I'll start witht he bad news first.
Yesterday at riding I got put on an ex-race horse named Toby. I have ridden him before and I loved riding him. I was told about several things to be careful about since sometimes he sees a platic bag 10 feet away and ignore it but then 2 minutes later decides it's dangerous and will start prancing or will shy away. I was told to stay in the group while trotting and cantering as he has been taught to be up the front of all the horses and will go fast to catch up.
So I did a really stupid thing. My stirrup iron was on the wrong way and we were in the middle of trotting to a tree and then cantering down the paddock fence line to the end. So I decided to stop Toby and fix it as it was biting into my leg. First mistake there.
When I had fixed it, I tried to catch up with the rest, some of them were already down the end of teh paddock. When I told Toby to canter, he starting going really fast. I started getting a bit nervous and I since I haven't really gotten the canter rythm yet, I was bouncing in the saddle and he was going really fast when all of a sudden he tripped. I went flying onto his neck and the only reason I didn't fall off then was because I grabbed his mane with all my strength and didn't let go. So there I was, riding the horses neck as the horse sped towards the group. As he got to the group, he slowed down and stopped right next to another pony and stood there quietly. My riding instructor finally caught up about 30 seconds later, when I had already pushed myself back into the saddle. The girl on the pony next to me had grabbed my reins so that I could right myself.
My riding instructor told me what had happen and strangely enough, during that time I started crying. I calmed down and we began walking down to the arena. I felt better when we got in the arena but I realised Toby had his head down and was listening to every command I asked him to. He had never been so obediant.
My friend went for a canter around the arena, but I decided to just go for a trot for the time being. We then went to do western bend, which I found quite fun and I let Toby go for a small canter at the end. Then I went and lined up for barells, but decided to just watch. My riding instructor came over and asked me if I was still feeling nervous and I nodded. She then told me that Toby was looking really upset because I was upset. Apparently Toby is a really sensitive horse and was worried about what he'd done and didn't like that I was upset. So I had a bigger look at him. His head was drooping and his face actually looked sad. Which made me feel guilty. None of what happened was toby's fault and he felt sad. When I untacked him after the lesson I gave him a huge rub behind his ears(he loves that). He is one of my favourite horses to ride, I was just forgot about his race-horse learning.
Good news. I'm going to Kiah Park, which is a camp that you can go to for a week and do alot or horse riding and have a gymkhana. I am so excited as I'm going for a week with my friend from my riding club and we are going to be in the same cabin and I can't wait to go trail riding there. I'm hoping during this week I get more used to cantering. I never seem to be able to sit in the saddle and I hate it. But a whole week with a good friend and some horses! Oh my gosh I can't wait. Only bad thing is that we're booked for the day after christmas so I'll have to go down on boxing day and it's a 2-3hour drive so I'll have to get up at about 5am.
Here are the competition we will be having throughout the week:
The best camp boy and girl are judged on behaviour, manners, obedience, cooperation and enthusiasm. Grooming contest.
Best kept cabin daily.
Gymkhana - has a number of different categories and levels.
Here's is what a typical day will be like!
CAMP ROUTINE (
weather permitting) for typical camp
Saturday Arrival, Lunch and Settling in
Horsemanship sessions, tack and safety instruction
Arena rider assessment and horse allocation
Basic Daily Routine 6.30am: Yard Duty, Milk cows, Feed animals: horses, goats, sheep, pig, chickens, Collect eggs
7am: Breakfast, Clean up duties & tidy Cabins
7.30am: Lesson Horses are saddled up
8am: Arena Lesson, other riders Saddle up
9.30am: Morning Tea & Canteen
10am: Gear check & Mount up
10.30am: Trail Ride & Activities for lesson riders
12pm: Ride back to camp, Untack & groom
1pm: Structured activity or free time
2pm: Lesson Horses are saddled up
2.30pm: Arena Lesson, other riders Saddle up
3pm: Afternoon Tea & Canteen
3.30pm: Trail Ride & Activities for lesson riders
5pm: Ride back to camp, Untack & groom
5.30pm: Feed animals, let horses out
Showers, prepare for dinner
6.30pm: Dinner, Clean up duties
7.30pm: Night Programme (Welcome games, Line dancing/Quiz/Bingo night, Campfire, Night walk,
Movie night, Variety show and Presentation evening)
8.30pm: Prepare for bed
9pm: Lights Out
Long ride. Camp fire out in the paddock - sausages & damper lunch
Sleep in - well earned rest for the horses and riders
Kiah Survivor Challenge
Friday Grooming & Best rider competition
Gymkhana with ribbon presentation
Collect gear, Pack bags, Clean cabins
Presentation of certificates after dinner
Saturday 5.15am: Rise, Finish packing, Pack gear in bus
7.00am: Leave Kiah Park
FREE TIME Activities can include table tennis, fuse ball, grass toboggans, flying fox, skipping, games, craft making, whip cracking and water fights
I am so excited! Anyone else ever been on a type of camp like this?