YAY i have got my new jacket!

Friday, 30 November 2012
Well my new jacket arrived last night, but things got really busy so I wasn't able to post anything about it before and this is the first chance that I have got to come on my blog, update my posts and look at what everyone else has been up to. 

So first of all when my jacket came, I got my mum to bring it down to my at school because I was cold but also because I was just super excited to get my new jacket, and I love it! When I first got it and put it on I realised that it wasn't as warm as I first thought it was going to be, but it was really comfy. The jacket is bright pink and from the picture I thought that it was going to be the thickness of a Bronte riding jacket, but it wasn't so for anyone that thinks about looking in to buying this it isn't as warm as it looks. I think it looks warmer because it is quilted. Then at the collar it has a big collar, you'll see what I mean from the pictures that I am putting in this post, and the inside of the collar was ribbed I think and then the outside was the quilted material. The cuffs and around the bottom of the jacket (the waist) there was also ribbing. If people are thinking about buying this they need to take into consideration that it is VERY tight fitting, it warns you on the website, but I would recommend that anyone gets the jacket in a size bigger than they normally would be, because it's snug fitting, fortunately my mum took this in to consideration so I did this and it was just the right fit for me. I haven't tried riding in it just yet but I am hoping to ride in it this weekend, infact tomorrow. So I will let you all know how comfy it is to wear when riding grooming etc. 

Gatsby has finally been clipped, but unfortunately he was the scared of the clippers that when Fiona went to clip him he reared up on her. So Fiona had to buy a sedative so that she would be able to clip him. She told me that she was buying the sedative last weekend and that she would be doing it this weekend and he has had it done today.  So tomorrow you will be able to see how he has been clipped, and I can't wait to see myself! Now onto the pictures so you can see what the jacket is like. 

This shows the front of the jacket, the ribbing on the collar and the cuff. It doesn't show the quilting too well.

Showing off the big collar, the outside in rasberry pink, and then the navy blue zip and you can just see the lining peeping through which is also navy blue and says 'Equi-theme' on it.

Back of the Jacket showing the big collar, and showing the ribbing, this also shows better that the jacket doesn't come to hip level for those of you that are used to longer jackets, this does finish on the waist.

More to show the length and the appliqued on shield above the shield it says '1985' and then below it on the banner type thing it said 'Equi theme' will take a better picture of it tomorrow.

Other side of the jacket, showing the plain side, with no applique on this also shows off better the length of the jacket.

Bigger picture of the jacket, showing off the blue lining and the pocket, the flap does up with a popper, but that is not how you undo it, to undo it you open the zip that is above it. 
Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream

new jacket

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
okay so i was planning on writing a longer post for you lot about equi-theme and things that they do that I like at the minute, they have lots of things in pink which i totally love as I'm sure that most of you can tell that it is my favourite colour! So on monday I ordered a new riding Jacket that came in pink purple and brown, its a quilted jacket, and I can't wait to show you all it when I get it, but I haven't got it today so I am hoping that it will come tomorrow. I also plan on showing you all some of my favourite products that are in the horse market.

Tomorrow I will be doing a longer post and won't be as stressed because unfortunately tomorrow morning from 9 til 12:00 so that will be something that's out of the way, I will also be showing you all some of the things that I have made during my textiles lessons over the past few years, it ranges from a punk theme to a theme of fairieality and then a theme of belly dancing which is the theme that I am currently working on.

Until Then A Girl With A Dream xxxx

After Thought

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
I forgot to mention in my last post that I would be making a new page, this page is todo with my savings, and the process that I am going through to save money up for my horse next year, I am not the best at saving so thought that if I put it as a page on here it was something that I would more likely to remember to keep up to date.

Also tomorrow I plan to tell you all about a new brand that I have found and loved its called Equi-Theme not sure if you guys will of heard of it, if you have let me know what you think of it as i have just ordered a new jacked from them, and would love to know your thoughts about Equi-Theme. If you haven't heard of them then if you check back tomorrow I will have some information up about Equi-Theme and I will also have some of there favourite products, included in my post. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream.


