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    04-18-2010, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
The Journal of a girl and six horses

Well, I thought I'd finally start my own journal. I'll start with me:

My name is Danielle. I am a 16 year old girl who lives in South Africa. I am completely horse crazy. I own 6 horses, and have been riding for about 6 years (ironic isnt it lol?). I have a stutter, but you wouldnt think it with how much I talk LOL!!

Next my best friends: My horses...

Arrow Star:
Arrow is a brown, 18 year old TB mare. She can get quite skittish, but is very sweet. She is very very "fat", as her stomach muscles went slack from breeding. She doesnt have jumping potentioal, but she is a great lesson horse for children. Her trot can be very slow if you ask her, and her canter is lovely, although you have to ask alot for her to canter!! She hates being caught and trots around the whole field!!! But I still think she's awsome!!
Arrow Star.jpg

Bishop only has 1 eye, we had to remove the other eye due to injury. He is an absolute honey bunny, who can do it all. He is a schoolmaster, and I don't ride him much, so others do. He took me and 1 of my friends to our first shows, and we love him!!! He is a bay, 22 year old TB gelding whom we retired last month :)

Silver Sabre:
Silver is a bay, 14 year old TB mare. She is still learning, but is able to jump 80cm. She can get quite hot, but she is very sweet and gentle if ridden right. Her canter is abit unsmooth, but other then that she is a pleasure to ride.
Silver Saber.jpg

Irish Dream:
Irish Dream is a lovely little mare. She is a bay, 15 year old TB mare. She loves going FAST, and sometimes hets too hot for me, so my riding instructer rides her and is training her to be a polocrosse pony. Then after that's done, I am going to learn to handle her, learn to play polocrosse, and play with her, lol yay!!
Irish Dream.jpg

Love Story:
Lol, what can I say about my beast? She is a dark bay, 12 year old TB mare. She is a honey of a horse that is really sweet. She gets quite impatient when riding, she hates going slow... She is an awsome jumper, and can jump up to 1 20m. She is my showjumper, and my bestest best friend :). She has the biggest heart, and will reallt try anything just to please me.

Traces of Gold:
Traces is a bay, 14 year old TB mare. She is a little monkey =). I was training her to jump, when she got AHS. She is fine now, and has really picked up weight. I have started riding her again, mostly gentle rides with some trotting and alot of walking. She is a honey, always so sweet and gentle, I let 3 year olds ride her. Once she is fit I'll start jumping her and cantering her again, which she should do with ease. The nice thing about Traces is she is like a car; you put her in walk, she stays in walk, you put her in trot, she stays in trot, etc. Lol I love this little mare

We also have some other horses and ponies at our barn: Next post

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    04-18-2010, 11:43 AM
Green Broke
Continued!!!! :)

Here's the others!!!:

Night Heat:

Sargent Pepper:
That's my jumping instructer on him^^.





And Pony Girl:
Pony Girl + Maxine.jpg

Well there you go, that's my family :) And here's me and my two best friends, Maxine and Jess - Lee:

We are all a big family at our barn :) Sorry it's sooo long...
    04-24-2010, 10:34 AM
Green Broke
I went riding on Thursday.I had a really bad fall last Saturday, ow. Got dumped right on the jump lol. Was my fault, not Love's. Anyway...

My jumping instructer was busy, helping fix the roof of their house (South African storms = WOW), so my dressage instructer taught me. She herself is an excellent jumper, she just chose dressage . Now I was a little nervous after my fall last week, so she put the jumps (we only worked with three) right down to about 40cm, and we built it up to 80cm as we went. We worked on my contact today, my hands over fences, and keeping Love Story calm and in the centre, both in trot and in canter. And things went great!!! She didnt overjump or rush once! She was calm and quite the whole time. And I even discovered that my beast of a horse can indeed jump 80cm from a trot (she pretends she can't lol). So now I feel lots better, and can't wait to jump again!

We were meant to ride today, but it rained, boo! So we're riding again on Monday!!!
    04-27-2010, 04:41 AM
Green Broke
We were meant to ride yesterday, but I couldnt go as my mom had no car. Boo :(

But my fellows went :) and jumped. My one friend even worked Traces for me (training her for jumping) and she jumped 80cm!!!!! WOW!! But she bucked and sidestepped abit, so our instructer got on her, and things were fine.

Im going riding on Thursday, can't wait!!!
    05-01-2010, 08:02 AM
Green Broke
Well, I went on Thursday, had lots of fun. I worked Love while my dressage instructer worked Traces. We worked on my contact again, as well as my lower leg, and my release over jumps. We also worked on Love's canter; she wont canter on her left lead and we don't know why. Hmmmm. But we jumped a few high jumps. I was kinda nervous, because she had us jumping a fence that Love sometimes got a bit funny at, but I kept the contact, drove her forwatd and vola! Perfect jump! Lol. Then we ended with a bit of fun, we had a "race" in a canter. We had to go from a halt to a canter, canter to the other end, and do a sliding stop. Lol, I won. Traces was AMAZING with the sliding stops, but Love Story kicked her butt with the halt to canter bit :)

Although, with Traces being really good at Western things (she's also good at barrels), such as that sliding stop, plus she spins(!), maybe I should enter her in a local Western show. What do you guys who read this but never answer think? Lol

Dani Out!!
    05-04-2010, 02:34 AM
They all look very skinny to me. And wormy.. :(
    05-19-2010, 01:25 PM
Green Broke
My show on Saturday went amazing!! We jumped it two classes, both 70cm, so the jump offs were 80cm. The first class was a two phase, which is basically like speed jumping lol. Me and Love Story went abit too slow so we got eliminated from that class... again. But in the compitition class, we did well. We got a nice clear round so that put us into the jump off. But in the jump off, Love Story knocked the very first pole(!!) so that sucked, but we did place. We came fifth!!! Out of thirty two riders! It was a great show, and I was sooo proud of Love Story! Here's pictures:


On Monday we gave the three jumpers - Love Story, Bishop and Damper - a break, and gave ourselves a break too. We had a flatwork lesson on Arrow, Traces and Night Heat. We worked on our elbow and wrist position. You wouldnt believe how bad they are suddenly! We had a great ride, nothing too exciting except one of the dogs catching himself on the fence, oh and our jumping instructer kept poking me in the stomach lol.

I went riding yesterday, and since it was my birthday , I didnt get a lesson. Instead, me and our dressage instructer tacked up; I tacked up Silver Sabre, and she tacked up Traces, and we went and warmed up. Then we swapped horses (dont ask lol) and went for a nice, long, fuuunnn canter on the dirt road. It was soooooo fun and the perfect ending to a perfect day!!!

Our next show is in two months time, so we're going to start training both ourselves and our horses next week. YAAAAY!!!
    05-19-2010, 05:46 PM
They all look very skinny!! Put muscle on them before jumping!! I suggest maybe a scoop more grain in their feed.. and work on their extended trot.
    05-20-2010, 01:41 AM
Green Broke
^^ Those pictures were taken a loooong time ago, they all look better. Love Story looks thin in the above photos because she was sweaty, she actually has alot of muscle. But thanks very much, I will increase their feed :). Im just curious, why do you say I need to work on their extended trot? Thanks :)
    05-20-2010, 08:36 AM
It will build more muscle...

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