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oliviaalice

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About oliviaalice

  • Birthday 12/12/1968

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Burpham, Surrey
  • Interests
    Fun days with my husband, kids and friends Spending time at my second home the holistic Horse and Pony Centre (my husbands words not mine!) The beautiful Barclay
  1. L2 spirals

    I’m a bit of a mud crab in this! Trying to maintain impulsion in the spirals.....boy it’s tough!
  2. Harmony in no motion??

    Thanks guys! I think just noticing his feelings and acknowledging when B may not like or understand what I'm asking has really helped our relationship, I know I've tended to be an arm flapping idiot who didn't like to follow through and move on! I've continued to go with waiting as long as it takes for B to come back to me if he turns away and it doesn't necessarily take that long to look back at me but the lick and chew may. It feels right to wait for him to do this too? We've been getting loads of eyes rolling and yawning if we wait and he overall seems so much calmer in himself. I think I'd rather wait and get our relationship at a better level of understanding than push him on if I'm unsure? This may or may not be of significance... but since I've started trying to really listen and wait to hear what I think he may be communicating he's pee'd after every play (about 8 plays) as we finish to walk back to his field. May just be a coincidence but in 4 years it's something he's always been rather private about (remember I had to try and check his bits after he had most of his penis removed.....and he used to have to be sedated). Sort of hoping he feels relaxed and safe enough around me to do it?? May be grabbing at straws.....but I genuinely feel something is changing for the better.....onwards and upwards!
  3. Congratulations Alexia and Luna L1 grads!!

    Well done my dear friend......you're an inspiration to us all!
  4. Harmony in no motion??

    So have been really trying to consider my horses feelings/responses to our plays and have really been looking and attempting to read his body language. I can definitely be 'too loud' with my energy and have noticed B will often turn his head away from me just as I'm preparing to ask something of him. Had always seen this as him just blocking me out and would usually try to get his focus back. Played more of a waiting game with him a few days ago so allowed him the time he needed to decide to bring his attention back to me before I'd ask anything.......there was a lot of waiting......but tons of releasing! So went out to play today and got s bit stuck....wanted to allow B the chance to choose to connect with me but again could have spent a long time just waiting......so my question.....at what point do you suggest we've waiting long enough and need to get moving or does the wait get shorter as B sees I'm listening and respecting his needs?? Hope this makes sense! 🤔
  5. Personal space whilst hand-grazing

    Just had the same conversation with Meredith during the UK Summer tour! For too long I have clearly ignored the little pushes into my personal space and clarity of leadership and now I need to address it I find it difficult to know when it's being pushy or just chilled out checking in! That sounds like a great way to establish the intention! X
  6. Finding the right saddle

    Torsion Saddles - Dream Team Products www.dreamteamproducts.com/torsion-products.php Be interested to see what you think! xx
  7. Finding the right saddle

    Hi Tracey! As you know after continuing issues with my trees saddle I've switched to a torsion treeless saddle. Early days yet but B seems much happier in it as do I! We spent a lot of time using a bare back pad before deciding to try and I enlisted the thoughts of our Physio based on B previous back issues. My understanding of the saddles that I considered was the importance of the correct treeless pad.....these offer some stability but most importantly spinal clearance to protect your horses back. The saddle I've brought also has a webbing system to distribute any pressure the stirrups could produce. I'll keep you posted on our progress....B gets regular Physio so will be important for me to ensure our saddle is beneficial to his back and not causing further issues!
  8. Awesome effort Mel Peacock

    I stand in awe!! xxxx
  9. 17 blue ticks!

    That's fantastic! Congratulations!
  10. Sore feet

    and longterm not long te........its been a long night! X
  11. Sore feet

    Sorry! On my enthusiasm posted twice! That should also say shoeing and NOT showing!!! X
  12. Sore feet

    Hi Sarah! I've been having some similar issues with my boy who's been barefoot for almost 2 years now. It's seems to come and go depending on how the ground is and in the UK it's very changeable! My farrier has suggested scoot boots as some of his other clients have been very impressed with them and ease of use (a bit like crocs for horses). He's also recommended Keratex hoof hardener which I am using until the boots arrive but too early to give any useful opinion of its effectiveness! It does however contain formaldehyde which although the company explains its use and safety for our horses does make me a little uneasy! Def agree although boots a bit pricey compared to regular showing you'll soon appreciate the overall saving in costs and hopefully longte benefits for your horse! Good luck Sam
  13. Sore feet

    Hi Sarah! I've been having some similar issues with my boy who's been barefoot for almost 2 years now. It's seems to come and go depending on how the ground is and in the UK it's very changeable! My farrier has suggested scoot boots as some of his other clients have been very impressed with them and ease of use (a bit like crocs for horses). He's also recommended Keratex hoof hardener which I am using until the boots arrive but too early to give any useful opinion of its effectiveness! It does however contain formaldehyde which although the company explains its use and safety for our horses does make me a little uneasy! Def agree although boots a bit pricey compared to regular showing you'll soon appreciate the overall saving in costs and hopefully longte benefits for your horse! Good luck Sam
  14. Scoot boots

    Hi all! Just wondered if anyones got any experience of scoot boots? My barefoot boy keeps getting a bit footy on his fronts and vet has suggested shoes. He's been barefoot for more than 2 years so really would prefer not to go down that road but he's quite flat footed so also don't want him to feel sore!
  15. The UK does it again!

    OMG! I can't quite believe it! Thanks for all your support guys and thank you beautiful B! I feel like we've just won an Oscar 😁
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