silkyraven: (Dino)
So this week has bought the big switch from the winter fields to the summer fields...and with it a glut of new grass and one bloated pony..!

Here he is going out with some of his mates for the first time into the big field:


This means he's been pretty lazy in the school! He even refused a treat on Wednesday as he's so full... I hope they eat some of that grass down soon. I'd quite like my better Dino back!

We had our first visit from an actual barefoot trimmer yesterday and I'm really pleased with her work. His feet are pretty good, the only problem we have is a lot of flaring (feet definitely came from the Clydesdale side - they are like dinner plates and very flat) but she's done a nice balanced trim and will be back to see him again in a few weeks.

I did get M to take some video of me riding yesterday. I'm not very happy with it. I was a bit frustrated with him being much more lazy than he has been and I don't think my riding's very good at all...!

Feel free to make constructive comments. The canter in particular is awful - in my defence I hardly cantered Pico at the best of times and not at all over the last 2 years of his life so I'm very out of practice. Also, my back has got too arched again and my legs are not very still. *sigh* I think he's improve a bit though. [I left this video processing so if you can't see it right now come back a bit later...]


For reference:
Me riding Pico in 2011 - think this was the video we did before the sim course:


Me riding Dino in March 2013:
silkyraven: (dino)
Another small confidence boost yesterday. After some nice work in the school - we're getting a couple more strides of canter on each rein every day I think - we popped out along the bridlepath with Claire again...and we went in front. Not only on the road in trot, past the scary dog (he was fine!) but also in front having a little canter back along the bridlepath. I've cantered him plenty on his own up there but never with another horse (quite a cross horse who's used to being in front and didn't think we were going fast enough!!!) behind. Dino was perfect - more forward with someone running up him bum but came back when I asked and trotted as soon as I wanted. So a small victory but I'm adding it to the collection here so I can find it again in the future if I should need reminding....!

<3 my pony.
silkyraven: (dino)
Happy Birthday Dino! 7 years old today

Yesterday I plucked up the courage to take him over to Arrandene Open Space which is a local set of bridleways with a hill you can gallop up in the middle. It's a hack along a main road though, with a double decker bus route and I'm not very brave at open spaces and galloping so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. We went with our favourite hacking partners, Claire and Bug. I love being able to hack with Claire - she's great as she's pretty confident but she's understanding of my occasional nerves, always asks before moving up a gear and never makes me feed bad if I say 'actually can we not?'. We had two gallops up the hill - the first one was a bit nerve-wrecking for me, but the second time I enjoyed it. She asked if I wanted to go again but Dino was pretty tired and I had enjoyed it so we left it there. I think he had a good time - and I turned him back out for an hour or so when I got home so he had a good roll after getting all sweaty :)

So we had a good time and I'm feeling like my confidence has increased a bit and am pretty pleased with myself and I super chuffed with Dino as he was brilliant which seems to be his default setting at present.

[Dino]

Apr. 27th, 2014 10:32 am
silkyraven: (Dino)
Happy Birthday Dino! 7 years old today!

Yesterday I plucked up the courage to take him over to Arrandene Open Space which is a local set of bridleways with a hill you can gallop up in the middle. It's a hack along a main road though, with a double decker bus route and I'm not very brave at open spaces and galloping so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. We went with our favourite hacking partners, Claire and Bug. I love being able to hack with Claire - she's great as she's pretty confident but she's understanding of my occasional nerves, always asks before moving up a gear and never makes me feed bad if I say 'actually can we not?'. We had two gallops up the hill - the first one was a bit nerve-wrecking for me, but the second time I enjoyed it. She asked if I wanted to go again but Dino was pretty tired and I had enjoyed it so we left it there. I think he had a good time - and I turned him back out for an hour or so when I got home so he had a good roll after getting all sweaty :)

So we had a good time and I'm feeling like my confidence has increased a bit and am pretty pleased with myself and I super chuffed with Dino as he was brilliant which seems to be his default setting at present.
silkyraven: (Dino)
*drum-roll* WE HAVE CANTER!!! :o) With a bit of a concerted effort over the past fortnight we now have a reasonably consistent 5 or 7 steps of left canter in the school. I'm very pleased - today he popped into canter from walk and was beautifully forward and responsive, despite it p*ssing it down with rain. We can only do straight lines and the right canter often doesn't happen (that's his weaker hind so he finds it hard to push off) but I feel like we've made a huge step forwards. Given how much better it is just in a couple of weeks I don't think it will be long before we have a good canter on both reins.

