Annwylid Dare to Dream

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Josette » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:40 pm

exvet wrote: He is very bold and loves to lead. He doesn't mind cars, bikes, dogs or ATVs.


This means he is already worth his weight in gold and toss in some diamonds too! :)

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby demi » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:18 am

Loved the pics. Did Jr have his lesson today? I’m looking forward to reports on the new official dressage prospect!!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:27 pm

No lesson today but he's going to have one next Saturday. I can't wait to get back into the groove. Today we did another trail ride and trotted quite a bit. He's settling in and is really demonstrating how level-headed he is even if he's a bit of a brat still.

To answer the question about the gate - it's a typical horse gate. They make them so horses can step over but ATVs and motorized vehicles can't get access/go through them.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Dapple Field » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:42 pm

Thanks for the gate answer. Looks like they would be easy for a dirt bike to breach but would keep out 4 wheelers.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Anne » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:05 am

Also loving the photos, and what a neat gate! Will look forward to a lesson report if you get a chance : my youngster is not at Junior's stage (he's had 2 rides with a saddle on, walk-only and still with a lunge line, and a few bareback walk-arounds before that), but I'm always interested to hear what others with young ones in the early stages are doing. Your Junior looks like such a good dude.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:13 am

Well no pictures but Jr loaded and hauled like a champ and when he came off the trailer he couldn't have been better. We had a great lesson! I was given homework that I think will help and we're scheduled for another in one week. So glad to be back. I think we have the potential to be a real team. We'll see how things progress but so far this guy is living up to expectations.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby demi » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:20 pm

I just want you to know I’m NOT complaining about the lack of pictures :lol: I’m just really looking forward to watching you bring him along!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:50 pm

Well I did manage to con someone into snapping some shots from my phone today but it is more trail riding. It's cool here for this time of year but sunny and gorgeous. I think Jr was happy to be doing something simple today. Not that yesterday was hard but there were so many distractions with all the horses, jumps, dressage arena etc.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby StraightForward » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:41 am

Dapple Field wrote:Happiness!! I've never seen a gate like your first picture. Why is it shaped like it is ?


It's to prevent motorized vehicles from going through.
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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:58 pm

So today I was to have our fourth riding lesson this afternoon. My riding instructor texts me to see if I could come earlier, like right then at 7:30 am. The weather reports were indicating that strong winds were headed our way with gusts up to 50 mph by afternoon. I decided to take advantage of the time change and hustled over to her barn. Jr loaded like a champ and arrived a wee bit nervous. The wind was already blowing and you could tell the weather change was in effect. I was told we would ride in the covered arena. Jr has never seen a covered arena let alone been in one. My riding instructor asked if we'd be okay because upon entering, Jr started getting scared and calling....a...lot. We agreed that it would be a character building opportunity (perhaps for all three of us). There were others there riding as well and MIRRORS. Well long story short, we made it through despite one minor bolt and a good buck. We cantered both directions too. There were definitely moments of really nice connection, coming over the back and started to use more power from behind. The moments were in no way consistent due to the MANY distractions but as long as I was dictating and guiding, he was willing to follow. One moment of hesitation, however, and it could have been far, far worse. It was very reassuring to find out that he does trust and seek to be lead and more importantly, tries to answer the questions being asked even when his whole world is turned upside down. Looking forward to showing him recognized in the fall after at least one schooling show this summer.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby piedmontfields » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:09 am

Overall, it sounds like a positive learning experience exvet. Rising winds like that are no joke. A schooling show seems like a smart piece of his education. Keep us posted!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:04 am

I will do so. He's definitely a blend of his dam and sire. He's got the sass and the 'you can't make me up until it's too much work to keep resisting attitude of his mother' and the 'look at me, I'm all that and a bag a chips' attitude of his sire. He's got a snap in his back to his buck but not a relentless buck you off piece to his repertoire. He definitely inherited that welsh cob sense of humor so I think the journey is going to be a relatively lively but fun one LOL...

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Anne » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:50 am

Exvet it sounds like Junior and you had a challenging time, but that can be really good for learning and ultimately confidence. And cantering under those conditions!! Well done you, and keep us posted!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:48 pm

Because of work I wasn't able to ride again until today and we went out for a 6 mile trail ride. The weather couldn't be better so I don't know if that had a lot to do with it; but, he was relaxed and marching into both hands from behind, reaching over his back. It was one of our best rides. We trotted with more relaxation and cantering was fun too. I think all the trail riding is making him stronger and better balanced. I might ride in the arena once or twice a week which is different from my previous horses. I've always done a ton of cross training but typically I focused at least 3-4 days a week in the arena.....this time around I'm going it a bit different. We'll see if it pays off.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:06 pm

