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.

Bella, Grace and Jack

Bella aged 6

Bella aged 6

Treat Delivery

Jack aged 7


Sunday, 11 January 2009

Frosty Photos.

Everything has been thawing well here today and we have water coming from all the taps again. The school always takes a while but I think it will be usable tomorrow. It feels like forever since I last rode and the novelty of more time in the field has definitely worn off for my pones. They looked very bored today.

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 school:

The view from the back of the school:

The drive:

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!:


  1. Oh dear! Would you believe it? I have an VERY similar tabby cat, she is quite vicious. She was "forced" on us by a lady who "rescued" her. Basically she took her from her wild Mum as a kitten of TWO WEEKS. We bottle-fed her ect... So she is "imprinted" very easy to handle, however she has a vicious temper.
    But she likes my son ... so we keep her ...

  2. Our other cat is that one's sister and almost identical except she is a bit darker in colour and has green eyes instead of yellow. She is as soft as butter and you can do anything with her, but that one you have to mind your manners with!

  3. I just love feral looking tabbys.Double the size and you have my last and most loved Charlie a dead ringer,who was the biggest cat my vets have ever weighed.It was like living with Aslan,but he was a crap hunter.My sis liberated him from a third floor flat in London.She had to teach him to pooh outside and to climb trees.Have a horrible bug today so David has coped with very wild horses!



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