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    05-21-2011, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
So long since I updated !! Chinga has been doing so well. He was lunging really well then I had to give him a few days off causing him to have some major setbacks with his ground work. He still had heaps of respect except on the lunge. He started his, running and rearing issues again. So I worked with him on the lunge quite a bit this weekend on the lunge - I got him to understand that I was in charge and that he needed to respect me and follow my instructions.

He even had his very first canter!! I was very proud (: I made the circle large, and gave him a fair amount of room. A very valuable thing I once learnt was that you should always listen to your horse and attempt to connect with them - that's what I've been working a lot on recently. Getting Chinga to listen to me. His been going really well in the saddle too, I'm very proud!! He's getting nice transitions and he's doing really well over fence as well. I jumped him about 80cm yesterday and he cantered over the fences like there was no issue at all. I have photos and videos of both riding and lunging that I need to get around to uploading..eventually.

The weather hasn't been great and its making it a lot harder to catch time to work horsie. But thankfully yesterday, I managed to find a heap of sunshine and spent many hours working with Chinga.
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    05-24-2011, 12:28 AM
Green Broke
Didn’t ride today it was just too wet. So I spent a bit of time grooming him before I gave him some yummy warmed up grain and hay. He enjoyed it a lot. I plan to ride today, possibly do some flat work and some work on sidepass, etc
    05-25-2011, 03:50 AM
Green Broke
Rode today. Not exactly happy how it went, but anyways. We worked on walk-canter and he got the idea in the end - that I'm very pleased with!! Then we worked on some sidepassing, along the fence line his absolutely amazing, all we need to do is get him to do it away from the fence line which he finally got in the end after a few mishaps. He down right refused to go on the bit today!! I don't know why, but he wouldn't even begin to try. However, he has had quite a bit off and it was super windy. So hopefully tomorrow will be an improvement.

Lunged him yesterday, pure amazing. Only one small issue but his actually starting to lunge with no whip at all at work and trot - very pleased. His only had one canter since I started working with him on the lunge however the grounds have been quite wet and I haven't tried since then. That's about all for today!
    05-27-2011, 06:16 AM
Green Broke
Pony is getting till Wednesday off as I have sailing states and exam block but then I've finished exams for the term and have term break coming up which means lots of time for pony, which is excellent!!
    06-21-2011, 10:08 AM
Green Broke
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.
    06-22-2011, 07:58 AM
Green Broke
Updaate. Didn't ride today, had way to much to get done. Took him out the back to allow him to graze for the day. He likes it out there loads because its a huge paddock - his such a silly boy. Discovered his tail and forelock are sun bleached. I soon became annoyed by this, specially because I have to show him in like, two days. Went out and brought overly expensive horsie mane and tail dye, that's a mission for tomorrow. Gave him a massive groom, resulting in there -seriously- not being one piece of dirt on him. So proud. Gave him a quick lunge, worked on the canter again. So pleased, he almost got it straight away. What a cutie!! He also decided he could buck on the lunge.. but he quickly got out of this habit, pretty sure it was because I haven't lunged him in FOREVER.

... Didn't really do much else, just fed him, put his winter rugs on, checked out the scratch on his face - which is healing nicely and then made up some feeds. Tomorrow will be a huge day, with dying, trimming, brushing, mane pulling, etc. Then Friday will be a day full of grooming and braiding.
    06-23-2011, 06:36 PM
Hey Maddie glad to see you're still working with Chinga. Sounds like he can still be a scoundral but doing better.
    06-28-2011, 05:24 AM
Green Broke
Finally updating..
I'll attempt to cover everything that I've done without writing a super massive thingy ! Alrightie, to start with - Show prep. What a huge process this was but it was very worth it in the end. He looked amazing, dying his tail was for sure very fun. It was a long process - thankfully no home made apolossa's ! It looked really good in the end, very pleased. Then we trimmed him mane, tail, forelock, etc. Washed him a total of three times and then finally gave him a really good groom. Plaited his mane into rosettes and finally braided his tail. Before putting him in his stable with about every inch of him rugged!

Show day, did good in all of our classes. He behaved excellently! It would take me ages to write out all of them! But I would like to mention our Jumping Equitation. He jumped incredibly and it was quite a hard course. We were one of the only few that were clear with a good time, no refusals or rails down. He had an excellent pace as well. We had no fences rushed and no bucking, unlike our last comp. This ended up placing us in forth and he got his first ribbon in a jumping class! Honestly was in love with him.

The last two rides on him - I'll kind of attempt to jam into one paragraph. Jumped him, he was super!! We did 1.10m. Which was super because it was the first time I've jumped him at that height in ages. No refusals. His so bold :) Um.. Also did some grids on him. He jumped super nice. Don't plan to jump him for a while. Rode him bareback yesterday, his so cute and well behaved <3. We did some bareback dressage, which he enjoyed quite a bit! I'm really having fun on him, his been super well behaved and is almost perfect these days. Still got along way to go with his work.

... Didn't ride him today, gave him a good groom and hand grazed him. It was cute :)
    06-29-2011, 05:13 AM
Green Broke
Firstly, I have spent most the afternoon debating if I should post this or not, please do not prove to me that this was a bad choice. I just felt like I needed to post this, possibly as a bit of a rant? I don't know.

This morning, I decided to ride Chinga – however, it was rather windy so I choose to lunge him first. After giving him a good half an hour lunge, I figured he was good to go. I know half of you are now wondering why I rode my horse in the wind. Possibly using the term “setting him up to fail”. I did this, because when I show – the weather is not always sunshine and lollypops. I decided to only give him a walk around. I was very careful about what I did and paid attention to our surroundings.

Although, Chinga still managed to spot something I didn’t and spooked at it. He backed away quickly, losing his balance and using a small rear to steady himself. However, this did not go the way he planned and he lost his footing and tumbled down sideways landing on me.

Chinga seems okay, I checked him over - legs, back, etc and did not show any signs of pain. But I do plan on getting the chiropractor out for a routine visit. So I might just push that forwards a bit. I'm okay, just pretty sore all over and a bit shocked. His been going so well recently and I hope an issue like this doesn't set him back.

Please remeber - no critique, advice, etc. Chinga has not reared in almost a year now and in general is not a spooker.
    08-04-2011, 05:06 AM
Green Broke
Totally haven't updated this in ages. Been so busy with everything :)


Can't really fit everything into this thread about how amazing he has been so I'll just write a few major points. He was being pretty amazing in general - improving, trying.. being rather impressive. Then I had a lesson on Saturday - show jumpers. He rode SO nicely! Was very impressed with him - excellent turns ; no dropping at the shoulder. Really nice, round jumps . Coach was very pleased. Overall, we got excellent feedback 'bout how both of us went.

Then had a clinic on the Sunday - four different coaches. Show Jumping, XC (Flatwork) and dressage. Than we did some mounted games. All were very happy with his improvements and how well he went. Thumbs up!

Rode him yesterday on the flat ; was super! Awesome transitions and lovely gaits! Than just lunged him today - he had his first canter on the lunge. LOVE. HIM.

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