Well guys I have been sitting for the past hour trying to figure out what I wanted to put in a post because I am loving being able to update you all on the things that are going on in my life, now while the majority of this post is going to be not horse related by the end of it I am sure that I will have snuck something horse related in to this post

Okay so to start with today was my mock art exam it was a total of 5 hours long, and I have done two of the hours today and then I am going to be doing the other 3 hours. During the mock we are to see how much work we can get done in 5 hours which is a third of the time that I get in my final exam which is going to be 15 hours, I really have no idea how I am going to manage 15 hours, drawing in complete silence with out my phone or an ipod, that could be interesting but that exam isn't til some time in May. However after my broken hand, in may and two christmas' ago when I draw or type for too long my hand starts to hurt.

Then me and my mum went 'swimming' now what I mean by went swimming is that we hid in the Sauna, hot tub and steam room, I'm sure some how it's burning the layers of fat off but I am not really sure. 

Now on to my horse related part of the blog, after doing pole work for my lesson on Saturday I decided that for the first time in a while i really wanted to jump it was something that I was going to do and I was looking forward to doing. So this weekend when Fiona asks me what I would like to do in the lesson is jumping and I am sure that it is something that Gatsby is gong to love doing.

As some of you will know next year I want to go to Derby University to do photography and I have applied and got two interviews for derby on the 17th and then on the 12th I have got an interview to go to DeMontford in Leicester. At DeMontford I have applied for a photography and videography course. You might be wondering what this has got to do with horses? Well for my interview I have to take a portfolio of my work and to do this I actually need video's, so I am going to go up and do some work on making a video, with Gatsby being the subject for my video, by doing this it combines my two favourite things together.

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream

Thought I'd Give it a go.

Monday, 26 November 2012
Hey Everyone, 

Today I'm doing something a bit different, on some blogs I have seen a survey going around and thought that I would give it a go. 

Splurge or save: 

1) saddle: save! find a good saddle that is a decent price, and comfortable for both you and the horse.
2) board: Save. Find a board that is a good price, with good facilities.
3) halter: Splurge, its important that it's comfy for the horse to wear, will last a long time and looks good. I love the Halters with the sheepskin/fluffy inside lining.
4) bit:  save
5) bridle:  Splurge, a bridle that looks good, and has a bit of bling but is practical at the same time.
6) saddle pad: Save, theres lots of adoreable saddle pads, that don't cost a fortune.
7) trailer: Not saving but not splurging either a trailer that is in the middle, with good facilities but not to expensive.

First thing that comes to mind: 

1) Haflinger: gorgoeus main and tale.
2) Quarter Horse: slow and well built.
3) Thoroughbred: greet breading
4) Warmblood: a breed that you can mix with an irish draught to create an irish sport horse.
5) Welsh Cob: Adoreable

This or That:

1) english or western: English
2) tall or short: Tall, love riding the bigger horses.
3) trail ride or beach ride: Beach, love the idea of running along the sea.
4) long mane or short mane: Depends on the breed, love long flowing mains though.
5) hunters or jumpers: Jumpers, love the idea of hunting but don't think it's my thing.  
6) XC or barrel racing: Cross Country, I love the adrenaline and the speed, and the all round fun factor.
7) outdoor arena or indoor arena: Both, I love the outdoor Arena during the summer (getting a nice tan while riding) but i love the indoor arena with lights for those cold dark winter evening.
8) trot or canter: Canter
9) canter or gallop: Canter, I've never really Galloped before, but think I'm still not quite balanced for that yet.
10) paddock boots, tall boots, or cowboy boots: I love the look of cowboy boots, but I love riding in my long boots, they keep my legs nice and warm during the winter :') But not too hot in the summer.
11) horse shoes or barefoot: Gatsby is both barefoot and got horse shoe's haven't really got a preference.
12) saddle or bareback: I have never really rode bareback so for the minute I have to say Saddle
About you: 
1) How long have you been riding? Since I was 6 I'm now 17 so 11 years.
2) Do you own or lease a horse? Neither, I ride Gatsby at a riding school, he's my lesson horse but I love him to bits.
3) Breed? Age? Height? Name? (if you don’t own or lease, you could talk about your lesson horse) Gatsby: Irish Draught, 13 and 16.3hh
4) Do you have any other pets? Yep a dog that lives inside shes a shih tzu and is my mums dog, then I feed two cats that live outside.
5) If your horse was a person, what kind of voice would they have (you can use a celebrity for an example) Ermmmm not really sure, probably the friendly, gentleman kind of voice if that makes sense, not too deep and not to high kind of in the middle if that makes sense.

