Tønsberg Medieval festival

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”

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Skill at Arms training in Nittedal

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”

Video from the jousting practice

We were lucky to get some of the passes from friday caught on film. Here me and Finorio are doing passes with two of the other horses. Yes, the reins are at times too short and he is too compressed, but I was trying to find the fine line between good contact and not the horse running, bucking, bouncing away from me. We got some good passes in the end. Here are four of them that didn’t went too bad.  Continue reading “Video from the jousting practice”

Easter joust training

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’.

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Spring feeling and trainings!

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!”

Skill at arms training

This weekend, Finorio and I made our first trip out of the stable since he came back from recovery. I knew he wasn’t in the best shape and he gets tired quite easily, but we need to start somewhere.

I usually always travel by myself so I was hoping for Finorio to behave good, which he did. He moved a bit around during saddeling, I could probably make it easier for myself by tying him up to the trailer, but I wasn’t sure if he would dance around or not, so I thought it safer to just keep him on the lead.  Continue reading “Skill at arms training”

Introduction to the world of jousting part 2

February 1st was the day of the first skill at arms training in 2015. This was Finorio’s first skills training and his first training with many horses in an indoor arena. We were told that in our group there were initially 3 mares, but 3 turned into 1 on the day of the event. Once we got to the yard where the training was held Finorio got pretty worked up by meeting the mare we were going to train with, then having her leave him to go and warm up. He was jumping strutting around, high neck and trying to get attention from everyone, which he managed with no problem at all. Continue reading “Introduction to the world of jousting part 2”

Hello 2015!

Christmas came and went. I have started a new job and have been sick all through christmas, which means, not much time for blogging. I have tried to ride as much as I can once the field froze. Now its getting warmer again, but I do hope the winter will return to us. Finorio has had quite the improvement and he is just such a cool guy to work with.

Sunday before christmas, I went to the field to see if we could get some photos of him. Unfortunately I thought more about the camera than the riding, so it didn’t go very well. But he still tried to listen to my aids. Continue reading “Hello 2015!”

Introduction to jousting part 1

This weekend I brought some more of my horse stuff to the stable where Finorio lives. A few rugs, some boots, rugs for riding and last but not at all least, my lance. I have a lance I was given a few years ago, to use for training and the past year it has been resting here and there. Today I thought it was about time to introduce Finorio to it. Continue reading “Introduction to jousting part 1”