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        07-06-2009, 07:57 PM
    Thats good you worked with him so much that he was able to be moved down
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        07-08-2009, 02:23 AM
    Yayyy! Good job nellie!!! Good job gonzo! You should be soooo proud of yourself!
        07-12-2009, 11:50 AM
    Not myself, really, but him, YESS. :) Everyone tells me he's too easy, and I'm just sitting there laughing, thinking about the days when he'd get me off twice in one lesson, or bolt when you tensed up the slighest bit, thinking, "you have no idea".. He's only spooked once with the younger kids and it wasn't his fault. They're even jumping him! =D
        07-13-2009, 05:04 PM
    I'm riding G again this week.. WAHOO! =D I'm SO happy!!
    We jumped without reins for both is and my first time.. too much fun! We're going to do it again tomorrow.
    He was very, very good, even after four days off, and I'm the only one riding him all week.. but, there's a chance I won't be, cause Luke lost a shoe so Zoe [who rides Luke] might ride Gonzo after me. :P
        08-25-2009, 01:56 PM
    It's been a while since I wrote about G and I!
    The day after that (^) G and I were cantering and I was leaning forward too much. He bolted and swerved off the rail and I just came right off. I was pretty nervous after this, so another girl schooled him for me before I rode him. He was amazing, especially cantering. (Which I was very grateful for.) The next day he was amazing as well! When I was walking him out [on the ground] he fallowed me everywhere. =]
    On Friday, we had our first show as a pair!! It was also G's first jumping show!! In Eq. Walk trot, we got 2nd. In Pleasure horse walk trot canter, we got 5th because I didn't keep him cantering.. But we made a good comeback in the next class.. which (drum roll please!) was his first jumping class in his life!! It was walk trot canter, and two crossrails. We did really well and got SECOND! I was SO happy with him!
        08-25-2009, 02:07 PM
    ... so after the show, I went to Virginia and spent 3 weeks on a farm there. (It's a sleepaway camp for riding! )
    The first week, Monday-Thursday, I rode Rocco, a pushy, headstrong pony who will jump ANYTHING. We had a really good time together and I loved him! :) We didn't go over 2'3 but he has an amazing jump. Also had the smoothest gaits EVER. :) On trails I rode Galen, this amazing draft mare who is extremely slow and smooth and sweet. <3 On one trail I rode Babe, a REALLY bouncy paint pony mare. She is really, really easy and fun. :) On Friday, I rode Rowdy, a really sweet strawberry roan pony. On Saturday, I took Rowdy to Elkrun and showed him. We didn't do so well but he was AMAZING! :)
    The second week I rode Rita Mae Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday I rode Rowdy. I rode Rocco on all the trails. Rita was perfect, just slow and lazy. On Thursday something was wrong with her so I got off and rode Galen, who was amazing! :) I took Rowdy out for a trail to get him out of the ring on Friday ( He was perfect!! ) and took him to show at Middlebrook on Saturday. We did pretty well, got 6th out of 20 in jumping! :)
    The third week I rode Diesel. <33 He can't do much jumping but I did some crossrails with him. We did a lot of fun stuff on flat- I LOVED him! He was amazing, so responsive and easy and perfect. :) I rode him bareback and we did walk trot canter, but that was it. He was SOO good! On trails I rode Babe for the most part. We went on a trail to a field and slept over with the horses there, and I took Pinnochio, this adorable bucksin. He was really good, we galloped a lot. My trainer wanted me to be able to jump more so she swapped me to Galen. I rode Galen in our last lesson and she was PERFECT! We did lots of things: Canter to halt transitions, halt to canter transitions, and everything in between.. and we jumped 2'6! :) The next day we just went for a trail and I rode Babe. She was being really antsy and bolting the whole time and something was wrong with her saddle so I was very uncomfortable. :\
        08-30-2009, 06:23 PM
    I've looked into another barn where I could lease for less than at my barn. You can only ride 3 days a week if you lease there but it is much cheaper and i'm not sure if I could get out more often than that anyhow. It is 250$ a month. If I lease there I will lease there next year.
    I may or may not take lessons there to get used to it but I don't know if I want to, because I can't ride there on weekends and my Wednesday lesson is my favorite.. and I don't want to give it up.
        09-05-2009, 01:12 PM
    No updates as I haven't ridden but, I do have a pic of G that I found from when we first got him! I got bored and edited it!! :)
        09-09-2009, 08:48 PM
    I went out and rode Gonzo today. I was hanging around the barn waiting for someone to tell me if I could get him out and Caroline was like "WHY ISN'T YOUR BRIDLE ON!?" O.o Luckily, I got him all tacked up pretty fast and he was perfect leading! When I was getting on, he stood perfectly still and was standing perfectly with me not holding the reins (was doing my stirrups), when a couple months he bucked when I tried to get him to halt. I'm happy with him. <3
    He gets very nervous by himself, but Caroline told us to head down to the ring and I was toward the front of the group. . So G and I ended up in the front. He was perfect by himself and the people close behind me had gone into another ring, so G and I were basically alone. He went into the ring by himself and he was great! He was really good for the beginning of the lesson, but lazy. Had a saddle issue, got done to fix it, and got back up. . I think the saddle issue was hurting him because, after that he went very fast. I didn't get nervous, but a little frustrated. When we cantered he went slow at first. . After the third time he went really fast. He was fighting me a lot. I'm hoping that he'll get better, he's had a while off. Going to ride him someone in the near future but not next week- I'm going to ride Rupert :)
        09-16-2009, 05:19 PM
    Was supposed to go up and ride Rupert today, but it rained. :( I haven't ridden since last week, which was the only time I've ridden this month, and I didn't ride at all last month either. . I just want to ride. :P

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