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    04-05-2012, 08:41 PM
Green Broke
Haven't had time to update!! Been doing SO much. Okay, where to start? Hunter Trails. Hunter Trails, wasn't what I expected at all. Horse was quite crazy and I ended up dislocating my finger in the start box on Cross Country - but, I did my XC anyway. He was REALLY good, I was happy; he was bold. Only had a stop at the water jump. Which was probably more my fault because it was the one jump which I didn't really ride him into as much as I should have. Uhhhhh.

He took some VERY brave spots! Though he was jumping high, I have never seen a horse jump so honestly in my life. He really put in so much effort for me. Specially when it was his first time jumping cross country (when not training) at 80cm. There were some jumps which he'd never ridden the style of before (arrow heads, down hill ski's) and he really did just give it a very good go. So, after that - I had to get my finger re-located and everything, which was a little gross. So then, I decided not to Show Jump. He'd done so well in the Cross Country and I wasn't going to set him up to fail when I couldn't even hold my reins properly and have rails or stops. So, we packed up and went home.

I haven't really done a lot too exciting with him since then, just studying and practicing ridden work for my C Certificates. I have to do a ridden AND written assessment and some of the stuff is really quite hard. So, that'll be interesting.

That's all for now.

Maddie, x
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    04-23-2012, 04:16 AM
Green Broke
Okay, updating. Once again, sorry for such a long break.

C Certificates went and sat my C Certificates exam two weeks ago and I'm still waiting for the results. Bit intense. The pony was very well behaved, even when I was riding him around doing balance exercises, in the rain. Such a good horse. Written test, was harder then expected. But I think I did well. Overall, quite a good day - many laughs had between friends!!

Clinic yesterday I attended a dressage clinic with an instructor. I was so proud of Chinga. He REALLY pushed himself above and beyond. She worked on getting things 'better' in our dressage tests. Looked at what we can do to raise our scores. She really, reallllyy helped Chinga and I with this. I actually had him going consistently round and soft, I was like - yayayaya. So not my horse. I'm really excited for my next dressage test on him, hopefully it's all paid off!! I plan on having a lesson with her again next week.

Zone Championships for dressage & combined training is coming up, so we're practicing our tests, getting our dressage done well, etc! So hopefully, we bring home a ribbon!! And finally, we have a show jumping event this Saturday night. So, hopefully we do well in that too!!
    04-26-2012, 06:31 PM
Good luck to both of you. I hope you bring home a ribbon too
    04-26-2012, 07:12 PM
Green Broke
Okaaayyyy. Just a quick one, nothing major. I'm just really pleased with the pony right now.

Wednesday was Anzac day, so I got up early to ride the pony before sailing. He was excellent! His coming along so far with his dressage, I just hope it lasts. I worked on getting him round and forward, he got there eventually.

The weathers getting cold here, time for some winter rugs. I'll be piling them on this winter, specially because I'm clipping for shows.

Competing on Saturday night, taking him in his first 90cm round, it will be interesting for sure. He's very capable, it's just if he decides that its 'his night' or not.

I'll keep you updated.
    04-30-2012, 12:06 AM
Green Broke
Quick update in between classes. Okay, heaps of rain. Legit, bucketed down. So, my comp was cancelled and our paddock flooded. Again. Had to go down late to let the ponies into higher ground. But all are safe and fine. Just got a little wet!!

So, on Sunday - we took the ponies swimming! They loved it. Chinga became super confident with water which was great because he gets pretttyyy frisky sometimes. Causes faults on cross country. So hopefully, his better now. We even took them for a 'canter' through some of the shallow parts. Chinga's idea of cantering was - leaping into the air like a crazy manic horse trying to kill my bareback rider.

Class time.

Shall write more soon.
    08-22-2012, 07:54 PM
Green Broke
Time for an update on the pony.

His really well, I'm happy. His gaining weight and muscle again, his looking great!! Few major events with him that I'd like to mention because I'm pretty proud.

Zone One Treble Derby, Chinga did excellently. I was only hoping for one nice round on him, he rode all three rounds (equitation, cross country and show jumping) without missing a beat, jumps were too small for him though and being silly and trying to go fast instead of listening, we did have a rail in Show Jumping and I rode pretty badly due to nerves in Equitation. But, Cross Country was easily the best ride I'd had on him in a long time. He really got into it, went for a nice big run and didn't even look at a fence. Though, the pony got a little carried away and we came in fifteen seconds too fast! I decided that I'd really like a new bit for XC, just for the safety!

Um, I had a lesson on him the other day, worked on flat. I was really happy with him, we had quite a big breakthrough with him! He actually started working well again round, which is something we've struggled with a lot since he got sick. Worked on getting him to go round and forward at once, because he can do both but never seems to be able to do them both at the same time. So, it was good to see him at least try to get them going at the same time! I'm sure he just needs more work. I rode him with some very light spurs, so I think that really helped a lot because I was able to really put that extra leg on.

Then, worked with him in the round yard yesterday, he was really well behaved. Got him to actually move forward and go for a canter around the roundyard, instead of being all tight and ancy, thinking that he can only do a tiny trot and get really awkward. Got him changing directions a lot, moving really around on his hindquarters (he likes to think his a campdraft horse...), then asked him to join up - it took me a few goes, but he finalyl did it. So, I'm happy.

