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  • How interesting that there is a trend to music selection,and not by the riders!

    This weeks most popular dancing track has been

    Ravels Bolero!

    So come along my lovely horsey friends, why has that one been so popular lately?

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    Too little,too much?

    Music helps,I can remember having a lesson, and the trainer saying to me"Amanda I know you think that is medium canter, but it isn't !"

    Well,you may ask yourself why not?

    I have to admit that the thought of all that extra impulsion,and all that whent with it filled me full of horror.

    so worried that it would all just fall into a mad uncontrollable gallop I would hold tight to the reins,making sure it whent nowhere fast!

    Then one day I met my inner Pegasus I allowed it to fly on wings of music,and as if by magic I could allow the canter forwards,bring it back, collect it more if required,wow what a feeling.

    As long as I hear my music, be it in my imagination or on speakers my horse respondsi in a positive way.

    Impulsion allows me to really express the feeling of the music,so  no matter what level you ride at have a go at allowing your horse to show you what it's real and comfortable rhythm is.

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    Tara talks 24 March 2013 | Comments (0)

    Well hello my lovelies Tara here, the horse that helps Amanda with her work creating music freestyles.

    well I say help, but quite frankly I do most of the work, she sits up on top doing the thinking thing,and I tell her in no certain terms wether it is possible or not.

    I used to tell her most things weren't possible,I had been snoozing in a field for a little while when she came along and decided I was going to get back to work,we'll you can imagine I was not best pleased.

    any way as time has gone on and I feel a little fitter I have started showing her some of the things I used to do when I competed with the Camilla.

    I threw one of my very lovely flying changes at her the other day,just the one mind don't want to spoil her,well you do one then she wants more!!! I don,t think so she can wait for those!

    last week she was getting Wendy the Shetland to help her with some sort of competition, she got buckets full of treats and none for me, we'll once again I was not best pleased 

    the Shetland Wendy had to chose one bucket and it had a persons name on it,that person won a prize of a freestyle  so that she can go out to Competing.

    now I have heard the lady is called Lucy and she has avery fine ex racehorse .

    I love it when I hear my retired friends find new jobs, goodness if I have to come back from retirement so should they.

    I have decided I will help aunty music put the very best test together for them I think those ex racers deserve a treat.

    Aunty say we will do some videos and show you how they get on,I think that will be just fine!

    See you soon

    yours

    Tara

     

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    I was invited out to Kent today to find some new music for a horse that just got a wild card for the National Championships.

    what was our aim? Find some music that really grabs the attention of the judge, and shows off the very best of the horse that also inspires the rider.

    no pressure there then....

    the horse is amazing with bags of potential,very expressive movement, but very early in its career 

    so this is what brings me to my title....

    The reactivehorse

    Each time the music whent on the horse responded explosively to every change of tempo, every cymbal, every drum. How was this ever going to work?

    We can't punish the horse for reacting can we? don't we want reactions from them?

    Of course we do but we want positive reaction,the rider was fantastic finally using each reaction and turning it into a positive, allowing me to find tracks that lit them both up .

    Leave out the drum solos,cymbal crescendos ,loud aggressive transitions and what are we left with.......art!

    Sympathetic,encouraging riding,athletic horse with bags of potential,and ittle old me trying to help glue it all together with music to inspire.

    I really can't wait for this to come to fruition.

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