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Feb 3, 2007
East Yorkshire
So since our amazing achievement of coming both first and last aswell as scoring over 60% in our first dressage test! :D I have continued to keep up light work with sox. We have been trying to do a mixture of hacking and some schooling including pole work ( all four feet staying on the ground) my YM also giving me lessons, which are mainly walking and trotting . I still haven't cantered him as of yet. Our hacks, recently have been a lot of walking with some trot. We hacked out with a friend and considering we were out just over a hour, we did two minutes worth of trotting. If I do lunge. I use the full school. I normally do a 10 minute warm up followed by 10-15 minutes of some work, pole work, or me working on keeping the contact etc then 10 minutes cooling down. So its still quite low work. However in the lessons. I have had.. 2 since the dressage. Its mainly getting him to work from his back end using 1/2- 3/4 of the school.
Again my YM is very experienced; worked with 100s of horses, managed 200 horses and 35 staff at stud farms, groomed and showed up to HOYS, taught up to advanced medium in dressage. So I feel like I am in very good hands. I know she wont let me break him and tells me often. However I cant help worrying I might.. My physio said its better to keep him in work then giving him time off. I am just worried I might...
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chunky monkey

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May 2, 2007
I think now you've got him going and things seem to be steady and calm, I would keep it going. That's a lovely picture of Sox.
My youngster is having some time off whilst I'm lambing. Boy do I know about it. He is getting frustrated and quite speedy in the field when I go to see him. He is so much more chilled in steady work.
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