Thoughts on hips and aids

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”

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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!”

A hack out

The weather today was just perfect, proper easter weather as we would call it here in Norway. I thought I would take you with me on our hack around the area

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Finorio watching the nice weather while saddeling up
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Down the first hill, view one of the small lakes, covered in ice during winter
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Walking past the pastures on one of the neighbour farms, young horses playing in the snow got Finorio a bit worked up but he calmed down just as fast.
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Same place as the picture before, just here we got a nice view of his braids, which actually helps a lot!
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Walking through the golf course
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Horse and rider
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The forrest is full of snow again, but the hot sun melted the snow on the branches, almost like it was raining.
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Winter wonderland
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Winter wonderland
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Last little hill, up behind the yard
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Finorio is wondering if the phone is edible

Snowy arena

We have snow!! For the first time this winter we have proper snow! I wanted to celebrate it by riding in the forrest yesterday, and have a nice session on the outdoor arena today. Finoro was quite “awake” in the forrest yesterday, but we had some nice trot and canter through the forrest. We even managed to go past the field where the cows are in the summer (they are DANGEROUS!) without freaking too much. Last time we spent 10-15 minutes getting past that place. (yes, he is a bullfighting horse, by breed, who is extremely afraid of cows…)

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More lessons

The last weekend of November we had another visit from Arne. This time we had to have the lessons indoors as the outdoor arena was frozen. The indoor arena is 20×20 meter, so there is just about enough space for the horses.

I didn’t have much time to write from the lessons, but we worked with sidemovements, mostly shoulder in and travere. By the second lesson Finorio was bucking and being silly, this usually only happens when there is something not completely right in his body. The next day he was lame so it might have been the same thing bugging him on sunday. Usually hes blocked somewhere when he does that. A day of rest, and a long walk the following day and he was fine.

Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Stretch those hips!
and back in place
Nice bend, but rider is still sitting on the outside
trying to get all the aids right
Changing rein in trot
Good pony
Bending the neck of the horse with use of my seat, Finorio sleeps
Before the last lesson, nice picture
Finorio feels watched
Arne says hi
Working on sidemovements
Not so focused
Protests

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”

Hacking and stuff…

The weeks after the clinic we have taken things slow. Mostly because Finorio has had a good 5-6 weeks off any kind of work, and it all started with him being locked up for a week and a half and having surgery.

This means we have been out hacking, mostly walking, but also some trot and canter. There has been a period now that he has been warm in his hoofs, and he got some bumps in his skin on different parts of his body. Thinking this had something to do with the amountI removed all the hard feed, except the “Betfiber” he gets in the evening, which is mostly just fibre and something to blend out vitamins, minerals and salt.  Continue reading “Hacking and stuff…”

Back to work!

Long time, no see? Lots have happened since last time. First of all, Finorio is back home again. I’m back at work and mostly back to normal. We weren’t able to do much training before moving him back home, but the week after we had to prepare as much as we could for the weekend. This weekend we had a visit from Arne Koets who has worked as a rider with the Fürstliche Hofreitschule in Bückeburg, Germany.

We had one lesson saturday and one lesson on sunday. Teaching wise it was quite different to what I’m used to, without me being able to actually pinpoint what was so different. As the things we did weren’t really different, but perhaps just the teaching style was new. In the first lesson there were some misunderstandings that made me become quite frustrated. After clearing up my confusion as to the aids and which exercises we were doing, everything became slightly easier for my brain to wrap around. Continue reading “Back to work!”