Archive for August 2012
Well I am tired tomorrow I am going to spend time writing about out my all time favourite riders.
|Shearwater Oscar rearing up and going over on to his back and falling on South Korean athlete Hwang Woojin.|
A Girl With A dream
- 'The use of music as a tool to improve welfare is an emerging enrichment technique - something riders and horse owners have been using inadvertently for years. It is quite common to find a radio or CD player on most yards, and music is a normal part of most yard workers' everyday routine. Music is thought to improve the working environment of the people of the people and there is growing that it can influence the horse, too' I've never really thought about music being played on a yard, but it has reminded me that whenever I go up to broomfield on a summer day, or when I used to volunteer at parkside and there was no-one around you would frequently find music playing more so at Broomfield than at Parkside. I know that a lot of people myself included use music to take our mind off things, well maybe it is the same thing, as Dressage to music is also becoming more and more popular.
- 'Music with a faster tempo and a major key has been shown to produce happy emotions in humans, whereas a slow tempo and minor key produce sad emotion...Research has also shown that music produces 'feel-good' hormones in the same way that food does' I am not really going to analyse just say that I do agree with this and wonder if the same thing works in horses, what do you guys think?
- 'Research has only recently started into the area of music as equine environmental enrichment, and so far it has shown that country and western music increases the time horses spend eating during a stressful situation, while Jazz decreases it'. What are your thoughts on this do you believe that this would truly work? I know that this is something that I would like to try out when I get my own horse. I think its possible that it works because the music must stimulates the brain of the horse.
- 'Classical music was played to weanling foals, their heart rates dropped and they were more likely to rest or eat.' Another interesting fact, I find that this fact is something that would be more useful to a horse breeder. It could be played to a stressful foal, and help to stimulate the horse to relax, it is something that I would love to try out. Anyone got a foal I can try it on? Joking. Th e same results were also found when this was tested out on stabled horses/foals.
- 'So all evidence suggests that music does affect the behaviour of horses and could be particularly useful in improving the welfare of horses stabled for long periods - for example, those on box rest after an injury or stabled for management purposes'. So when your horse next has an accident in a field (hopefully no time soon) or needs stabling to keep him calm will you try using music as a environmental enrichment technique? Even played quietly it has been proven to be more effective than nothing, while we have never considered how loudly or quietly, or what genre the music it is, in some way or another the music is affecting your horses, and in my opinion this is a good thing.
Until Next Time
A Girl With A Dream.
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Tomorrow's posted will be another one based on a article from my horse and rider magazine or from my horse and hound magazine. That or it will be a general issue in riding that I feel strongly about! I am happy to say that I am updating more frequently, and I plan to keep doing this, because it's something fun and relax, whilst being able to focus on my riding. Off to bed now
See you all tomorrow
A Girl With A Dream
|I chose to show you this picture because I really like that you can see the expression on the Silver Back Gorilla's face and also the fact that the picture goes back in several different layers making it look a lot more dimensional.|
|This one was chosen because I like all the little details that you can see, and also, that the otter is in the centre of the image so your eye is drawn to it even though there is a lot going on in this picture.|
|I just love the simplicity of this picture.|
|I chose to show you all this picture for several different reasons, the first reason are that giraffes are my mums favourite at the zoo along with the elephants, But also because this picture goes from jet black through to crisp white.|
|I just like tha this picture is the reverse to most of the other pictures because on this one the giraffe is the palest part and the surrounding are darker.|
|Last time that me and mum went to Twycross Zoo we spent hours trying to get a picture of this leopard and this time I managed it so that's why I chose this picture.|
|This picture was chosen for the same reason as the picture above.|
A Girl With A Dream.
