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        02-16-2012, 07:17 AM
    Green Broke
    Incredibly large hectic update coming. As some of you know, Chinga's out for quite a while with a hoof injury. Frustrating.

    This horse is killing me. Cookies to whoever reads this!

    After recovering from quite bad colic, Chinga was given a few days off to rest and restore his energy and such. Then, it rained - he got a couple more days off. Then, I had to take a trip to a different State - leaving Chinga at home with my mummy to take care of him. She took wonderful care of him, but - all this energy caused him to go a little nuts and pull a shoe. While I was at school, at around 3pm when I was getting ready to come down.

    'Oh hey Maddie, just saw Chinga out in the paddock and he's looking really lame.'

    Really. Really. Lame.

    They put him in his yard, so he couldn't move around much and I was literally five minutes away - So I said I'd handle his hooves, his had issues with people handling them before. I pick up his hoof and find that the shoes come loose and that its spun around causing the toe clip and several nails to go into the hoof. The vets there anyway, treating another horse. So, I get him to remove it and treat Chinga. Turns out, it was worse then originally expected. During the day, his walked around on it - causing it to penetrate into the bottom of the hoof several times. Not lightly either - his managed to damage the soft tissue. How Chinga? How do you manage to do these things?

    So, some treatment later. An awesome vet bill, some antibiotics - which he needs twice a day. Instructions to change the dressing daily and stall rest and obviously no work. We're hoping for a safe and -sound- recovery. But what drives me crazy - I clean his hooves so much, oil then and take such good care of them. Get the farrier to him early, instead of late and he goes and does this.

    At least someone saw him and noticed, I'm lucky to keep him where he is. So, wish Chinga good luck with his recovery!

    Read more: Hoping For A Quick Recovery :(

    That's basically what's going on with Chinga. Today, I went down and saw him straight after school. Replaced his pink bandage with a nice blue one. Gave him his anti-biotics and also let him out to graze for a while. Seem's already, now that the other horses are gone he's been struck with bordom in his yard. Therefore, any spare moment I have - I'll have him munching out on some grass. He really doesn't like being stalled, therefore I can see this becoming a future issue once he realises his staying there.

    Now, while Chinga's out. I have two other horses to work with - that I'll be brining back into work and schooling. Tomorrow, I plan on lunging Benny. It will be very interesting to see how he goes - specially because he is green and hasn't been worked in a while anyway!
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        02-18-2012, 03:38 AM
    Green Broke
    Started Benny in work today - so pleased with how he went. His had quite a while off work and had some previous issues anyway. I figured, instead of hoping on him and having an argument with him. I'd just put him in the roundyard and get some respect out of him. His a very flighty horse, so I chose not to take a whip in and just use a leadrope. He was sooo good, at first he figured if he just cantered around the roundyard really fast, that was doing work.

    Negative. He soon learnt, work was - listening to my voice and body language to walk, trot, canter and change directions. He picked this all up so fast and in the end eve completed a join up. I made the session short - he's quite unfit and I didn't want to overwork him. Afterwards - I gave him a nice hose down and some hay and that was it for Benny.

    Next pony, popped him in the roundyard too. That was interesting. I guess his owner wasn't kidding when she said 'Don't worry when he starts trying to climb the walls'. In the end though, he did well. I didn't really do much with him. Just some walk and trot - he hasn't been worked much either!

    Then - my favorite pony of all. Chinga, of course his still out of work. So - I allowed him to graze for quite a while and gave him a nice hose down. I think his jealous when the other horses get worked. :(, I try to spend loads of time with him. At least his coat will be super nice by the end from all the hosing and the brushing his getting. So, after quite a while out on the grass he was returned to his yard!

        02-19-2012, 05:28 AM
    Green Broke

    Worked Benny today! Lunged him again, this time on a rope in the dressage areana. He did well, I worked him over some groundpolls. He has a habit of stepping short, so I tried to use the polls to get him to step out a bit. He actually did really well! A few times he messed up and took an awkward leap. But he got the idea eventually.
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        02-21-2012, 01:07 AM
    Green Broke
    Update!! Okay - semi good news and semi bad news, Chinga wise. Also, I haven't worked any of the other horses. Everrything has been to hectic taking care of Chinga and doing school things. *Sigh.

