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    09-24-2008, 06:40 PM
The Adventures of Gabi & Mel Boy!!!

Well I had a fantastic ride on Mel yesterday so I thought I might start a journal so you guys can follow us on our adventures to becoming grand prix show jumpers *snort* That is my dream but who knows
Yesterday I rode up to the reserve that I school up at, the last time I schooled him he was very stiff on the right rein so was expecting much the same. But no he surprised me & decided he would work lovely. Quite supple & wasn't bending to the outside the whole time.
He felt lovely & floaty then guess what that little bugger pulled out he got the right canter lead first time on the right rein a first for us so far. Boy was I excited I just about yelled "Good Boy" my friend that rides with me cracked up but she has been with us from the start so she knows the struggles we have had.
I was very proud of my big brute yesterday & it's about a 10 min road ride there & back. Normally we have at least one tanty that can be caused by whatever Mel chooses. Not even one tanty, didn't even freak out with the trolls at the bridge hehe.
So today Mel is having a day off cause he was such a good boy & the guys that gave him to me(I used to be their track rider) might be coming to see him on Sunday. So want to work him Friday & Saturday.
Saturday I might even pop him over a few little jumps exciting huh?!
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    09-25-2008, 05:44 PM
Well it was a day off, so I soaked his copra & went for run with the dogs to see if I get a glimse of sexy farmer such luck but Chip managed to lock onto a hare so I jumped a spar in honor of him Go Chippie! Remember I am on foot hehe Tally Ho
So when I get back up to the shed, I make up Mel's feed put it in the lunging paddock. Everyone is waiting at the gate our property is mainly fenced with tape & our gates are taped.
There is Tahi a lovely appy mare that my friend Lisa owns, Teo the gisbornebred(a kiwi special a bit of arab chunky mix hehe) owned by the farrier, Lynette who owns the property has taken him on to sell but I ride the beastie, and Mel my OTTB.
The other two are little fatties so when they have the day off they don't need feed. So I went into the paddock with a halter to catch Mel but everyone is all worked up, brats they aren't normally like this but Teo has only just been put back in with our lot due to two other horses leaving(thank christ I couldn't stand these horses, broke thru fences thru out the property).
So Teo smashes thru the fence of course the others charge thru as well all running around like tards. I quickly race & get Mel's feed chuck it out of the paddocks. Then play horse herder, put the halter on Tahi get her out of the way cause Lisa would be unhappy with me if darling Tahi got kicked. Put her back. Teo & Mel are still showing what dorks they are hehe. Grab Mel put him in the other holding paddock with his feed, Mel doing a nice war dance round his feed bucking then con Teo with a handful of feed & put him back in with Tahi. Goodness that was lucky no one hurt & everyone happy now.
I can't believe it, it must be spring or something argh! Really need to start working Teo more but he seems to be unsound not totally sure why, no heat in his legs might be his back.
Today is Friday so will ride Mel tonight when I get home, think it might be up to the beach for a canter no schooling Lisa isn't riding Tahi so will able to really go for it tonight briliiant! Will give Teo a light lunge and see if I can see what is wrong with him. Want to ride him on the weekend.
Still planning to jump Mel on Saturday but was only wanting to trot pole, maybe a couple cross bars nothing much. Still want to focus on his flat work but mentioned it to Lynette last night(busy body hehe) & now she wants to change all the jumps around etc. I was happy as it was & just was going to play. Hopefully she has her normal dramas today & might even be lucky enough to be able to jump on saturday without her even there. Here's hoping huh?
Sorry for all the rambling if anyone actually bothers to read this :) But I have decided I will use this as my blog for me to see what training & riding I have done with the horses. It is a good tool I think I used to keep a work diary but this seems like a good thing cause my handwriting is messy :roll:
    10-06-2008, 08:21 PM
Well my riding journal has been neglected mainly cause I got bronchtis ahhhhhhh. Mel is just hanging at the mo, rode him the other day with a bit of bucking etc so have waited till I am a bit stronger to bring him back into work only had a week off but being a fit & firey OTTB I have to be sensiable about it. So tonight we will lunge I think. Then try to get back on track no more sickness hopefully less dramas.
    11-13-2008, 03:40 PM
Well yet again neglected journal, but after being off work sick for a week with bronchitis. I only return to work to loose my job on the tuesday. But any who life goes on yada yada but I have now decided I am not working in an office, so I am doing anything horse related I can. Have been doing some pretrainers for racing & also track work. But may even groom for a polo team haven't done much polo before so quite excited to learn more about the world of polo.
Riding well we been doing it hehe Got bucked of by a trojan war horse of 2 year old into a post and rail fence, long story short all 3 of us involved didn't really handle the matter very wisely. Nothing broken just a black and blue Gabi.
Been doing a bit of judging just for pony club shows, lead rein kiddies. What a giggle I really enjoy kids riding at that level cause that bratiness that sometimes comes out with competition just doesn't exist yet they are just having fun.
Well my horse & Toi the other horse on the property that I work, ummm....well life has been mad since I lost my job I even had to con the farrier to shoe my horse on tick so I could get him back in work. But the boys had other plans so just a week after getting shod both have ripped a front shoe off. So hopefully sometime this weekend we will be back up and running.
But on a positive note Mel is looking bloody lovely, often telling him how handsome he is, Toi though is a fat theowell(sp?) pony
So my journal may be a bit more weekly or when I can get to it cause I now have limited computer access but will try my best to keep my vivid readers up to date hehe
So yeah over and out!
