omigod! I only intro'd yesterday, and already i feel so welcomed and helped by all the wonderful people on here! thanks so much, i am really amazed! I'll try not to be a 'whingeing pom' and moan about the weather too much....as i know not everybody lives in oz, and there are others even colder than us! So thank you everybody for making me feel so much better.
...and er...how do you put photos on here...? I'll not top Jess's huge quantitiy though!
To Colette, i would love to know more about the NAC stuff you do, but not yet! My head is spinning with deep and superficial muscles, conformation analysis, feet, and all sorts...some traditional stuff that i have to learn, then unlearn, if i dont believe in it! After end of Feb, i'll be willing to know...
I feel that i really know nothing about how to do AND, as so far, all my changing with Rosie, and learning for bowen, has been about care and management, and not riding/training or anything...i really am very novicy in that respect...only have what i know jess does...and i'm not jess!!
So, i feel it may be a good idea to explain more about Rosies' character and habits, so others may see something about her that i am missing.
One problem i see, is that she is not a personality i would have chosen for myself, and yet i do as much with her as Amy.
She really has a few problems/vices, but i have got used to seeing them.
She is very bossy and controlling. This is not good for Amy, who likes to sit there, gently, as a passenger, and enjoy her horse. She loves whatever Rosie does...well nearly always. So, if they are out on a trail ride, and Rosie wants to gallop off with her...she does...and usually, Amy doesnt mind...but this doesnt seem good for anybody, or safe...actually, she only does this in a big open space of green, never on the road or in unsafe places....she is very safe on the road. She has been hunted all her life in previous homes, and i geuss this is what she did. She has alwasy been ridden by teenagers, who want to go fast.
Her next really annoying habit, that we somehow have to make into a game, maybe th spanish walk, i dont know? Is she waves one of her front legs, up really high, when she is anxious, doesn't know what is happening, or raring to get going. Previously, she had been ridden in very harsh bits, and i wonder if her head was pulled in so much that this was her only way of expressing herself? So, as a character, she is always wanting to be on the move, feet always moving, 'lets go' ....but only when she is exited/tense/hot and fizzy.
I've been pretty mean abput her...so now i will tell you her good points....
She is very bright and a quick learner....brighter than me and amy i think...which is why she is the boss! She is very wise and like a granny, loads of life experience to share, if we can tap into the right place...she does look after Amy well, and when she has her hot moments....i suspect Amy has thought 'I'd like to canter now' and before the thought has even formed...Rosie is halfway up the field 'lickety split' as Amy puts it! So, maybe they are well matched, and the two of them are reading each other well....
She thrives on routine, and bercomes grumpy if life isnt the same as it was yesterday!
She has always been the boss in any small herd situation, but most she has ever been with is 3 horses. She permanently has to be alpha mare with Seamus, as he is so scared...and boy, does she love bossing him about! It would be nice if we could have 3 together, as then it would spread the load a bit of her always having to be on 'lookout duty'.
So, really, thats us....thanks for listening....
and i am really overwhelmed by all my new friends all over the world!