Happy New Year

Tuesday, 31 December 2013
I just want to say Happy New Year to Everyone I know I'm a bit early but I thought I'd do it now before the internet goes mad with everyone trying to get in contact with each other.

I hope you all have a good year and if you haven't had a good year that next year is a better year for you. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Just wanted to say a merry christmas to everyone I hope you're all having a good day and get everything that you've wanted! Will do a proper post tomorrow about what I got, it was mainly things for my camera. Got one more present to come on the 27th :D 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

catch up post

Monday, 23 December 2013
not got much to report guys! I've got two weeks off riding now as the school has shut for christmas but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to be at my stables at some point over the holidays. On saturday I got to ride Vettie, he was the last ride of my year and we had a fairly good ride. 

I managed to get some really nice outline work out of him and we've become really consistent in the work that we do in the walk. I also attempted doing some leg yields, while they were no where near perfect I did get some leg crossing so I was really happy with that and the more I did it the easier it was to get Vettie to drop in to an outline. I also got a few nice bits in the trot with him. While my trot work still isn't very consistent it is slowly improving but I do need to work more on keeping my position still and holding my core muscles in place. 

Sunday we had my uncle over for the family meal, it was nice but at the same time weird because it was the first christmas thing that we've done this year and my nan wasn't here. On top of that my uncle has bipolar so he's not always the easiest person to have a conversation with. His mood swings are unpredictable and he talks about really random things that don't always make sense to me. 

Today I just spent the day chilling at Jack's, I've not been feeling 100% so I asked my mum to take me and to pick me up. We managed to get a few hours sleep around lunch time which was nice. As I felt completely shattered so the sleep was definitely needed. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Snow's due

Thursday, 19 December 2013
Well not a lot has been going on in my life so i've not got much to update you all on. I've been thinking about my negotiated project for University and what subject I might like to choose for it but I've still not decided fully yet. Other than that I've been spending time with Jack and a few other good friends. It's been nice to just chill out and have nothing to stress about. 

They've given out snow for tonight so we will see in the morning whether or not we get any snow, if we do there will be pictures! 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Gatsby - No Stirrup Work - 14th December 2013

Sunday, 15 December 2013
On saturday I got to ride Gatsby again for the first time in a while. I was looking forward to it and knew that I wanted to do either some canter work or some jump work, however Fiona said no to jumping because of my shoulder. 

Because Gatsby had been rode before my lesson he was already warmed up when I got on him. We quickly decided that I was going to do some work without stirrups. As this is something that I haven't done in quite a while. I was looking forward to doing it and it felt great because I wasn't worrying about falling off I was just relaxed and got on with doing it. 

After we had spent a good 20/30 minutes we the moved on to doing some canter work. I was able to get some nice lively transitions in to the canter but I was struggling to maintain the canter this week. I am still however happy with the work that I got out of him. I got a video of some of our canter work and some photographs as well. When i was riding without stirrups I got some of the best outline work out of him that I've ever got, so I've also got some of this on pictures too! 

Gatsby and I, no stirrup work and getting an outline out of him. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

a series of unfortunate events

Thursday, 12 December 2013
Today has been a quiet day for me to just take things easy. I woke up feeling quite tired and aching for some reason but didn't think anything of it. Jack came to keep me company for the day and it turns out it's a good job that he did because my dad and mum both ended up out all day so I would have been in the house all day on my own. While he was here we watched some films and we both decided we think that I am coming down with something as I felt really cold but he said that I felt really warm.

Picture from the other day :) 
 My dad and ended up out for the day at hospital with his friends wife as she couldn't drive. She'd been getting head aches for a while and had gone to see her doctor who told her that she needed to go to the hospital straight away because she might lose the sight in her eye. 

My mum also ended up in the hospital but for a completely different reason. Yesterday my sister went out after she had dropped my nephew off at nursery. When she was walking back to the car two or three lads beat her up, she went home and told Mick. Today when she was on the phone to Mick she went all dizzy so he rang an ambulance for her as he was at work. Initially my sister said that she wasn't going to the hospital however in the end we won and she did go to the hospital. Here she was told that she needed to rest and take regular pain relief. 

Luckily she hasn't got any major damage. 

But that's all for now. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

a short catch up note

Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Just a quick update to let you know that my car is back home now. It's had all the work done it that it needed doing and I am really glad to have it back because I feel a lot safer in it than I did in the Citroen C1. 

The bruises from the car accident with Evie have just about gone now which I'm really happy about but the bruised area on my chest is still quite painful to touch. I will be putting in a claim against Evies car insurance from that night. 

I've now officially finished all my uni work for my first semester. I've really enjoyed the course and can't wait to get started on our next project. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Riding Vettie - 7th December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013
hey guys sorry I've not posted in a while. 

Today I rode Vettie for my lesson. Alice was riding which meant that she rode Gatsby while I got to ride Vettie. I had a really good ride this week and think that it was probably the best that I have ever rode. Unfortunately when I got there I found out that my camera had died so there was no videos which I was gutted about. 

In the walk i was able to quickly and carefully get a nice outline out of Vettie, I did lots of lateral work with him all though none of it was particularly great but the more I did the easier it was to get him in to an outline. My main goal for this week was to be able to get more outline work in the trot and walk and be more consistent. 

After I was being more consistent in the walk I moved up to the trot. To start with it wasn't great because I wasn't being firm enough when asking him to drop in to an outline. I decided that I wanted to work on going in to an outline in the walk, asking for the trot and then trotting (while maintaining an outline). I got some really nice walk/trot transitions and felt like it was the best that I'd ever rode. Steph was teaching us and said that it was definitely the best that she had ever seen me ride. Fiona also said that it was the most relaxed that she had ever seen me when Riding Vettie. 

I did get some lovely trot work while he was in an outline and while it didn't last for that long it was still there so next I need to work on maintaining the outline. I've realised that circles and bending really help to loosen him up also that the more lateral work and the more he has to think about what I want him to do the better work I can get out of him. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Ride on Vettie and Car accident Pictures

Sunday, 1 December 2013
For my lesson this week I got to ride Vettie, I had the choice between him and Gatsby. I chose Vettie because he is a lot easier to ride and also because he wouldn't hurt my hips because he is not as wide as Gatsby.

Before I got on Vettie I explained what had happened and we decided that we were just going to take the lesson easy. We did a lot of walk work, working on getting him to an outline but I was having difficulty with my left shoulder so we put him on his bungees (not sure if i spelt that right). This was to help me get in the outline but I needed to remember that I needed to keep working not just let them do all of the work. 

When we moved up to doing the trot work I was struggling to keep my position still but Fiona said that was to be expected after the accident earlier in the week. I still got some nice trot work but it's not as nice as the work that I had got out of him the week before. We also worked on doing some shoulder in and leg yields and it was so easy to see how doing the lateral work was helping to get him working in to an outline. 

I did ride for the entire hour but I made sure that I spent longer cooling both Vettie and myself down at the end of the lesson. I am glad that I got back on and rode but at the same time I'm aching from doing it. 

Now here's some pictures from the accident.
This photo and the photo below were taken today (1st December 2013).. This one is on my chest and is quite painful but I don't know how i got this bruise 
This was taken on the 1st December 2013. This ones on  my stomach and is where the seat belt managed to snap in to place. 
This one was taken on Friday 28th of November and is the bruise that was on my chest.
The next two pictures are my stomach, these were taking the day after the crash (28th November)  

This was an x-ray taken on the 27th December (the day after I hit  a parch of black ice in my car. The hospital were not sure about the spacing at the joint but said it looks okay for me. They put me in a collar and cuff but ever since the second accident I can't wear it because it hurts my neck to wear it.

Until Next Time
A Girl With A Dream