Ho Hum. It has been a difficult yet rewarding month. We moved up finally onto the yard at the begining of Oct. This is when the fun started. The bad points first. Captain has taken to dragging me around whether ever he wants to go. It has been difficult and a battle of the wills to which I have to say that Captain was winning. I have however enrolled the helping hand of a NH trainer. My first session was this morning. Although I found a couple of things shocking I am pleased with the results. I found his tantrums shocking. But after 10 yr of no manners he isnt going to give up lightly is he.. There are many good points. Firstly my lesson and my new RI. Wow Wow and Wow again. Fantastic. I have finally acheived a relaxed riding position. ** grins massively**. We are actually working in an outline and engaging his lovely huge bottom. Obviously we still have a long way to go in improving the length of time this is engaged but practise makes perfect. I have been doing some leg yielding. My RI was in awe of the fantastic turn on the forehand we can do. He is such a superstar, he will try depserately hard for me even when I fluff the aids up completely. I may look at entering a Have a Go stressage test. Cazrider has inspired me to have a go at this. Thanks Cazrider. I am hacking out solo but struggling a bit with my nerves now the windy days have kicked in. So I have reduced my length of hack and keep in walk. He started toi anticipate a gallop on hevery hack so took to running off with me. My fault I get too excited when I go out for a gallop, he picks up on this and then goes full speed ahead. I am now back to jumping again. I have put the poles down as I need to keep him in a nice controlled trot whilst jumping and not let him run away excited again. So I will progress my height and gait of jumping as we practise more. 2ft 6 here we come. Now to the share thing. I have never wanted to share my lovely beast. He is mine, all mine. However I have competition. My 9 yr old daughter. Her pony Bella has gone home. The novelty wore off very quickly and I could see that she started to want to spend more time at home than at the yard. I have to accept that my gal no longer wants the responsibilty of a pony. However since her pony has gone home, she has spent more time at the yard and more time riding Captain. On 2 occasions I have heard her call him "My Horse". She buys him polo's from her money. And doesnt want to get off when I ask her too. So I still have her enjoying horsemanship just on a smaller level. I hear all your cries for pictures and without wanting to dissapoint you, here they are. Please do not comment on how much better my daughters riding postion is than mine. I am well aware she is BETTER than me. Captain stolen by my daughter.