Well, I decided to start a journal of mine and Chippy's progress...sort of as a way to track what training works for us and what doesn't
As a quick overview, I bought him in late September as a 5 year old green broke, western trail horse in the making. He could walk, trot and do a weird hop/buck/canter wannabe thing. I'd been riding for over 7 years, mainly doing huntseat and had recently started jumping 3'0. I, of course knew I was taking a HUGE step back as far as my riding. I gave up jumping, lessons and trained, balanced school horses that could actually canter..not hop/buck/wannabe canter. Oh and I forgot to mention that I also wasn't buying a horse, I was buying a giraffe. < That was from the first day I bought him.
For the first few months both of us were nervous wrecks. My giraffe prancing around, trying to figure out why I was asking him to leave Africa and transform into a horse x giraffe, and me hopelessly bouncing around in the saddle. In November, I bought an icky, squeaky, no name english saddle off ebay and started training him english, still barely able to canter.
In January, we left the hellhole that was the Serengeti (my old barn) where the alligator (the devil...I mean barn owner) constantly tried to destroy us and made the trip to a more civilized place.
Okay, I'm done with the analogies. He can now walk trot and canter (still working on it, though.) and is much more balanced. I've started trying to train him for dressage, which isn't going well, but it is going. So far I've had one lesson on him..a lesson that made everything more confusing, so I've basically been trying to train him on my own.
Recently he had to have his shoes pulled and barefoot isn't going well. At first he was just a bit ouchy and tender, so I just rode in the arena where his movement had still declined and a few days ago he finally went lame from it. We're thinking a stone bruise or maybe an abscess, but hopefully It's just a bruise. Yesterday my friend (Tux on here) was supposed to ride him in a show, but we had to cancel that.
On friday I have my first lesson on another horse since I bought him. I'll be riding a dressage schoolmaster, which will hopefully give me some much needed improvement and after that I plan to start more regular lessons on him.
I'll hopefully be updating this once a week ish, so check for updates if you're interested
And just to show you what a cutie he is...