Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
Haven't updated in ages. Not that it matters, specially because no one reads this.
... Showed Chinga two weekends ago. Very pleased with how he went. Placed in all his classes including a 5th in Show Jumping and 1st in Presentation. It was his first time jumping out since he came back, so this showed an extra big challenge. He became very quick and refused to listen. Which then resulted in him running into a jump, taking an awkward leap and landing unsteady. To steady himself he figured a nice leap in the air and buck would do.. proceeded to then attempt to slow him down, threw in a circle. But then our round was over. He had worked too hard the rest of the day, so I took him out over one jump in the warm up ring and called it a day. Presentation - Spent hours washing, brushing, cleaning gear. Very pleased with our lovely blue ribbon. He looked outstanding - photos in another thread. Competed in some sporting events, discovered that Chinga sometimes likes to forget about stopping - and is rather difficult to pull up at time. The grounds were wet, so I couldn't really allow him to move his feet without a risk of him getting hurt.
He loaded into the float really well both times and unloaded just as well. Float = trailer. Stood nicely while being tacked up, this has been an issue in the past when I've had him out because everything is just that much more scary. However he did decide that when it didn't contain food, he's hay bag was scary.. Went home with a very happy and tired horsie and rider. He then basically got most of the week of due to me being sick. He seemed to like this well earned break. Thankfully there isn't much rain at the moment and I'm on holidays, meaning I have loads of time to spend with him. He also got the weekend of due to sailing.
Rode him on Monday at 7 am. It was eight degrees. We flatted. He did really nicely, specially because of his small amount of work he's done. Was a bit more rushy then usual. But it wasn't a major issue and he was very easy to correct. Discovered that his beginning to -love- tracking up. Such a good boy. But according to Chinga, he can track up. With his head in the air. *sigh*. Only rode for about an hour, because eight degrees was way too cold. Cooled him out and then put his ruggies back on and gave him some hay and grain. Discovered that Chinga likes to chuck his buckets, this is a new trick.. Worked him again in the afternoon, again we flatted. Not as much rushing. Very pleased. Worked on transitions. Happy with all of them, other then trot to walk. He dislikes doing this at the moment and figures that he can simply jog instead. He soon learned that this behavior was unacceptable and we would repeat it until he did it correctly. Hosed him off, now that it was warmer and allowed him out to graze. Was a very hard days work for Chinga.
Tuesday.. decided that it was time for him to move paddocks, put him out the back in the huge paddock after checking all the fencing. He liked it out there, but now his away from his friends. Didn't seem to like this idea, but soon settled in after noticing that Jazz was only across the lane way. Spent a hour or so just playing around with him. Had fun. His cute. Then in the afternoon, took him for an hour long flatting session. Improved on the trot to walk, but still showed signs of needing work. But I think this is just because of the amount of energy he has. Worked him over some trot and canter polls. He went so nicely I decided to allow him a jumping session. Prepared him for our show and worked on Eq. Happy with the results, he had slowed down since last time I jumped him. Finished off with some grids, perfect striding. Very pleased. Only knocked one rail the whole day, such a careful jumper. Decided I would bath him before our show on Saturday, this turned out to be quiet the adventure as when I took him up to the wash bay, we came across a snake. Which he proceeded to rear at before allowing me to lead him carefully away. Decided to find another place at the other end of the property to wash him. Took two hours to fully wash him - he stood so nicely. Ended up being very clean, another first place for presentation? However, I figure I'll have to wash him again before then, because I don't want to keep him stabled 24 hours a day. Unfair. Chinga then discovered my treat stash, by throwing my bag up in the air, resulting in the treats and my phone being tossed out. Then decided that my phone was better to chew on then the treats. After fetching that back, I attempted to halter him in his black halter - once again, he figured it was more fun to take it and toss it up in the air several times. This was too cute to punish. Soon enough he tossed it at me and allowed me to halter him and lead him back to his stable. Before he enjoyed a lovely groom while snaking on some hay.
.. Big two days for Chinga, Friday will be very long, with heaps of plaiting, grooming, gear cleaning and everything else again. Figured I might get a head start on cleaning my show gear. But I seem to have created a tradition of waiting till the night before.
.. that's all.
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