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        10-26-2011, 03:16 AM
      #41
    Green Broke
    An update -
    Not going to talk about each ride, his been going great. Stoked. But - sported him the other day for some fun, proved he is quite the sporting pony. I love him very much! Than some dressage, yeah. I couldn't be any happier - correct leads, flying lead changes, some fancy sideways stuff! His coming onto the bit REALLY nice and soft on the left rein, right rein needs more work still. Jumping. WOW. I . Am. So. Proud. HE DID DOUBLES, like bounce doubles (one stride) with pure confidence. I was so happy - specially because we've had so many issues with this. Overall, over the last couple of months he has really stepped up his game :)

    My upcoming dressage (On Sunday) got cancelled, but they've decided to hold a dressage training day instead, which turns out better for Chinga and I as once we get in those pipe dressage areas, oh jesus. So it will be good to work with some coaches in the show environment!

    After that, I have hunter trails, I'm competing two classes, 60cm and 70cms. Nothing large, but we have quite a few issues with stopping on the XC course..

    THAN, 3 day long clinic with Guest instructors in both Show Jumping & Dressage.
         
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        11-01-2011, 07:04 PM
      #42
    Green Broke
    I ended up competing this weekend & I'm absolutely so proud with how well my pony went. In the first test I wasn't extremely happy, but he met all the goals I set, so this was good enough for me! We ended up having a 6th in that test too. So that was very much a contribution to the massive smile I wore later on in the day. The second test I did - which was the harder of the two, he was a lot less jumpy and he ohmygod scary dressage arenas & we had a 5th in that test. So it was EASILY the
    best results we've had in dressage and I was very pleased with how well he went.
         
        11-15-2011, 05:50 PM
      #43
    Green Broke
    Updating.

    I've gotten no riding at all done recently. I'm in Exam Block - last day today! Two more exams and I'm done for the year! I went out the other day, and somehow in my regularly checked paddocks his managed to scratch down his side and put two big gashes on his rump. Though, his okay and I spoke to my vet and she said it wasn't worth her coming out and she told me how to treat it myself.

    Getting closer to clinics! I compete this weekend, so instead of relaxing after exams - I'll be packing trailers and washing horses. Also, I'm doing 2 x the classes I normally do. So it's going to be sooo hectic.
         
        11-16-2011, 10:16 PM
      #44
    Green Broke
    I rode yesterday! It went really well, occurring to Chinga hasn't been worked much. He was super forward and had a few fits but otherwise he handled it very well!! I have so much to do before I compete on the weekend including washing the pony, which I plan to try and do this afternoon. Since it's so hot I'm sure Chinga will have no problems with this.

    He now stays stabled at night and last night was his first time being locked in over night, except for shows and he handled it really well, although I think the second night will be more of a test for him. I don't have. Much time and it's getting really annoying writing on this iPad so I'll write again this afternoon about how hi bath goes and try and get some pictures.
         
        11-20-2011, 06:08 PM
      #45
    Green Broke
    Attended hunter Trails on Chinga, he did so well!! Clear Show Jumping round, even in the indoor arena, in deep sand and some very scary jumps. He didn't even come close to knocking a rail. I was very pleased, specially because it was a really hard course and we were one of the only horse and riders who went clear.

    Our Cross Country was good too! He was strong though, and now my arms kill. But, for most of the jumps he was very bold. Even into the water jump, which was rather epic with a giant ping - all four feet in the air off the drop. Such a silly horse. Buut, there were some jumps I thought I would have issues at that he boldly went over. Even though we were WAY to fast, I was happy. Did I mention, I had issues stopping?

    Overall, I was very happy and couldn't have asked more from him. We would have placed very well, except for an error in jump stewards caused us to come 16th.
         
        11-25-2011, 07:33 PM
      #46
    Green Broke
    Update, haven't really done much riding all week. Finished exams, so I've just enjoyed playing with him :). BUT, I'll start working him in 6 days time when school ends for the year!!

    Lesson with Becky Allen tomorrow - photos for sure!
         
        12-16-2011, 10:29 PM
      #47
    Green Broke
    I've decided to get all serious with Chinga now. Still very fun though!

    I gave him a workout in the roundyard this morning, just some walk and trot. I got him to start stretching out his strides during the trot. At first he didn't really understand what I was asking - he thought I meant for him to canter. But in the end I was really pleased with how he went.

    Than, I gave him a brush to cool him down and put him back out in his paddock. :)
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        12-17-2011, 04:51 AM
      #48
    Green Broke
    Finally got around to getting out my dressage saddle this afternoon, took him out in the sand, dressage arena and played around. He rode really well. I was so pleased, at first he was a bit eh. I'm not going to do this. Oh, pretty butterfly. But later, he actually started working round quite nicely.

    He got all the correct canter leads and his transitions are becoming more solid. So, massive smiley face. I really only rode him for about 45 minutes, because he had his lunge this morning AND he had three days worth of lessons before hand!

    Gave him a quick wash before putting him to bed with a nice big bucket of hay and grain. Nom, nom.
         
        12-18-2011, 06:30 AM
      #49
    Green Broke
    Rode in the jumping paddock today, didn't really get a lot done actually. He warmed up quite nicely then I popped him over some fencing. Improvements. I tried to remember to sit up in my turns more, didn't really work some of the time. Did some nice lines and then basically gave him a nice long walk around while I chatted.

    It was a pretty easy day for him, specially after such a hard week! Fed him and then put him out with one of the other horses, seems like he is actually the dominant one for a change! Quite surprising.
         
        12-19-2011, 08:22 AM
      #50
    Green Broke
    Laziness struck today. It seemed like way to much effort to ride.

    Therefore, I threw him in the roundyard to watch him work out his stunning muscles. God, that horse is ze amazing. <3. He tries sooooooo hard, literally - he's always struggled with lunging. But I've decided, that the round yard cures all evil. I got him to walk and trot out in both directions, with really not any major issues at all. Plus, his starting to pick up on voice cues. So, I'm very pleased.

    Washed his leggies off, because he was being a filth. His all clean now. Excepppppt, for his tail which is still painted rainbow, washed it so many times. Yet it won't come out still. -_- .
         

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