Obviously this week has been very hard with losing Pico but Dino hasn't been too upset by things. I'll spare you the details but he had a good look, sniff (and chew) of the body when Pico went, called for him once when I took him back to his box that night, but hasn't called or been looking for him since. He seems to understand and has accepted that his friend won't be coming back. I've moved him along one box to a brighter box that has a window at the back and a new friend next door (otherwise he would have been a bit on his own and we didn't want that) but he's settled down nicely. In fact yesterday and today he's been super forward and off the leg and really going well.

I had a brief chat with the vet before he left us on Thursday and we've agreed to leave the jaw alone for the moment. He didn't think the lump had got smaller, but did agree with me it's not grown in a couple of months so now we give it time and pray it sorts itself out. Much as I love Goncalo I'm happy to not see him again for a bit...! The next scheduled visit will be to take a look at Dino's teeth in 6 months or so.

So pretty happy with how Dino is right now - going to get up early tomorrow and hopefully have another lovely ride in the quiet part of the day - need to get him working over raised poles to strengthen up that hind and help get the right canter going :)

Ouch

Apr. 10th, 2014 01:52 pm
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
I now understand why David tells us to take it easy with the ponies after their osteo appointments. I am quite sore in the right shoulder department today. I shall try an application of red wine later on...
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
Bit late this month! Sorry!

This month:
Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 10 April, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Female Pioneers of Electronic Music

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Friday 18 April
Tour of Abney Park Cemetery, £5 per person

Next month:
Bibliogoth
http://bibliogoth.livejournal.com/
Sunday 11 May, 14.00. Costa Coffee, Southampton Row
We're reading 'Mr Pemumbra's 24-hour Bookstore' by Robin Sloan

Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
???? Date and location to be confirmed due to pub gubbins
Pub quiz and clothing swish

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
On hiatus from May until I don't have any exams or walking weekends planned.

If you want any more details about any of these events just shout! Feel free to advertise them elsewhere or bring friends, but do let me know if you're coming to CultureGoth things in particular so I know to look out for you.
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
Interesting day for me today - I now understand why Dino looks so perturbed when the osteopath is twangling his neck vertebrae - it does feel funny!!

First things first: We had a nice ride this morning. He's been going pretty well and I've started working on achieving canter in the school. More experienced and less impatient people would probably feel it could be left a bit longer but I really want to get it going - even if only for a few strides. He's fine out on the 'canter spot' of the bridlepath and will pop forward with no bother but he has a real hang up in the school. He was going nicely on Saturday so I asked from walk and did one stride and then had a bucking fit :sad: so we went round and try again and in the end got 5 strides nicely on the left rein. The right rein is more tricky but we did get a stride or two. Today tried again and got 5 strides on the left rein without much fuss, but the right I really don't think that inside hind is strong enough to push himself off properly, an opinion the osteo agreed with as this morning was my turn to be assessed!

After Dino I popped myself down the road for my assessment with David and it was very interesting. He thinks my hips and lumbar spine are ok - pelvis is a tiny bit wonky but not very far out and probably not causing serious issues. What he did find though is that my right shoulder (I'm left handed) and neck on that side is very jammed up. Just like my pony! This is probably due to using a mouse a lot at work and getting into a habit of clenching my shoulder on that side. David did a bit of treatment to loosen it all up, and I'm going to have a couple more of those sessions. I do get a bit of shoulder pain on that side but I was quite surprised to find it's actually quite uneven.

Interesting to think what effect this might be having on my riding - I often find Dino is bent right when we're hacking although I feel like my seat is even. It probably is, mostly, but I might well be putting more weight on the right rein and tipping my head slightly to the right as everything is very stiff that side. Fascinating! I must get M to take some video in a while.

