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Riding 20th October 2012


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So on Saturday I had another riding Lesson at west hallam riding school and im finding that im fitting in better than i expected, i love the lessons, and get on with the people there and certainly feel like I am improving slowly but surely. Which makes me feel better to know that my riding is getting better. 

So on Saturday Jamie-lee was back as she hadn't been there last week, so we were back to having the two of us in a lesson and it was really good. We originally planned to work on doing leg-yeilding and shoulder in. However instead we spent the majority of the time working on creating the perfect outline. For those of you who don't know this means that the horse carries their head in the right position, so that the neck is curved but not that the horse is over bent and not that the horse is holding their head to high. To do this the horse needs its hind-quarters engaged, and needs to have a lot of energy but not to much you then need to catch the energy in the front end. For Gatsby this was harder to do but is something that he is slowly getting better at, his problem is that he likes to shake his head about, we found out that this is something he picked up doing to start with because the flies were aggravating him and this soon turned in to being a habit that he got himself into. However by the end of the lesson, he had stopped shaking his head and for 2-4 steps was stepping in to an outline however he wasn't dropping in to an outline for the full time. So next week from the start I plan on working from the very start from warming up on getting back in to an outline. 

I also was shocked because my new teacher Fiona was asking me if i had ever seen Gatsby being rode in an outline, which i hadn't so she asked me if i wanted to be shown what he looks like so that i can see it. So i got off Gatsby and Fiona got on Gatsby, and showed me how to try and get Gatsby in to an outline, and he did it so then i got back on him and managed to work him into an outline well i did for two or three steps and then he would drop out of it again. 

Later on I will upload a video, of mine and fiona's riding but until then 
A Girl With A Dream

Riding Gatsby Today :)


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So today i went back to riding Gatsby, Fiona bought him in out the field and said to him 'look who's come to see you' and he made me smile by putting his ears forward and looking all happy to see me! A great way to start my time with the big guy! He's looking considerably better, and happier than he was at broomfield so thats good to see

Before the lesson fiona asked if i minded her using me as and gatsby as an example, so that two girls could see what the lessons were like, i said i didnt mind, so for the hour they watched me riding Gatsby, who i have to see put his heart and soul in to it. We did more leg yeiling in which i managed to get one perfect one but then couldn't get it perfect again after that! We also did some shoulder in work which was the first time that i did it properly and i can say he was amazing at doing it :') he was perfect at it he put his heart and soul in to it. he really did. towards the end we got a couple of really good shoulders in 

tomorrow i am going to post some videos that my mum took of me riding but until then 
A girl with a dream xx

as one chapter ends a new one begins.


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I've decided to keep updating more often the majority of my updates will be on horses because as we all on know they're the thing that I love the most! But Today I've decided that I will also keep you all updated on the day to day things that go on in my life! Some days will be interesting others might be a little boring but still its an update none the less! I'm also going to try and update once a day, so that every month there is the same amount of posts for all you lovely people as there is days in the month! 

So as you can all guess from the name of this chapter its about new beginnings, almost fresh starts but at the same time, I'm still the same girl just have different things going on in my life compared to what I thought would be going on.

When I first started riding Gatsby, as I am sure you all know by now I fell in love with that horse, there was something different something special about him, something that no other horse I had ever rode and to this day I still can't properly say what it is about him theres just something there, I think its his kind and gentle soul but thats something I will never be able to explain properly! So as I am sure you can all tell when I found out he was gone I was devastated but then to find out where he was and to be able to ride him again made me one of the happiest people ever. Leaving Broomfield, I could look at in two different ways either a good thing or a bad thing. BUT I know that it was the right thing to do because if I kept riding Arthur I would go mad and with this being my final years of sixth form I just couldn't risk ANOTHER fall off him. The first lesson at West Hallam Riding School I was really nervous, I had no idea what was going to happen or how things worked, but I was ready for it and I was looking forward to riding my boy again! The only lesson I have had so far has been amazing, we got to work on the things we wanted to learn, and I found that I got on really well with Fiona! So While it's an end to Broomfield, its a new start for a new place! 

The message I'm trying to give to everyone, riders and non-riders, is DON'T be scared of change because if you don't try things that are different your never going to know if they're right for you or not! 

Until next time 
A Girl With A Dream

a year as a rider


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Wow its october already time sure is passing fast don't you all think? This time last year I was riding at broomfield and we had just got the new international sized indoor school, which kept us out of the horrible winter that was sure to come in the later months and it did, though it was not as snowy as the years before who knows if the snow will keep coming each year. Now I've left broomfield and am trying to take my riding on to a high standard and make me riding into the rider that i want to be but along the way many things have happened, so im going to highlight just a few.

