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rode at home

Dear diary, nothing special today just practising circling game, rebounds, jumps, change of direction around cones and bare back riding at the walk. I noted today that I was collapsing in my left hip each time I went around a barrel. So I readjusted my posture by looking up and being stronger in my core . Iggy was also pushing me over to the right so I have a double wammy to work with, my posture in Iggy's asymmetry imbalance

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

What cheeses my off!

Dear diary and others,   Nothing screams our louder than someone who thinks their time is more important than yours, when they say they will meet you at a venue at a particular time and turn up 45 mins late. That really cheeses me off. Any way I did my thing of practicing small and large circles and a change of direction then jumped on and rode the southern cross pattern. I left after what I wanted to do as I had other things I had to do and left them to do there own thing. Im

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

bare back pad, Mondays ride

Dear diary and others,   I enjoyed doing the southern cross pattern so much the other day. I love the repetitive pattern as it makes me feel comfortable and securer. I felt so comfortable in this pattern that I had the confidence to do it with the bare back pad. Iggy felt very comfortable to sit on and warm. It was a really nice feeling to be this close to Iggy. I could understand if people prefer to ride with out a saddle as there is so much more to feel the b

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iggy_denise

 

the southern cross pattern

Dear diary and others,   I had my first attempt of the southern cross pattern and I loved it. The pattern gave a calming effect over us both. First we walked the pattern then trot the straight lines and walked the turns then trotted the whole pattern.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Wednesday

Dear diary and others,   Oops yesterday my horse practise did not happen. I allowed my procrastination habit to take over and got distracted with other things like cooking and gardening. Like all small acreages there is plenty of work to be done and at times it gets over welming, since I do the lot by myself. I could make it easier if I didn't treat it like a suburban block but I like things neat. I close my eyes and think little bits, littles bits.  

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iggy_denise

 

Tuesday practice

Dear diary and others,   We did more practice of the spirals assignment today not all together just bits and piece in a mixed order. Things are look OK so may be at the end of the week I'll video the assignment for feed back as I will need some tweaking. It is always harder to do multiples things in a particular order in a fluid routine. I find it is easier to do one task at a time.   The circling game - Iggy had impulsive

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iggy_denise

 

Sunday ride

Dear diary and others,   I'm questioning my ability as a trainer. Where have the years gone, I look at the level we are at and the age of my horse. Its just a bit disappointing. No softness no bend and tension.   I did not stick to my plan today. I was going to video an assignment. How did I forget my plan. I must of just walked out the back door in a cloud.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Friday ride

Dear diary and other, On Friday I met up with a friend and had a ride on Iggy. I have been doing the program of ground ground with some riding but the riding has manly been at the walk and very small bouts of trot. On Friday I did more trot work and it felt uneven and short. I tried to lengthen out the trot but it just became short but faster. I tried doing small circles out to larger, rebounds, haunches in and shoulder in all to get the inside hind leg coming u

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

just what I needed

Dear dairy and others,   It was just what I needed a practice day with like minded people. I started the day feeling lost now the end of the day feeling much more motivated with direction. I have been motivated not by words but by my own actions and being around others doing there own thing.   I was practicing the skills check at liberty, at one point I paused to give Iggy think time and look up and over Iggy. The sight was moving and motivating. We had a

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iggy_denise

 

lost

Dear diary and others,   Feeling really lost at the moment. Where am I wanting to be? Where do I fit in? Why don't I fit in? To high expectations! Getting lost in the future and not feeling good about the now. I need a pump of positive energy, motivation, warm weather and regain my life as it feels like I belong to everyone.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Back from a mini break

Dear diary and others,   My husband and I went on a mini break to Metang and all I could think of was Iggy, my homework cards and assignments. Mental studies have shown that if you can vividly picture your practises, what ever that may be,it can be the equivalent to actually doing your sport, music or in my case horsemanship studies. Fingers crossed then for me as it feels like ages since I have had contact with my boy. Thursday will be back to practicing with th

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Level 2 with Bailey - June

And so another month has finished and we are into winter - already! Only 20 days to the winter solstice and then there will more daylight again!!   From last month's plan, it seems we have been avoiding Cherokee & snaffle bits and helping Bailey find comfort with these in his mouth - card 7 riding in the bridle - card 9 perhaps as it is not in my mind as a priority as for the rest... the impulsion program - all of it, not just bits - so a good look and do of card 8, inclu

2legsue

2legsue

 

practice day at home

Dear diary and others,   Its the first day of winter today and it has taken me extra effort to motivate myself to go out side and play with my boy. It is very important for me that I have a plan for my practice days over the colder months. I tend to get a bit lost and loose motivation when it gets cold, simply because I hate the cold weather. My short term plan is to recap the spirals assignment by breaking it down to bite size sections.  

