why he looks bigger on Coblet.

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NN, how are the trick training classes going? Did Sparks' exciting news pan out?

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They're going well thanks! 

 

No unfortunately nothing else heard unfortunately .... I had a TV show contact me before Xmas wanting a horse act to appear on the show. Nothing heard since though! 

 

Nothing really interesting happening lately other than normal day to day things! It's been quite icy and snowy intermittently so riding work on mine has been sporadic! 

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Oh, sneaky! My horse puts on a show without prompting whenever he's let out. But I make sure to be out of range. He's about 20 feet tall when he rears and scares me to death he'll go over.

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I can imagine! 

 

Sparks is very mellow in his leisure time, he'll occasionally canter round a few strides when you turn him out but normally grass is his main concern lol. 

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Thanks. I'm not quite cut out for girly modelling..... Pulling nice faces is hard ha. 

Solo is still out and about slowly. He's doing some tricks in the clinics I do as the 'starter' horse and learnt bow and jambette and is halfway to lying down. He won't do anymore 'interesting' tricks till he's older though. 

 

He had a little jump yesterday with Sparkles, schooled him at liberty whilst my friend rode Sparks. He's only jumped a handful of times so still learning but he's got a nice little pop in him and takes confidence off Sparks. He got too confident and wanted to be lead horse by the end of it.

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