I know I haven’t posted much lately. One positive note on that is that it isn’t like in Bosco’s days that I didn’t post because he was falling apart. Finorio is not (don’t jinx it!)
This past year we have come a long way. We have managed to get deeper into his body issues, and training wise we have made huge leaps.
2018 has just started, but I have made some huge life changing decisions on a personal level. Big changes are coming, more on that as it draws nearer. I am not going to write lots about what we have done the past year, but thought I’d show some pictures. Continue reading “New year, new possibilites”→
Tønsberg Medieval Festival was the first weekend of june. I haven’t posted about it before because I have been so slow.
This was Finorio and Unico’s first event as show horses. Finorio had the pleasure to come with me to judge at the Oslo Medieval Festival the weekend before, at the St. Hallvards tournament. In Oslo he had no demands, and were just present on the arena, in Tønsberg we were performing.
As expected Finorio was pretty tense and stressed in Oslo. Lots of people watching, jousters in armor, speakers, and so on. But he kept as cool as he could and the experience was at least one of learning for the both of us. Everything is training. Continue reading “Tønsberg Medieval festival”→
Long time since last blogpost. This year has been quite eventful with Finorio attending his first couple of shows at medieval festivals, I’ve been attending the Rossfechten symposium in Germany with my firends horse, and Finorio did his first long distance travel. We travelled all the way to Nordfjord for a clinic, about 10 hours drive. Luckily we both had company so the trip went allright, despite 10 hours on the road.
Now we are back to training and after moving this spring I left all my skill at arms stuff and my garrocha at the old stable until I knew where to put it. Now I have moved it all to the new stable and I wanted to see how we were going with the garrocha. Continue reading “Training with the Garrocha”→
Long time, no blog posts. Let’s see if we can change that.
It’s been a while since christmas, easter has just been around and the warm part of spring, and summer is just around the corner. Finorio has had his ups and down this past few months, this past month we have moved stable to a place with an indoor arena, and lovely hacking possibilities.
The past few weeks I have started training a bit more seriously towards the spanish steps. I have established the cue for lifting the legs, but now we need to transfer that to lifting the frontlegs while being connected with the hind legs. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. At all… Continue reading “Spanish steps in the making”→
This autumn has been very difficult in terms of training. The past 1-2 months has been crap weather wise. First we had lots of snow, but the four wheeler managed to become a three wheeler before we managed to get the snow off the arena. So by the time it was fixed the snow had frozen and it was impossible to do anything with the arena. The weather has been cold, but warm during the day so the snow has melted, but not warm enough to get some softness to the ground. So the past few weeks it has been like asphalt everywhere, and the paddock just looks like the landscape of the moon. This means that our training conditions has been less than perfect, to say the least.
Another weekend, another training and this weekend it was Skill at Arms on the schedule. Finorio is getting more used to travelling and training with other horses. Yesterday it was so clear that he was a lot more comfortable and able to relax while there were lots of other horses in the arena. Joy! Continue reading “Skill at Arms training in Nittedal”→
This weekend we attended a Ranch Trail training for the first time! Finorio and I have never attended anything like this and I was quite curious to how he would react. Ranch Trail is kind of a cowboy version of Working Equitation. The different obstacles are created from the different challenges you can meet while working with horses. Going over bridges, pulling logs, going through different narrow passages with things brushing against the horses legs. Lifting things and so on.
Quite spontaniously riddersport.no, arranged an easter joust/skill at arms training. We weren’t that many due to lack of space to park trailers, but still the arena was quite full with 7 horses and all the targets in place.
Finorio is still a young horse, older in his body, but only ridden properly for more or less a year, he is still very young mentally. We attend these training mostly to get used to training with other horses because that can get quite interesting. As I wrote about in the previous post when training with Unico, he seems to very easily adapt to other horses energy. And not only those with high energy, also the ones who are calm. I talked to a friend about this and he was quite right in saying;
Getting used to other horses, for sure… But also bear in mind… You bought a lusitano… Their normal energy level is set to ’11’.
So this past week we’ve had a weekend clinic with Arne Koets and as always the theroy sessions are quite interessting, especially when it comes to the movements of the hips in the different exercises. So after talking about it all weekend, trying out different stuff infront of an audience, trying to get the movement through the hips on the ground I was going to try once again today. It has been a couple of days since the last lesson, Finorio had treatment so a few days off. I’ve had some days off and been relaxing, perhaps just a tad too much. Continue reading “Thoughts on hips and aids”→
As usual I’m fairly bad at blogging regularly, but now so much is happening that I’d like to write some of it down.
This winter has been quite nice with cold temperatures and lots of snow. Unfortunately this has been working against us as Finorio has not been 100% in his body. Some time in January I had a few days of just flying with him. Riding in the snowy outdoor arena was just great, we did passage and the canter was so easy to sit so I could do nothing but laugh as I enjoyed myself. Then it all changed, set off by Finorio making the decision to roll in the snow, close to the fence. He must have caught the electrical fence and got stuck some way. The damage on the fence was not much, and he had only stepped on himself so just a small wound that healed very quickly. But he was very different to ride, the canter was not flowing and no proper connection in trot. Continue reading “Spring feeling and trainings!”→