I had my first ever fall off a horse in all the years that I have been riding and man did that hurt, I was riding Tuesday a 15hh coloured horse, she's  not a cob, but she IS very spooky. I was riding her without stirrups and no matter how hard I pulled on the reins I just couldn't stop her! So I ended up falling on to the wall that was deffo extremely painful. 

Then came the christmas show at Broomfield it was the second show that I did and I came in last but I still enjoyed doing it. The show was a dressage to music competition, and I did it with Jane and her very Green Horse Robbie. The song we did it to was 'Reach' by S Club 7 one of my favourite songs from when I was little and i also did it on one of my favourite horses Tobias. 

After this came one of the biggest changes ever meeting and riding Gatsby, I can still remember the first time I rode him, we had been working up to riding a 'dressage competition' that Gemma would be judging us on, and then we got our marks back on. Me and Gatsby LOVED it and from then on most of my riding lessons were spent riding Gatsby.

Fourth was the dreaded fall off Arthur. For all of you that are new to my blog I did not find out that i was riding Arthur til the night before the competition, I had practiced riding the test on Gatsby, but according to Steph she asked Jenny Gatsby's Owner if i could ride Gatsby and she had got told no! Til today I will never the truth, but then I'll also never know the truth of how long it had been since Arthur was rode the day I got on him. As you all know I then took a nasty fall off him and managed to break my hand, and almost broke my shoulder and collarbone but lucky for me that didn't happen I was more worried about ripping my mums shirt! 

Then came cross country on Gatsby if you look back to my posts from June/July time you will see pictures of me being taught how to do cross country jumping on Gatsby. This was something that I loved doing though I will be the first one to say that it was knackering! This turned out to be the last ever jumping lesson that I had at broomfield.

Then summer came and as you all know I was ill but I'm not going in to the details of that now! 

Finally came time to start riding again and I was gutted Gatsby hadn't come back and the only horse for me to ride was Arthur which as I am sure you can all Imagine I was NOT happy about but I got on and rode him, and while I was riding my dad spoke to another Lady who told me where Gatsby was, me and my mum went up the next day and spoke to fiona and met Jenny and got my first group of riding lessons back. Now where at where I am now and I am sure the journey is only just begginning 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream


bad news


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unfortunately i can't tell you about my riding lesson as i did not have one! Me, my mum and dad went up and got told the lesson had been cancelled because a pony that fiona had, had for a long time has been put to sleep this morning! :( this has also give me a bit more respect for because as my mum says it shows just how much she cares about each individual animal and doesnt think of thme as a job

until next time
A Girl With A Dream.

Changes in Gatsby


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Okay everyone I have time to update about the changes in Gatsby before I go up to west hallam this is mainly a pictures post, as it is easier to see from the pictures the changes in him but at the same time there will be bits of information here and there as well :

This picture and the pictures below show Gatsby when he was at Broomfield, while he worked hard and did what he wanted us to do, he was holding his head in a high position and his way to get out of doing work was to shake his head, which ended up being a bad habbit, now Gatsby does not shake his head for no reason as much as he used to, he still does it occasionally but not as much

 The two pictures above show Gatsby in the same position, the first was taken in september and the one below was taken in march i have done this to show how gatsby has put weight on and now looks a lot healthier than he used to. :D

 These last two pictures i have put in to show how gatsby now works in a much more 'rounded outline' keeping his head lower, making him much more balanced. This made him feel a lot better when riding him.The final change in gatsby is the fact that he is now a lot calmer, where as before he used to get really excited and want to rush in to a canter he now is a lot calmer and is still working forward he is not slow or lazy but looks healthier and happier

So when i get back from riding there will be lots more pictures however this time they will be taken from a video of gatsby and i will let you all know what i was doing today

Until then
A Girl With A Dream


Changes in Gatsby and riding lesson tomorrow


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Hey everyone 

Sorry to disappoint but this is not a serious update with lots of things on for you all! sorry :( But it is to let you know that after my riding lesson tomorrow afternoon i will be updating to tell you all about how the riding lesson going but also something that i think a lot of you will find interesting, well i know i find it interesting. I have got all the pictures together to do a 'changes in gatsby' page, this will not only show the changes in how he feels to be rode, and the outline that he works in but it will also show the changes in weight as at one point gatsby was underweight and people are now working hard to get him back in to shape but ALSO to get him back to a healthier weight. So there will be more about that tomorrow 

Until then 
A Girl With A Dream :)