What I said earlier happened today The owner traded his welsh pony for a bigger welsh pony.
I went to visit her, and she's really nice! Her name is Lady, 6 years old, and nothing has been done with her until a year ago. (Her owner died, his son took care of his horses but didn't know a lot about them, she was only a foal back then. Then she was sold and a girl learned some things to her, and now she is here ). She jumped into a ditch back then, and her butt was ripped open, it was stitched and healed good. She's a little head shy, when you come near her ears she freaks out. But when I go reaaallly slowly to her ears it's okay, and she loves it when I scratch her there haha!
The owner said that the girl let her get used to a saddle and briddle, so I tried them on! It was ok to her so I took her outside for some lunging. She didnt get it (or she was being stubborn haha), but she will learn in time :) She has to, because she is fat and need to lose some weight haha!
A nice 'project' for me until Eefje is back And when she's back I won't stop with Lady of course
First I will tell the good news:
The owner told me that Eefje will come back this week! So next weekend I can see her again! Finally! And of course try to ride her! I'm SO exited, I wish it was already next weekend! Over a week finally new Eefje-stories
The bad news is that Annemoon is sold :( She is a really sweet horse, and with her I started tricktraining for the first time. She's also Eefje her best friend in the field. So I'm really sad that she's gone. The owner says 'I can't keep everything', and that's true. He didn't do anything with her only put her in the box or in the field and feed her. I hope she's got a nice new home. :)
And now about what I did today, I've 'ridden' Lady! The owner walked with her while I sat on her in the saddle, and she did GREAT. Like it was the most normal case in the world. The first time ever that somebody sits on her. After a few rounds I got off. Next time I will start practicing with long reins so she knows what steering is, and of course again sitting on her and walk a bit.
And she is back!
And she looks so good
Except her manes.. they were a mess. I was afraid that I wouldn't get it unstrangled anymore and that I had to cut it off.
Luckely, with my mane-and-tail-skills her long manes look lovely again!
So I put the saddle and bridle on, and I took her to the field. My friend hold the lunging rope witch was attatched to her halter. I got on, not knowing what to expect. At first she jumped like she was a deer :') Quite funny, haha.
But then it went very well! After a few rounds I took the lunging rope off en rode by myself.
It was so weird haha, I'm always standing next to her, but now all in a sudden I'm on her back! But it was really great!
There's only one thing, if you put a even a little pressure on the reins, she puts her head to her chest. So I need to try to fix that.
I'm really happy about it, tomorrow I will go and ride her again. And then it takes one week again until I can go again :(
I totally forgot the photo
Here, my first time on Eefje
Yesterday I tried riding on the rode. My boyfriend walked next to her and hold the leadrope just in case, and I was riding. Everything went perfect (for a horse who just learned riding) until suddenly the wind started blowing really really hard! It was windy the whole day, but that moment the wind blowed like REALLY hard, and Eefje was scared and wanted to run away. Luckely my boyfriend hold the leadrope, and I steered her to the left so she could only walk circles. After a few circles she calmed down a little. So I spoke calm words to her and stroke her until she was able to walk normal again.
Then we met up with a friend and her friesian, and we went to the riding arena. Her first time in an arena and she was scared of the letters haha! We practiced the steering, circles and bending. One time we cantered but she finds it hard with me on her.
On the way back the house with the dog. I haven't told this story yet, so very short: One day I went out walking with my boyfriend and Eefje, to let her get used to the traffic etc. There is a house with a really big dog wich comes barking to the gate when a horse passes. This time I didn't see him or hear him, so I thought he was inside. More relaxed and not paying attention I walked with Eefje across the gate, and suddenly the dog came barking to the gate. I didn't expect it, bus Eefje didn't expect it even more. So it scared her and she jumped to the side, where I was. I tripped and Eefje was right above me. My boyfriend pushed her to the side, but if she would have walked forward, she would stand on me, my head, I don't know. So that was kinda scary.
Ok, we're on the way back, we're getting closer to the house and I'm calling the dog. I think when he starts barking when we're not there yet it's less scarier for Eefje then when he suddenly comes out when we are at the gate. But the dog doesn't responde. When we were at the gate the dog started barking, and the only thing what happened was a little shock trough her body, but she just kept on walking nice and easy, and didn't pay any more attention to the dog. I was so proud! <3
Some pictures of yesterday:
(My boyfriend on the back, his 3th time on a horse!)
Yesterday we went to the riding hall again. A friend walked beside her when I was riding her on the road. At the riding hall she was so irritating. She was just running around, not going to the direction I wanted to, being stubborn.
But afterall I'm very proud of her! Because.....
We've jumped! At first she walked right trough the jump, then she just walked over it. But with a little more encouragement right before the jump, she actually jumped over!
I think it was 50 centimetres, so proud
Also she did the jambette for the first time under the saddle. She always was like, 'noooooo that's weird, I will lose my balance if I have to lift my leg up when you're on me!' But she tried to lift it up a little bit, big girl!
And last but not least, I cleaned her back hooves! She didn't try to kick or something. SO happy!