Senior Pony Club Camp..

..is over for another year. But what a camp it was. The weather was great so all the riding was in the field, the tents stayed up, the horses went well, and the dressage tests were (almost) all remembered.

Monday started with a light day with everybody getting into the swing of it. Obviously we had tack check, turnout check and stable check. Each morning Beki and I checked the horses, tack and stables and scored them for cleanness. And already some if the riders started to get adventurous…

Tuesday we started working on our badges. Fitness and Training. My group got the stethoscope out and learned how to listen to their horses heart rate. We also founf the pulse points on the inside of our horses knees and jaw. We measured their heart rates at rest in the morning. Then in the afternoon worjed out a 350m course in the pony fiels with 4 jumps in it and took it in turns to ride the course 3 times in 3 minutes and as soon as we had finished took the heart rates again and then after 5 10 or 15 minutes. We were looking to see which horses heart rate elevated least and which dropped down to its resting heart rate soonest. Guess which horses was the fittest out of Sploge, Snoop, Monty, Boysey, Princessa and Polo. Well here are the results…

Tuesday finished with pony club and then a camp fire as the night was clear and dry.

Wednesday we practised schooling our horses using the Scales of Training and swapped horses at the end of the flatwork session to see if we could learn anything from feeling how other riders had got their horses going. And in the aftermoon it was grids of jumps in the field to focus on keeping a line and riding a horse through jumps and finished off with a little gallop..

And wednesday evening was of course…

Thursday was a very special day. It was someones birthday. Can you guess who?

So we had birthday breakfast and then went out on a 24km hack to Dollar and back through the Ochils stopping for a picnic half way around. We had some great views..

You can see the route we took on the following two maps..

So that left Friday for dressage tests, jump cross and prizegiving. Everyone finished with big smiles and hopefully looking forward to doing it all again next year..

And so next week is the final Own a Pony Day of the holiday and then we are heading off to the Pony Club Championships with 3 polocrosse teams but more of that next week.

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Senior Pony Club Camp..

Yesterday it was a little bit..

..windy.

That is of course a slight understatement. We can get it a bit blowy like that every so often but still it is quite unnerving to be able to hear the wind blowing so strongly when trying to get to sleep.

The days though are definately getting longer. It was daylight until 5.15pm last night and it’s pretty much getting fully light by 7.20am this morning.

We have been getting plenty of people booking into activities in the half terms but it has been pointed out to me that it’s not really clear what the activities are so here is the other side of the flyer with all the details and prices. Also in case you have missed it we can now take payments by debit and credit cards and this includes payments over the phone. There are still spaces on next weeks activities if you are lucky enough to have your half term next week and spaces for the following week too.

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The other thing that happened.on saturday that I forgot to mention was Milo. He had a cut on his leg and there was a little blood but he was being such a primadonna that he would let me get close enough to check it out. We had to call our vets just to give him some anaesthetic so we could see if the cut was serious or not. The lovely Jenny came down from our vets, Loch Leven Equine, and she had to practically knock him unconcious he was so jumpy and badly behaved. And after all of that it was a very small cut requiring nothing more than a course of antibiotics just to be on the safe side. Milo did not cover himself in glory.

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Yesterday it was a little bit..

Well wow it’s been

A week since the last blog post.  It’s Saturday evening and we have had a busy and snowy saturday.

Since last week we have had a little revamp of our pony club room.  Last Saturday part of the ceiling fell down.  Fortunately nobody was there and nobody got hurt.  We think the steam from the urn had softened the plasterboard.   I couldn’t guarantee more bits wouldn’t fall down so we pulled it all down.  This meant that the light sockets had to get changed so I replaced them with small strip lights.  The room is really well lit now.  At the same time I fixed the light above the stairs so we have more light there and I am going to get the lights in the room in front of the pony club room fixed.  This will mean we will have a second space to use.  Ideas on a postcard.

So today’s lessons followed on from last weeks with a couple of exceptions. Last Sunday we had a heap of assessment lessons for new riders and we managed to create a whole new lesson for them. This meant moving the riders from the 1.45 lesson into the 10am space. So at 1.45 we had a brand new lesson. It was great fun introducing a new.group of young riders to our Saturday helpers and our ponies.

When we woke up this morning we found we had snow all over. Worried that it might make it hard for people to get down to the yard or home again we were out early with the salt clearing the snow. It wasn’t very cold and the snow starting melting very quickly and by 9am the road had cleared completely.

And the week after next half term starts for Clackmannanshire and so we have prepared our half term activity list…

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The flyer with all the details is available on the yard and we will be putting the whole thing on the website shortly so I’d you are looking for something to do in the half term holidays there might be something here.

During the day we had one of the older girls jinx herself. She got on her horse at the start of the lesson and we were talking about falling off so she told us all that she couldn’t remember the last time she had fallen off…
..and yes you’ve guessed it, 20 minutes into the lesson her horse put a little excited buck in and she fell forward.and slid down her horses neck eventually gently hitting the ground. She got a falling off chocolate bar but it was more an unauthorised dismount really.

posted by shaun

Well wow it’s been