Monday, March 26, 2012

Very Exciting News!

Exciting news first - the boys, Drifter and Pie, and I will be riding in the Mark Rashid clinic that will be held at Black Star Farms - where the boys are now - in early June.  Three days, one-on-one sessions, which typically means a full solo hour with Mark and each horse.  I couldn't be more excited - the boys and I have some great stuff to work on that will really advance our horsemanship together.  Dawn went last year, so she'll get a week off.  There are two back-to-back three-day clinics, and I'll be auditing at least part of the one I don't ride in - I find that I get to see a lot more of the clinics where I'm not riding.  For those of you in the U.K., Mark will be holding clinics in the New Forest area and in Scotland in May.

Dawn and I had an excellent work session today, with much cantering, and some canter/trot/canter transitions.  We have a lot of work to do on the canter, but every day we're making some progress.  We also did a lot of walk and trot work, with lots of transitions. Dawn had her first dose of UlcerGard (omeprazole) - our vet wants us to try to lower preventative dose to see if it makes a difference to her eating. Drifter's Chaste Tree berry came, so I'll be grinding that up and taking it up to him on Wednesday when I go to see him and Pie and have lessons with Heather.  And I'll be taking photos and measurements of Pie and Drifter for ordering our About the Horse Western saddle.  I've found a couple of people at the new barn who have steady, calm trail horses and who are more than willing to go on the trail with Pie and me - just what we need when Pie moves there in early April.

Much good horse stuff going on! . . .

23 comments:

  1. Exciting news all the way around!

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  2. That's great. I agree that you can learn a lot by just watching Mark work with others.

    Dan

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  3. Wow! Some exciting plans indeed. You are really going to have a good Spring!!

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  4. That's fantastic! I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  5. EXCELLENT!! Mark is such a great teacher. So glad you're getting to work with him again.

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  6. Kathleen - here's the cocosoya in oil form:

    www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=17e44efe-0c9c-4216-a2c3-ff94586f7ffd&ccd=IGO043&gclid=CL_iyanvha8CFUQUKgodQXWQ9g

    Where do you get it in a powder?

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  7. You and the three horses are on a real roll. I could not be happier for the 4 of you. The clinics will be fabulous.

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  8. I'm so glad to hear that things are going well. I think you've made some great choices.

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  9. Good stuff Kate. I'm glad you've got some positive stuff going on horse wise !

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  10. You are so lucky that Mark Rashid is coming to your barn- and getting to ride both your boys in the clinic. You are on track for a great year so far!

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  11. That's like a dream come true for you!! HUZZAH!!

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  12. Gosh, I would swear that I've seen Cocosoya in powder form somewhere besides Smartpak, but a Google search is only turning up the oil at Valley Vet and the like. Sorry.

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  13. Great news about the clinic!! How great to ride both boys with Mark after all the great work with the new trainer!!

    Cool news about the saddle too - hopefully it doesn't take to long to get to you (not familiar with the brand.)

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  14. Very exciting news for you and the horses. The clinic should be wonderful.

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  15. Uckele sells a lot of Cocosoya products. Here's one with flax seed and rice bran in apowdered form.
    http://www.uckeleequine.com/buy/equiomega20/

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  16. That's fantastic news! That's going to be too much fun!

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  17. That is great news. I'm so excited for all of you. Should be fun and some great learning too.

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  18. Sounds like a lot to look forward to!

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  19. How exciting! You are on a good roll.

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  20. I can't WAIT to read about the Mark RAshid clinic and I'm so glad things are progressing so well.

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  21. Very exciting, I always enjoy reading your posts after you've been to a Rashid clinic. Have a great time!

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  22. That is exciting! Can't wait for the posts.

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  23. Don't know much about Mark Rashid, but I flipped over to his webpage and read "All things Natural" and loved it. I will have to do some more investigating. Thanks!

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