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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

Well Coco was going soooo well last year after some proper dressage lessons and we went from useless in the dressage arena to getting placed every time and then got our first 1st! Then he went lame and the work stopped due to his hoof imbalance. Welll he's had his remedial shoes on for 7 months now and is going brilliantly and at a decent level of fitness again so I have booked us in for our 1st lesson again on 29th February and hopefully after a few lessons we will be able to enter our 1st competition again!

 

I am just so excited to see how he goes now as the difference in him since he had his remedial shoes on is incredible! We have been schooling in the field (when dry enough) and schooling out hacking and his outline is good, his balance is good (although will need a bit more work on his canter again) and he is really trying and seeming to enjoy his work again! Watch this space, my boy is back!

 

So is anyone else preparing for spring and the competitions that are around the corner?

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soniadevereux

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Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

I am so pleased for you. You have done so much work with Coco to get him better. I think you be coming home with lots of ribbons soon. Well done and dont forget the piccys. xxxx

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

I hope it all goes well for you both, it sounds like Coco is back on track and doing fine :o)

Good luck with the lessons and here's to your 1st competition being very successful !!

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

great news - I bet you're very excited!! Wont be long before you're out and about!

 

I'm excited this year too as it's the first in a long time that I've had something to go out on! We started well just before Christmas, with a 2nd in our first dressage test (only an Intro and tbh, if I hadn't been much a moron and forgot a movement, we would have won! )...

 

but then I had my operation and what with recovering, then snow and ice...we are only just getting going again and it's a little like going back to square one! She is being a good girl though and we're working on her flatwork niggles (absolutely ignores your right leg, likes to do the wall of death in canter on the right rein, inconsistent contact) but we're getting there and she LOVES jumping!! Was supposed to be going to a clinic with Richard Curruthers next week, but I had to cancel as neither of us are fit enough with enforced time off.

 

However, we are booked onto an Active Rider camp in April and from then on I am on the search for hunter trials and some unaffliated ODEs....maybe some more dressage too - if i can remember which way to go! lol Might also attempt some hunter classes at our RC show!

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

Thats such good news i really hope coco will be back up there in the ribbons (hopefully the red ones.......hope red are first in Dressage  as they are in Endurance )

You must keep us posted on how things go. xx

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

Good to hear that Coco is going well again. Good luck with the lessons and the competitions that will follow.

I am trying to sell Charlie at the moment, got him advertised on horsemart and preloved, and then i have Sky to set off. So plenty to keep me occupied for a few months.

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Tommytank

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Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

 Isn't it nice to have something to aim for - good luck, waiting to see pictures of your rosettes 

I have a little aim, I've just re read, perfect manners and perfect partners, now getting stuck into perfect confidence which has made me re look at what happened when the ambulence nearly hit us a couple of years back.  We haven't really hacked on roads since - prior to that I would have ridden Tommy down the A30 he was brave as could be.

I'm really hoping that its going to spur me on to getting back out there, I really want to explore further but all of it means a bit of road work - I'm determined to have this fear of the road nailed for summer and some serious exploring of my neighbourhood

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

Thanks guys, it does feel a bit like everytime me and Coco get somewhere something else medically sets us back again but everything crossed we are in for a good year now (Please please please!) and every year we improve and get a bit further on so really looking forward to what we can do together this year! Plus my friend now has her HGV licence and her horse is at a similar level to Coco so she has offered to throw us in the lorry wherever she goes to compete so we can go a bit further afield which will be ace!

Dollymix - dont worry about forgetting a movement, I have done it many many times, practiced the test on Coco, in the office on paper, in my lounge and yard and just in my head and know it perfectly, get into the arena and half way through bam my mind goes blank! Towards the end of last year I managed to get them right but I think a lot of it is nerves and you are concentrating so hard on what you have to do to keep the horse straight, bending correctly, going forward nicely into an outline you forget where you are going! Sounds like you too will have a fun year ahead! I wil be starting off doing Intro's but hopefully by summer we will on the Prelims once his canter is a little more polished! 

TommyTank - I never knew you were nearly hit by an ambulance, how scary! The lanes by us are very queit but we do accoasionally go out on main roads (short bits to get to the good bridleways or the ridign club) and Coco is fine with it, but if you are nervous high vis yourself to the hilt (always makes me feel better tha me and Coco could be seen from the moon we are so high vis'd up) and maybe get your hubby to join you out on the bike the 1st few times or something. Have you any other horsey freinds that could ride out with you down there? That could help with the nerves too. Good luck though, competely understandable that you are nervous but I am sure you will be abck out on the roads soon!  

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Tommytank

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Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

 I was waiting at a junction in the rain ready to cross the main road and a ambulence with lights flashing, sirens screaming doing about 90mph came down the road, Tommy freaked and jumped infront of it then galloped like a headless chicken down the main road.  No one died but we haven't been the same since.  My husbands going to walk with me the first time we go.  I'm really lucky i don't have to hack on roads here but I used to love to go out for 3 or 4 hours at a time, now I can only do a couple of hours max without having to go on a road.  

I just made the wrong decision that day, I was sure the ambulence would slow, turn off the siren but he didn't, I should have turned around and walked away from the junction, I'm gonna grow me a set of balls and face up to my fears.  It was just a freak occurance

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brook

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brook says:

Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

Good luck with your lessons and your first dressage test of 2012 ! You will have to post some piccies of you and Coco in action, would love to see them.  His new shoes sound good for him so I hope that he works really well for you. XX

 

Sam, I really wish you and Tommy loads of luck with your first hack out on the roads, I can understand that it is'nt easy for you, but you will get there i'm sure that you will. Let us know how you get on XX  

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happyrain

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happyrain says:

Re: So excited - about to restart the lessons and get Coco back in the dressage arena!

 fabulous news! keep us posted on how you do x

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