I think what I'll do now is keep doing the transitions, flexion, leg-yield, shoulder-in work I've been doing with Dino but try to add in some in hand, or lunging work over raised poles to strengthen get his right hind moving better. I'll keep with the little bit of canter we have in the school, so just 5 strides or so down the long side on the left rein but not worry too much about the right for the moment. He can sometimes get right canter outside although I think M gets it more consistently than I do probably in part as I'm loading that side of him more by being crooked.

ION I treated myself to an SLR camera. First attempts at working out where things are, LOL:
Dubious horse is dubious and thinks you should work out how to turn the flash off:


silkyraven: (Dino)
I just back-dated a bunch but I don't think they will appear on your feeds unless you go find them.. (they are all tagged 'dino' if you're interested). An update from today!

Another update! I'm almost remembering to do this regularly... :)

What a difference a bit of sun makes! :db: The weather has been pretty great recently and he's been quite keen to get out and about. The yard has resurfaced the school we usually ride on which is *lovely* and generally he's been pretty forward and willing of late. Things seem to have calmed down a bit personally - managed to sneak in a brief weekend in Morocco (including 2 hour hack through the Atlas Mountains!) and it was great to just get away from everything for a couple of days.

We've been working on two things recently: moving off the leg and bending. He is moving much more forward after his very lazy period over Christmas and is beginning to bend a bit better. The osteopath has been out again and says he's still very very stiff through his pelvis, hips and neck and we're wondering how much I (and M) are contributing to this so I have a session with him myself in a couple of weeks to see how my stiffness matches up with Dino's! I suspect this will prove quite interesting and provide more homework for me!!

I would like to get him in a bit more work - aiming at ridden 45-60 mins ridden 4 times a week and then couple of in hand or lunging sessions on top that. He was weighed yesterday and came in at 600kg which I'm not surprised by but it more than I want him to be. I need to get someone to check how tall he actually is but I think he could use losing 25-35 kg really. He's got a bit of an apple bum going on and his ribs are a little hard to find...

Anyway, basically feeling pretty positive about things right now although I've yet to hear from the vet about how happy (or otherwise) he is with the jaw. *sigh*.

It's not a real update without pictures is it?

Long-lining down the bridle path...see what I mean about the bum??
The view from a long-reining session down the bridlepath

Bathed him today and plaited up his mane for 3 reasons: 1 - to try and stop him rubbing it, 2 - to try and stop me over-brushing it and 3 - I've been slightly struggling to see how his bend is to the left as his mane has been in the way!
Bath day

'Oh for heavens sake Mum! Can we not just go????'
New plaits!

Got my friend Claire to snap one of us together
Back from a ride

Only trouble with today is it wasn't sunny. This is what colour he actually is and much prettier it is too:
Right side

For anyone who's interested, this is the last jaw pic I sent to the vet:
That jaw again...
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
Things wot are happening...

This month:
Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 13 March, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Changes to Hate Crime legislation. S.O.P.H.I.E

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Sunday 16 March
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum

Next month:
Bibliogoth
http://bibliogoth.livejournal.com/
Sunday 6 April, 14.00. Costa Coffee, Southampton Row
We're reading 'Falling Angels' by Tracey Chevalier

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Friday 18 April, 15.00
Private tour of Abney Park Cemetary - £5. You must let me know you're coming and book a place for this!

Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 10 April, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Female pioneers of electronic music

If you want any more details about any of these events just shout! Feel free to advertise them elsewhere or bring friends, but do let me know if you're coming to CultureGoth things in particular so I know to look out for you.
silkyraven: (Dino)
Not too many updates recently as we've both been pretty fed up. He's been planting when asked to walk in mud which is basically everywhere at the moment and generally been not the most co-operative. And with that and the endless rain and dark and cold it's been a miserable January. I got really frustrated with him a few times and ended up resorting to a bit of pony-club style kicking to get him to walk down the bridlepath which made me feel really awful afterwards (although he did walk where I asked). It's just been so demoralising.

