I think I'm over this have a paddock mate business, much rather preferred Romeo when he was by himself, but oh well don't think K is planning on staying that long.
Didn't really ride him much last week, I just feel like I have to let her know every time I'm going to ride/lunge my horse so she can come grab hers so she's not a nutter. I will how ever ride him tomorrow, with or without K there.
On the plus side of having someone else on the property, I have some one to go on trial rides with, on the downside, she doesn't like taking Ezzie in boggy sand as it sends her loopy, which pretty much rules out all the trials around.
We did however go for a road ride to the estuary the other day, nice and relaxed ride on the road.
Romeo had pulled a shoe that day so was a little bit ouchy.
Farrier come out on Saturday 2nd of November to put a new shoe on, he just reshod him as his backs were really long.
The farrier, lets call him S and sometimes he brings he's farrier mate, let's call him Fk, are worried about his club foot of his, awhile back not to sure if I blogged it but Romeo pulled it off really bad and took some of his wall with it, nothing to make him lame, just that it's harder to out the shoe on when there's less wall.
S just said to give a call at the 4 week mark to see how he's feet are going, fingers crossed all is well and they stay on for the full 6 weeks.
Sunday the 3rd was pony club, first pony club I have been to in a while.
And let's just say he was really, really energetic.
Had jumping first off, and he hasn't established his speed in canter yet, and gets very touchy with it.
Like to get the right canter lead I have to work him a bit more on the right side, told the instructor this and she knows the troubles I have had with him before and said just do what you need.
So I went off did my own little thing, leg yielding and the cantering on the right.
He picks it up fine, chucks in a big stride once he gets it though, but gets it.
But when I was doing the exercise asked, which was nothing complicated, cantering a circle over these little jumps, took a while for him to calm down in the canter just very goey.
But once we were over the jump he changed lead, so I pulled him back and tried to correct him, he gets very touchy and very goey.
I think it's just from not having cantered him for that long (only really been doing it for the last 2 weeks really) but if anyone has any advice I'm all ears :)
Then came the boring stuff, for theory we were doing lunging as myself and one if the other older riders are hoping to sit our K certificates next year, a pot of theory work and I'm not nearly on top of all the paper work as I need to be, but slowly and surely I'm getting through it all.
Flat was a bit boring, I usually enjoy it, but because I went in the jumping lesson in the morning, jumping in the morning was an beginner one (green riders or green horses) I missed out on my normal flat lesson with my normal instructor.
This lady that took us well, I learnt nothing, we just pretty much just trotted around on the arena and that was it. It sucked big time.
We then had lunch.
After lunch was an active riding section, I usually don't participate as it's usually games or something of the sort and I'm not too keen on getting Romeo that fired up.
This time however it was XC.
I wasn't too sure if I should take Romeo out.
Talked to the jumping instructor and she said even if I just take him out for a little look.
I'm soo glad I took him out he was awesome, stopped and looked at the bubby jump first time, but after that he just jumped everything I pointed him out, keeping in mind I was inky pointing him at little bubby jumps 50-60cm max. Was soo tempted to point him at something higher but don't want to push him too far.
I found out a few thing about him and me at the same time as well, learnt that Romeo loves XC
and he also tends to race towards the jump so I have to hold him back till right before we get to it, learnt that a solid wood jump can actually break (no injuries surprising he just went really flat over it as I didn't hold him together and knocked his front legs on to it he was booted), learnt how much I missed jumping XC and that Romeo is really bold and is going to take me far
I don't think anyone got any photos of me jumping the XC jumps which was the most exciting part, but I'll see what photos were taken :)