This is the story of my quest to train my three Dales Ponies for classical dressage, primarily by using Alexandra Kurland's clicker training methods, with a touch of others such as Philippe Karl and Anja Beran thrown in. I turned to clicker training because I had come up against some issues that I didn't know how to fix and because I wanted to inspire them to become enthusiatic partners. Bella and Jack are all my own work and have never been ridden by anyone else.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Yesterday was almost unbearably cold with freezing fog for most of the day. Temperatures started well below freezing and got colder all day. Even the water to the house was frozen underground until OH managed to thaw it out. It looked really beautiful though and I took some more photos.
The view from the back of the school:
Our livery, Tom. He is in his twenties and was the most perfect driving schoolmaster ever, having been delivering coal in Dublin when he was three. He wasn't gelded until he was four and is very butch. Bella and Grace love him but he is a bit of a bully with other horses. His owner has clicker trained him to do a few tricks, which he loves and picks up very quickly. Tom is living proof that you can teach an old horse new tricks!
My next door neighbour's horses. She doesn't have much land and rents a paddock from us to use in the winter. I have black horses, she has duns!
My ducks sulking because the pond and puddles have all frozen up:
One of my hens:
Jack's tormentor. If you click on the second photo to see the full size version you can see Jack's point - she looks positively evil! I wouldn't want to be a mouse with her about!:
- Motivation of Dressage Horses - Richard Hinrichs
- Taking Stock.
- Snowy Days.
- Photo Albums 2008.
- Snowy Days Photos.
- Frosty Photos.
- Philippe Karl Style Flexions.
- Giving the Horse a Voice.
- Aspirations and Expectations.
- First Time Evers.
- I found these clips on You tube yesterday and they...
- Russell's Story.
- Saddle Fitting.
- Photos of my Pones Backs.
- My Little Helper.
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