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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Cudo's continuing adventures in America

    Quote Originally Posted by fetlock View Post
    I've so enjoyed following your search for a horse, and hearing about the differences (and OMG the prices) between the UK and USA, and following Cudo's epic journey over to you too.

    I'm just a few miles from where you found Cudo - what a lovely horse he is- I'm so looking forward to seeing how you do with him once you'e competing, and generally, and wish you every success with him.
    Awww that's so kind. Thank you, truly.

    We're going to be a bit delayed from showing as of all things, the day after Cudo arrived at the barn there was a normal pony club lesson where there are horses shipped in, to our indoor (never set foot in the barn). Well unfortunately one of those horses came from a barn where another horse in the barn came down with EHV1 (the herpes virus) after that. Now, the sick horse and the lesson horse have never interacted, never been stabled near one another, never turned out near one another. That said, we are all locked down. So Cudo is going nowhere until everyone says we're clear to move about the region safely again. The pluses are that Cudo is vaccinated, has had normal temperatures and is thriving all around. If anything it reminds me to take my time and build our relationship in the peace and quiet of home and set out showing when we're together and more prepared. That said as he's been a bit spooky I'm just wishing to be able to go to a few other farms and let him see things and hopefully get the shock and awe of American jumps, rings and different settings down a few notches. But that can wait.

    He's getting shod for the first time here today. We're going to try to very carefully start to give him some heel support as his current shoes are setup with his heels dangling off in space. Now we all recognize that he's sound with these and we don't want to do any massive changes.... just slight tweaks that should help him going forward. Fingers crossed that it helps.

    I have a dressage lesson scheduled for next Thursday so that should be fun. And tomorrow I am going to the clinic I was supposed to be riding in with my old coach, Jimmy Wofford, and I will help set fences for a few hours and bring the lessons home to Cudo. No surprise, I sent Jimmy the videos of Cudo and he really likes him. So that's pretty cool.

    Em

  2. #32
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    Default Re: Cudo's continuing adventures in America

    What made me smile was in this metric age all the jump heights in that schedule are in good old feet and inches, loving this journey

  3. #33
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    He is one seriously nice horse. Wishing you both a fun and successful journey together. It’s lovely seeing your updates and the differences over the pond.

  4. #34
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    So we had a snow day here today. Roughly 6-8" in our area. So John and I didn't have to go to work so eventually we made our way to the barn. Thanks to the great design of the barn (Built by a dressage couple from Denmark) the indoor is attached to the barn. So it was easy to ride....once we got him in from the field. That was heavy trekking in wind blown piles of up to 12".

    So today we worked on more trotting of jumps and using small fences to work on consistency and and give me time (and a hubby shooting videos) to work on my position issues.

    The video is here:

    https://youtu.be/AyWh-Ss1wkg

    Still pics to come but I will share those too once I get them online.

    It's coming together and he's just a lovely guy. Even if I did fall off yesterday thanks to a loose girth. (UGH)

    Em

  5. #35
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    Link to still pics.

    Very thankful to my awesome photographer hubby!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/xctryg...57665631111158

    Emily

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    He looks great, very calm and relaxed over those fences. I still love him! Fantastic photos too

  7. #37
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    Hi Everyone....

    I'm trying not to update too much for fear of driving everyone crazy with minutiae amid barely any news.

    Cudo is doing well, he gets to meet my trainer/coach this Thursday in a clinic settling (group lessons) at an indoor down the street from us.

    Over the past month he has been improving steadily. We have moved from Phillip's barn, not to my barn as planned, but to a barn halfway to my barn. Why? Because we got 9" of snow on the Wednesday of the week we had to leave Phillips!!!! My ring won't hold up for that and with freezing temps every night it's either too wet or too hard to reliably ride in. So we moved Cudo a whopping 2 miles from my barn halfway from Phillips. But before we did, when he loaded on my trailer it was the first time that he'd been able to go anywhere since his arrival and the unfortunate quarantine from the EHV1 exposed horse that had used the indoor. So off we went to play in the indoor where the clinic will be this week. The fences in the ring were built with the small standards and all had jump fillers. That was fine by me. Low and slow confidence building has never been a bad idea. Though he will be in the 1.10m group at the clinic this week.

    He shipped like a star, was grand in the ring and really came ready to play. As luck would have it couple friends showed up to school at the same time so it was great to watch him go and then wait and then go again. He's always a star and only had one stop looking at a filler shaped like a fox. All good, stormed right over on the second asking and I don't blame him. I likely under rode it given that he's jumped NO filler in America before this point. Sadly I do not have video of this ride.

    We have an album of pics on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElCuadorHor...84159451826311

    After we schooled we took him to his new (temporary) home and he settled in quite well. He's turned out with quite possibly the world's cutest mini, "Cassanova." I was told by his owner Lauren that he'd been turned out with a mini in England. And indeed he seems more animated and playful in the field with the mini. I posted 3 pics of the two of them and now I am being 'pushed' to steal the little guy when we move to my barn. LOL. I mentioned this to the barn owner and she said "Oh we could probably make a deal!" Oh lord..... I Attached a pic here: https://flic.kr/p/25u9xGE

    I have a friend coming to the clinic to get some video, so hopefully I will be able to throw something on YouTube Thursday sometime.

    That's all the news for now. Depending on how the clinic goes, there is a horse show 2 miles away on April 9th. We might go play there. At some point we have to go face the music.

    Also... for anyone who is a pro member on Rimondo, Cudo's full brother, Electric Kid, is competing with his new owner in Germany and there's some show videos up. Have a look!!!

    Thanks for following us!

    Em

  8. #38
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    he is such a dude......love the relaxed way you are schooling him, he seems very happy and is absolutely gorgeous, love reading your updates ....

  9. #39

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    Lovely update thank you. It looks as though you are going to get an addition to your stable, how can you resist?

  10. #40
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    Clinic video from today.

    Short version (because I have to get back to work) He's a friggin unreal star.

    I'm totally undeserving!!!!

    https://youtu.be/-eCAsu1ntKE

    Emily

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