Had a few little rides in between, but no huge achievements so I won't mention them! But, overall I'm really pleased with how well his doing.

    09-10-2012, 06:10 AM
Green Broke
Ditched it again, sorry guys. Just a quick update, Chinga's been doing great, took him out to a show last weekend & did 80-90cm on him. He was great, such a good boy. Had a 6th and 3rd, was his first time at this height and there were some pretty scary jumps. I didn't ride him very well at all, so that's kinda disappointing.

Um, played with Bailey in the roundyard, he was really good. Picked up join up straight away, I was happy with him. It really helped him quieten down too, intend on trying to do that with him a bit more.

Took him out in the paddock, he was a little jumpy and hoppy but was so much better well behaved then I had expected from him. Even jumped some logs on him, he loved it. He only had one stop, at a little log pile - which was pretty decent. Gave Chinga a bit of a play out on the cross country course aswell, he loved it. Although, he really needed his shoes done so he was a little off balance. Gave them both a big wash since it's getting warmer now, although Bailey of course had to go off and roll straight afterwards..

Gave a lesson on Chinga over the weekend to a little girl, he was so good. Didn't put a foot wrong and took care of her over the little jumps. Helped to build her confidence back a lot (-:, she'll probably be riding him a bit more. I worked the girls pony in the roundyard too, had some struggles with her. She didn't really get the idea of 'joining up' but she did however get the idea of 'running around like a crazy nut'.


    09-16-2012, 07:56 PM
Green Broke

The ponies are all doing well, been working them quite a bit, specially because my surgery is on Thursday. So, I won't mention everything - just this weekends events.

Chinga:I rode him on Saturday, was probably the most unproductive day, ever. We sort of just had a massive play & it was great fun! Took him out in the paddock and took him for a massive gallop. I also tried him in the new bridle (grackle) and found that I actually had a whole lot more control and that he was also happier because I could be lighter. Jumped all the larger cross country jumps, not an issue. He didn't look at one. I was really quite proud, he even managed to go down the hill at a decent pace which has always been his biggest fear - his a little silly.

Gave a lesson on him to the younger girl again, she's getting so much better. Chinga was great for her again and helped to build her confidence heaps. She's going to ride him for me while I can't over the next month (along with PumpkinzMyBaby22).

Sasha: Worked with her and her rider on Sunday, gave them a mini lesson. Started her off on the lunge and really got her to soften her hands, she did well and Sasha responded nicely. Took them off the lunge and found that she was starting to ride with nice & soft hands - Chinga probably helped with this a lot. I got her to really work on changing things up, Sasha is the type of horse that gets bored quickly, which is when she starts to cause trouble.

So, got her to work on a circle and try and change things as many times as possible - walk to canter, trot to halt, walk to trot, etc. She did really well. Overall, was a very good weekend - I'll give them both today off and work with them on Tuesday.
    09-21-2012, 06:11 AM
Green Broke

Chinga - rode him bareback, was a little interested. Seems his dressage training has started to pay off and his step was very springy and forward. Worked on getting him to actually relax, I found that he gets very tense and 'into' my hands when inride him bareback. Managed to get him to go long and low so that helped. Cantered him aswell,he did well. He was actually happy to go forward in the canter, he normally gets very tight and jerky when I ask him to canter bareback.

Sasha: Got on Sasha for twenty minutes or so. Tried the, 'I don't care if you spook, run sideways, try to dump me' attitude. Worked suprisingly well with her, once she learnt that I wasn't worried about her she began to relax. She still needs to learn how to relax a heap more, but at least shww getting there. I learnt that she is very sensitive to leg (as expected), so I'm trying to ride her off leg as much as I can without using any rein.
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    12-11-2012, 06:07 PM
Green Broke
Finally got Chinga back into consistant work after multiple horse and rider injuries and illnesses.

Day One (12.12.12)

Chinga was really, really good. He wasn't perfect, but I was very please that he remembered most, if not everything we were starting to develop before his/our break. I just worked on flatwork and spent the first bit of the ride playing with his striding, he really got the idea of lengthening it, but originally struggled with getting those 'smaller' steps, mainly at the trot, walk, he picked up pretty quickly. Eventually he got the idea and when I did start asking him to relax, soften and become round it made it so much easier because I already had his mind thinking 'oh, maybe I should listen to whatever is on my back'.

Chinga has ALWAYS been a very stiff horse, making getting him to have some inside flexion without him completely dropping at the shoulder is slightly difficult. I worked on using my outside rein to really hold him together some more and since this was his first ride back, I was happy with the results I got.

But, of course, he couldn't be pefect. When I asked him to canter, everything his learnt in the past five years went straight out the window and all the feed and no work he's been getting was surfaced. Canter, equalled some sideways movement and canter with inside flexion meant running sideways with head facing the other way (really, give the horse credit for creativity). So, since he's a big boy, I let him deal with this by himself and literally dropped my reins to the buckle, meaning he had to go long and low. Chinga quickly noticed that 'softening' and going forward, not sideways. Was much easier than having to canter around all long and low. Then, he worked semi-nicely. He's canter work has never been as nice as the rest of it, so I intend on putting a lot of work into this.

Maddie :)
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