6) Does your horse have a “color”? If so, what is it, and what do you have in that color? He doesn't have a coulor he has a blue and pink grooming kit, and quite a few things in purple mainly rugs.
7) Does your horse do any tricks? Twists his head around to touch his shoulder, and puts his head down to the floor almost bowing for treats.
8) Have you ever dressed your horse up for Halloween?  Nope, can't say that I have.

1) Breed? Irish Draught/Irish Sports Horse.
2) Discipline? Dressage! 
3) Coat color? Love Piebald, black and chocolate brown.
4) Famous horse? Gatsby and Jake (that I ride), but then I love the horses out of films like black beauty.
5) Horse race/competition? Don't have a favourite but I love watching all horse events.
6) Brand of tack? Dont really have one
7) Thing to do with your horse?  ANYTHING! I love practicing dressage with Gatsby, grooming him, talking to him just sitting with him. Basically EVERYTHING and ANYTHING! 
Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Riding Gatsby yesterday :)

Sunday, 25 November 2012
So yesterday me and mum and my nephew went up to west hallam riding centre to brave the cold weather so that I could ride Gatsby, i got him all tacked up, brushed and nice and shiny and all though it was cold I loved every single minute of it. We decided that we were going to do some pole work, to give us a break from the complicated moves that we have been doing mainly the shoulder in, but that we would still try to incorporate the moves in to warming them up and through out the lesson. 

The main thing from the lesson that I was buzzing about was the fact that for the majority of the lesson me and Gatsby worked in a really good outline, he dropped his head down when asked to and was perfect he's such a good fella when he wants to be that is, so the trot work was great and the main improvement was that I managed to keep my elbows in which is something that I am practicing now while I write this so that I get in to the habit of doing it while I'm riding, because I think the reason that I struggle with it is the fact that I don't always tend to think about it, so it is something that I am working on but I also need to work on keeping my hips moving more because they are quite stiff which is really odd and something I hadn't realised til last week.

Then we decided to do some work going over poles, we did this to make it something that was more interesting for the horse to ride and something that wasn't as boring, because riding on a straight line can get really boring and Gatsby deffo lets us know when he gets bored as you can imagine, his head starts being tossed about and we all know. We only did basic trotting poles but it was something that helped get a really bouncy trot and the hard thing was managing to keep the bouncy trot will reading round the rest of the school to get back to the poles again. But also remembering to work in an outline because when you do it really opens the trot up making it easier for them to go over the poles and making them have a much nicer stride.

There will be pictures for you all to see of me and Gatsby, but it wasn't mum that took the pictures it was Elaine who works at West Hallam Riding Centre so I won't be able to show you the pictures until I can nick them off facebook and there might also be a couple of video's for you all. The photo's and the Video's show Fiona's technique for teaching and also me and Gatsby, Jaimeleigh and Big Rocky and Alice and Rascal who is being bought back into work after being lame.

Mystical Spanish Riding school Part two

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
There are so many things going on at the minute to do with horses that I can't decide what to write and when to write it! I never thought that I would get to having 100 posts on my blog in less than a year, I'm not very good at sticking to things and love writing my blog for you all to read and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. For my first post of today cause you never know if I get bored later I might write about something else.  

