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    07-09-2012, 05:45 PM
Chippy's Progress Journal

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...
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    07-09-2012, 05:49 PM
Adorable little guy! Can't wait for updates!
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    07-09-2012, 06:02 PM
Originally Posted by gymkhanaprincess7    
Adorable little guy! Can't wait for updates!
Thank you! He certainly tries his best hehe.
    07-10-2012, 09:10 PM
So today I went to the barn and Chippy didn't seem super off and I decided to long line him at the walk for the first time. It was awesome, but slooowww (like walking... but not really.) He was stretching into the contact really well, and once I can work him again we'll be doing a lot more of it.

After long lining Chippy, I rode another horse at my barn named Turner. He's an 8 year old HUS horse, whose owner is 12 and prefers galloping him and going crazy in the he's getting the HUS training sucked out of him. I was riding him bareback, and for a paint his withers are huge so it was pretty uncomfortable. But, he was AMAZING and he's so, so well trained. All you have to do is sit and he just goes. He does gape constantly though and I don't think he likes his bit, but I try to avoid riding with my reins all together (still have contact, just don't give aids with the reins) so he got better with that.

After riding Turner, I rode an older paint mare named Misty. She can be moody, but she had just eaten so she was happy and ready to go. She's pretty much the definition of pushbutton...if you even think about jogging she goes into a smooth, floaty jog that feels like you're hovering above the ground and as soon as you think about slowing down she stops immediately. Luckily, I had a bareback pad to ride her in, so I didn't want to die after every stride.

I really, really REALLY want Chippy to get better soon... I hate that he has to be alone and going without riding for me is like going without air.
    07-12-2012, 08:32 PM
Today I went to the barn and Chippy was more off then he's been all week :/ He was put in with an older gelding that won't chase I'm around or try to play with him, plus he really likes the horse. I didn't even want to bring Chippy into his stall to groom him, so I brought my brushes outside and groomed both horses for 2.5 freaking hours and acquired about 20 greenhead bites all over my legs.

After I had groomed Chippy for about 45 minutes I started thinking about how much I wanted to just sit on him while he ate, but I knew it would be bad to add more weight and hurt his hoof more...right while I was thinking that he layed down (almost on top of me) completely out of the blue and let me sit on him while he slept. I was SO happy about it. He's let me sit on him before while he layed down, but he's never actually layed down while I was right there. After about 10 minutes the bugs annoyed him so much that he got up..but it really made my day .

People at my barn have been really nice about me riding their horses, and I'll be riding a haflinger QH cross named Lilly on a trail ride soon. She's only 5 and very, very quirky and a bit spooky. I was going to practice tacking her up today (which is close to impossible) but, when I walked up to her she pinned her ears and ran away. -____- so that should be a fun time...I guess I'm spoiled with my bombproof, willing 5 year old haha.

Tomorrow I have my first dressage lesson and I'm SO exited. The barn I'm going to only has 2 "lesson" horses...a DWB mare and a big lusitano stallion. I've met the stallion and he's really calm and sweet, so I'm hoping to ride him and try to avoid dying. My dad is being forced to videotape every second of the lesson, so I'll have videos up tomorrow
    07-12-2012, 08:55 PM
Ooopps, I also forgot to mention the me and Jackpot's (the older gelding he's with) owner traded bits. She had a French Link Dee snaffle and I had a single jointed loose ring. Apparently, Jackpot hates double jointed bits and I've been looking for a French Link to buy anyway.

I tried the French Link on Chippy today and he was MUCH more willing to flex his neck and pole on the ground without bracing like he usually does, so once he can be ridden again I think there will be a big improvement.
    07-14-2012, 11:42 AM
Soooo... yesterday I finally had my first dressage lesson! Here's the thread: First Dressage Lesson!
The barn in overwhelmingly fancy...out of all of their horses they might have like...4 geldings? Hehe, there are a LOT of really talented studs there....I mean you walk into the barn with a mare and all you hear is horses going absolutely nuts, all down the isle.

I really, really wanted to ride a big, gorgeous Lusitano stallion, and that was originally who she was going to have me ride, but she changed her mind at the last minute since I'm not experienced with double bridles and this was sort of an evaluation lesson of what I already know.

The other day my barn friend that usually drives me to the barn got back from vacation! I'll be at the barn a lot more now and I'll most likely be riding some other horses at my barn. Probably won't be doing anything interesting for a while because of the heat, but when I do I'll update!
    07-14-2012, 11:01 PM
So, today I had my very experienced friend look at Chippy and she thinks there's a very good chance he has lyme. It's very common in the area and a horse at my barn already had it this year.

Now that I think about it, he hasn't quite been himself for a few weeks and is a little more reserved. He's very, very upset that he can't be with his friends and stands in the corner all day watching them. If it is lyme, I need to get it diagnosed ASAP and get a job, because my parents pay for board and only board. (which is very fair.)

Ugh, I chickened out of riding the mare Lilly today...she's just so strong and Chippy's so...not.

I really need to get over myself, my horse is lame, not me. I mean, I'm SO fortunate to even have a horse, let alone such an amazing one that's generally rideable. I keep getting offered to ride other peoples amazing horses and turning it down...then I feel all bad for myself (unintentionally) because I haven't been able to ride my horse for one f******* week.

I got to ride a fancy dressage horse yesterday in a private lesson with a grand prix level I officially am going to shut up about Chippy being lame, because I feel like I'm turning into that spoiled horse owning b**** that I've always hated..the kind that expect a horse rather than actually earning one. I mean, what did I even do to deserve a horse in the first place? Absolutely nothing...and the truth is I don't deserve Chippy at all.

Okay, sorry for my major boohoo rant xD just had to get that out.
    07-14-2012, 11:31 PM
Woahh take it easy, don't be so mean to yourself.

I'll admit you need to cut it out and go ride those other horses. It'll be better for you in the long run as long as they're nice and safe.. and not crazy.

Then talk with your vet and see if you can pay him for the vet bill in installments because you DO need to address the cause of your horse's lameness.

I'm not sure how he got lame or where he's lame :/ but I wish you the best with him!
    07-14-2012, 11:45 PM
Yea, I want to start riding other horses...although I think the one today was a good decision to avoid riding, since she's so different than what I'm used to and very strong. I'm trying to make a vet appt. For monday, but the vet I use is used by half the state so It's hard to get ahold of him. My parents are paying for the vet bills as long as I pay them back, which is good.

He originally seemed to be lame from having his shoes pulled, because a bad farrier really tore them much that there was nowhere to nail any shoes onto. I'm really hoping his hooves are just sore from that, because he has been a bit sore since they were pulled.

I've gotten all different opinions on what it is..some people think It's a stone bruise, because our paddocks are extremely hilly and rocky, some think Its lyme and some think It's an abscess. Can't really know until the vey comes of course though.

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