Sunday, 3 June 2018

May 2018



The end of May was a weather nightmare but Basil and I are making progress - finally - and as I write this the sun is again shining :)  Having read back through my April review I can really tell how much progress we are making - it is really good writing this all down to look back on.




This is how May looked:

1st - windy today, lunged and he was surprisingly good!

4th May - lunged again today, very good again.

6th - hacked out, better than last time, a bit joggy on the way back but walked a bit too, so good to be out and about.

7th - rode in the arena today, serpentines and leg yield in walk.  Trot leg yield and circles, the trotting is getting better, bit more balanced so I felt OK to have a canter today, just on the right rein down the long side, bit fast but that was not a surprise.

8th - lunged today.

9th - rode in the arena and definitely getting better. Similar to last time, 1 canter on left rein today, all the way around.

11th - lunged today.

12th - arena today.  Walk and trot circles, serpentines and leg yield.  Today we had a canter on each rein, wrong lead on 2nd canter (left rein) which as usual was because he is too excited and not listening to me.  -Trot still improving J:)

13th - As yesterday but we achieved the correct leads on both canters today.  Chesney is a little bit lame on a front leg so I didn't want to hack out as he would just run up and down and hurt it more.

 
15th - arena again today, contact is getting better, more supple.  Still very fast in canter but after such a long break it is bound to be very exciting for him.

18th - lunged - very good!!

19th - arena and the same again.  Our 2nd canter got steadier at the end too, which is progress.

20th - hack today, bit speedy on the way back but lovely to be out again.

22nd - lunged today, early morning as I swapped them to their summer routine a couple of days ago.  Which means they are out at night and in the stables in the day out of the sun and away from the flies.

23rd - rode in the arena early today, windy so please Basil was so good.  Canter speedy again and his trot gets fast and out of control when he thinks it is time to canter.

26th - lunged and very good today.

27th - Thunder and Lightning - not riding today!!!!!

28th - rode in the arena today.  Just walk and trot as I had very sore legs from walking up too many hills yesterday and Basil's canter is very hard on my thighs at the moment.  As usual a bit rushed in trot towards the end of our session - this is when Basil thinks it is time to canter.  Circles, serpentines and leg yield in walk and trot.

29th - lunged - good today, so pleased he has settled again now:)



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Jo

Monday, 28 May 2018

Greatest Horses - Dutch Courage


Dutch Courage was a striking dark bay dressage stallion, ridden by Jennie Loriston-Clarke, together they took British dressage to the forefront decades before Charlotte and Valegro!


Born in January 1969 his dam was Higonia (a Guelderland) and his sire a thoroughbred called Millerole XX.  Jennie spotted Dutch Courage in February of 1972 in Holland.  Together with Mrs Steele they bought him and transported him back to the UK.  He was turned out for the summer to grow up and then later in the year they began to train him to saddle.

Known as Bill at home he could be naughty when he was bored, but he was easy to train and keen to learn.   

At 6 years old he competed in his first Prix St. Georges.

1977 - 8th at the European Championships

1978 - Bronze at the World Championships (the first ever Dressage medal for Great Britain)

1980 - 6th at the Alternative Olympics

Between 1978 and 1985 they won the National Dressage Championships 6 times, competed in 224 dressage competitions; winning 127 which included 32 Grand Prix, 8 Grand Prix Specials and 21 Intermediare II.

Sadly, just before the 1984 Olympics Bill developed a virus and he couldn't compete.  He was then retired back to Catherston Stud where he had been covering mares whilst also competing for most of his life.  Two of his most famous offspring where Dutch Gold and Catherston Dazzler, both of whom competed at international level in dressage.  


Catherston Dazzler

Bill enjoyed his retirement with Jennie until in 1991 at the age of 22 he suffered a severe colic attack and had to be put to sleep.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

May sunshine xx


Finally, some sunshine, the boys have been loving it :)













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Saturday, 12 May 2018

April 2018 Review



The month finished well, Basil and I can get going now, weather is improving and sun is shining.  Basil has lost most of his winter coat and is looking super shiny and healthy, Chesney and Tommy still have some to lose. 




This is how April looked:

1st - rode in the arena for about half an hour.  Basil is starting to look for a bit of a contact which is progress.  We had a short trot on each rein, once around the arena - too fast though because he wanted to canter!

3rd April - lunged today, it was a bit windy and Basil went loopy at the end.

6th - lunged today, he was better, still a little loopy.

7th - rode in the arena again, today we did some serpentines in walk and some leg yield too.   Slightly longer trots today but they were still a bit fast and I don't have much control so I think I will put his flash strap back on his noseband next time.

8th - same as yesterday J

I was ill :)


14th - & 15th - lunged again, better, still a bit excited.

17th - tried to lunge, really windy, total disaster.

18th - rode today, same as last time but with the flash strap on.  I did feel slightly more in control.

20th - lunged - good!!

21st - arena today.  Walk circles, loops, serpentines and leg yield on each rein.  We had 3 trot on each rein today is better but they are too fast still.

22nd - hack out today JJ  First for months and Basil was really good considering how long it has been.  We did jog home as expected.

25th - lunged today and he was pretty good.

27th - physio came out today to check on Basil.  Really pleased with his progress and she says she won't need to come out and see him again.  We can get going properly now.

29th - lunged - good.


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