On Sunday after the work in hand it was time to watch the 'Pas de Deux' this is where two matching stallions (personality wise) ride in total symmetry and harmony and they are the centre piece of this performance. The riders position themselves so that they are mirroring the other horse and what one rider does at one end of the school the other does at the other end of the school. They move in strict time to the music and use perfect lines. The two riders then demonstrate all the movements of the classical school (this includes leg-yielding, shoulder in, pirouettes).

Spanish Riding School performing the 'pas de deux' at the Riding School in Vienna.
The next part was something that was truly fascinating it showed collection and grace, this was performed by Rider H. Seiberl and the horse was called Siglavy Theodora 1, this is one of the most prestigious and well known horses at the school. This part was called 'On the long rein' this is where the rider walks behind the horse on a long rein. guiding and supporting him using only the long reins and a slight touch of the whip.

Spanish Riding School - Rider H. Seiberl and Horse - Siglavy Theodora 1 performing 'On the Long Rein'
All the steps and movements of the high school part 2 is performed by one rider, the movements they do are done by only holding the reins with one hand the other hand holds a piece of Birchwood that is to represent a sword that would have been used when the horses were used as war horses.  These movements are fluid and controlled and show how elegant the horse truly is. 

Spanish Riding School - All the steps and movements of the high school, Part 2. The bay horse in this picture IS a Lipizzaner, there s only one bay horse in the school and this shows good luck!

The next part is the part that the riding school is most well known for and it is something that is truly fantastic to watch and something that I think any horse lover should see at least once in their lives. This part was the 'Schools Above the Ground'. This section involves complete trust because the rider performs the entire movement without stirrups. The schools above the ground is the highlight of the show. Here we get shown those figures were the horses raises themselves above the ground either using their forelegs or both the forelegs and hindquarters. The horses and riders perform the Courbette, The caproile and The Levade. 

Spanish Riding School - caproile


Finally it was time to watch the school quadrille, this was the last part of the spanish riding school and something that i love to watch actually I enjoyed watching all of it. This was performed by all of the eight riders. The challenge is the fact that this movement is performed with 8 riders in the school at once. The horses show the various movements of classical dressage on short lines in a unique choreography and in perfect harmony. This is the longest part of the performance and is extremely demanding for both horse and rider and it demands a lot of concentration.

Spanish Riding School of Vienna on their home ground, this is the end to their performance and is the end of the School Quadrille. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream.

Mystical Spanish Horses

Monday, 19 November 2012
To anybody who hasn't seen the Spanish Riding School I highly recommend going to watch it because it is amazing its one of those things that you'd want to see once in your life. I could probably watch it a second time (if i had my canon camera so that i could take pictures with it but no such look this time, instead i got pictures on my blackberry so I'll tell you now they're not the best quality). They were truly magnificent it was almost magical being able to watch them. The partnership between horse and rider was magnificent, after spending four to six years as an Eleve (also known as a cadet) they then move on to being assistant rider, and get there own horse once they have their horse it stays with them til they or the horse dies, so the bond is something that could never be replaced. As an Eleve they spend at least a year riding on a lunge line with NO stirrups and NO reins, my mum made me laugh and said I wouldn't be good at that I'd spend more time on the floor than anywhere else! 

To start with we got to see Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Lee Pearson (for those of you who don't know he is a paralympic Rider, who when he was born didn't have muscles but instead he had scar tissue, so his muscles are set in to place and don't ever move). Lee Pearson talked about his disability and about how as he kid he couldn't ride a bike so instead rode a donkey and those first few years he spent more time on the ground than anywhere else. Carl Hester then talked through a masterclass while Charlotte Dujardin rode pirouettes (there should be between 6 and 8 steps, me and Gatsby will need to work on this) and some other movements. The Highlight of this section for me was watching Carl Hester do a dressage test to Music on Uthopia (his olympic horse), the two of them were amazing and it is something that I plan to remember for the rest of my life! 