|Close up of earrings :')|
|Showing the size of the earrings|
|Close up of the other earring.|
|It's too faint but this is one of my favourite designs.|
|A close up of the top, of the idea that is shown above.|
|really like the trousers on this one like how they are fitted and then flair out at the knee.|
|The skirt on this one would be made of a saree type material so would the top, as while this sticks with my theme it also adds a change.|
|Lining him up with the mountain block (he's too big for me to get on off the ground)|
|Trying to figure out if my stirrups are right or too long!|
|Pulling my girth up|
|Jerry thinking 'it is far to hot to do work but your making me'.|
|Having a leisurely hack around the park with the group.|
|Jerry making little Tom look even smaller than normal.|
|Confused look but loved this horse.|
Today we have been driving all the way to ripon in Yorkshire, to meet and pick up my brother from his annual camp, which he wasn't enjoying. Me and my mum woke up at 6 am got dressed, picked up Hannah his gf, and drove all the way to be therefor two minutes and to then leave again. So I decided that while we were driving home that I would take the time to post and update you all :)
Well so far there has been nothing remotely horse like in my day except driving past a horse box and saying wish I was ridin now! But so far no luck maybe later though got to stay positive
Today Ive decided to spend some time talking about lateral work doing things like leg yielding, pushing the hindquarters out on to an inner track in a school. When I first started doing leg yielding with gemma on a Wednesday night I thought tht whilst it was good it was also quite hard but I did really enjoy it the first thing that I did was work on turning on the forehand, I did this mainly when riding Gatsby but also once on Arthur however I didn't like doing it on Arthur as much but he was better at doing it than Gatsby! When riding Gatsby trying to turn on the forehand was difficult because instead of turning he would star going backwards, or he would try and rush through it the basic aids for this was pressure behind the girth on the side you want the horse to turn away from. The next thing that we did was leg yielding (where you make the horse move in a diagonal direction, I found this more enjoyable we started off doing it in walk then built up to trot and so far I haven't tried it in canter but I would like to try it in canter! The only problem I had when doing this was that Gatsby would bend his he's to far and fool you in to thinkin that he was doing it when in actual fact he wasn't!
As I am not riding at the minute I have decided that each day I will pick a particular topic to talk about and right something about that, for example today was lateral work tomorrow could be jumping but that is the type of thing that I am going to be doing let me know what you all think?
I would also like to thank you all for sticking with me even though I haven't been posting much thanks guys :)
Until next time
A girl with a dream x
hiya everyone its me and I am back again :) two posts in one day you lucky people!
Time for the bad news then on to some seriously exciting things! The bad news is that when on the way to my sisters, my mums car started making a funny noise (we wouldnt have heard it if we hadn't got the window open because I was too hot and we hadn't turned the music off because we were going past a horse! The car started self revving and me and mum jumped out when there was loads of smoke just coming up from under the bonnet, the RAC comes out and they think that the car was using too much detail and was not working properly! So now she has another car for a bit its a honda and is nice!
Now my good news I WILL be seeing the Spanish school of riders (this year will also be a special year as it is the first year to include a female, in the production! Also carl hester will be featuring there and its worth going just to see him!
Until I put the pics on
A Girl With A Dream xx
A Girl With A Dream
Then on Saturday I spent the day ill in bed because I kept being sick, and I ended up sleeping for either 21 or 23 hours not sure which but then I was active after that! Sunday is when things became a little bit more hectic sunday night I was still being sick, so mum decided to ring the hospital my consultant wasn't back until monday so they decided that they wanted me to go down to a&e and that I needed to be checked out, so they did MORE blood tests (fifth one in less than a month you might as well turn me in to a needle cushion with the amount of needles being shoved in me). They then decided that they needed to admit me, so that was a rough night at 5am I was woken up by someone else being admitted, to start with I thought they had been burnt so had some sympathy for her until I found out that she had actually got so drunk that she was paralytic and had, had to have her stomach pumped! Yep after that my sympathy for her was GONE! Then the next day we found out that one of her friends had been admitted and her sister had almost been admitted to, and they all thought that it was soooo funny! The WORST part, guess how old they where? TWELVE YEARS OLD! THATS RIGHT TWELVE! What is the world coming to. These days hey?
Back to more horsey things, because of that I have missed the past few days of the olympics :( but today I managed to catch up with it and although I was gutted to miss Carl Hester's test he was of course riding the famous Uthopia absolutely gorgeous horse! He ended up in third place with a percentage score of 80.571, a very impressive score, however this score was NOT enough to keep Carl Hester secured in second place, and is looking at a bronze meddle when he goes on to the next rounds. However Charlotte Dujardin smashed this score and came in FIRST place on the fabulous Valegro also known as Blueberry and got an amazing score, with a percentage of 83.286. This talented rider is looking at a GOLD MEDAL! Also whilest on the news of the olympics, I am sure you have all heard by now but for those of you that have not heard, Team GB, got a GOLD medal for the first time in sixty years. In the team show jumping, Team GB is representing the country well and I am sure will continue to do so.
Tomorrow's post will probably be a shorter one as I am off to see my sister and am at her's for the night so will not be putting much but you never know I might just suprise you all and write another long one but you will all have to wait and see!
A Girl With A Dream!