So, in a fit of feeling like I should never get on a horse ever again I ordered a copy of 'Cobs Can' and it arrived earlier this week. It's a really interesting read :) I certainly think mentally Dino is a 'cob' - it's a big part of why I love him so much. I've always had a thing for cobs - never had any trouble getting to ride my favourite horses at the riding schools I grew up in as they were the big, safe cobs that everyone else hated as they were too slow!! Omar's book is brilliant though and although most of the information is the same as Heather's it's really given me some good things to work on taking Dino's slightly backwards thinking.

It was such a beautiful day today that armed with my revision of basic aids (I still struggle with that using your legs inwards and forwards thing after owning Heather's book for 10 years and doing a simulator course!!) and a clear plan we spent 40 mins in the school today working on getting prompt transitions in walk-halt, walk-trot using really small leg aids and backing it up with a tap with my whip if he didn't respond. I left his head well alone - he's been really fussy in his mouth lately which I think is just a sign of him being fed up but I mostly left him alone at the front and just concentrated on getting him moving smartly from the leg. It was brilliant! I think we were a bit helped by the wind, but he was really good. We *nearly* got walk to canter, nearly. He was certainly thinking about it. Feeling a bit stupid really that I had to be reminded to do this as I know full well this is what he needs.

After working in the school I took him down the bridlepath and nearly lost all my good work in a disagreement about going through a puddle onto the path in the first place but we got down, went part way down the path and then turned back for home. He's much more keen coming home so I ask for trot and then a gentle canter. Well. Apparently I had him a little too much off the leg!! Before I know it we're going flat out gallop up the bridlepath :o I think he enjoyed having a good run :D I did have to pull him up quite sharply before we hit the road though which I'm a bit unhappy about but he really didn't want to stop!!!

So I'm feeling very happy with him today and I think a good run might have cheered him up. I'll have another go with some transitions (ideally with some poles) later in the week if the weather holds but it looks like it's going to be thoroughly awful again so we might not get much done. It will be spring soon, right...?
silkyraven: (Dino)
Been a bit of a mixed bag lately. Generally he's been pretty good. The weather has been a fraction drier this past week and there's been some sun so everyone's feeling a bit brighter. I've been working on transitions and a bit of flexion in the school and still be hacking a bit. He's very stiff to the right, and I'm feeling pretty stiff and uneven as well so the work in the school is going quite slowly. His osteopath is due back up at the end of the this month and I think we might need a series of treatments to properly 'un-twangle' him. I've been doing some physio myself which is helping but sometimes it feels like progress is very slow. This month has been the worst for a while personally though so I haven't really been concentrating on the horses much. A friend of M's & mine died due to complications of childbirth on the 2nd and the month seems to have gone past in a bit of a fog. Somehow I managed to fill in a job application and have an interview next week :o which is terrifying so he's not going to get my full attention for a short while yet!

On the downside for him, the vet came out last week to do his jabs and have a look in his mouth - he's still not happy about the jaw :cry: The lump is still growing - not quickly, but it hasn't stopped. Vet said the lymph node on that side of his face is still active and the gum is slightly swollen so we're trying 6 weeks of two Bute per day to hopefully sort it out. Really hope this stops it once and for all.

Haven't had pictures for ages! Snapped these last week:

Dino - February 2014

Dino - February 2014

Dino - February 2014
silkyraven: (Wow)
Girls Gone Wow presents the World of Warcraft London Meetup 2014

Saturday 19 April
15.00 to 23.00
The Feathers, St James Park


I have booked The Feathers pub in St James Park for this event. It's dead opposite the Broadway exit from St James Park tube station but is only 10-15 mins walk from London Victoria.

Information about the pub, including directions and food menus can be found here.

I've booked the upstairs area, which has a fair bit of seating, for 15.00 onwards so people can arrive a bit earlier and leave a bit earlier if coming from far away. If you would like somewhere to crash for the night we might be able to hook people up with crash space so leave a comment with some contact details [Comments screened for this purpose].