Then came the Spanish Riding School, all the things they did they rode to Classical music because they only want to ride to the best composers that around, and each time they entered the ring they took there hats off as if showing respect for everyone in the crowd it was something that was truly magnificent to see! The first thing that they did was introduce us to the riders there were 8 riders and only one of the riders was female, and she also happened to be one of the youngest riders there at only 25.  Then they moved on to having four riders in the school, including the first chief rider who rode a magnificent bay Lipizzaner (which is considered lucky to the riding School) this included riding pirouettes, leg-yielding, shoulder in and a number of more complicated movements. Part three was the work in hand and this is something that was truly amazing the work in hand is when no one rides the horse they walk next to the horse and hold it in hand, they then make the horse do a number of jump sequence the first is the courbette - the horse raises himself and shifts his whole weight to his hind quarters without touching the ground with his forelegs he thing jump a few steps. The Caproile - totally collected and practilly from a standstill. the horse jumps with all four legs simultaneously and kicks out his hindlegs. The levade - full weight of the horse is on his hind quarters. he stand like  a statue. 

Parts four to eight will be in my next post until then a girl with a dream

Spanish Riding School Magic!

Sunday, 18 November 2012
Okay so as you all know today I went to see the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, and learnt loads of amazing facts that I have never known before like that there are 6 different families of Lipazzaner horse not sure how you spell it and I got some sneaky pictures unfortunately its been a long day today so tomorrow i will be updating you all about how today went, OH and i got to see CARL HESTER LEE PEARSON AND CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN

Shoulder-in, half pass and a new school surface.

Saturday, 17 November 2012
So Today I rode Gatsby and had a good time. So far even though it looks like its going to be a cold winter, and not very nice at all (though I am hoping there is no snow and no thunderstorms as they tend to freak me out! But I was really excited to see that Fiona had got a new surface for the indoor school it is now rubber chippings she had said that she was going to do it and we were going to be the first one to use it. It took fiona and the gang from 10am yesterday til 7:30pm last night for Fiona to have the new school surface laying fat on the ground, and covering the entire arena, it was really fun to ride on and there wasn't as many puddles on it. But it also seemed to make Gatsby feel like he was lighter, he really seemed to enjoy it and have fun. Well his ears were forward the entire time! 

Today we decided that we were going to carry on the shoulder in and work on the outline but more focus on the shoulder in than the outline! It was really funny because for the first 15-20 minutes we were working on the outline and during this time you could see that I was part way there but was just over thinking it a little bit to much. So we then moved on to doing the shoulder in and I learnt that I really had to ever exaggerate the movement so that he moves out more but then keeping a firm inner leg so that he doesn't drift off the track and into half pass (which we did do a couple of times) The walk I found this harder in but its something that I am going to work on. 

Next week I get to try going over some poles and doing pole work with Gatsby and maybe even popping over a couple of jumps, which would be quite fun to do as I haven't jumped Gatsby since june/july and he was the last horse that I jumped so it has been quite a while, but I can not wait to ride Gatsby again next week and possibly try jumping it will be so much fun! I just love that horse! 

Tomorrow I am off to the NIA at Birmingham to see the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, this is something that I have always wanted to see and almost did get to see once but this time I get to see them! I have had the ticket books to go to the NIA since August, but the tickets only arrived last week and I was so excited when the tickets arrived. Before watching the Spanish Riding School I get to see a Demo done by Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. 

Until Tomorrow
A Girl With A Dream

This weekend

Friday, 16 November 2012
This weekend is going to involve lots of posts from me to my blog because tomorrow I get to ride Gatsby, who I am still debating asking my riding teacher If i can ride him bareback a this is something that I have never done and would really like to do, but I know that I will be continuing working on Dressage, leg-yielding and shoulder on. This is something that's always fascinated me and now that my foot is feeling better its something that I am hoping to be able to work hard on! 

Then on Sunday it will be time to go to the spanish riding school of vienna at the NIA in Birmingham, something that I have always wanted to see and now i will get a chance to see, this also has a feature performance by Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin (not sure if that is spelt right) so i am hoping to be able to get some good pictures for you all to be able to see it is going to be a horse filled weekend for me and I wouldn't want it to be any other way. 

