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    11-09-2012, 11:06 PM
Haha yeah I was wearing a sport's bra - just didnt cross the straps over with the hook - have now . Oh I hope Bebe comes up clean for you soon, you must be really worried about her. Yeah I would miss not having horses around and not having a horse on hand - especially when you would get so used to it too! Thanks, Im really looking forward to the new Team Manager! :Smile:
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    11-10-2012, 02:19 AM
She's fine atm just a bump of the splint but it cod get worse who knows crazy horse haha. Not something to get upset over. I have 5 soon to be 6 horses to look after but haven't gotten permission to ride the mare I've had my eye on for a month now haha
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    11-11-2012, 05:10 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazed09    
She's fine atm just a bump of the splint but it cod get worse who knows crazy horse haha. Not something to get upset over. I have 5 soon to be 6 horses to look after but haven't gotten permission to ride the mare I've had my eye on for a month now haha
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Well best wishes for a safe recovery for her . Sounds like you are very buisy, best you love having the horses around though!
    11-11-2012, 05:28 PM
Tacked up for all the riding lessons minus one yesterday, Pepe had had a sore back so we had to cancel the last of his lessons, just to be on the safe side - he was massaged and felt all over, but nothing was found as for a sore back, but we finished him early for the day, just in case.

Went for a ride on Toola, she was being really hard mouthed and ignoring my leg cues for the first half, the took her to a different arena, and she settled down and we had a nice ride, before I gave her a rest for a couple hours, and she was ridden once more. Tried to hose her down after her last ride - she is terrified of the wash bay and hose, so we didnt get far, but better than last time, which is an achievement.

Everything ran really smoothly yesterday, considering my instrucor who also owns the place and horses, her husband (horsemanship) and their adopted kids, left before noon for the day.

Packed up by myself at the end of the day - including picking up littered food and drink containers next to one of the arenas. :eyeroll:

Highlight of the day, which was not fun for me at all - I was terrified, was thet I was reported to that a small snake had gone into the shed we use as a large tack room, riders lounging area... So I had to go in there - Banged all the sides of the shed and stomped.... and thumped a lead rope along things just to make sure I didnt scare it by finding it walking around silently, and so tempting it to run away with all the commotion..

Went into that shed many times later in the day, repeating the stomp and thump routine, saw no snake, but think it may have slithered into the burn pile behind the shed, in a unused paddock.

Had to catch one of the ponies FAMOUS for not getting caught.. tried feed, carrots, halter behind my back, walking slowly with my eyes fixed slightly below his eyes... finally after about 20mins of trying to catch said pony... (who even the instructors hate catching and usually can't) I go back up to the arena's and bring down two others... It takes the three of us to herd him into a corner of a paddock, talking softly to him, and blocking his attempts to get away, with out arms outstretched... said pony is then PERFECT for the rest of the usual, thinking he might be herd bound, as he hates leaving his paddock and will do anything not to leave, although he is not with another horse/herd, but rather shares the same fenceline with them. He actually walks up to you in the resting yards we use to give the horses shade and a bit of a roll in the sand, inbetween lessons.

Gotta love ponytude faces...
    11-12-2012, 08:10 AM
Just read back, and forgot to mention my instructor who also owns the place/horses, had me ride in two-point position around the whole outside of jump arena I looked at her like Hey What? , then she gave me that look and off we went, not a joke afteral , felt really odd because it was my first time doing anything like it.
    11-12-2012, 12:54 PM
Hahaha the joys of being a instructor!!! At the end of the day you might think we're crazy but we do it to nothing like trotting 2 point for an hour bearback to teach you balence!!
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    11-13-2012, 10:13 PM
Just got back from my friday lesson, had it swapped to this wednesday morning. Rode Pepe for an hour, practising mainly my rising trot without stirrups and reins (Im not good at this at all!!) Did more leg yeilding and trotting - my instructor saying, if only I could ride like that without my stirrups and reins - I will get there!