We need your help to publicise this! Please repost on your twitter feeds, facebook, blogs, podcasts any anywhere else you can think of. The pub itself is pretty quiet over Easter so if we run out of space upstairs we can just take over the whole place.

As things stand I've just booked a room in a pub but if people want to bring board games (WoW monopoly? Trivial Pursuit? Cards Against Humanity?) or other things that would be great - just let me know in comments.

To get an idea of numbers I'd love it if you could fill in this poll, of if you're not an LJ user post in comments:
[Poll #1955003]
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
There seem to be a slow trickle of people back over here from FaceBook so I'll try to post a monthly thing here of all the stuff I'm organising or involved with.

This month:
Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 13 February, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Contemporary Gothic adaptations of fairy tales and folklore with the lovely Nadia

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Sunday 16 February
Astronomy photography and the Fan Museum in Greenwich

Next month:
Bibliogoth
http://bibliogoth.livejournal.com/
Sunday 2 March, 14.00. Costa Coffee, Southampton Row
We're reading 'Alias Grace' by Margaret Atwood

CultureGoth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206875789347182/
Sunday 16 March, 14.00
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum

Gothic Valley WI
www.gothicvalleywi.org.uk
Thursday 13 March, 19.30. The Shaftesbury Tavern
Changes to Hate Crime legislation. S.O.P.H.I.E

If you want any more details about any of these events just shout! Feel free to advertise them elsewhere or bring friends, but do let me know if you're coming to CultureGoth things in particular so I know to look out for you.
silkyraven: (Dino)
Just going to repost some stuff here that I put on another forum so I have it 'backed up'. This might get long, sorry, but I guess there's little else happening on LJ so you all (like 3 of you who read here!!) might forgive me??

Ooof! Not updated here for a while, although I think I did post an update on a different thread.

We've been taking it easy a bit recently. Before Christmas Dino seemed a bit off - quite lethargic and lying down a lot. We had some blood tests run and they showed nothing, and then put him on a single Bute for a week to see if that made a difference and it didn't so, although I'm keeping a close on eye on him, the working opinion is he's just a bit fed up. We've ditched the school work for a bit and instead have been doing more hacking (or what passes for it round here!) and free schooling over poles and jumps. He seems to have perked up a bit. M took him with a friend to the nearest place you can have a proper decent canter on Christmas Day and this seems to have opened him up to the joy of quick movement with a human on board!

Last week my friend Claire and I took him Dino and his mate Bug out for our usual Wednesday morning hack and when we asked for a bit of canter along the bridlepath on the way home they *both* took off at flat out gallop!!! :o It was good fun and they obviously enjoyed it. Today's hack was on the road with Claire and her daughter's horse Jester. Now whilst Bug is the perfect hacking partner and not phased by anything Jester is a bit of a silly boy so Dino had to be grown up and go in front (1st time ever), past a double decker bus (1st time ever) and he was amazing! Calm as anything. Really pleased with how he is out at the moment.

We've also been working over poles and small jumps - mostly loose, but I have hopped on a couple of times and we can do around 2ft from trot quite nicely now :db: He's not cantering in the school yet - but he's getting much more balanced over a small fence with a rider and he really enjoys that too so I think we're moving the right way.

*touch wood* No sign of mud fever yet this year either. His heels were looking a bit pink on Saturday so we kept him in Sunday but they looked fine after that. We've got some barrier cream on but the fields are awful at the moment - about 6 inches of muddy water more than anything else. They horses don't really like being out in it and I can't say I blame them. I called Dino in the other week and he was sooooooo happy to come up the field he appeared at flat out gallop with the whole herd behind him :o Quite alarming to have half a dozen big horses bearing down on you at speed so I quickly put myself on the other side of the gate!!! Our outdoor schools are pretty water-logged too right now so I don't think we'd be doing much schooling anyway. I really would like the rain to shove off for a bit :sad:

Anyway, I'm feeling quite good about where we are at the moment. There's lots I'd like to be working on but I think the hacking and popping about over fences is doing him so good and he's not been lying down as much and has some energy under saddle again so *fingers crossed* there's nothing sinister going on. No more big vet bills please Baby!!! :laugh:
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
I am exhausted. Since getting back from holiday in August things have been a bit of a nightmare and I'm worn out. Happily the two main sources of stress in my life are resolved: Dino is probably fine (although the lump has had a growth spurt again it's under the place where the tooth was removed from which the vet said was fine) and new staff start at work on Monday.