Well I knew we'd hit 'the wall' sooner or later, it's always just a question of time with each one. Yesterday I had a lesson, the second time in the indoor arena. I was introduced to a mini-me meltdown like no other in which Jr was channeling his mother from some of her worst days (before I got her). There were tons of distractions including horses being lunged nearby, other horses in the arena, etc. The lesson started out great and we were getting over tracking at the walk, bigger/longer and more powerful strides at the trot and right lead canter departs. The one issue I've had and it become the straw that broke the little twits back was dropping the left shoulder and blowing through the right rein/bulging through making the left lead a bit more of a challenge to get consistently. Attempts to address that resulted in sucking back and just full blown quit, refusal to move forward and all out buck, kick, bronc balling tantrum. My riding instructor got out the lunge whip to help which fortunately did succeed in forward and at times quite nice expression and canter departs with the big jump/step. I could tell I was running out of pony so we stopped after we repeated a few good circles with nice transitions but still with the lunge whip. Not sure if 'that' was 'the' mistake or not but it took me 45 minutes to load the little twit to go home. He, who is usually great at loading, put on the breaks and repeated the meltdown - rearing, kicking, striking........of course I was prepared and no injuries occurred and HE DID GET HIS ASS ON THE TRAILER WITH NO ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE ELSE. I won that battle of the wills....I have a feeling I need to get in shape for a few more. Fortunately at 14.2 and short-backed even at my small size I was able to use dressage whip and lead line to provide him only one option - you go forward and you go forward into the trailer <period> or you meet the boss mare's response to your refusal. He pretty much self-loaded by the time we succeeded in getting his entire body on to my trailer.

He's still quite athletic with his kicking (for those who don't remember this is the one who kicked me in the face and broke my nose and shattered my facial bones/orbit when he was close to 6 months old) which is why when others offered to help I declined out of concern for their safety. I have plans to trail ride him later and I think we'll be doing lots of trotting and canter out on the trails with expectations of very crisp transitions upward........Oh greenie meanies, they are fun but I was exhausted after I got home yesterday and appreciated the fact that I had already ridden the mustang (who was perfect).

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby khall » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:48 pm

Oh wow exvet! What a stinker!! Glad you came out on top and no one is the worse for wear. These young ones keep us on our toes for sure! Been playing with my filly who for the most part is pretty easy with a few sparks here and there though last work she had a bit more temper to her. Be safe!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:22 am

Thank you khall. I rode him today, 5 miles on the trail and we cantered both leads, trotted a fair amount and of course worked on the walk - free walk, working walk, etc as well as leg yields. He was perfect. You wouldn't know it was the same horse. Tomorrow is another day and we'll work on the same, likely on the trail again saving the arena work for Wednesday, my next day off. I would love to see some pictures of your filly sometime.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby khall » Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:09 am

I need to get some video of my filly, no where near as far along as your guy. Weather has been hit and miss here for awhile. Thinking about sending her off to be started with a good trainer. Going to put a bit more time and see what I think of her. Hosting another clinic first of June so that will be a good test to see where she will be and how she will handle the work. She is easy in hand, but can be a bit woo wee on line. NOTHING compared to Rip but she is smaller and quick (that Luso blood!) if she does US what she does on line, yikes. I'm hoping her momma's blood comes out more, she was a gem to start.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Anne » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:39 am

Exvet, glad to hear you worked through both the tantrum in the lesson and in loading - sounds like he was putting you to a bit of a test, and of course you came out on top! The 5 miles on the trail sounds like a good antidote.

Khall - how old is your filly now? I also will look forward to photos (video!) of her when possible!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby khall » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:55 am

Anne she turned 4 this year. Ready to start, was just thinking of the plan I have with her this morning.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby piedmontfields » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:33 pm

Exvet, thanks for sharing your update. It is exhausting to execute all necessary boss mare jobs when required! Glad your young guy got with the program (for now ;-) ). I wish more people would read stories like yours and understand the work and consistency that it takes to bring up a youngster. It really isn't for everyone and it definitely requires a solid set of skills in and out of the saddle.

Khall, you should start a thread on your young mare! Starting with photos :-)

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:44 am

Yes khall photos are in order. I had forgotten that we both have 4 year olds that we bred. I'm sure she's lovely.

I rode Jr yesterday in the arena and the focus was on crisp transitions particularly getting him hot off my leg and responding promptly to my aids. Today we went out on the trail again, another 5 miles and we tested out our canter departs. They were there, both leads and hot off the inside seat bone. We'll see if I can keep the forward in my next lesson. My daughter recently borrowed my brand new trailer and I'm already having it repaired as a result of a mishap she had; so, no lessons this week. Hopefully it just gives me the opportunity to REALLY make an impression on Junior that is sustainable.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby demi » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:30 pm

Wow Exvet! The little booger! I am glad you persevered. Keep up the boss mare attititde and stay safe...

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Sue B » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:20 pm

Gotta love those cocky 4 year olds, lol. Good job persisting exvet; I am so glad to be past all that with Tio now. ;-)

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:03 pm

So it took a while to get my trailer repaired after daughter dear borrowed it. I've had two lesson since the aforementioned 'escapade', both within the past 7 days. That means we've loaded 4 more times since then. The not so little stinker is now self-loading. That alone is a huge win; but, what was awesome about today's lesson was being able to see the trot and canter with proper use of the top-line, swinging tail and working properly into the contact - each time I looked in the mirror, it was like, "boy, that's a nice lookin' welsh cob and doesn't he look like a REAL dressage horse!" Here's hoping I have few surprises or speed bumps between now and the fall when the local show season start back at it.


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