All Blog Posts Tagged 'trainer' (20)

Making mistakes...

Maggie's been in training lately, so all I do is hack her.  Although my trainer was out of town dealing with a personal emergency, I've still just been doing that, so that i don't confuse her.  So, I was out of work early on Friday and headed to the barn for a hack before the sun went down.  We headed to the berry field...

 

They've finished the fencing of the field next to it, and although the posts have been there for ages, apparently this was a good excuse to spin and bolt,…

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Added by MagsNMe on October 2, 2011 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Philosophical ramblings...

So, I have found my child a lovely spot where he can run and play with kids his own age. 

 

Saturday, I came from the barn he's at, after discussing it with the manager there that he needed a different spot, and I went to the local tack shop for Garlic (bad mosquitoes here) and a tail strap.  I walk into the shop and see a girl I haven't seen in years.  I've known her for closing in on a decade, she was a teenager then.  So, we get to chatting about our various steeds, and she…

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Added by MagsNMe on May 23, 2011 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Little Maggie

Well, Muffin is coming along.  She was very good last Saturday, and then Sunday, with no martingale on ... lets play throw our head in the air and race around the arena!  At least she was going somewhere...  So, around and around we went, until she gave up and came round. 

 

Monday, I was trying to give her a light stretchy ride... doesn't work if she's coming in season.  By Wednesday, we had full blown evil child.  When you can't get your horse past a little drip in the arena,…

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Added by MagsNMe on March 26, 2011 at 8:05pm — 3 Comments

Professionalism

Yesterday i was at a dressage show, chatting with a 'trainer' who I know, but never trained with. Was telling her who I was working with, and she made a snide comment. Not what I would expect, but, well, some people are petty.



So, today my little girl had another session ground driving. We talked about something they wanted to try with her. And, my trainer, as she always does, says you need to be comfortable with it, this is how it works, the vast majority of horses figure it out…

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Added by MagsNMe on March 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Academy's Case Study on Foundation Programme

Case Study Rider: Foundation Programme







Pauline and Kingsley at Rockley… Continue

Added by Wiola Grabowska on November 14, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

For your Consideration: A Unique Training Opportunity

As the economy remains stagnant, it is common to find…
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Added by Erin K Beach on November 11, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

October 12th 2010

Feeling pretty good today. I got two nice comments from fellow barnmice. Those kind of comments help put things into perspective without being discouraging. Thanks ladies!

Today, I rode Harley and Lazz. I basically worked on the same thing with both of them but was a little easier on Lazz. Harley is more used to what I was asking. I got a few nice roll backs with Harley and also some good transitions. He is still quite lazy but that isnt going to change in just a couple rides. He…
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Added by Amanda Hoss on October 12, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Someone STOLE all my Oats?

Suddenly you horse is feeling a little off. What now?

He is just not quite kicking up his heels like he used to?

So, what do we do? Perhaps change his feed.

I know you. I bet you have already started asking all the our horsie friends what to do. You would certainly ask the farrier. Your trainer perhaps? The feed store lady?

Have you decided yet to add a supplement to his feed. Which one? Did that help?

Still not acting up to his highest potential? Are you…

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Added by Roberta Edstrom on October 7, 2010 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Of clinics and lessons

We had a clinic this past weekend with a very good clinician we've ridden with before. This week hasn't been all that great, Maggie dumping my trainer and all that, but, I expected a good ride. Now, we've been working on the trot with the girl, less on the canter. But, we were doing great, walk (quit moving so much), trot (softer and wait in the transition), and then the left lead canter, quite nice, developmental, but nice. Unfortunately, the right lead canter is not so good, so more right…

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Added by MagsNMe on October 7, 2010 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

Truth and consequences

Well, my trainer had her second ride on little Maggie yesterday. Maggie tried her patented move, 'The Maggie', a clever combination of buck, leap and rear. Now I've never really managed to enforce a consequence with that move, you know, laying in the dirt, with my ankle dislocated, bleeding, it wasn't something I was up to. Maggie found out about consequences!

And today was ride #3. Well well, someone's a very smart horse! She was very good, very gorgeous and very contrite. My…

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Added by MagsNMe on September 29, 2010 at 12:02am — No Comments

Fall in Calgary

Typical for southern Alberta, nothing is typical in weather. So, this weekend we had 25C and 22C or so. And after the crappy summer we had, I HAD to get outside with little Maggie.

Friday was work in the arena, 25 minutes because that's as long as I could be VERY specific and demanding with her about being forward and answering the aids promptly. She did well. This was my first ride after my trainer was on her Wednesday.

Saturday, pure decadence, I went and…

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Added by MagsNMe on September 26, 2010 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Muffinator...

Ah my little Maggie, aka Muffin, aka Muffinator, aka Magnolia, aka Maggie Mae.

Wednesday I wasn't feeling well, so my intrepid trainer rode Maggie. This was her first schooling ride on her. So, what did we learn? Doesn't react properly to the whip (hind legs move, but she sucks behind the leg), doesn't bend in her body, doesn't really take contact on the right rein, probably because she doesn't really take contact on the left rein....

We've made progress getting…

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Added by MagsNMe on September 25, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Life of a teenager in lessons

I am starting this blog for one reason only. Because I feel like writing about my riding experiences, and suck at keeping a journal. That and hopefully some of you will get a laugh at my expense!



So, I had a lesson last night. I was saved by my instructor being absent and another instructor taking her place. Why was I saved? Because my instructor likes to push me and as soon as she sees a flaw she tells me to fix it, and she usually spots them right when they happen so I can't even… Continue

Added by Emily Walsh on September 8, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Mindful Horse

There was a… Continue

Added by Kimberly Cox Carneal on August 21, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

I always knew she was brilliant...

So, last night Maggie and I had a lesson. We were outfitted with the running martingale, which is working well, although it got adjusted a bit tighter. Beauty of the running, it only engages when you need it and it doesn't help you actually ride your horse or get it round. It also takes away Maggie's favourite game of throwing her head in the air and doing whatever the hell she really wants to do... always a bonus.

 

So, we warmed up and then out comes the longe whip. Now we're…

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Added by MagsNMe on August 12, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Enough is Enough

Hello All

 

Please take a moment to view the two attached links regarding the travesty that happened last weekend at the Festival of the Horse when…

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Added by Louise Clarke on July 15, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Six Tips To Improve Your Scores….At The Show!

Last week I talked about the warm-up and how to make sure you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, exactly how much time it will take to warm up your horse before you actually ride the test



This week we’re going to progress to the actual test and how you can improve your test score while at the show. Here we go.





1.) Canter Around The Outside Of The Arena Before Entering.



You will have a beautiful forward trot to enter with and make a fantastic entry and first… Continue

Added by Colette Sossaman on November 17, 2009 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

The Warm Up: Where the Test Is Won Or Lost

The warm up is the most crucial part of any competition. It's where the test is won or lost.

Too much warm up and your horse may be dull and less reactive to your aids.

Too little warm up and your horse may be more "exuberant" than you anticipate.



In this weeks installment I've listed exactly what you need to do in order to take the mistery out of the warm up.You never know how your horse will react to new settings until you expose him to them.



Don't wait until… Continue

Added by Colette Sossaman on November 10, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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