friday 14 dec 2012
Annie was there, helped me tack up, by doing my saddle pad and saddle, whilst I bridled and gathered my helmet, gloves and crop.
Warmed up and practised diagonals in the arena, before going to the jumps arena.
Lots of bucking and pigrooting. Refuesed a jump so had to make him go over it 3 times, he bucked and bolted after we jmped it the 2nd time and ran , so I turned him so he wouldnt run out the arena (wasnt shut off), he stopped at the fence, my stirrups came out and I ended up sitting in front of my saddle...
Slid back into the saddle and under my instructor/boss's instruction made him jump over it a few more times, then walked him around the arena and went around the property to cool him out.
Mum watched our warm up, but left to lye down in her campervan due to a miagraine.
Annie staying there all day, until 2.30 wanted me to stay but I couldnt since we were going shopping (which didnt end up happening due to mums miagraine).
Was really looking forawrd to riding morgan but apparently she has gone lame again,. Which was noticed when Annie went to tack her up for a lesson booked before mine (which was canceled)
Saturday 15th dec 2012
Pepe and another TB came back to day after spelling in a paddock. Pepe is looking really good, glistening coat and full of enthusiasm - going to ride him tomorrow.
We got another TB (Brooklen?), who is a chestnut gelding - seems really nice, and he trots with his tounge sticking out of the side of his mouth which is rather characteristic.
Also got a new QH mare (Lucy), who is also a chestnut. She seems really nice, I love QH's, so when I heard she was comming a few weeks back I was excited. Apparently according to my boss/instructor, she was a 25k mare, but injured herself when foaling, so is now unbreedable, so they have gotten her free. She's a really nice horse!
Rode Morgan today, about 2 hours before her only lesson. Man I love riding that horse, she is such a great mare! She's perfect really, so responsive and willing.
Also rode Milo (STB), after being egged on by the girls, man oh man, like my boss/instructor's daughter said, he is so bouncy! He is litterally almost inpossible to rise trot, I was laughing riding him, saying he was like riding a tampoline.
Tomorrow is my bday, so hoping I can ride Morgan sometime tomorrow, since she only is booked for one lesson!
Going out for a chicken parmy (yum) tea tomorrow night to celebrate my 18th, also getting 10 more lessons paid for, so I can continue my lessons!
Learnt how to dirve their gold cart thing today, apart from backing into and electric fence (whoops!!), all went well.... going to have to practise those 3-point turns! Haha. Really fun to drive though!
Sunday 16th december
Rode Morgan today, had a great ride! Went and got her after another girl had put her away with the wrong rug on, so went down to put her proper one on, then decided to ride her, like I had planned earlier but then decided I wasnt going to due to my feet killing me. Glad I did ride her, she is such a joy to ride!
Nothing really happened today, we had a really quiet day, and one lesson called in sick, another a no show, so had less than 10 lessons on for the entire day, which was kind of relaxing, having a quiet day now and then is good, I reckon..
Took mum to go see Pep, as I was putting Morg away - he is looking great, with his lovely and glossy summer coat.
Got paid for this week and last weeks work, and came home for a rest afterwards - then went out to dinner, which was lovely, except for the terrible 'band' playing.
22nd Dec, Saturday
Today went really smoothly, ended up not riding, because it was so hot.
Casey, one of the instructors, was pleased with my work today - and kindly offered to teach me in a lesson as payment for helping her out with the horses, and sharing my water with her seeing as it was such a hot day - my ice water was a hit
All the lessons ran through really smoothly, except the first two cancelled, so had to get another horse instead.
John told me that all lessons tomorrow would be cancelled since it would be 40 degrees (they cancel at 38).
My instructor/boss told me that she may teach me some parelli skills, which would be great! Love natural horsemanship, so its right up my interest alley!
Gave Morg a good brushing today in the shade of the wash bay, her last lesson (she had 2 booked for the whole day) was a no show so I just spent some time with her, which she seemed to enjoy - even falling to sleep as I brushed her.
23 Dec, Sunday.
Went up around 8am today, to have a bit of a ride which my instructor/boss offered me yesterday.
