Sorry this really late answer, but I'm not always in mood for converting words in my mind before I write. It's kind of a thing that's easy for me sometimes, and other times it's really hard for me (not like hard to convert/translate, but to make the effort).
I sure hope my horse will be much better this summer. Since my daughter is 3,5 years old now, it's also easier for me to get her a babysitter if her father is doing something else. The other thing is, this summer I have someone to ride with, and that helps a lot (Hannah, on my friend list).
She's almost normal to ride when I ride with other calm horses, but alone.. Well, she's a nightmare *lol*
She doesn't buck (except for one time, last winter. A tiny buck when I used the whip to tell her not to go backwards into the road), but she is very eager to go backwards or just trying to turn. And of course she stress a lot. Sigh. This must sound horrible, but in fact, she's a really nice horse. Just haven't got all the experience. :)
About me going to other countries: YES! It's very common to travel a lot in Europe. We have like all those small countries, so most of it is just some hours away with car!
I can travel to Sweden right now if I want to. Takes me about 2-3 hours with driving. Denmark is about 12 hours driving.
Or I can take the airplane to England. About 2 hours :)
Sorry I didn't answer right away (we also have some funny time zones between us).
I am a "hobby rider" as we call it in Norway. That means I don't compete or train a certain thing (like dressage, jumping and stuff). I'm just working on getting my horse less stressed (when hacking) and some easy dressage.
Right now, we don't have a saddle that fit good enough, so I am in a long reining process. My new saddle will arrive in about one-two months.
Thank you for kind words. I am trying my best, but sometimes my vocabulary isn't good enough.
Since I got some English spoken friends I found out that it might be cool to write a blog they can read as well.
About the huge machine in the background in my picture: no, we aren't building stuff, just the farmer who owns lots of huge machines. I usually train my horse around these, since I haven't got a training pen yet.
You can tell my horse isn't afraid of huge machines anymore! *lol*
Not really near sussex, what were you doing in the uk? Its about 4 hours drive, its near kent i think? I bought my horse in kent and my sister lives in london so thats quiet near i think!
Have a good day
Walking horses generally have three main gaits. There's the flat walk, which is similar to what might be called a "working walk" in non-gaited horses. It is an even four-beat gait. Then there's the running walk, which is also a four-beat gait but much faster and more ground-covering. Accompanying the walk, there is also a characteristic head nod. It's so smooth, you often don't realize how fast you're really going. Finally, there's the canter, smooth and rolling.
Many people are probably more familiar with the "show horse" version of Tennessee Walkers -high-stepping, wild-eyed, with padded front ends. It's fine for some, but doesn't do the horse or rider much good anywhere except a flat, well-groomed arena. That's really not my thing. . .my own horse (and all of the walkers at my barn) are flat-shod, no thick pads.
Hi Laura. I definitely remember the whole process of putting the applications together. I found it took a while to get the idea of what to write, but once you get one done it's easy to alter it to fit the different schools. My personal statements are stored in my old laptop. I'll dig it out tomorrow and send you some examples.
Laura, thanks for the briefing on the travails of the showjumper Albert Zoer. Having just recently pulled a few muscles in my back and dealing with my own discomfort, I can barely imagine what this poor chap in going through. And so close to the olympics! Is there any update on his condition?