I've had a good night tonight spending time with my mates and relaxing, we watched Paranormal Activity Three and unfortunately I managed to fall asleep while watching it, that's the problem when you have watched a film more than once. 

Now I'm off to sleep 
A Girl With A Dream.

Bareback Riding?

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
I've always wanted to try riding Bareback but never really had the guts to do it plus I haven't got my own horse to do it with. But recently I have seen lots of people posting about riding Bareback and that they really enjoy it and find it more comfortable but is it really that comfortable? 

I've rode without stirrups in walk and trot, never really tried it in canter, and often think people are made when they do. I found that while being able to stretch when riding without stirrups that I just end up feeling unbalanced, but then I got put off it when I fell off Tuesday doing trotting without stirrups, and have never really tried it again since then. Is it easier to ride bareback than without stirrups? Let me know what you all think please, especially those of you that ride without stirrups or ride bareback? 

until later 
a girl with a dream 

Brody's First Fireworks.

Sunday, 11 November 2012
I know that Bonfire night has been and gone but I have only just got around to putting the pictures on my laptop of Brody's first bonfire night, for those of you who do not know Brody is my big sister's little boy making him my nephew and two days before bonfire night it was his first Birthday so I thought id share some of the pictures with you. I hope you like them. 

Mummy and Brody having cuddles while watching people playing with Sparklers.

Look Mummy we are playing with the Sparklers.

And Again

Bit blurry but its still a cute picture.

Happy families. :')

Happy families again

Daddy and Brody watching the fireworks, dont they just look so cute together,

Fireworks that went Bang, Brody's response hide his head in mum or dads shoulder and pretend like they are not there was one of the cutest things that I have ever seen.

Mummy, Daddy and Baby unfortunately it was dark so the pictures might not be the best quality but they are still alright and fit the purpose.

Fireworks they're so pretty

They crackled and ended up looking like millions of little stars.

So that was Brody's first bonfire night with the whole family and with close friends. I was originally going to do a post on 'fireworks and horses' but never got round to it probably because I was too busy with school work however I do intend to do some feature (you could say) articles that focus on certain things. Things like 'horses are not just for Christmas' or 'horse's and winter weather', I haven;t really decided yet but that is the kind of thing that I plan to do. As well as my normal things to do with riding, and day to day life and of course I'll be making time to read everyone's blogs.

A Girl With A Dream x

Amazing Day

Saturday, 10 November 2012
So Today has been a pretty hectic day, because last saturday after my riding lesson i damaged the ligament in my foot, and it was extremely painful so i got it checked out at a&e and strapped up to make it a bit easier to ride but mainly to make it easier for me to walk because at the minute walking's really painful. So this morning I woke up at 9:30ish to go down to help build a bonfire at eyes meadow in duffield. It was a good laugh and got done a lot faster than we thought it would get done, as it only took one hour instead of two hours. 

Gatsby after he worked nice and hard. Looking over his stable doot at me, my mum and sam as if to say 'where's me carrot' unfortunately today he didn't get any. He Looks nice and shiny after a good groom, and now is happily in his stable with his fleece rug on though ill let you all in on a trick Gatsby can do he's not learnt to undo the stable door! 
Then my friend sam cam back to mine and then he came to see me ride Gatsby, and so did Wera who i used to ride with at broomfield as she is thinking about riding with me at West Hallam Riding Centre. Today when warming up we were working on making Gatsby work in to an outline again but this wasn't the main focus of the lesson the main focus was to do a small amount of leg-yielding and then to do some more of the shoulder in. To start with shoulder in was going well except he was drifting and changing into a half-pass which is not what we were supposed to do, so to get him moving we decided to do some pirouettes which is something I have never done before, but they were fun and surprisingly easy to do. The aim for those of you who don't know is for the horse to move through the shoulders getting good shoulder movement, and keep his back legs as still as possible. To start with there was still quite a bit of movement with Gatsby in the back end but after a few practices the movement was less. Then to make it more complicated, we moved on to doing shoulder in then on to a pirouette and then shoulder in again. This was really fun and something that I really enjoyed. He worked really hard and was a complete star, I'm lucky to ride such a great horse.