So today, I have a bunch of things to do and I really can't be arsed. My shoulders ache (probably from physio), I'm totally exhausted and really really just want to go back to bed. I've mostly been messing about the internet all morning and failing to do anything that looks evenly vaguely like work. This in turn makes me feel like I'm not doing a good job and kicks off a nice round of imposter syndrome & self doubt. Thanks brain, maybe you should try getting some sleep?

I've not been sleeping very well over the past few months. Hopefully things will improve with a bit of a break over Christmas and I'll feel a bit refreshed coming into the new year.

December is shaping up to be good I think: trip to Carl Hester's yard (Olympic Dressage rider), weekend in Shrewsbury staying at a nice looking hotel and seeing some planes which starts a full two week break from work over Christmas. Hopefully I'll be feeling more inspired in the new year.

I am beginning to wonder about whether I need a new job in the next couple of years. I'm trying to get all my ACCA practical experience stuff signed off over the next month as I have done all the work experience needed and only having the exams to complete will make things easier if I do change jobs. It's a bit of an idle musing at present but maybe I do need a bit of a change. In an ideal world it would be great if I could find something that was a higher rate of pay but only 4 days per week - maintain my current take home (easier after March as I finish paying my student loan off) but actually only work 4 days, rather than working 5 days hours in 4 days like I do at present. What might be more realistic is working 2-3 days in a charity (part time fairly well paid finance stuff seems to come up fairly often) and then maybe a day or two in an accountancy firm. Dunno. Or two part time charity jobs I guess. Idle thoughts...
silkyraven: (Dino)
So this is the whole saga so far in case I need to remember what happened. Some of this has been mentioned here already.

When we bought Dino he had a retained tooth. We knew this, there were x-rays and although it was ok at the time it looked like if it ever caused any issues it would be a pretty straight-forward job to remove it. Just before I went on holiday in July the area around the retained tooth (which could be seen as a lump on the outside of the jaw) got very swollen and we asked the vet to take a look. Tried a week of Norodine and that didn't really help and when I arrived back I had a message from the vet saying they wanted me to take him into the RVC for a CT Scan. And here starts the drama....

The CT scan showed what looked like an adult tooth with 3 fragments tucked to the inside of it. Decision was made to remove the fragments under standing sedation and try and save the adult tooth. This took 2 long sessions of sedation and he had to stay in over a weekend but came home a couple of weeks ago. He was really stressed by the experience - he's never been away from home before so it was quite the learning curve! He was fine and settled in back home fairly quickly but over the swelling kept increasing and by the time his two week check up happened our vet removed two acorns (!) and a section of rotten tooth from the hole made by the surgery :o

That was on Friday so Monday morning this week he was back at the RVC again and they had another go at taking all the bits out. It looks like this was a single adult tooth which has become infected and died, causing it to break up into fragments in his jaw. He's had three sessions of sedation this week and, unfortunately, there's a section of root that just can't be removed. In order to get the bits out this time they've also had to make a hole right the way through the cheek (called a Buccotomy) but still the root will not come out. 8o(

He's coming home tonight, and we have a hope that actually the remaining section might sort itself out given some time and anti-biotics but I'm not sure I hole out much hope. If they need to go back in the only thing to do is give him a general anaesthetic and make a hole in the underside of the jaw and push the root through into the mouth to remove it. This is obviously a bit risky which is why we didn't do this initially but we may end up going there in the end. :cry:

He's insured for vets bills...but not dental and since technically this is a pre-existing condition no insurer would have paid out anyway. Total cost of this little escapade, which I've had to put on a credit card: so far £3,800 with a possible additional £2,000 is we need to do the further surgery. So much for 'easy to remove if needed' :sad:

This has been phenomenally stressful for all of us and the thought that it might not be over yet makes me feel quite sick, but I'm happy with the decisions we made given the information we had available and the RVC really have been brilliant. Fingers crossed for a miracle that it sorts itself out now please!!!
silkyraven: (Dino)
"I have to get up early tomorrow because my horse is seeing his osteopath" is apparently the most middle class thing anyone has ever said. But so it was this morning as we were on the yard by 9am so the lovely David could tweak the ponies.

We've been having some problems saddling and girthing Dino lately. He's not been happy at all about being tacked up and then been unhappy about being mounted so we had David pay particular attention to his back/shoulder/belly and make sure there's no underlying problem or pain. David think he's fine, but could see he was anxious about being touched round his girth area. There doesn't seem to be any pain though so it's probably in the pretty baby's head. This is what we thought but it's good to get it confirmed by a professional.

Dino has the same specific issues as previously - the right side of his neck that was crunched up last time seems to have sorted itself but the top three vertibrae on the left side are 'fixed' so he can't bend correctly to the left. This is obvious on the lunge in particular where he seems to pull away from me. David did some quite heavy 'adjusting' to those and Dino will be quite sore tomorrow, poor thing. He found that particular process quite alarming.

His other problem area is his right lower spine and hip - we discovered last time he pelvis isn't straight. Our work here remains working over raised poles, with 3 raised on the right and 2 on the left, and haunches in on the left rein only. David also suggests working with a pessoa to get him moving better which we will try once I get my hands on one.

All in all pretty much as expected. Pleased there's no underlying physical issue in his back, although in some ways the mental problems are harder to fix! Generally he's going ok at the moment. Being out in the field suits him well and I feel we're getting a bit more consistency in the school and we've been working a bit in just the bridle without the cavesson which is a big step forwards. And we've been wandering up the bridle path a fair bit too. Hopefully the weather won't be too awful for the rest of the summer so we can keep him working!
silkyraven: (cartoonraven)
So the Co-op bank will no longer strictly be a co-operative and will be floated on the stock market to raise capital after finding a 1.5bn whole in its finances. I've not been entirely happy with decisions made by the bank recently and I think this is the obvious cost of pursuing a fairly aggressive growth strategy and it leaves me with a problem. I bank with the Co-op as it was the 'easiest' of all the ethical options - they have reasonable on-banking so there's little need to speak to their useless customer service people. But now I'm wondering if I should move. Which would be a pain and I'm not really sure such a thing as truly ethical bank any more and I'm feeling quite annoyed about the whole thing. Maybe tea will help...
silkyraven: (Dino)
Our FlexEE arrived! It's lovely :)

Dino is now living out over-night and in for a few hours during the day. I think he's happier in himself, but the sudden change to *lots* of grass from nothing really has left him a bit bloated and gassy. They are only allowed out over-night when the summer fields are open so they've been in a new field that's been resting all winter for the past two weeks. I hope the bloated will sort itself out soon - he's much happier out but it was a bit of a shock to his system I'm sure! Unfortunately the summer fields brings with it the midges and he had sweet itch last summer so we've been sending him out rugged up to the eyeballs.
Here he is doing his best ninja impression:

Ninja horse!

Meg took a pictures of our first ride in the FlexEE - it was a bit of a mixed bag I have to say. I remain unhappy about my own riding but he's coming along ok. He's beginning to step under a bit better and use himself properly, although we're still having issues with contact.

This was quite a nice looking moment:
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This was ok, although a bit on the forehand:
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This however not so good! It's almost like I have no idea how to trot!!!
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And, here's Dino at the end of the rainbow :D
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We had a lovely hack down the bit of bridle path next to the yard on Wednesday. He can be quite nervous outside the yard, even though we know this stretch of path very well but he was super chilled on Wednesday and it was perfect weather. Gave out later of course, but the morning was nice!

Things not so good with Pico at the moment. He's back on strict box rest and a higher bute dosage. As fast as it looks like his leg is getting better he somehow tweaks it again, or pulls something else compensating for it :o(
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