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    04-08-2013, 11:54 AM
I did decide to buy him just as soon as I got the vet exam done. I've now owned him for 2 months as of today!
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    04-09-2013, 09:43 PM
While I haven't been out to the farm since Sunday, I did get the vet report from the shots she gave a couple of weeks ago. According to the measurement she took, Barnabus weighed in at 930 lbs on 3/27. She had measured him at 916 lbs on 2/6 when the initial vet exam was done. I'm generally inclined to think "slow and steady" for weight gain is the way to go, but I'm not familiar enough with horses to say if his weight gain is at a reasonable rate. I suppose I'll put a post up in the Health section once I get some new pics this weekend. :)
    04-20-2013, 08:14 AM
So, I did finally manage to talk to my BO, and she's increased the amount of hay she's giving him each day. I'll see about checking on his weight gain in a couple of weeks. On a different note, he finally seems to be coming near the end of shedding! I can now see indications of what his summer coat looks like. I'll be so glad when all that hair finally comes off.

My lesson this past Thursday was totally fabulous. My BO told me that was the best she'd ever seen me ride him. Yay! For the jumping part of the lesson, we trotted the first and cantered the second in a straight line. My goal was for us to do the 2 jumps without any last-minute jinks, to land cantering, and for me to try to balance the canter between the two jumps (I wasn't quite as successful with this goal). And we did it three times in a row! Now, our canter-halt transitions.... not so good. We're still "dribbling" to a halt, and it's not totally straight (that part's entirely my fault).

I brought my mom out to meet Barnabus last weekend and she took some pictures. Enjoy!
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    04-25-2013, 10:38 PM
Our riding lesson today was pretty good! We had good upward transitions and good canter-halt transitions. Barnabus' trot was kinda pokey today though. I hadn't worn my spurs for the last week and his pokiness is a result. I will wear my spurs on saturday though! He is starting to gain some confidence with jumping. We've been doing a single line of trot-in, canter-out for the last few weeks. Today was the first time I asked for more canter after the first jump, and boy did I get it! It was awesome! So, my BO added a twist for our final go-around. This time we trotted an uphill jump on the diagonal of the arena and then did the line. I didn't give him enough confidence and he jinked off as we approached. So we circled and tried again (strong leg!), this time he went over, but with a massive leap! Then we kept on and he saw the first jump of the line. I could tell when he locked on-the ears perked up and 2 strides before the jump, he popped into a canter (we were supposed to trot it!), then we did a very forward canter to the last jump where he picked a massive spot to go over an 18 inch jump. :)
    08-16-2013, 10:38 AM
Overdue Update!

Wow, I just realized that it's been a few months since I posted here. Time has just flown by. Barnabus and I went through a period where we had lots of refusals at jumps. It turned out to be mostly me (he is not a "push button" horse!). As long as I remember to sit back and maintain leg and contact, we jump beautifully. Just recently, we've started jumping small courses of 4-5 jumps in our lessons! Still at the 18 in - 2 ft. Height, but we're moving along quite well.

Barnabus and I are going to our first show on Sunday. I'm so excited! It's my first competition ever, as well as my first with Barnabus! We're only going to do 18 in. Jumps there, but I think that's plenty for our first one. Yay! Pictures to come after the show, I promise!
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    08-16-2013, 10:46 AM
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Good Luck!
    08-16-2013, 10:54 AM
Green Broke
Subbing:) Can't wait to see new pictures of your boy:)!
    08-18-2013, 10:21 PM
Just got home from the show a little while ago. It was cold and drizzly all day, but we had a blast! We did two divisions - student equitation and pleasure horse. I got a 4th (walk-trot) and a 2nd (walk-trot-canter) for the flat portion of equitation. No ribbon for the jumping. We took down the back part of the oxer that was our second jump. To be fair to us though, I have never jumped Barnabus over an oxer before today. No refusals though! For the pleasure horse, we got 4th for all three rounds! Here are a couple of pictures from today.

I'm definitely hooked on showing! Now I just need to save up some money for next year's show season.

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    09-15-2013, 06:41 PM
I'd realized after looking at the show pictures that Barnabus is still looking very skinny, so he's now on a fat supplement. I just got a 30 day supply, and will re-assess after that. He's now been on it for a week. Fingers crossed!

In my lesson yesterday morning, we cantered a course of 7 (count 'em! 7!) jumps, all set between 2 feet and 2ft 3. No refusals! We even maintained a mostly even pace and I remembered to help him balance the turns and hills. I am still slightly throwing away contact right before the jump (crest release) and my BO is teaching me how to do an auto release instead. We'signed up to do one more hunter/jumper show this year on Oct 6. Yay!
    09-20-2013, 08:33 PM
We are signed up for our second show. It's set for October 6th. Wish us luck!
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