She had two girls coming up for a lesson each, as their last one before christmas, so I helped get Tula ready for one of the girls to ride.
John dropped me down in the golf cart thing, at her paddock, then drove back up and caught the other horse we were using for the other girl to ride (Yushi).
Stayed for over 3.5hours, and rode Dub (Pep was lame, Morg having a rest and I wasnt feeling up to riding their new TB, Brook).
Dub was good for the ride, a bit on the rushy side, but nothing some half halts couldnt fix. He had a complete melt down when I rode him back to the big arena, after cooling him out by our ride around the back of the property, and wouldnt budge, each time trying to rip the reins from my hands. Bucked, rushed backwards, you name it, he did it. Eventually got him in the arena, which I rewareded him and let him know what a good boy he was for doing so, even though my frustration was high. Each time he had rushed backwards, there was a tree, and I was petrified that he would freak and rear up if he so much as touched it (hes a bit jumpy), and with a huge branch above my head he could easily have nocked me out if he had done so, so I kept turning him round in teh space between the arenas, and urging him with all my strenght back to the arena and through the gate, each time he shied away no matter how much I tried - another thing I was worried about was the post which I kept him from swiping clean.
Was very happy when he went back in the arena, good to have gotten over that!
Gave him a molasses drink, rugged him and put him back in his paddock, after helping the oldest of the girls to put the pony they were riding, back in its paddock.
John showed me how to do the hay feeds, how the lights work in the feed shed/tack shed, how to repair the electric and wire fences, where the circuit board was for the fence, the power supplies, water controls were etc, for when I house/horse sit
Friday 28 dec
Rode Dubbin, because Morgan has a back rash. Had a pretty good ride, Chris was there from last week teaching a lesson, as was another lady who I do not know. Warmed Dub up in the big arena, then went into the jumps arena, where we practised over trot poles and the smallest jump.
He was a bit flighty due to the wind today, and broke loose as I was saddling him up, when the wind changed - luckily it was as I was about to girth up, so had a hold on him, and he didnt break completly free.
Tacked him up in the yard next to the tying rails.
Pepe was ridden by a girl in a lesson today, apparently his 2nd lesson, from being back in work - he's looking great, glossy coat, and very well behaved!
Today ran really smooth, all except one lesson came, so that was good.
I got shown who has what and how to do the horse feeds, for when they are away. Doesnt seem too hard.
Also got shown the meds, and told how much which horse has.
Met the vet, who says she will come out on Monday, to check up on the horses.
House sat hence missing journals, will upload later.
Friday 11th jan 2013
Had my lesson today, went really well , warmed morgan up around the property, then a bit in the arena (she tookforver, and kept throwing a tantrum, trying to cow hop, so she had to be lead in by someone I don't know.
We worked in the arena for a while - she fell right under me, lucky I stayed on - she was fine but until we get the sand flattened again, we arent using that arena. Went in the jumping arena, had a ball, jumped somec ross rails, and my instructor.boss is REALLY happy with my jumping. One of my friends, who is an instructor there, told mum I might be able to ride her horse!!! Im meeting her mare on tuesday, can't wait, heard all about her, even if I don't ride, I really can't wait
Going to work tomorrow and the next day, weather wont be too bad which is good, but saturday looks to be really buisy.
Got paid for my house/horse sitting, getting 10 $35 horse riding tokens, which I feel is too much, but since she owns the buisiness, and she runs my lessons, it wont cost her, and I am still getting my lessons, so it works out awesome for both of us!!
Laine volunteered, we both rode Pepe.
Got stepped on, went to hospital, after walking around on it all day - not broken just very bruised and swollen.
Gave Jade, her bday stuff (all fluero since she loves those colours now) really excited. Chased by on the mule.
Jacinta offers a ride on her mare, loves the way I ride!
Rode Tula and Morgan. Last two lessons canceled. Morgan kept following me whilst a little girl, who had been there all day colunteering, rode her.
Demonstrated a rise trot for a intro lesson.
All horses winter rugged, so time was spent sorting out who needed what rug.