Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
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.
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