hold on people settle down please I wanna clear this up as I must have misexplained it in the original..
1. In the photo where it looked as I was jumping onto her back I WAS NOT I swung my leg around and landed back on the ground again, I wouldnt jump ONTO her back that's sad and cruel. And I have the video to prove I did not jump onto her back. And that is the only time I have ever tried that.
2. I do not overwork her. I have ridden her 4 times in the 10 months I have had her. She gets lunged by me, and ridden by my 5yr old sister. We have a sort of a excersize plane of each week, advised by the vet.
She gets IN-HAND jumping. I would not ever dare jump her with me on her back I consider that as abuse, the only horse I jump with when riding, is my 15.2hh tb mare.
I actually knocked my 15yr old cousin out because I caught him riding gemma and whipping her and trying to jump her. Yes I knocked him out (accidently) and he has not been near her since.
New Image: please don't be so rude, I know you intend the best for gemma, so do I, that is the reason I took her from where and when I did. Theres a lot more to the story of her owners, than what I have said on here so far. E.g, when she was as obese as she was, the owners had 3 kids, 5, 7, and 12. ALL 3 OF THEM would jump onto gemma, pull her tail, smack her, ride her round the paddock until she collapsed. Her hooves where far overgrown, she had thrush in all four hooves, she had worms, and even the vet I have out to her had seen her in that state and was gobsmacked that she hadnt already died. He see's her still now, and he says it's okay for me to ride her lightly every now and again. I walk her down to the river once a week (1km away, LEADING NOT RIDING) and she goes for a swim with me along beside her, except of course during winter. I get the cows in for milking sometimes and when it's to hot to ride the bike, gemma will come for a walk beside me.
I'm sorry I miss explained it in the first place, my fault. But please can you be a little bit nicer, everyone that see's her in person is amazed by how much she has accomplished, and I can put any under 7 on her, I even had one 5 year old who had NEVER seen a horse in his life (city auzzie boy) and she just didnt care. New Image, she trusts me because I saved her life. She's affectionate to everyone except my cousin and her owners, because she recognises them to have hurt her. And I would also like you to know, EVERYTHING I do with her (eg vaulting over bum back onto ground) is checked first with our vet, who specialises in miniatures, and if he doesnt give the ok, I WONT do it. My sister is only learning to ride so gemma works in a bitless bridle, or her halter, as I don't want casey to pull her mouth.
The vet was there with me when the vaulting picture was taken. I was telling him about my horse that I do vaulting with occaisionally, and he told me, that I could get casey to do vaulting on gemma (casey is only 18kg), but he also said he wanted to know, before casey did it, if gemma would freak if anyone did. So he said it was ok if I did it once, so long as I didnt land on her back, to see if she freaked at all. And she didnt.
P.s... if I could, or knew how to, edit my original post I would re-explain it so everyone knows better. But I can't so yea.
R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
Last edited by HollyBubbles; 01-04-2010 at 01:02 AM.