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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 4:11 pm 
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Yesterday Josepha and I (and of course Ralph and Owen!) went to Bianca for a top-secret AND meeting... :twisted: :wink:

Already in november/december we had the idea to make video of our training sessions and then turn them into small, five minute educational movies about the exercises of AND for YouTube and the Groundwork section of the forum.

So yesterday it was Bianca's and Josepha's turn and they were great! Owen's golden coat was an exact match with Bianca's yellow sand arena where we trained, and was the best example of a starting AND riding horse. He also showed the first tiny steps to piaffe ;) and was just looking very happy all the time. The best part I thought was when he suddenly walked away from Josepha, to a piece of white plastic tape that was lying in the corner, after which Josepha immediately understood the hint and turned it into a Tiger, with Owen chasing it it walk and trot. Even if what Owen did wasn't very spectacular of wild, as he had just that week had had problems breathing again, he was the best example of how happy and relaxed horses can be when you train them at liberty or with a cordeo.

Bianca first tried to do stuff with Evita, but Evita just wanted to hang out with the new golden boy and wasn't interested in anything else at all, so then Bianca decided to try it with Imperia instead, who hadn't been trained in AND before as she's only two years old. She did great! She understood the running along immediately and wanted to do nothing else but handing over her bucket to Bianca. After that (and new rain- and thunderstorms) we decided to give Evita one more chance - and she decided to finally join the fun too (having seen so many good examples 8) ), and showed everything that we could possibly want her to do, from collected canter and a beginning pirouette to the bow and kneeling down.

So I'm afraid they really raised the bar for when Blacky, Sjors and I are the victims... :shock:
But it was great to see Josepha and Bianca with their beauties at work, which gave me lots of new ideas for training at home too!
And the rest of you just have to wait a couple of weeks for the videos, heheheh... :twisted: :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 5:56 pm 
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For people who can't wait :D A little preview!
Unico's first AND, beautiful Owen discovering a new tiger, Evita sucking my hand 8) and Imperia throwing a bucket
It was soooo much fun! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTmm8HavnY

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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 6:11 pm 
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Oh - thank you!! I'm one of thos who can't wait.-... :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 6:13 pm 
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I am looking sooooo foreward to the full version...


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 8:09 pm 
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ow great...can't wait....


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 8:28 pm 
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Wow! :lol: 8)

I want more! Right Now! Hahaha! I've been called impatient by many, many people before ... :twisted:

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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 10:34 pm 
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Great to see the video's again! I really love that shoulder-in part, it is as great as it is on video as it was in real life - and Imperia really was the big star of the day with her bucket-retrieving! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 1:37 pm 
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owee, can't wait, but it is nice to share a little preview...
Keep us posted :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 12:34 pm 
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... and yesterday evening we had part 2: Blacky and Sjors!

I wrote about it in my diary already, but the short version is that it really was great! I was quite worried about becoming quite stupid when the camera was watching is, but it turned out that I wasn't more stupid than I usual am, so with Sjors I did exactly what we would do when it was a normal training session too. We even started to begin with the Spanish walk backwards! We did that years ago too, but somehow it was all forgotten, we never did it again so it was nice to start over again.

And although Blacky was quite itchy and therefor slow because of all the flies and his sweet-itch, he did really well. He even did three canter-pirouette attempts in a row!

Sjors really loved being in the center of the attention, and when Blacky right at the end of the evening finally managed to bite in Gina's (Josepha's dog) tail, he looked very content too. :roll: 8)


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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:51 pm 
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you make me so jealous :wink: :wink:
can't waith to see the videos (with a gentle push to see it soon :wink: ) :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 7:48 pm 
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[quote="Miriam
and when Blacky right at the end of the evening finally managed to bite in Gina's (Josepha's dog) tail, he looked very content too. :roll: 8)[/quote]

i know the face of your horse..chasing a dog is daily work...hahaha

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this face is before we leaving for a ride..


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You sure make us more curious than we already are, mabye part two of the preview? 8)


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 1:13 pm 
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What a wonderful idea!!!! And THANK YOU so much for doing that!!!!
Thank you also for the preview! Can't wait to see whole video!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:43 am 

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Cool Video. You must have had a great party, the 3 founders/friends together enjoying playing with such special horses. But to save jealousy from forum members you were really kind and made video's to share. Thank you.
I like Inge's pony photo as well, pretty pony, looks like much brain work goes on behind that cute mane.
Susie xx

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