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iggy_denise

 

great way to start the day

Dear diary and others,   Getting myself into a routine this year and for the last 3 years has been a challenge but I think Ive got it. Its a great way to start the day, exercise. For my health fitness is a priority I have decided to start the day with the treadmill for 1 hour to get my aerobic and corse fitness to a point where it aids my riding. For the time to pass by more quickly I put a dvd on and today I had the motivation of Shane showing me fitness and

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iggy_denise

 

Home practice

Dear diary and others,   We had 20mm of rain on Sunday night and this morning my new arena was very soggy. So soggy that when I stood on it it was like soup in the bottom Half and in patches water was coming to the surface as I stepped on the sand. Im disappointed that I will only be able to have limited use of the arena over winter if today was an indication. The arena was draining but very slowly. By late afternoon I could only use the top 1/4 of the arena.  

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iggy_denise

 

bring a freind

Dear Diary and others,   Our gathering was at Little River today. The theme was bring a friend, we had a great day with a friend of mine and her friend. Jen Renouf place out the southern cross pattern for the QSports and Michelle Watson gave a demo of the level 1 on line. Then we all had our turn of running through the level 1 QSport. It is so easy to sit back and think," sure I can do that." till its your turn and the basic exercises turn out to be a little more difficul

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iggy_denise

 

out with friends

Dear Diary and others,   A magnificent day today weather wise. Just a perfect day to be out and about riding and chatting with friends over lunch talking about any topic that comes to mind. I caught up with my social Friday riders group today. Its a great group of ladies where there is no opinion on what you do as long as you are enjoying your self. So I can feel very relaxed about practicing my horsemanship with them without feeling judged.  

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

catch up at drysdale

Dear Diary and others,   I went down to Drysdale riding grounds today and obviously many others thought they would get out and about also. I have never seen it with more than 3 people using the arena at any one time. 8 horses in total. That is a full house .   I did riding today on a loose rein and practicing flexions at the stand still a few bending to a stop and hind and fore 1/4 yields. Trying to get relaxation in the trot it is very hard for us and t

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Tuesday practice

Dear Diary and others,   I need to write the diary immediately after practice. It many only be 2 days in the past but details are soon forgotten. We did ground work and things did go well. Short and sweet.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

feed back detailed

Dear Diary and others,   While I was practicing on Tuesday my phone bleeped. It was a message from Shane. Which could only mean feed back from my assignment. I finished my practice session then went inside to have a read. I knew it would not be a pass but thought that’s ok Ill just get some feed back. I did a detailed list of things that I saw on myself. I wonder if Shane's comments where similar to mine.   I was disappointed in the detail of the feed back it ba

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Mondays practice

Dear Diary and others,   Today was riding, not the program practice assignments just a ride at home around my my little 5 acer lotment over mounds poles and standing on the tyre. Iggy loves to stand on that. Im not to sure why but he does. He even stands on the tyre when he is alone in the paddock just to get a higher look at things perhaps or to spy on the nieghbours.   Then into the arena just walking the haunches in and shoulder in, 10 meter circles and straigh

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

practice at home

Dear Diary and others,   I forgot to put something in here on Sunday. I find that it is not good to forget to wright as this is what is keeping me motivated to keep on going. Today is just Monday and I am struggling to remember what I did. Thats right I remember now it was ground work. I ran through some jumps over the barrel. Iggy does not do these very well and he seems to rush off afterwards in a canter. Now I am not to sure if he is really in some sort

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

home practice

Dear Diary and others,   Ive been thinking about my resent assignment and I don't think it is going to be a pass. So I am going to revisit that and my spirals this month and put my liberty on hold for the time being. 7 months till the end of the year so thats 7 assignment new or redo's. Had a good practice day today bar the hekling from my seriously mentally ill nutty neighbour who attempted to dampen my day. She did not achieve her goal. (riding day)

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iggy_denise

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