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Huggy

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Wow @Huggy you are well brave ! I'd have been having a meltdown being followed by ponies!!!!! I didn't used to cope very well if Chloe decided to follow Storm and me! lol and they knew each other!
Believe me, if he'd shown signs of what he used to be like, I'd have been off faster than **** off a shovel! I half expected a showdown, just glad it didn't happen - this time!
 

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Yes there is, you can come down to the midlands and have a pootle or two on Belle :D
Sorry it’s spooked you Trewsers and sorry your still suffering.
Im sure neither Storm nor Chloe mind lots of cuddles, you can’t beat just ‘being’ with them can you.
Aw I’d love to be allowed a ride on Belle! I need a Belle in my life. It really scared me as I haven’t had a fall in ten years. In all the sixteen plus years I’ve had Storm I have only come off her twice, one was a slither lol when she refused a jump and the other was a buck right onto the school floor, but neither hurt me and neither shattered my confidence like this has. I just can’t help feeling like I was lucky not to do worse damage than bruises and sore muscles.
 
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Aw I’d love to be allowed a ride on Belle! I need a Belle in my life. It really scared me as I haven’t had a fall in ten years. In all the sixteen plus years I’ve had Storm I have only come off her twice, one was a slither lol when she refused a jump and the other was a buck right onto the school floor, but neither hurt me and neither shattered my confidence like this has. I just can’t help feeling like I was lucky not to do worse damage than bruises and sore muscles.
Everybody needs a Belle, you would be welcome to pootle on her anytime.
Falls from any horse are bad enough but from a big beauty like Zi it’s a long way down. Give yourself time for the aches and bruises to heal and you’ll get back on, even just a sit on him for a minute and then get off to start with. x
 
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Everybody needs a Belle, you would be welcome to pootle on her anytime.
Falls from any horse are bad enough but from a big beauty like Zi it’s a long way down. Give yourself time for the aches and bruises to heal and you’ll get back on, even just a sit on him for a minute and then get off to start with. x
You know, the weird thing is, on and off this year I've struggled with my confidence, yet I was on a really good roll, and feeling positive when I got on. I'd literally only been on him a few seconds when it happened. It's scared me because if that's what happens in walk, what if I'd been trotting or going faster? Mr T says I should move on from it and just remember he's too big for me and not to let it get me down. But I keep going over and over it in slow motion. :(
 
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You know, the weird thing is, on and off this year I've struggled with my confidence, yet I was on a really good roll, and feeling positive when I got on. I'd literally only been on him a few seconds when it happened. It's scared me because if that's what happens in walk, what if I'd been trotting or going faster? Mr T says I should move on from it and just remember he's too big for me and not to let it get me down. But I keep going over and over it in slow motion. :(
It's such a bummer when something like this happens. You just have to follow your gut - when you're ready, you can have a try. After all, it's supposed to be enjoyable. Having said that, I still get a knot in my stomach until I'm actually on him, then it seems to dissipate - until the next ride! And I empathise - that awful moment when you know it's happening, and that hitting the deck is unavoidable - then, as you say, going over and over it in ones head
Take your time to heal the bruised body, and bruised confidence - they'll mend in their own time. Just enjoy on the ground stuff for a bit.
 
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...la la land
If its any constellation @Trewsers im rather bruised too. Not from a fall but that kicking billy gave me boxing day. Now i know why its called boxing day lol. Still cant walk. Have dosed myself on the strong pills to get through work. Rubbed loads of muscle rubs and arnica in. Saturday i also put my back out trying to feed the sheep there hay. Probably because i was over compensating for the pain in my legs.
Im so miffed that i didnt get my boxing day ride and couldnt ride saturday considering the lovely weather.
But to get me over it i got on billy and rode him out on an hours hack yesterday which was my last hack of the year. Then i came back and clipped chunky and then drove him for his last of the year. I had lost my confidence after last thursday but having clipped chunky without any issues i regained a bit of confidence. But im still really nervous around billy. I think that will take a couple of weeks of riding and no issues to get over.
A little picture to remind me in future never to try clipping a horse that hates clippers.
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If its any constellation @Trewsers im rather bruised too. Not from a fall but that kicking billy gave me boxing day. Now i know why its called boxing day lol. Still cant walk. Have dosed myself on the strong pills to get through work. Rubbed loads of muscle rubs and arnica in. Saturday i also put my back out trying to feed the sheep there hay. Probably because i was over compensating for the pain in my legs.
Im so miffed that i didnt get my boxing day ride and couldnt ride saturday considering the lovely weather.
But to get me over it i got on billy and rode him out on an hours hack yesterday which was my last hack of the year. Then i came back and clipped chunky and then drove him for his last of the year. I had lost my confidence after last thursday but having clipped chunky without any issues i regained a bit of confidence. But im still really nervous around billy. I think that will take a couple of weeks of riding and no issues to get over.
A little picture to remind me in future never to try clipping a horse that hates clippers.
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Oooow! That's spectacular!
 