Pepe spooked horribly at a gumtree branch snapping off - He didnt mind the snappping part (all ears pricked and alert but no crazy spazz TB omg omg Pepe), but as soon as it dropped, my god, I went from having a horse under me to nothing, but luckily stayed on - even my instructor/now boss (after her employing me as Team Manager) was standing there like ...I wont tell you what my mums face looked like . Whole thing from the cracking, to the dropping of the branch and Pepe freaking was only about 10 seconds really, though felt as if minuites went by .

He was carrying his head really funny today, so she rang the vet - and the vet had us cover each of his eyes one at a time and trot him over trot poles - his eyes were fine, I had to leave after that - so not really sure what the outcome was.

We had a bit of a running joke as my instructor/boss (feels SO odd saying that!) kept grinning at me after Pepe's spook, as she had just had new sand delivered the past week and spread in the arenas, she kept laughing and saying "Come on, I want to know if the sand is soft enough!" Went on for the whole lesson, when I got off and we were doign the stuff with him for the vet, I grinned at her and said 'Guess you will just have to get thrown your self or get someone else to test the sand for you' She grinned and gave me a look which said "Riding" to which I promptly said 'No riding for you, your foot is still not ready yet" , man she hates not being able to ride - you can tell she is so tempted to go ride!! She did something to her foot, and hurt it quiet badly, but since she has diabetes she can't really feel in that foot so her agrument is that is she can't feel it it doensnt matter, but the doctor has said NO riding for 1 more week.

My instructor/boss is awesome, I really enjoy working with/under her!
She asled how my Friday work was going with the racehorses (long story, not a huge fan of racing) and I told her I had 5 more weeks, and then I was out of there- she asked why and I explained how they were 'getting rid' of the TB's (gallopers) - she was really mad and upset, said to give them her number and she will grab some as long as they are good horses and retrain them (Pepe is one she rescued from the dogger man, and fed up and retrained.) So Im happy about that!
    11-13-2012, 10:17 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazed09    
Hahaha the joys of being a instructor!!! At the end of the day you might think we're crazy but we do it to nothing like trotting 2 point for an hour bearback to teach you balence!!
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Haha nope I don't think you are crazy, just know that you are doing your best to help gain better balance is all! Good on ya, It does seem a it odd at first, but hey it only helps you more! Like my fave quote I use when im riding or with horses 'If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got'.
    11-13-2012, 10:33 PM
Oh and that Snake I saw on sunday and tried to find, apparently got their white cat It's at the vets and her blood daughter was crying asking them to please save her cat... $677 dollars later, their cat is alive but recovering.
    11-18-2012, 08:30 AM
Had another great day today, being Team Manager is really good for me, and knowing that things will run my way and be done well, is a huge relief to no one doing everything, and me doing it all by myself - atleast now I have the control to make sure everything gets done >fairly<.

Had a fair few lessons today - all ran smoothly, except when the adopted girls and their friends decided to have four horses running willy nilly wild in the jumps arena (which shares a electric fence line on the walk way we use to lead the horses to and fro paddocks, cool down etc - hence I had one mare spooked - when one of the girl's ponies broke out, I blocked him off with my mare - gave the girl a stern warning not to be riling the horses up LOOSE in the jumps arena with kids around, especially when they obviously have no control, hence loose pony.

Pepe went for his break with a few other horses, to go rest out in a paddock for a while.

Got a new mare in during the week, whom I met today - a 22yo AQH/TB mare called Morgan - quiet sweet, but will be getting some training by boss, on ground manners.

Cleaned up the holding yards, and the day stalls, tacked up and oragnised all the horses/riders for the day etc.

Had a bit of a to myself, as when leaving , boss's blood daughter was laughing at me with a girl who was volunteering last week, because I had asked the girl if she knew how to tack up - "She does own a horse here you know!?!" .. Well Im sorry but I did not know and she did not let on any, I simply asked her if she was alright and able to tack up herself... Talk about rude, especiall when I left I could hear their laughter behind me .

Didn't ride today - to buisy getting everyone else ready!

Oh teenage girls, don't you love them?

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