Monday, December 7, 2009

About time I blogged again

Well its been a while so i thought I had better get my a into g and do some blogging. alot has happened over the last months, for one thing I have had a baby girl, her name is Holly and another my mare has had a colt.

the race horses are back into work this year we have 4 horses, unfortunately, I am not in any position to be helping with them which is a huge bummer but hopefully as Holly gets a bit bigger I will get up and train at least once or twicea week.

My colt is by pintado desperado and he is a fine looking chap i have to say. I thought he was going to go grey but as I have been able to get closer to him I think he might go black will keep you posted on that one...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Foal from Sandreo

Visiting my friend today I went and checked out her little colt, he is now 3months old. His name(at the moment) is toad!, he is by Sandreo who is by Sandro hit. If he turns out to be anything like his grandfather or father, he will certainaly be turning heads. Toad arrived into this world on and horrible stormy night, and after a few anxious moments with falling into the river and hoping he wouldn't get puemonia, a few vets call outs all now seems to be great and he is making lots of leaps and bounds literally!!....

lessons with Bill Noble

Now just because I am pregnant, I thought it doesn't mean I have to not do anything with horses and just sit back and bide my time until not only my baby comes and my own horse foals, but I decided to take up any opportunity to go and watch people having lessons as long as they didn't mind as they are the ones paying for them.

My friend Sarah had Bill Noble come this weekend and since she is a friend of mine I jumped at the chance to go watch and keep my hand in so to speak with learning more on dressage.

So I spent most of today just watching and videoing my friend. She had a lesson on one of her horses first then when the lessons were over she had bill ride one of her horses that she felt she was having problems with and to see what he thought and where she should start to mend any problems. Her horse went great and he helped change just a couple of minor things that made the horses outline becaome so much softer and correct it was great to see and to show that there realkly wasn't anything to major wrong with the horse just the simple things that help bring it all back and then you can go forward from there. I would recommend anyone of any level to have a lesson with Bill, I personally have never had a lesson with him and I do now wish I had, he was nothing but positive and even when things weren't going so right he just said thats ok we can fix it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A winning end to season

Photo on the right is Katie before her race then one on left is when she won, my fatherinlaw having the winners photo taken.
Well we have reached the end of the season for katie she is finally having a well deserved break. Her last race was on April 21st, and she won!!, she actually got 3rd two days prior to this race as well, she really should have won that day as well but I tell you sometimes I do wonder about these race drivers, I had to tell the driver to just go hard she will win and she did!!...

She has gone to relatives over in the Hawkes bay for two months with our other young horse and they will start back their training again in july/aug, depending on the weather and how much rain we get as the track is a bit slushy in the rain and really not much fun.
Now roll on Nov, when my horse is due to foal and I am also going to have a baby, unfortunately we are both due the same week!!! Not sure how I am going to sort that one out...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Racing this time....

Took Katie to the races on Saturday and she also raced Monday.....
It was a grass track at Hawera, she went really well but unfortunately she has this thing for the crossings on the grass track and tries to jump them which isn't the best thing to do when racing and with hobbles on anyway the driver always has to get cover going over them( as in a horse in front )and then shes off, ...Saturday she got blocked in coming down home straight when she got out(20m to finish line!) she came home really well and was a photo finish for 3rd, 4th & 5th and she got 5th....On Monday she had a good run and got pipped for 3rd on the line, so all in all although not in top three she did really well....considering....she has had a swollen back leg due to our sand track at home, vet said she was sweet to race, but I think she may not have been 100%, apparently the constant training on sand track compared to grass has an effect on their legs because they have to really get under themselves to keep balanced, interesting.....Roll on next weekend, at New Plymouth, she races sun and tues...hope to remeber my camera this time!!..

Friday, April 3, 2009

The race horses

Well we have had a few fun and games with the race horses and am pleased to say we have had a win which is what you everyday train and strive for. Katie is to race at Easter time and then the weekend after then she is going out for a well deserved holiday on a reletives farm in the Hawkes bay. Our other horse Tuppence, unfortunately hurt her leg, although it didn't stop her from becoming a pain in the paddock so she was soon able to resume her training which is the best thing for her as she is not a good horse to put out when the others ar training, she loves to run and wants to be in the action all the time. She will have to wait until next season now to see if she will cut the mustard and be a good racehorse.

lots has been happening,

I haven't written on this for so long!!!..........

My plans kind of went out the window, I hurt my back and decided that since I couldn't ride I would put Milly in foal, so in december last year she became pregnant to Pintado Desperado.
So Nov this year I am hoping she will produce something really nice and something that I will be able to have alot of fun with in the future.

Since then my back got better and I ahve been riding lots of other epopels horses, went on the Taranaki hunt 3 day trek on Waitangi weekend, that was great fun and lots of amazing scenery to be seen. Above is a photo of Reko, he is the horse that I rode, he is a Clydie stationbred who has been around the hunt field for a few years now and was so much fun to ride, the other photo is of the beach we did end up riding on. On the second day on the trek we had one very long ride, I think it was a bit to long to be honest as my butt and legs were quite sore by the end of it...the end of the ride we came along the beach and had to go through a tunnel to get back to the camp area, was quite cool riding through it, but my head was about 1cm from the roof of the tunnel!!..