Friday 22 June 2012

All Dressage

Today is all about dressage so with out further ado here’s a book I have recently been reading, the book is called Dressage A Study of the Finer Points of Riding and is by Wynmalen.

This book is brilliant it’s really easy to understand just what the writer is trying to get across, and I have to say it’s quite refreshing to read such a sensible and kind horseman’s writings.

As you can see it has some beautiful photos of many talented riders, I especially love this photo. The book doesn’t restrict itself to just ridden work and has advice to help you with your horse in other ways. All in all I am really enjoying this book

But enough of the book, check out these two, I would hope you all know who they are but for those of you that don’t, the lady on the left is Charlotte Dujardin, and the gentleman on the right is Carl Hester. They are both shining examples of British dressage riders and I hope to see them both coming back from the Olympics with medals, but that’s not why I’ve posted about them. Horse & Country is currently showing a TV series called Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars, the first two episodes are now available to watch at Horse & Country. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.

Well that’s about it I guess oh and you might need to make an account with H&C should you decide you want to watch it but it’s free ;) and now I’ll leave you with this charming photo from Wynmalen 's Dressage book.

Sunday 10 June 2012

Oil and Horses

We all know how good oil can be for our horse’s coats and overall condition, hence the reason a wide range of horse feeds contain high oil and why some horse owners choose to add oil straight into their horses feed. But feeding oils is not the only use for them, I recently noticed that some of the horses mouths were looking a little dry, having read some of Xenophon’s writings I was interested to see that he suggested the use of oil on the horses mouth, I felt that our horses and ponies wound benefit from it.

So as you can see here I’ve applied olive oil to Niko’s mouth, this can be beneficial in many ways it helps keep the skin moisturized and soft, nobody likes dry skin and horses are no different. The oils can also help one with improving their horse for riding by softening the mouth making it more comfortable for the horse and more responsive to the rider, a win win I would say. I now apply oil to all of the horses and ponies mouths, and I feel they’ve benefited greatly from it.   

Not only is applying oil to your horses mouth great for them and good for your riding, some horses or ponies will enjoy having it put on, Niko, Pip, and Murphy seem to really rather like it, the others not so much.

But all in all I am happy we tried this, it really has benefited our equines.

Friday 8 June 2012

NAF Salts

Just a quick post this morning, about theses little lumps of goodness lots of you will probably know these are Himalayan salt licks. I recently bought five of these, one for each of our equines, we have the NAF salt licks but that is only due to the shop selling that type, considering they are all Himalayan salt licks I don’t supposes it make a differences weather it comes from NAF, Global Herb, or any other companies that sell them.

The Salt licks have been very popular with the equines most of them except the ponies waited till night to try them out. They’ve all started to lick them smooth now, this is a photo of Tipper’s one, he hasn’t had it long but it’s already starting to go smooth.

The salt licks contain natural minerals and trace elements, these licks are good for many reasons one of them being it is very rare for a horse or pony to over lick it. Niko licked his one rather a lot when he first got it but then shortly after calmed down, and now only gives it a little bit of a licking every night (our equines are still staying in over night).

Anyways there is only so much to talk about a lump of salt and I did say just a short post, that’s all from me.


Tuesday 5 June 2012

It's Good To Be Back

Hello everyone it’s been the best part of two months since I last posted but here I am. It’s odd that my blogs hits barely went down during my absences but I am of course not complaining about that, anyways onto how the horses and ponies have been.

For the most part everyone is quite well perhaps some of them are a little on the chubby side but nothing to worry about, as you can see here Murphy is looking very healthy. I have started working with him on the lunge now in preparation for ridden work, if all goes to plan, which it normally doesn’t, I’ll show him the ropes of work under saddle this year then he will be turned away for quite sometime till he begins his more advanced work under saddle. So that’s Murphy.

Next dear Tipper; he has filled out quite a bit since I got him and is looking really quite nice, and his new summer coat is a lot better than his one last year so I am pleased with that. I started to do ridden work with him, but then I got ill and bad weather hit so the riding was off, but in the time that I was riding him I got to see some minor hiccups, one he dishes to a degree but dishes worse on one rein, no surprises there, but just after a little work his dishing was noticeably lessened. The other problems are minor and of no importance to this post. So in general Tipper is doing well but has a few kinks to iron out.

And here’s Madeline not the best photo but she was in a no photos mood that day. I was riding Madeline too but like I said I got ill and bad weather hit. The first day I started to ride her she wouldn’t go through the gate to enter the riding area, and then she promptly bucked me off slipping over in doing so, then wiggled back to her feet before proceeding to run around like a loon. After I caught her I re-mounted and we did do some work. After a few days work we made some good progress and I managed to get her stretching which is really important, so I hope it won’t be hard to get her back at the point we left off when I start working her again. So all in all Madeline is well and made a little progress in her work. As for her bucking me off I feel she was completely not to blame and I should have been a better horseman, for one I should have been able to sit the buck and two it was foolish to try ridden work with her in the mood she was in but all lessons learnt and all turned out well.

Now on to little Pip well he is not so little now as he has grown a bit, still short just not as short. Anyways on to how he’s been, Pip has been very well perhaps a little too well as he is still entire, I find this a little annoying but there’s nothing to worry about because he can’t reach Madeline and on top of that he is probably the worlds most incompetent colt he recently tried to mount Niko because Niko was wearing a black rug and Madeline was wearing a orangey brown rug so Pip got a little confused. Luckily for him Niko was surprisingly forgiving and just turned so that Pip fell off, he didn’t kick or bite Pip. So Pip too has been well and is still awaiting gelding.

And saving the best for last Niko, who has some how picked up the nickname Boo-Boo. in my defence I wasn’t the one to first call him it but he does seem to rather like the name so it’s kind of stuck and I call him it frequently now. On a different note I’ve been mixing up what I do with Niko as when I try to do flat work session after flat work session he gets bored and is pretty rubbish to ride, he’s been doing lunge, jumping, and he goes on very little hacks round the orchard, with of course still doing some flat work. So just like the others he is fairly well even if a little on the chubby side.

 Well I think that had better be it from me I’ve already written far more than I intended to. I hope you have all been well and are enjoying nice riding weather.