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    02-22-2011, 03:00 AM
Green Broke


Horse forum community, I've forgetton about this diary for the past few days! Sorry. I don't have any new photos because I haven't had time to get the camera out with Chinga arriving home in exactly five days - I'm very excited. On the topic of this, I have made the choice to move him. He will be moving to where Jazz is so I'll be able to ride with Jess and Sam ; this is going to be excellent and I'm sure there will be many adventures of epicness that will occur with our four ponies. It will also be great for Chinga to socialize with other horsie friends, and him and Jess's horse get along well.

Jazzie, haven't ridden her much because we've been getting everything ready for Chinga to arrive. However I rode her cross country for the first time on Saturday, she was AMAZING. She is sooo bold and she doesn't get to quick, she'll come back from the gallop really well and neatly. Even when other horses are galloping as well, which suprized me alot for a young ex-race horse.
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    02-25-2011, 08:58 AM
Green Broke
Dear Diary,

Sorry I haven't written in ages! I've had many exams and have been working with Jazz and also getting things ready for Chinga to arrive home, which is now only two days away. We're all very excited and happy to be having him finally home. Its been five weeks since I last saw him and about seven since everyone else has. I will be sure to get photos of both the horses the day he arrives home. I haven't taken the camera with me to ride Jazz in a while, because I keep forgetting to take it out. I haven't ridden Jazz much due to a huge school load and what not. But my most recent ride went well, I took her over some small fences and her form is coming along nicely - and her flat work has improved a thousand percent. But she's starting to develop the habit of rushing her jumps again, so I'll be setting up some ground polls for her.

That's all for tonight, since its 10:58 pm here.

Lots of love. Maddie.
    02-27-2011, 05:52 AM
Green Broke
His home!!!

I can't believe it. Five and a half weeks and his finally here!!! His very, very fat but otherwise his looking amazing (: He was so excited to be home and see everyone. It was really cute actually. He got along with the other horses perfectly straight away. We took them for a small trail ride to help Chinga settle in. But yeah, his amazing. I can't believe how much I missed him! I've got photos of all the horses together which I'll upload soon-ish.

Also, farriers out tomorrow to fix up his hooves so he'll be 100 % great again!
    02-28-2011, 03:53 PM
I just wanted to jump in and say that I noticed the thread I started also starts with "the adventures of ..." I just wanted to say that I didn't steal it from you. Hehe. I didn't notice mine was the same until just now.

You should let me come steal Chinga and Jazz, they are both SO cute!!! ^.^
    03-01-2011, 03:47 AM
Green Broke
Dear Diary,

LOADS has happened over the past two days. As you know my horse arrived home. Rode Jazz a little yesterday, she was nice. She's so cute with her little strides. Farrier came out for Chinga and discovered that his hooves were more complex then we first though - basically the farrier that came out and did his feet at the farm. Did a very bad job and actually hurt his hooves in the process of doing them and then leaving them on hurt them some more - no one had the experience to know this and no one is to blame but the farrier. So now, Chinga got a nice trim and some shoes correctly placed on and he has until next week to improve otherwise he will be put on stall rest and have special shoes put on. Although with his correct shoes on he has already started improving which is nice too see. Kinda devo that it will still be a while till he can be ridden - after so long off.

Let all four horses out to graze this afternoon they enjoyed it alot. All got on perfectly (: Washed Jazz and Chinga, fed them all and put them all back in their own paddocks. Brushed Chinga, rugged . Now completely stuffed.

Lots of love,

    03-04-2011, 09:31 PM
Green Broke
Dear Diary
Soooo much has happened recently and Iím really sorry I havenít been writing but there is only so much time in a day and Iíve got horses and school, anyways. Iím really happy to have Chinga back and Iím starting to settle into my new routine. His really liking his new home with all his new horsie friends and his really liking the fact that his now got a stable; that he can go in and out of whenever he pleases. Havenít really ridden Jazz much but now since itís the weekend I plan to ride them both. I learnt she doesnít like sunscreen on her face Ė she has white markings.