After this we went back to mine and watched pawn stars that my dad and sam liked, and then we chose to watch see spot run, my dad put it on because he knows that it is one of my favourite films. After this it was back down to duffield to do some stewarding at the bonfire and fireworks, and to watch them at the same time. They were amazing they were category 4 fireworks and looked gorgeous, the bangs could be heard from my house which is the otherside of the hill, about 5 miles maybe more away, but they were so amazing to watch and they looked so great, I can't wait to be able to watch them again next year. However all event has to be ruined by some people, some idiots got in to the changing room and locked themselves in a room and were smoking weed getting high, the police were rung and I don't know what happened about it after that, I chose to walk away from it at one point before things got out of control, of course after saying a few choice words.

pictures of gatsby

Wednesday, 7 November 2012
hey everyone as promised after I updated my blog last time I said I was going to put some pictures up so here they are, hopefully you'll all be able to see how much better Gatsby looks now than he used to look.

Gatsby looking all shiny, this horse is a miracle worker, the first time I rode him was in the pitch black, cold, freezing my butt off in Broomfields new indoor school, and we did a dressage competition together. From the first time I rode him I knew that he was doing to be a horse that I get on with, and now here we are 7-8 months later and I'm still riding him, I even changed schools to ride with him. I trust this horse 100%

Cleaning his muddy legs so hes all shiny everywhere.

Stroking Gatsby he has one ear forward and the other back, he really doesnt like people near his face and his ears, but he trusts me not to hurt him and I never will.

Gatsby is the Centre of attention :') Looking good

'Real Amber don't you have enough pics of me' he was being mardy because I was trying to get the mud out of his main and it didn't want to come out :(.

I just LOVE this picture!

Trotting with a Gatsby, just need to work on getting my leg to stay in the right place, I will get there eventually.

My riding teacher showing us how to get a horse to work in an outline something I had never done until riding where I ride now, and while it's one of the hardest thing to get your head around. I think eventually I'll figure it out.  

Until Next Time
A Girl With A Dream

another gatsby day :')

Sunday, 4 November 2012
so yesterday I had another riding lesson at west hallam riding school :) it was amazing, when i got there i spent 25 minutes grooming Gatsby and making him all shiny (Although he was extremely shiny before I even did anything). Then I tried to clear his hoofs out but there was no such look it took forever because somehow he had managed to get all little rocks caught up in the mood in his front hooves. They did eventually come out, then i tacked him up and he was very co-operative (putting his head down) cause normally he puts his head up high and when he does this i cant reach his ears. 

To start with we did some warming up, in walk making sure to include the leg-yield in walk so that he would be ready for it when we went in to trot, in walk he was much stiffer although we got a couple of crossovers. Then we went in to trot and he was much better, Gatsby seems to manage things alot better when you did it in trot he seems to find the walk a lot harder and he also seems to go better when he is in the left rein. After this we did some canter, which was the first canter that I had done since Gatsby was at Broomfield in June, the first one was very unbalanced and unconnected and every word you can use to say it was awful we kept dropping out of canter (we went on the left rein first) then on the right rein it was completely different, we managed to do one lap around the school without him stopping, he was calm, and he was collected! 

Then we did something that I have only ever done once before and that was shoulder in. While this is fun to do its also quite complicated to get your brain around it! But we did eventually get there, to do shoulderr in you need to turn your body as if you were going to go across the diagonal and change the rein but then you have to use your outside rein to keep him going down the straight side and nudge him with your inside leg to keep him moving! It sounds complicated but when you get the feel for it its not to bad. We only did this in walk and next week are moving up to doing it in trot! 

That's all for now and I will make sure to post the pictures later. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream