Happy New Year

Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Hi everyone

well this is just a quick post from me to say happy new year. I have not seen any of the horses recently times have been a bit hectic recently. I have not heard from jack in a few days so i am hoping to hear from him tomorrow. But with jack he just tends to surprise me and i take things one day at a time. 

Tonight jacks little brother George is stopping at mine for the night, his mum and dad have gone to Birmingham to see family so george chose to stay at home and keep me company. so later on once the dogs have gone out for the last time we will head back to my house. 

So a new year will bring on more plans for the future. so i thiught that i would put my main plans for next year on here :-
  • Get a horse before the end of the year - I have been saying for long enough that i wanted my own horse and this year is going to be the year that i make it a reality.
  • Try and find a good paying job either horse related or photography based. I need some way to fund my horse addiction. 
  • Make next year a better year than this year. Dont get me wrong there has been lots of highs this year but there has also been a lot of lows. Next year i get jack home and things to get back to normal. 
  • Do some competitions i already have two planned at Broomfield well technically its one competition but i am going to be doing two tests the first is prelim and tye second is intro. 
  • look for my first flat with the aim to move inat september time. 
There are more horse related goals that I have got but I have decided that for now I will just post these goals then at the beginning of January I will post my horse related goals. Then I will do a review at the end of next year. 

I hope that you all have a good time tonight and enjoy yourselves. So for now lets look forward to a better year next year. 

Happy New Year Everyone. 

Until Next TIme 
A Girl With A Dream

Quiet on the western front

Monday, 29 December 2014
hiya everyone, 

well there is nothing much to report here things have been pretty quiet, I've heard off Jack loads this week and it has been nice to have to just randomly chat too :) I like it when he manages to ring me more often but you never know with Jack some days he'll ring other days he won't. He hardly ever rings at the same time and most of the time he never tells me that he's planning on ringing. He quite likes waking me up in the mornings. 

Today has been a more eventful day, I'm without a car at the minute which is doing my head in! My car is at BMW having new brake pads put on and possibly new brake disks as well so I don't get it back until 12.30 tomorrow because they have been too busy to manage to sort it today. I had a trip to the hospital with my dad (but that is a post for another day) and I got George (Jack's little brother) out of trouble. 

The horse front is quiet at the minute as I am not at my stables until the new year now, i'm missing it loads. But I am making plans for next year that will also be a post to itself. 

But for now that's all I've got to tell you. 

I'll post again soon. 
Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Christmas Presents '14.

Saturday, 27 December 2014
So Christmas is now over for another year, but I decided that I would let all my amazing followers see what I got for Christmas this year. There are other things that I haven't put on here that I've not got around to photographing yet like my wicked necklace off Jacks family :) it's a locket with three charms in it, a unicorns head, a pegasus and a glittery heart. I also got money that will be going towards my horse fund, slowly but surely I will get there! 

The biggest surprise for me this christmas was my new lights to use with my photography. I hadn't been expecting them at all, they came with two umbrellas. One is a silver reflective umbrella, this gives more focused areas of lighting and the other is a white umbrella, that gives a broader area of light which is much softer. 

Quick Selfie taken using my new lights and my phone, not to bad if I do say so myself, this used the reflective umbrella in front of me (face on) and the see through white umbrella by where the stool is in this photograph, I think doing this gives the photograph of myself a soft look.  
I did get two of each of my types of umbrellas. I love my new lights, I've got to learn how to use them properly but I can not wait to see what happens. 
 Off my sister, she was quite predictable as she always tends to get me the same sorts of things :) but I always love them (these photo's below were all taken using my new lights). She also got me a pair of pink slippers with white bobbles on them. Then she got me the smells that she always gets me. 

 I also got the new Step Up 5 DVD, something I have been wanting to watch for ages and yes it is just as amazing as it looks. I've always been a fan of the step up films along with the Bring It on Films and have watched all of them over and over again, this is the only one that I hadn't seen, and it definitely lives up to it's expectations. I also got the new David Guetta CD, I have not listened to it yet but I know that it is going to be amazing! I've heard one of the songs off it and loved it so just need to listen to the rest now. 

 Chocolates! I also got a really cool Jelly Baby Man, that was filled with Jelly babies to eat it is just so cool! I love it, I'd seen it ages ago and said that Jack would love it so I was surprised when I got one too. Every year before my nan died she used to get us a chocolate selection box off 'Santa' for christmas, my mum has carried it on but now it is Thorntons. 
 Presents off my uncles, the stone thing, is an owl ornament. My uncle knows that I really like owl things so decided that he was going to get me it. Totally not what I expected. But then my Uncle Neil always tends to surprise me. The charm however is something that I was expecting more, every year my Uncle Robert gets me a new charm for christmas this year he got me an epic Nemo charm I love it! 

 I think that this is probably my second favourite christmas present, the first being my lights, then this and my necklace off jacks family and then my charms and sisters things are at the same sort of place. I've been needing a new purse for ages and my mum surprised me with this EPIC pink purse made of a suede leather sort of material. I LOVE IT. It is so soft! Then of course BlackXS for those of you guys that have been following my blog for a while you will know that my mum always manages to get me BlackXS, this is a new one that I hadn't tried before but I love it. 

Attempting to be artistic and looking at the use of aperture in this photograph, I think that it is quite effective.

 So that is Christmas over for another year, we haven't had any more snow today and fingers crossed we won't get to much more but you just never know with the British Weather. I've just spoken to Jack's mum and she was telling me that they have given out more snow for Monday night and Tuesday Night, so we will have to wait and see what happens with that. 

Also Jack rang today, we had a great conversation and a wicked laugh. That boy knows how to make me smile and laugh especially when he tells me that I shouldn't go outside because I might break something again. He's so cheeky but he is so funny. He makes me laugh! We had a really good chat and he said that he is going to try and ring me again soon, but I never know when I am next going to hear from him, he just tends to surprise me and call me. Normally he wakes me up like this morning, I'd been awake about 5 minutes when he rang. It's always a good start to the day even when he is in one of his sarcastic moods, I'm seeing him again on the 11th January but until then I will just have to live with phone calls and letters. 

Anyway that's all for now. 
Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

we have snow!

Friday, 26 December 2014
Well it's Boxing Day and today has been a really good day, as is tradition in our family my sister came over today with her partner and my little nephew for a meal and some awesome family time. She was on one but that is just what my sister is like she tends to go on one about lots of random different things. 

We had no snow yesterday but today it HAS started snowing, people will know that I do not always have a good record with snow, I am very clumsy and always tend to fall over when it starts snowing, the last time we had snow I spent two full days looking for a miniature shetland pony that had gone missing (the pony was found safe and sound), before that it snowed and I tripped on a patch of Black Ice and broke my hand in three places. So it's safe to say when it starts snowing I start thinking 'OMG'. However this year I am looking forward to it because it would be an interesting time to take some wicked snow photographs. So tomorrow I am on a mission to get snow photographs! Depending on how bad the snow actually is. So stay tuned for them :).

Here's some of my quick snow phone snaps. 

This is when it first started snowing, I'd asked my uncle if it was snowing and he said yes, but that it was too wet and was not settling on the ground. 5 Minutes later I went to look for myself and this fluffy blanket had started to appear it looks so pretty! 
It had been snowing for about two hours here! somewhere underneath that snow is my little Red mini, not that you can tell, my mums car isn't quite as well hidden, that's my foot prints in the snow, I'd tried writing on mine and my mums windows but the snow was too thick. So that's mine and mums car or as my nephew would say 'baby car and big car'. 

Just because I can, I tried writing this on my car window, but the snow was too thick, I had left it to long, so instead I wrote it on the floor on my driver. Hehe, you can read it fairly well but if you can't tell fully it says 'Jack + Amber', when the post is up and running and back to normal I'll be sending him this. Hehe I'm a big kid at heart really, IloveYou Mr. Morris <3. 
Enjoy The Snow!!!!! 

until next time 
A Girl With A Dream :) 

Equestrian Social Media Link Up.

Well today you will get two posts, the first is to share this wicked idea that I saw that Tracy at Fly on Over blog is doing (follow this link). The idea is a social media blog hop. So I thought that I would join this as I often update my youtube, instagram and Facebook accounts more often then I get round to going on my blog! There is also always fun pictures of Gatsby, and just the random things that happen in the life of Amber, so if you want to feel free to add me :), requests will be accepted :). So here are my accounts. 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/amberrose.wagner
Google+ - 
Instagram (my favourite) - http://instagram.com/amberrosewagner1995
Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/amberrosehisboo
Tumblr - I do Not have a current one but I will be getting one soon :) So when I get one you'll all know
Twitter - I have but never use. 
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCitvUAo_2KgwFCH6gTvrBAw

I have other accounts but I don't use them as much and when I get new accounts like my Tumblr account I will put them on here so that you guys can read them :). If you want to add me feel free and feel free to drop me a message and say 'hi' anytime :).

Until Next Time
A Girl With A Dream 


Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Well this post is basically what the title says, going around the blogosphere I've seen these really cool infographics and thought why not try them out for my blog, I quite like the idea of maybe doing a monthly review next year but I am interested in what you guys think. So here's my stats I wasn't sure how to get yearly stats using blogger, so as I'd never done this before I decided to look at my stats since I started my blog in May 2010. 

I have also got around to uploading my jumping Videos on to youtube from my jumping lesson not last saturday but the saturday before that it may have taken a while but I have got there in the end, so feel free to let me know what you guys think. They are all quite short clips but they show what we have been working on recently this also accomplishes one of my goals that I set on my blog post called 'The List Part Two' 

Above you can see Gatsby and I doing some outline work, this is the first time that we have ever worked on trotting in an outline over poles, we normally 'forget' or ignore the outline work when we start jumping but we are now starting to do the outline work in my jumping lessons as well. 

Again this is looking at going in the outline over the trot poles, this is not as good as the first example as when we come to the goals Gatsby starts wanting to lift his head and charge forwards so I was trying to get him to lower his head and get on with what I was asking of him.

Here we started working on our canter, the idea of this exercise was to Trot the trot poles then pick up the canter as soon as we had finished the trot poles. The first time you will see that we broke out of the canter, that was my fault as I had collapsed through my body however I think that you guys will agree that as time went on we were starting to get lots better.
As you can see above we were supposed to still be doing trot poles but Gatsby decided that it would be more fun to canter over the poles it's amazing to see how much this horse can really shorten his stride up!

Above you can see some examples of Gatsby and me jumping, they aren't the best but i think you guys will all agree that Gatsby and I are coming on loads i feel so much more confident, and really happy with the work that we are doing. I am so proud of this horse and feel like we are coming on more and more every day! Our jumping isn't the best yet but we are getting better canter transitions and definitely getting a better flow to the jumps and over the jumps. 

So guys let me know what you think, and feel free to leave any constructive criticism.

OH and Merry Christmas All

Until Next Time
A Girl With A Dream 

3 months to get competition ready.

Sunday, 21 December 2014
The title says it all, yesterday during my last saturday lesson of the year I spoke to Fiona and we have decided that we are going to go for it on the 8th March I am going to be doing two dressage tests at Broomfield. We think the tests are going to be British Dressage Intro A (walk and trot test) and British Dressage Prelim 7 (walk, trot, canter test). 

Yesterday in our lesson we worked mainly on getting the outline constantly, I was getting Gatsby to work really well long and low in both the walk and the trot before asking him to pick himself up while in the trot. However this did not go quite as planned, as I think i mentioned in an early post this week I have been having problems with my left knee, when I moved on to asking him to pick up and go in to the outline I discovered that I was bracing my left leg and trying to stop getting any impact on it and by doing this while I thought I was protecting my leg, I was unbalancing myself and making my position slightly off. So Fiona suggested that I took my stirrups away to see if this was right, the minute that I took my stirrups away, we were in an outline in the walk and trot. Yes we needed more impulsion at times but we were in the outline. 

Fiona then suggested that we worked on a test to see what I was doing, to start with I was tensing up and panicking because the minute you say dressage test to me I become incredibly nervous. However when I stopped thinking about the fact we were doing a dressage test and just got on with it we became supple and in an outline. We tried the Intro A test first because originally i said that I was planning on doing the walk trot test in March and leaving out the canter. However after doing intro a and really relaxing, I felt quite confident and good about what I was doing. I then did some canter work (As this had been the original plan for the lesson, but I took my stirrups back for this). Fiona fetched two more british dressage tests one with a small bit of canter and the second with a larger amount of canter. I decided to do the larger amount of canter because my theory was if I could do the test with the most canter in, I would be able to do the test with the smaller amount of canter in. After going through the test once i felt happy with the work that I was doing and we decided that it was time to stretch Gatsby out, and cool both him and me down. When we were talking about what test I would be likely to do in March we decided to just go for both of the tests and see what happens. I have the ability to ride all the movements of both tests on their own and now all I need to do is string them together. 

Fiona has also suggested that we take Gatsby up to Broomfield one day to give me the feel for riding him out of the school, yes I used to ride Gatsby at Broomfield, but since he left the only place I've rode him at is West Hallam. So Fiona suggested that we hired the school out and that she took Vettie (to get him out) and that I took Gatsby. 

So that is the start of our 2015 plans! Lets see what next year brings! 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream

busy few days

Thursday, 18 December 2014
I had another good morning at the stables this week it's been a busy week for my this week. So here's what I've been upto. 

Monday - Day at my stables, I went up to my stables in the morning and helped out I spent about 3 hours there, then I went home and chilled out for a bit before going back for my jumping lesson. It was so good we did this really cool dog leg exercise that I have never done before and thought that I was going to really struggle with, to start with I wasn't being decisive enough. However once I decided that I wanted to do it, it went really well. We jumped small jumps all in canter though and landing on the right lead for the canter after the jump. It felt really nice and I was so happy with the work we did. Unfortunately it was dark so there is no videos' of this. It was then time for pony club, where we were riding again and I got to ride Vettie for 30 minutes. As you guys will know I've rode Vettie lots last winter and the beginning of this year but I have not rode him much this summer. I rode him the best that I have ever rode him, we had good shoulder in's and leg yields we where in an outline for 90% of the time it just went really smoothly. 

Tuesday and Wednesday - I had some quality nephew time, I hadn't seen him much up until last week, then this week I met my sister Tuesday and had my nephew stop at mine for the night Tuesday night we then had lots of cuddles and a wicked day Wednesday including going to the park, playing with lego and just lots of fun kids activities that I of course loved ;D. 

Today was the day of my dads operation so I've just been trying to keep myself really busy, his operation went really well, and he is home now. This morning I went up to my stables for 8am and was there until 11.30. It was an eventful morning at the stables, with Soloman breaking the fence and horses just being generally mischievous. I loved mucking out, I know that might sound mad but for me it's just really therapeutic and relaxing :). 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

Another good ride on Gatsby :D

Monday, 15 December 2014
well it's been a few days since i've updated so i thought i'd let you  know about my lesson with Gatsby on Saturday (i have videos but they won't be in this post because I need to upload them and put them on youtube and that could take quite a while). 

I started off working with flat length stirrups, Gatsby was forward responsive and nice off my leg, he felt amazing and we were getting the outline again, i then moved on to doing some trot work. In the trot i made sure that he was nice and stretched before asking him to collect and come in to the outline. We started warming up over three trot poles, in trot. I then asked if we could do the exercise where we trot over the poles, ask for the canter and do a 20m circle and then trot just before the canter poles. Fiona said that we could do it and it felt good, all though Gatsby got a bit excited and ended up turning the trot poles in to canter poles. He really collected his stride and we didn't even touch the poles (I also have this on video). 

We then added in the jump, we were only doing a small jump at E the trot poles stayed at B, this time we trotted or (occasionally) cantered over the trot poles, then cantered around to the jump, over the jump cantering back to the trot poles and repeating this four times in a row. It felt so good and i am really proud of the work Gatsby and I are doing. I then cooled him down for a good 10 minutes because boy that horse was steaming. 

Over all it was a really good lesson and I am feeling much more confident in our jump work. Everything is slowly coming together for us and we are working really well as a pair, we are also planning a competition for next year. 

Sunday I saw Jack it was really good and he is looking loads better, it's only 58 days until he is home and I can not wait to have him back it will be amazing! He seemed dead cheerful and made me laugh just like he always does, I see him again in 8 days, tomorrow I will post about my two rides today. :D 

Until Then 
A Girl With A Dream - AmberRose


Thursday, 11 December 2014
Sorry I've not posted in a few days guys, things have just been really hectic with my university deadline (tomorrow) and things getting changed at the last minute! I will be back to posting regularly tomorrow :D. I had a really good morning at my stables yesterday I was there for nearly four hours and I just had a proper laugh and giggle with Elaine, while doing the yard jobs. I always love my time at the stables, but here's my plans for the weekend. 

Friday (tomorrow) - meeting with Jacks mum then we are going out for the evening. We're spending the day getting ready and doing some jobs. Then going out to her works christmas do which is motown themed. 

Saturday - Stables!!! Now my uni deadline is out of the way I'm going up for my lesson and we are jumping then I am staying up and helping out. Then in the evening I am meeting up with Charmaine for the last time before she goes home for christmas. 

Sunday - I get to see Jack, because I went on my own last time, I'm taking his little brother George with me this time who hasn't seen him in a month (The last time he went was with me). 

I'm sure you guys will get spammed with photographs on my blog posts this weekend.

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream 

4th Lesson spending the whole lesson in an outline!

Sunday, 7 December 2014
The title of this post says it all for me, for those of you that have been following my blog for a while you will know that when I first started riding Gatsby at West Hallam Riding Centre (29th September 2012) I was introduced in to the idea of riding in an outline, ever since then I have been trying to get the feel and some weeks I get it then I could go 2/3 weeks and not get it at all and feel really frustrated. Well the past four lessons that I have had I have been riding Gatsby in an outline the whole time, some of our transitions we loose it a little bit, but the majority of it we are in an outline in walk, trot and we are even starting to get it really well in canter. We have even started to get it in our jump lessons which before we never really bothered to do, we were more focused on getting over the jumps, now not only are we jumping but we are trying to get an outline in-between the jumps. 

We started warming up long and low, normally I just stretch him out in the walk then start picking him up in the canter. This time i decided that it was time for a change and we started trotting and getting him to really stretch out while he was trotting. This got him moving from behind and really stretching over his back, it felt amazing, I'm not sure whether I have got a video of this part but I have got lots of videos  from todays lesson. 

When we started asking to pick him up in the walk initially he was pulling on my right hand and trying to get my right rein out so that he had more control. But by using half halts and lots of transition work, while getting him off my left leg he stopped hanging off my right arm, except when we moved in to canter and were cantering on the left lead. He also tends to want to fall out through his left shoulder. 

I then moved on to doing sitting trot and getting him working in an outline, this work was really nice but we needed a little bit more energy. I needed him to really pop off my leg and get him going a bit more forward. But he was working real well. 

When we moved in to the canter the left rein was awful, we fell out through his shoulder and he had a tendency of running. We started off doing trot canter transitions, which weren't the best but when I got hold of the right hand side again it worked really well. To the left we were able to do walk canter transitions and these were lovely we had a nice amount of lift and he was forward off my leg, he was also working in an outline in the canter which is something we've been wanting to achieve for a long time so I am really happy with the work that we have done today. 

We cooled him down for about 10 minutes because he was really wound up and then we left it at that. It was really good, and of course he got lots of cuddles for being such a good boy during our ride today.

Until Next Time
A Girl With A Dream

Blog Hop - What will you NOT do?

Thursday, 4 December 2014
So Equestrian Journey has started this cool blog hop CLICK HERE about what we will not do with our horses, 'We all like to share on our blogs what we do with our horses and what we would like to do, but I want to know what you will NOT do.  For example I will not carry a bag of feed into the middle of a herd of horses, especially if I don't know some of them.  I will not teach my horse to rear on purpose.  I will not ride my horse into a field full of loose horses that could kick me in the leg and break it.  Things like that.  I look forward to hearing what you have to share!  I could probably think of more examples, but I need to go to sleep.  :)' 

So here is what I will not do with a horse (any horse not just mine). 

  • I would never teach a horse to rear on command, to me it's just really dangerous and something that I do not want to do. 
  • Unless I absolutely had to I would not keep my horse in a stable 24/7 (this would only happen for medical purposes where it is beneficial to the horse).
  • I would not ride without a helmet. Don't get me wrong if I was doing a fancy photo shoot I probably would get on without a helmet but that wouldn't really be riding to me. 
  • I would not put my horse in a situation that they are uncomfortable in, just because I want to do something doesn't mean I will do it, if the activity was going to cause pain to my horse then it is not worth it. My horses health and happiness comes first. (e.g. when Gatsby had a bad back his jumping was restricted and no cross country was done)
  • I would not put my happiness before my horses health. 
  • I would not keep my horse in an unsafe field or stable (e.g. barb wire for fencing). 
  • I will never eat horse, the idea just makes me feel so sick! 

There might be other things that I would not do but right now I can't think of them, if I do think of more in the future I will be sure to add them :). I'm not by any means begin judgemental on any of the people that do the above things these are just my own in opinions on what I would not be happy doing! 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream! 

Jumping Gatsby - 1st December 2014 and Pony Club.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Yesterday I rode Gatsby again, it's getting to the time of year where my monday rides mean it's already going dark when I get on Gatsby so unfortunately I have no video's from my lesson. My dad also came to watch my lesson with Gatsby which was really nice, as he hasn't been in a while although after he told me that he was quite apprehensive watching me jumping Gatsby as compared to last time we have got a lot faster jumping and the whole process is going a lot smoother. 

Above you can see a diagram of the jumping that Gatsby and I did, while it was only two jumps and neither of them were that big it was important for me to do as it made me focus more on my striding, turning, getting the correct lead after the jump or if i didn't being able to change the lead and set myself up for the next jumping. We started off by picking the canter up by K (doing walk to canter transitions), I then cantered around past A, turning to jump the jump that is on 'X', and then riding straight towards H, I did this on it's own a couple of times. I then did the same thing but going back to trot at 'H' and picking up the right canter lead before c, then turning at M to get the second jump and riding straight towards 'E' this wasn't the easiest thing to do because there wasn't a very big space to set up the jump (Two strides maybe three between M and the Jump). Once we had got this and were doing this well we then changed it. I still picked up the canter at 'E' but then I jumped the jump near M' first, after jumping it I had to pull Gatsby up quickly as we had got a tight turn to make, from M going towards C, I then cantered at C picking up the left lead and jumped over the jump at 'X' making sure to ride straight towards 'F'. I did this a couple of times and then cooled Gatsby down because it was then time for pony club. 

I untacked Gatsby, and went in to the tack room to be told we were all going back outside as we were working on Lunging that night, we got Vettie and Taz ready (for the older people at pony club), I lunged Vettie and it was so much fun, I needed to be a bit firmer with Vettie to get him to trot but once I had got him trotting it was really nice, and I really enjoyed it. I then helped put the ponies around the back to bed with Alice. 

Just as I was leaving Pony Club I heard my phone ring and it was Jack so I got to talk to him too. I love it when he rings me cause it's always nice to chat with him, I told him about my lesson and he says he can't wait to see Gatsby and I out doing cross country next year, we chatted about other random things and then I finished up my phone call with him and then I went home.

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream - AmberRose. 

Seeing Jack and another good ride on Gatsby.

Sunday, 30 November 2014
I rode Gatsby yesterday (Saturday) and we had a really really good lesson! It would appear that last weeks riding wasn't just a fluke and that I can actually ride in an outline for an hour twice in a row! Can I make it three times though? It has taken me 3 years (roughly) riding at this stables that I am at now to get the feel of the outline and now that I have got the feeling it just makes so much more sense! 

We started up warming up in the walk, making sure to move long and low, making sure that I rode off the track and making sure that I was riding straight. I had to make sure that Gatsby's neck was not overly bent to the inside because he was trying to pull on my right rein to block my contact with it. I have to give him credit that once I got him listening he was very good and very responsive. We moved up in to the walk work quite early as Gatsby felt really nice supple and loose through his back, he was responsive, forward and listening to what I wanted! Straight away we picked up the outline, and we kept it, we even managed to keep it through out most of our transitions, a few of the upward trot transitions we lost it for about one stride but the rest were fairly good. I even have video proof. 

Again like last week I moved on to doing some work without stirrups and while I was doing work without stirrups I was also doing lateral work mainly shoulder in with small bits of leg yield at the end. Going to the left I was able to get a good response off my leg, but going to the right it took me a while to get him to make a shift with his shoulders and not just bend his neck which is what he was wanting to do. We did it in walk and trot. Our leg yields were fairly good, they were also a lot better to the left as I just got a sharper response off that leg and it can open my hips up a little bit more that way. I then took my stirrups back to cool Gatsby down, and boy did they feel short! I Felt like I should be jumping with them. I cooled him down and then it was time to get off him. 

I've even got some video proof for you all! Here you go guys videos include walk, trot, outline, leg yielding I think and small amounts of shoulder in. Enjoy :) 


I saw Jack today and he is doing really well, I love that I get to see him every two weeks at the minute, it is working out really well and of course I just love the time I get with him. Any time with him is better than no time with him! He's home in just over two months and I can't wait, the time seems to be going so fast now! It really is insane. Anyway I'm off to sleep now, cause I'm so tired. 

Until Next Time 
A Girl With A Dream - AmberRose. 

The List Part Two.

Thursday, 27 November 2014
So now it is time to look at other things that I haven't done but would love to do from the list :), as you saw in part one there is quite a bit that I have done but there's so much more to do and loads more horsey memories to be made. Pink things to do while riding. 

3. See how small of a circle you can trot without walking. 

4. Ride a dressage test, but replace all trot sections with canter, all canter sections with walk, and all walk sections with canter. This is something I think would be interesting to do, Gatsby and I do a lot of canter work, and I would love to be better at dressages tests so maybe switching it up a little bit would mean I'd ride a test easier. 

5. Attend a fundraiser or poker ride in your area. I wanted to do this with Gatsby last year, it was an endurance ride but I was unable to, hoping to when I have my own horse though!

7. Give a child who might otherwise not have access to horses a pony ride. More likely to do this when I have got my own horse. 

13. Give your horse a back massage. I think that Gatsby would enjoy this, but first I need to grow a little bit. 

17. Go on a beach ride. This is something that I have always imagined doing and hopefully one day will do.  

27. Find your horses favourite spot to be scratched. I'm pretty sure I know where this is on Gatsby but I need to double check, it normally sends him to sleep. 

28. Bake a batch of horse cookies for your horse and see if they like them. 

29. Use clicker training to teach your horse a new trick. Think this would be something that I did when I get my own horse. 

31. Pony another horse while you ride your horse. Another random thing that I have always wanted to do. 

33. Practice halt to canter transitions. Try to do these without trotting before canter, and without leaning forward or using spurs or a whip to get your horse to go. Something I have never even attempted to do. I've done lots of walk to canter transitions so I would love to try this. 

38. Video your next ride, and then video a ride a month later to compare. This is actually something that I am working on at the minute, but it depends if there will be enough light on monday to do my second video. 

42. Catch your horse without a halter. Something that will have to wait until I get my own horse I think. 

48. Ride in a parade. I do not know why I think that this would be fun to do but it is something that I would really like to do. 

50. Jump five bounce fences in a row - they don't have to be very tall. I think this is something that could really build up my confidence when riding and something that I would do with Gatsby or my own horse. 

51. Make a nameplate for your horse's stall or paddock. I would love to do something like this for my own horse, I am a very creative person and think that something like this would be fun. 

52. Dress your horse up on the next holiday you celebrate. Hehe, well we are doing a calendar for Pony Club, so maybe now would be a good time to do it. 

59. Do a complete 360 degree turn on the haunch in which your horse's back hoof remains planted on the ground. This is something that I would like to do with Gatsby, I have done lots of work turning on the forehand but never done this before. 

63. Let someone else ride your horse - Something I will be doing when I get my own horse, one of the first people that I will have ride my own horse is Fiona! 

66. Trot ten steps, walk ten steps, trot ten steps, walk ten steps. Making sure to be exact. This is something that I am going to be trying on Saturday for my weekly lesson as it is going to really help with Gatsby's impulsion and it just sounds fun. 

77. Lunge your horse over a cross country jump. This just founds really fun to do. 

80. List five things that your horse did well at the end of your ride for a whole month. Don't list any of the weaknesses. This is something that I will be starting this Saturday. 

94. See if you can pick something up off the ground from your horses back. Hmmm.. This might be hard to do because Gatsby is 16+hh. Maybe if i could use a stick or something like that to help me out.

96. Ride as many Halt to trot transition as you can down the centre line. Something else that I plan to try out this saturday. 

108. Plan a pas de deux with a riding friend. 

111. Canter as slowly as you possible can without trotting or walking. See if you can canter so slowly that a person can walk or jog next to you on the ground. This might take a while because Gatsby and I have lots of energy and tend to be quite forward in the canter. 

121. Try to touch your toes while sitting in the saddle. Another thing that I would like to try on saturday I am pretty sure that I can do it, but I need to double check. 

122. Take a riding lesson bareback. Something that I have always wanted to be able to do. 

130. Open a gate on horse back. 

136. Go on a picnic with your horse. Saddle bags or a backpack can carry the food. This is something that I would like to do when I get my own horse on a nice summer day, not far from where I live there is a lovely park with woods and lakes, pretty view, nice food, good company and a wicked ride! 

151. Get involved with a breed organisation or local riding group, and do at least one ride as part of that organisation each year. I've always believed in helping out where I can do, I would love to get involved with a charity for horses and do fun rides for this, but this is something that I would do with my own horse. 

157. Consciously smile for five full minutes on your next ride. It's always good to be positive. 

167. Try polo or polocrosse. If you can't find a group to try it with or the right equipment, try broom polo! I'm always up for trying something new and different I have also always wanted to try and do Horseball. I've also been interested in trick/stunt riding. 

170. Stand on your horse. 

179. Fill a plastic cup with water and see if you can ride carrying the cup without spilling any water at the walk, trot, canter and back up. This is the type of thing that we would do at pony club with the younger kids and it would be so much fun. 

180. Teach your horse to bow. Some people don't like the idea of this but I think that it would be interesting.

183. Let your horse lead. 

188. Ask someone who watches you ride for advice to help you and your horse. You don't have to take it. My mum always watches me ride and normally gives me advice after a ride. But I do not tend to ask her for advice after a lesson maybe this is something i should do in the future. 

190. Enter a money class at a show. 

195. Ride your horse at a local cross-country course, even if you don't take any of the jumps. We do actually have a cross country course set up at the stables. There is also a cross country course at Broomfield College and for several reasons I'd love to take my own horse there. 

199. Take your horse's pulse before a ride, and after, and catalogue it for a month. Something that I have never done before, and that I think would be cool to do, it would give me a better insight in to how the horses body works. 

200. Lunge or videotape your horse to see if their hooves land heels first, flat footed, or toe first. Heels first landing indicates healthy travel. I think I would do this as a video, I would ask my mum to video me while I am riding Gatsby. 

202. Leg yield between two points and count how many steps it takes you.  Then repeat the exercise but try to do one less step, then one more less. Seeing how few you can do it in between the two points.   I do lots of leg yielding with Gatsby as part of our warm up, but I have never tried experimenting with the striding. Maybe this is something that I should do to experiment.

210. Free jump your horse through a jump chute. Make sure the strides are set correctly for them. I would love to try doing this myself, I have seen my riding teacher do it with Pumpkin but never tried it myself. 

212. Practice relaxation exercises such as controlled breathing during rides so you can use the skills during more stressful rides when you want to. I think that in the long run this could help with my jumping as that is when I get the most tense. 

213. Try Pole bending with your horse.  I have done this before, but last time that I did it, there was cones on the ground so I'd like to try it with poles instead! 

There are lots of other things still on the list that I will be posting about in the future, whether these be things that I will never do or things that I might think about doing in the future but know that I need a lot more work before I decide to do them but stay tuned and I will let  you know what those things are. 

Until Then 
A Girl With A Dream - AmberRose. 

The list Part 1

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Well I was reading a really interesting post that can be found here on Equestrian Journey's Blog and thought that I might have to copy the idea of the list, as with only being at my stables two days a week while I'm at Uni there isn't an awful lot horse related going on. There is 214 things on this list and first i'm going to put the things that I have already done! 

2. Canter straight between two poles set parallel on the ground, make them as narrow as you can. This is something that I have done with Gatsby and other horses, I did this recently with Gatsby to work on my straightness when jumping and making sure we would get the right stride in canter before putting the jumps up. 

8. Ride in the rain, intentionally. Living in the UK it rains a lot so if I stopped riding just cause it rained I probably would not do that much riding!

10. Try riding in a new saddle. On Gatsby alone I have rode in three different saddles on him, when Riding Vettie and Mr Tubs I ride in a Sue Carson Dressage Saddle and I have to say that I love this type of saddle. 
Riding in Vettie's dressage Sue Carson Saddle. 

11. Place two poles on the ground a fair distance apart, then see how many strides and then how few strides you can ride between the two. If it helps you, you can have someone help count the strides from the ground. You can do this in walk, trot and canter. Done this mainly in canter, the most recent time I did this it was on a circle with four poles, 1 each at the main points of the circle. 

12. Ride Someone else's horse, even if you have to pay to do it. I don't have my own horse yet. So ride Jenny's every week (Gatsby), I've also rode Fiona's (Vettie), Elaine's (Mr Tubs) and before they passed away Kelly's (Rascal and Leo). 

20. Try doing an 'around the world' while someone holds the horse. This is something I used to do a lot as a kid but have tried recently with Gatsby. 

24. For one month, keep a diary chronically any and all rides you have with your horse. This blog was first made to track my riding progress on my journey to getting my own horse so up until this year 99% of my rides are on here, this year with so much going on I've been a bit slack but I'm back on it 

25. Learn to wrap polos correctly. All I'll say is Pony Club :D. 
These were bandages but it was the only photo that I have got. 
26. Explain to someone who knows nothing about horses something you are working on training your horse. Check to see if they understand. Well I frequently try and do this with Jack, he always asks what I'm doing in my riding at the minute and if it's something I think he won't understand I do try and explain it better to him but he still thinks dressage is 'showing off for horses' and dressage with music is 'showing off for horses to music', My boy makes me laugh :D. 

35. Ride through as many puddles as you can this winter. Just because it's funny when Gatsby sees his own reflection. 

40. Take an artistic portrait picture of your horse. I do photography at  uni… 

54. Ride a dressage test that you've never ridden before. Dressage tests are available online for free. Done this with Pony Club on the Dressage Rallies to improve my riding. 

56. Have someone lunge you on your horse, so you can practice your position without having to control the horse. Done this with Vettie, this was also the first time that I cantered Vettie. 

68. Halt without pulling on the reins. My riding teacher is all about using you're seat and position to do everything! 

73. Ride as deep into the corners of the arena as you can. Another one of my riding teachers favourite things to do. 

83. Apologize aloud to your horse the next time you make a mistake. Every time I do something wrong that really effects Gatsby you'll here me go 'sorry Gats'.

84. Do medium or extended trot down the long wall of the arena, and as you enter the corners of the arena collect and compress the trot as much as you can, carry it through the short wall, then return to medium or extended trot on the next long wall. Yep, done this with a few horses it really gets Gatsby listening and my aids to be a whole load more precise. 

87. Ride your horse in their turnout field. We put jumps in the field this summer and it was amazing! 

93. Get on your horse from the wrong side. Had to do this for one of the pony club tests can't say i particularly enjoyed it though! 

95. Ride in the dark. Used to every week during the winter at Broomfield on a wednesday night. I think there is something relaxing about doing it though. 
I sure do miss riding Thomas!

97. Try to touch your horses ears while you sit on their back. 

101. Take a picture or video while riding your horse.

102. Set four poles equidistance around a circle. Practice cantering around the circle, over the poles, in an even stride. See earlier about shortening and lengthening strides between poles. 

104. Jump your horse over a small jump, then have them step over the same jump without jumping. Frequently happens but this is normally Gatsby's way of saying 'come on amber lets make it bigger'.
Can not find the trot photo, but here was the first time that we jumped it. 

117. Drop your reins while trotting and see if you can maintain a consistent trot rhythm without them. I also do this to see if Gats will stay in an outline on his own, self carriage.

118. Give your horse a full body bath. Pony Club last summer. 

125. Ground Drive your horse. Done this with Taz during Pony Club.

128. Laugh out Loud.  All the time during my lessons :D. 

129. On a 20m circle, leg yield in to a small circle, then leg yield back out to the 20m circle. Not done this in a  while but have done it with Gatsby to get him really listening to my leg aids. It is NOT easy. 
142. Weak a riding helmet every ride. 

143. Do sitting trot with no stirrups. Done lots of it but can't say that I love it, but I do enjoy cantering without stirrups!
Preferred my canter picture without stirrups. 
153. Hug your horse! All the time, I love Gatsby! 

158. Ride in front of a mirror. Broomfield had mirrors in the indoor school, hoping that we are getting mirrors at my stables this time. 
Excuse my really shocking riding! 

161. Ride a square shape (best done in walk or canter), instead of arching through the corners, turn your horse on their haunch so they swing their forehand around as if in a pirouette. Done this but turning on the forehand as well. 

182. Choose one thing to never do with your horse, then never do it. Never ever teach a horse to rear up, it's dangerous and unsafe for who ever rides it. 

198. Body paint designs on your horse. I have painted all Gatsby's bones on to him twice. 

206. Run beside your horse in step with them to see what their stride is like for you. I got bored one day and was told to keep Gatsby warm while we changed his saddle. Also done this while leading at the Pony Club evenings. 

208. Identify one thing that is unique and special about your horse. He knows better than I what I can and can't do and he will tell me, and if he KNOWS i can do something he'll push me to do it. He believes in me. 

214. Do that thing that you've always wanted to do with your horse. Each and every time I ride finish on a positive note, set my self small goals for during that lesson and complete them during that lesson. It helps me to feel like I've accomplished something and never finish a ride feeling disappointed, even if I have to go back and do something simple that's what I'll do. :D. 
Always end on a good note, see smiles all around, though i'm not sure what Gatsby is looking at. 

Next Time I will make a list of things that I want to do off the list. 
Until Then 
 A Girl With A Dream - AmberRose