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Trewsers

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If its any constellation @Trewsers im rather bruised too. Not from a fall but that kicking billy gave me boxing day. Now i know why its called boxing day lol. Still cant walk. Have dosed myself on the strong pills to get through work. Rubbed loads of muscle rubs and arnica in. Saturday i also put my back out trying to feed the sheep there hay. Probably because i was over compensating for the pain in my legs.
Im so miffed that i didnt get my boxing day ride and couldnt ride saturday considering the lovely weather.
But to get me over it i got on billy and rode him out on an hours hack yesterday which was my last hack of the year. Then i came back and clipped chunky and then drove him for his last of the year. I had lost my confidence after last thursday but having clipped chunky without any issues i regained a bit of confidence. But im still really nervous around billy. I think that will take a couple of weeks of riding and no issues to get over.
A little picture to remind me in future never to try clipping a horse that hates clippers.
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Bloody hell! And that's swearing!
 

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Last update of the year (where did it go!)

On Saturday the yard groom and I had a nice long hack (so long in fact that the YO phoned me to check we were ok!)

Sunday was a bit cold so we just had 30 minutes in the school and did some jumping. No photos! New Years resolution - must take more photos

An unexpected year for me. I missed so many things because the lorry was out of action - hopefully my new lorry will put paid to that. On the other side of the coin when I got Harvey my ambition was one day to SJ 90cm and this year we managed 110cm (only once!). After lots of lessons I am riding so much better (still a long way to go!)

Hacking
2 hours
6 miles

Schooling
30 minutes

Totals for the year :)
Schooling
39 hours 50

Hacking
343 miles
92 hours 35
 

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I think everyone has done well - I just wish I could have ended my entry better and more upbeat and I would have loved to post about a final pootle of 2019. But never mind there are worse things happen at sea - and next year is indeed another year..................................................
And yes, @GaryB definitely resolve to post more pictures. I have loved seeing them all on here this year.
Happy New year's eve everyone. :)
 
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Kite_Rider

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You know, the weird thing is, on and off this year I've struggled with my confidence, yet I was on a really good roll, and feeling positive when I got on. I'd literally only been on him a few seconds when it happened. It's scared me because if that's what happens in walk, what if I'd been trotting or going faster? Mr T says I should move on from it and just remember he's too big for me and not to let it get me down. But I keep going over and over it in slow motion. :(
OK stop that right now Mrs, you know he's a gentle giant, spooks happen and it could have been much worse but you have to put it behind you, instead of thinking about it and replaying that in your mind, think instead of all the good times you've had with him, replay those over and over instead.
I know how hard it is to stop thinking negative thoughts, but you could try every time you think those thoughts, accept them for what they are, accept you were frightened and then tell those thoughts to do one. I wish I could say or do something useful to really help.
 
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OK stop that right now Mrs, you know he's a gentle giant, spooks happen and it could have been much worse but you have to put it behind you, instead of thinking about it and replaying that in your mind, think instead of all the good times you've had with him, replay those over and over instead.
I know how hard it is to stop thinking negative thoughts, but you could try every time you think those thoughts, accept them for what they are, accept you were frightened and then tell those thoughts to do one. I wish I could say or do something useful to really help.
You are right, I know, I should just focus on all the good rides I had. I felt ridiculously sad the other day when sorting through some of my clothes. I came across all my riding tops and it upset me because I can't imagine wearing them again to ride Zi in - and I felt sort of cheated / but then like I'd let myself down. Argh. Never mind, I know in the end I'll collect the good thoughts and let the others go. Just need to focus more on them.
 
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Huggy

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If you knew how many times I put my head in my hands and wondered what I'd done, buying Hogan! It wasn't all him either - sometimes without even knowing it, my head was just in the wrong place those particular days. I had a friend come and lead Hogan a couple of times, when I felt particularly nervy. The extra security of someone having a hold of him did wonders.
 
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Sorry - a late report from me. On Saturday I was unexpectedly in charge again so was there early to feed and turn out. I managed to ride before the worst heat of the day. After several months and several thousand pounds my lorry is back so Sunday was a chance for a SJ clinic. It was supposed to be 90cm but there was only one other rider who jumped 110cm so some of the fences were 100cm. Harvey went well for me but I am finding 100cm to be quite a step up.

I've had this week off so on Tuesday I did some polework in the school and on Wednesday we had a trip to the Wyre Forest

Oops not very central. First part of a double at 100cm


Harvey was a bit suspicious of the water tray


Pole play


Just Harvey and I


Picnic!


Hacking
2.5 hours
9.5 miles

Schooling
1 hour 30

Totals

Schooling
22 hours 50

Hacking
179.5 miles
49 hours

Wow, I love your photos! Nice sunglasses btw!
Me too I am looking for a pair of sunglasses as the glare really annoys me too much. Do you have any suggestion?
I'm thinking of this one :D
 
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