Chinga, well. His finally 100 % sound after a very long, stressful week I managed to get him moving back on his feet with his new flashy shoes on. Though, since he spent so long on unplanned spell with minimal human contact all his manners and skills on the ground have seemed to disappear.

You tie him up, he freaks out and pulls back. Spray bottles are now scary, leading involves prancing and gates are for pushing. BUT even over the past week Iíve had him back continuous work with him and reminding him the correct way of things is quickly showing his manners return, of course. He still has a long way to go. We all expected some issues with his manners. Iím confident I can handle the issues that we are having and do not believe they are dangerous.

On the up side his really enjoying being home and Iím very happy to have him home. Iím also excited to know that Iím able to ride him tomorrow. I plan on just walking him around as his only just come off an injury. Also chances are his forgotten most things he knows about riding manners too. Iím pretty sure Iíll be able to bring the camera out and get some shots of him Behaving for our little riding adventure tomorrow.

Chinga's become more confident with his feet and is starting to become relaxed with me working with them, although I'm unsure how he will go for a farrier since last time he acted alot worse then he did for me. Luckily I have a good farrier who's got lots of experience and is always kind towards Chinga, which I'm sure Chinga will realize quickly.

Weíve organized a feeding routine, which means I donít have to get up and feed every morning and I feed the other horses some mornings and afternoons and the other girls do a few of my morning feeds. Which is nice, because that means some mornings I get at least half a sleep in.. sorta.
Thatís really it for now, so much more to write about but I have to go ride and lunge the horses.

Lots of love,
    03-04-2011, 09:37 PM
Great photos ! =]

In the last ones your saddle looks like it slipped forward tho !
    04-18-2011, 06:07 AM
Green Broke
Dear Diary,

So wow. I've basically forgot about you! So sorry. I haven't really jumped Chinga too much while we've been enjoying the flat work. His been improving in leaps and bounds and I'm very impressed with him. Although I was feeling like we'd hit a brick wall once again. He was trying to understand it and I was trying to tell him - but we couldn't put it together in one motion. Which obviously became very frustrating for the both of us, but we continued working at it and trying to work around the issue until our next lesson.

On Sunday we attended a clinic - with many hours of riding and theory and some excellent coaching. Chinga started out well - for him. But I hoped that the coaches would be able to get us past the road block we were having. Sure enough they did, after several exercises. I had the most amazing canter of my life. I truly felt the meaning of having a horse who was engaging through the hind quarters and having inside flexion - I felt that I could relax in my seat and use my legs to ride him. I had soft hands, this is very rare at the canter - because usually he tries to rush and likes to lean on my hands. He was even showing roundness ( engaging his hind, etc) at the trot and by the end he was doing complete circles, on the end, using his hind at both trot and canter. I'm very proud of him and I'm very pleased to have finally unlocked the secret to success with him.

I think the future finally holds alot for this horse in dressage and I feel like I've put everything together on how to ride him - I think I may have gotten some photos.
    04-21-2011, 07:10 PM
Green Broke
Hey guys (:

Chinga's been riding pretty well at the moment - I'm super happy with how his going. We have Zone ODE soon and I'm really confident that he should do pretty well. His started to work really well into a correct frame. Generally, I can't find anything wrong with the way his working - his really starting to improve. Of course, he still has a long way to go . As do, but we're really starting to step up our game.

We're got six days off from school so I'm planning on taking him down to the pony club training grounds and having a few lessons, schooling on the cross country jumps, etc. I promise to get some photos too!
    04-24-2011, 05:03 AM
Green Broke
Hello Diary (:

NOT LONG NOW TILL ZONE 1 ODE! Very excited. I'll be very happy with a clear cross country - that is my goal. There is also no water jump, making the chances of this even better!! I took Chinga down to the pony club grounds for the weekend. We had a show jumping lesson on Saturday and it went very well. We had a few issues - but we seemed to work through hem and my instructor is happy with us and believes that we will in fact do well in our show jumping round.

Today I didn't ride him, as he worked very hard yesterday. However, my instructor took this opportunity to lunge him. His improved, although its obvious his groundwork needs a lot more work so from now on this will be our main focus. We discussed that doing natural horsemanship may be way to go with him. So if anyone has any ideas. I would love to hear them!

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