    11-15-2008, 08:18 AM
Well Mel has lost a shoe again bloody TBs farrier is otherwise preoccupied so waiting for him to get round to whack it back on. I did try working him but he is a bit too sore just not worth it.
And Teo (as you may of noticed by now I can't quite decide how to spell his name I think this is the chosen one) is still slightly unsound but I think it's mainly because he is a bit overweight and unfit hasn't been worked since last summer but has had a few rides like months between hehe. So slow and steady lunging for a few days then I will road ride him a bit might even do a sly one on the boys and lead one of each other every couple of days.
That will be interesting as they are both a bit flightly but will do them both the world of good so will keep ya posted hopefully I can get the farrier out soon.
    11-18-2008, 09:00 AM
Mel and Teo both got their backs done yesterday bowin therapy, so today off even though I am still to get a confirmed day out of my farrier blast him. Been trying to get hold of him since freaken friday no less and it is now wednesday. Can't work a TB with no front shoe well certainly not my TB. Plus his feet don't need too long without shoes as we are only just started to get them better. No horse with no feet so we have worked on his diet I think the new supplement is biotin forgive the spelling and am having a slight brain spasm and can't recall if that is the correct name of the supplement.
Oh well things have been odd in my world for the last month think I'm allowed the odd brain fart, so hopefully a shoe on my horse today and will for certain work Teo I'm thinking a nice walk up the road with Lisa my friend who keeps a mare on the property. But that may be interesting hasn't been worked much lately. So keep ya posted as soon as I can so next time I may have two entire sound boys narf doubt it but hears hoping. Positive thoughts positive thoughts
    11-21-2008, 02:42 PM
Well after the boys had their day off, still no sign of farrier. Mel is really starting to feel good not that exciting considering I have to ride him hehe. Took his sheet off cause it's summer here so bit of naked time was in need, he hooned around bucked & reared. There is currently a huge freaken yacht been worked on at our place, which interfers with my pony time. Cause lets face it a 24 yr old girl with horses seems to get attention from guys. So normally I hide away but they tricked me by turning up when I had just finished lunging Teo, just to see if he was lame or not. Only to have him freak out about something as we exit the shed bashing into the back of me making a scene good work Teo!! So still had a few chores to do before I lurk back into the shadows of my shed with the dogs
Then my landlady managed to flood the shed she is a lovely woman so don't take this a the wrong way but is overweight to the point that she has weak knees already been operated on. So Gabi to the rescue to sweep out the big half round barn which I might add the whole forecourt, stable, feed room & nearly back room was flooded. Great these dudes still here and watching me sweep argh. Finally manage to disappear to my shed to reemerge later when Lisa comes to ride Tahi, and amazingly Joe the farrier texts me to say he will be there bout the same time to put Mel's shoe back on at last.
So get Mel's shoe back on, put him away with a feed no point working him cause he has had the shoe off for a while now will be a complete twat plus maybe even a bit tender.
So first venture out in quite some time for our little bush pony, Teo. He was pretty darn good better than Mel hehe. The farrier, who sons actually own Teo tells us girls once I have Teo back in full work and my boy, pub crawl on horse back is in order wicked! Will be interesting my boy is a piece sometimes.
So yesterday both just had a lunge, all very uneventful apart did a paddock shuffle. It's hard having two fatties and one skinny. But it's working great so far, lucky Lisa & I have regained paddock control so all is good.
So that's us so far no great achievements but Mel has a shoe on at last, and Teo is not lame but sometimes seems to be a intermittently and works out of it. I'm hoping it's cause he is still a bit pudgy and unfit.
Well to my next entry it's saturday here so hopefully get a bit done with both boys this weekend, Mel's day's of lording it round is over
    11-24-2008, 10:59 PM
Well since I posted last time I have ridden Mel a few times, he has been a delight half the ride then complete troll on the way home he is such a brat when he hasn't had enough work grr.
But today we are going to go for a trot and canter round the trotting track up the road, it's one mile long. So the hyper bugger is going to trot two rounds and then canter one. I bet he won't have the energy to be a troll on the way home then. Have been asked by a few of the girls to take their horses round, one girl has brought a OTTB that is a bit much for her. But in saying that he is sane enough and she has enough ability I just hope he doesn't scare her, very much like my boy all dancey but not much too it if you stay chilled. So will give him a hoon round think he will be fun. So will let ya know how that all goes.
Had pretty rough weather yesterday had to shift his paddocks around cause a tree went down over the fence and his water trough. So out with the chain saw I went was fun but still quite a bit to shift, might need to borrow the neighbours tractor. Mission Tree hehe
    11-25-2008, 05:56 PM
Well the afternoon ended up being a bit wet yesterday so I just rode Mel, went for a trot and canter along the grass verges up by the beach. We were even fairly calm and in control hehe.
He is really starting to look good though filling out, and not showing those ribs. Just really need to get his teeth done that's what's holding us back I know.
But yeah not much to report, today will most likely do some schooling.
    12-09-2008, 08:55 PM
Well it's summer here and been really hot. But now have a nicely rounded TB quite pleased with his weight and pretty much happy with his conditioning. Just needs more work.
But riding wise we have been doing a bit of hacking, flat work have still to make it back to the track.
Teo has lost weight looking much better but still slightly unsound argh still can't figure it out.
But yes I'm off to go play in the sun

jumping, kiwi, mel, training

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