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SUCCESSFUL TRIAL – MESH EYE SWEET ITCH MASK
The NEW @snuggyhoods mesh eye sweet itch/fly mask is currently being trialed by a number of customers. This is a before $ after photo having used the mask for about a month. The difference is great!
Watch this space!!! If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Blog for August 2017
This month we have been working on Fulltide’s suppleness – we have been doing lots of leg yielding and shoulder in as well as working on the smaller circles in walk and trot. Our leg yielding has been a challenge, but I can say we have found the right buttons on the left rein leg yielding right but the on the right rein leg yielding left, it is more of a challenge and is still working progress so we practice a little each time we school then change the subject to something different as it is something we have both been struggling with, its not that Fulltide finds it difficult, it’s because of my weaker side so I am finding it more difficult to get the aids right.
We have also been working on our medium trot which is improving all the time and Fulltide has now started to lift through the shoulder and push from behind. We have been working on two different exercises to improve the medium trot but I have only been asking for medium trot for a few strides until she gets stronger and more balanced otherwise she looses her balance and rushes. The first one is working on a square and collecting the trot going around the four corners then asking for a bigger trot on the long sides of the square – this exercise really gets Fulltide thinking and listening to what I am asking. The second exercise that we have been working on is asking for a shoulder in position for a few strides coming out of the corners then straightening her up and asking for medium trot for a few strides and brining her back.
Our downward transitions have also been our focus this month making sure they are smooth and that Fulltide listens to my aids as she can be a little delayed to come back to me from trot so we have been using the school markers to perfect our transitions as well as making sure Fulltide stays soft, relaxed and forward as sometimes she tries to hard and we end up with her coming back a little to much. I am pleased to say they are much improved.
I have also achieved a life long ambition this month and have learnt myself to canter with Fulltide’s help, it is something that I had always thought would be impossible but have always wanted to do. She is such an amazing little horse who tries her upmost to do her best for her rider and has a lovely canter, which gave me the confidence to try as I know she won’t do anything. We had a few misunderstandings at first as she wasn’t sure what I was asking and it was as if she was saying ‘Mum we don’t canter do we?’ but she grew in confidence and trusted me to achieve what I was asking. The canter is far from perfect as I am struggling keeping my balance but it is getting better each time – we started off just cantering along the long side then trotting for the corners but on a good day which are getting more frequent now I am getting the hang on the canter we manage to canter along the long side and do a 20 metre circle. Fulltide is such a good girl as once in canter if I ask her to trot she comes straight back to trot. My next goal and I mean future goal would be to have a go at an able bodied Prelim test.
We have also been doing a little bit of pole work and some tiny jumps to keep Fultide’s work varied, which we both enjoy.
The time of year is approaching where the Show Horses & Ponies come in from their holidays, the mass clipping commences, feeds are altered to ensure that condition is tip top, bathing, grooming and rugging ….the list goes on!!
Before we know it the midges shall be out in force so it is important to have protection against the elements in the forefront of your mind.
For any new followers who missed out on our Snuggy Sooty Showing series 2016. Sooty is a chronic sweet itch sufferer and it is paramount that his condition is managed with the correct protection & great care. Sooty reached #HOYS2016 and you would not believe that he suffers from such a horrid condition. If you feel like you are stuck in a Sweet Itch Rut then please do not hesitate to contact our helpline on 01225 783399, we are here to help and provide knowledge and advice on the best Sweet Itch protection for your horse or pony…..they can look as amazing as Sooty too!
Snuggy Sooty has arrived at Team Holders for his show preparation to begin, we shall keep you updated with his progress throughout the 2017 Season.
Sooty and Janey have been very busy since their last video. As well as practicing at home, Sooty has also been having fun at the gallops with Team Holder. His summer coat is now almost through and he is being prepared for his next outing at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on the 14th of May. The best news however is their win at the South of England Spring Show where they won and qualified for the Longines Royal International Horse Show. They also took the mini championship. As the weather has been a little warmer, Team Holder are being very vigilant with his coat ensuring he is covered up all the time. Just one bite could lead to him being very uncomfortable indeed. We look forward to updating you of their successes as the season progresses.
Click here to watch Snuggy Sooty’s Story * Part 1 *
Click here to watch Snuggy Sooty’s Story * Part 2 *
Click here to watch Sooty’s latest update ** New Part 3 **