Lilys progress :)
Lily is a 15.2hh saddlebred appaloosa mare, 9 years old.
shes apparently an ex showjumper, but i find that hard to believe.
shes has two foals with her previous owner, and has since only been ridden about once a month (if that)
by her current owner due to work commitments. this is where i come in - lily is currently for sale,
and her owner has asked me to ride her & get her into shape and basically help myself to her until she is sold...
getting her into shape is going to be some task, as she is rather fat and many people have actually asked if she is in foal.
LOL poor girl. ive been riding her for two weeks now, ridden her about 6 times.
the first ride...well...it wasnt really much of a ride.
i got on her at the mounting block, she started backing up & attempting to rear straight away, then when i tried to get her out of the gate to get her into the riding paddock she reared. high. i lunged her, then got back on her but only managed to walk her once around the paddock, whilst shaking like a leaf, before bursting into tears and getting off her because i was so scared of her.
first of all i figured it was just her, being out of work for a while & just throwing a temper tantrum. i checked all her tack, asked her owner when her teeth were last done etc. her owner then explained she doesnt respond to hands, only to seat & voice aids. which explained the rearing, im a heavy handed rider since i usually ride strong horses.
next day i took her into the lunging paddock & just done some ground work etc, gaining her trust. it seemed to go well, she seemed alot more relaxed around me.
i stuck to doing the same for the next couple of days, then i tacked her up, took her to the paddock, lunged her & got on her. at first all i could do was sit on her, before getting off out of fear. but i forced myself to get back on, and i walked her around & slowly got my confidence back with her. i just stuck to walk and trot work for the next few days, and ive completely figured out how to ride her now and realised shes actually a very sweet mare :)
ive since had a couple of (very unbalanced) canters on her, and taken her for a short ride around the country roads.
heres the two pictures of our first "ride" if you can actually class it as a ride.
and some of me lunging her and taking her for a walk around the roads and just a couple to check her weight. i dont think shes lost alot yet, but she has definitely lost some. hard to tell from the photos though.. first one is before i started riding her, and the next from a couple of days ago.
i'll keep everyone updated on rides & pictures to check how her weight is looking & how we're getting along.
Last edited by KawaiiCharlie; 09-08-2011 at 03:15 PM.