    So, the horses have all enjoyed their two days off. Now - Chinga, he's allowed out of his stable now and in a small pasture with only one other horse. Least his less lonely now. It okks like the bandage will be able to come off in abot a week too. I got him a 'boot' to wear, kind of like a horsie uggboot. We put it on for the first time last night and of course - come out this morning and he had it off. Luckily the bandage was still protecting the wound. So - the boot was useless. Basically.

    But also - due to being restricted to his stall, his leg has started to swell.. But hopefully, now that he isn't in his stall anymore it will go down. But, I'll probably put him in there during the night. Just to keep him safe (:
        02-24-2012, 05:07 PM
    Green Broke
    Update, none of the ponies have been worked. Its been way to wet. I have a pony club meet up on Sunday, so hopefully it drys up so I can ride Bailey today & Sunday.

    Chinga's still out of work. His healing well - hopefully this rain isn't going to cause a set back! But we're still keeping him bandaged and everything. Which hopefully keeps it dry.

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        02-25-2012, 03:35 AM
    Green Broke
    Once again, didn't ride. To wet. So frustrating.

    Though, tomorrow afternoon I'll take Bailey out for a play in the puddles. It will really be interesting...

    Moved Chinga to a different paddock to keep him out of the water! So he's enjoying lots of grass too.
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        02-29-2012, 05:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Chinga went back out with all the other horses on Tuesday and his SO HAPPY. He's really enjoying it. Also, his shoes are being put back on and he gets to start work today as well. I couldn't be happier!

    This also means that we have until next Saturday to get ready for Zone 1 Championships so ut will surely be inreresting.
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        03-02-2012, 05:58 AM
    Green Broke

    Life has been hectic. Exams, friends and zones coming up! 1) Chinga's shoes are back on and his 100% sound. So pleased, I lunged him and he was super responsive and happy to be worked. I think the break did him good. He had a few moments where he was like - oh, all this non-work has gone to my head! I'm a little crazy. But he settled down and did well in the end. Put him over some trot polls, he was actually quite springy. It was cute.


    First ride back, not one tantrum at all! I couldn't be happier with him really! Just did some walk and trot out in the jumping paddock, big laps! Within instants he was going long and low - which was great, because it was what we were working on before he took time off due to injuries and all that stuff. Then, my coach came out and we popped him over some trot polls. He did well, obviously not perfectly - he's been out of work. But he reached more then the expectations I had set for him.

    Love my pony!
        03-13-2012, 09:21 PM
    Green Broke
    Big update on the pony.

    Zone Championships -

    Love this horse, he was so well behaved. No rails, no faults, no nothing. Pony was practically perfect. Wasn't even very anxious in the warm up, he was nice and quite. Than, in the rounds - I was a bit tense in the first one causing him to be all like ohhh what's going to happen now?! But we still road a decent round and came 7th.

    Than, in the second round - I was MUCH calmer and pony was super, we got a nine and an eight for our task which caused us to come in 6th. I was soooo pleased with him. He was like an awesome horse. No rails again, didn't even look at some of the jumps that had fill. So, overall at Zoen Championships - we came 7th!
        03-20-2012, 08:53 PM
    Green Broke
    An update,

    Last Monday we had a show jumping lesson, pony was GREAT. I couldn't have asked for more from him. He was very forward, the jumps got bigger and he still did well. His jumping is coming so far! And it's really quiet exciting.Though - we're in need of a dressage lesson. So, we'll probably have one this week.

    I attended Mt Gravatt Show Jumping & Dressage on him. He did great!! We were doing really well after the dressage, he was nice - I was a little disappointed in my riding. But, he was controllable and hadn't been ridden since my lesson on the Monday before, so I was very proud of the fact that it didn't go galloping out of the ring.

    Show Jumping, silly, silly Maddie. Pony was good, but he got veeerrrry forward. The ground was very bad after rider after rider and the rain we've recently had. So, we had one rail. His first ever rail :( The jumps were small - too small and he thought that he could be a crazy pony and be a little bit nuts. Hence, not paying attention = rail.

    Neexxxt comp, I'm doing Hunter Trails on him - so cross country and show jumping. So, I'll jump official on him & do 80cm. So, exciting. It will be a challange on cross country, that's one thing.

    I haven't been able to ride him since we showed, my foots been playing up or rain. So, that's frustrating. But I might give him a lunge this afternoon. (:

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