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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
i am canadian but have lived in new zealand since 1989. i own 2 homebred hanoverians, a filly rising 4 and her full brother rising 2. the filly is really cool-very trainable and rideable and about to start her dressage career.
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2 horses, chickens, a greyhound and a tortiseshell cat

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Good Bye Porche!

We had to put our dear, old greyhound, Porche down last Sat, after well over 15 yrs of being a very happy dog. Always happy to go off for a ride in the forest with the horses.  I was judging that morning, so my husband and older daughter took her to the vet ( aside from old age, she had been suffering from liver cancer for 2 yrs, and her metabolism was not working well. She was acutely thin!).  When I came home,  it was my job to take Porche down below the arena, and bury her next to her…


Posted on January 29, 2013 at 11:42pm — 2 Comments

delphi's tests

ive been thinking about my little mare and how she doesn't just measure up to the big moving horses. i thought about how riders with big moving paces can just think about their test, flexion, regularity etc. whereas i have to also think about influencing her movement,and trying to get the medium paces also. that makes it much harder.

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 3:39am — 3 Comments

Estimating final height

Hi: what have you experienced in your estimation of final height in a horse?  is the string from knee to fetlock then pulled up effective? do you have another method which seems to work? what age do they work best from???? cheers

Posted on January 3, 2011 at 9:17pm — 3 Comments

taking care with baby

How much is too much? Some trainers suggest not working the young horse too much, or very often, especially if a warmblood, to prevent long-term injury. Other trainers believe that if you're not at level 5 or 6 by 6 years old, you aren't progressing fast enough. My trainer noticed yesterday that delph is bum high, so is still growing-as you would expect with only being 4. And she is so amiable, and training so well, that we are moving forward. If we stayed at the same level, she would be…


Posted on July 3, 2010 at 4:55pm

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At 2:49pm on December 27, 2012, Pam Vust said…

Hi Vicki! Small world! You're right it has been snowy and cold here! It was -23 C this morning but I'm hoping the weather will break soon! I'm so jealous of your hot, humid weather in New Zealand! Would you like to trade?  LOL.  Pam

At 11:47pm on April 21, 2012, Barbara F. said…

Hey Vickie, I'm usually on in the mornings Toronto time, so I can chat with you if you are on! I think it might be late afternoon for you, but I'm not sure.

At 7:55pm on April 20, 2012, Gillian Warner said…

agreed! :) i really enjoy them too! :) i'm glad to chat with you also!

At 7:54pm on January 12, 2012, Gary Glaser said…

Hello Barb

My name is Gary Glaser and I am the mounted commander of the 9th New York Cavalry. We are located in the Niagara, Hamilton area but have members across Southern Ontario. Our members are both mounted and diss-mounted troopers. The Ninth New York Cavalry has been reactivated by a group of living historians and civil war enthusiasts interested in the portrayal of the life of the Federal Horse Soldier. As a group, we participate in living history encampments, re-enactments, and giving informative lectures throughout the year in both Ontario and the U.S.

To see more of what we do as a hobby please go to these two You tub site, this first one is a large  event that unfortunately none of our members were participating in  but do know most of the riders- it was held in Gettysburg, PA

This next one is a small event held in Canada at Upper Canada village, all riders are members of the 9th NY Cavalry and you will notice that I ride a Stander bred cross:

If you have any question please do not hesitate to ask. This hobby is family friendly, and a great way to spend a weekend with you horse.

Thank You

Gary Glaser

Sgt. 9th NY Cavalry CO.A

At 4:45pm on January 22, 2011, Sandra Ammonn said…
Ahhh this is how I respond! Thanks Vicki we had lots of fun, nerve racking but fun. You never know what to expect from these young horses:) All 3 were great!
At 2:20pm on January 9, 2011, Barbara F. said…

My retired horse, Donnie, is a Donnerhall son.  His mother is a Raphael daughter, Raphaela Girl.

I can't begin to tell you how much joy that wonderful horse has brought  into my life! I did everything with him and had him for 8 and a half years and he was sound for the whole time, but then a few months ago, he developed a sharp lameness. I almost had a heart attack. He has something very unusual - a bone cyst in his elbow.

Anyway, I could have ridden him on "maintenance" but he deserved much more.

I gave him to my friend Helen (she's on here too). She has a farm where she and her husband and daughter live, and they have seven horses, including Donnie. She and her daughter ride him occasionally and the rest of the time he is outside most of the day with his friend Rascal, or in his double sized stall.

He is so good that the daughter, who is 12 and TINY, can just hop on him any time and go around. Helen rides him a bit too, so he has a bit of everything. What a GOOD BOY he is!!

I now have a new horse named Caspari. Very different than Donnie, but still that phenomenal temperament that I can't live without.  I am very lucky to have found another good boy.


What about you?

At 6:45pm on January 3, 2011, Liz Keane said…
Yes! Is he not lovely. Don't tell the younger riders as we get older so do our horses get fatter! LOL. Just read latest Your Horse Mag. Mary King one of UK old time great event riders said " Thank God, she turned out her event horses for winter fun, they have the fun & Mary & her daughter have to ferry water out to the world class horses" just like me! That gives me heart. Weather wise, whole world has gone mad! Hang in there Vickie. My lorry off road so can't go anywhere, my hubby in for it! I'll fix it! Men LOL. Most show cancelled in fairness to him, bless he does his best, Ireland cannot cope with this kind of weather.Had to cancel lessons today as our arena frozen again. Forcast not great untill after next weekend. Me X 
At 6:21pm on January 1, 2011, Liz Keane said…
Glad you've made friends with Geoffrey Pannell. The Good have to stick together! I'm back riding George my Irish Draught. Ireland not used to artic weather . He is my comfort blanket. Even 20 mims in the rain today is special! Me!
At 3:49pm on December 28, 2010, Geoffrey Pannell said…

Hi Vickie, Don't be put off this site by a couple of tossers!! There are more nice people than those couple of idiots that have been giving all of us grief. That Alan Buck is a capital T tosser!! I've had a couple of run in's with him also, the man thinks he knows it all, yet he wont post a single pic of himself riding or one of his pupils (if he has any). He's all talk, and the moment you disagee he gets nasty. Life is too short to be bothered with the likes of people like that.

You have some valuable life experiences that are good to be shared on a site like this with like minded people. I've been on this site for a while now and the good far outweight the bad. So, stick around.

Cheers Geoffrey

At 8:43am on December 28, 2010, Liz Keane said…
Vickie, don't let them get to you, rise about it, they'er all over the world! Most people don't listen until their horse has enough and breaks their jaw & this owner was on the ground! She asked me what I thought of her horse, I said I'd shot it. Now it in foal and it will teach its bad manners on to its offspring and the wheel go's round! Happy New Year. Talk soon. Liz

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