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post #111 of 222 Old 11-07-2011, 06:02 AM
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It looks like your having a load of Fun. :-D
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post #112 of 222 Old 11-14-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Monday, 14th November

Back from New Zealand. We worked on ground manners on Thursday night, those where starting to lack a little. Fixed that up then he got fed dinner.

I let him out today for a graze, and when it came to put him back in his paddock, he played the game of: I-have-lots-of-energy-and-you-don't-so-come-catch-me... :/ Great because I have gotten up a 2 in the morning for the past two days. But it is nice to see him playing with me. Or his version anyway..

Eventually herded him into the paddock and got him to come up to me. Took him out for a wash and now he is all sparkly and soft

Snapped some pics on my laptop, so they aren't great quality.

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post #113 of 222 Old 11-18-2011, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Friday, 18th November

Got off my butt and rode this afternoon. It has been two weeks, and considering that, he went very well. We worked on being more reactive to my aids, and with flexing. We also part fixed our leaning in on circles.

He gathered what we were doing fairly quickly so that was excellent.

Hopefully our lesson will go well tomorrow.

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post #114 of 222 Old 11-20-2011, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Sunday, 20th November

I didn't get to ride Pumpkin in my lesson on Saturday. I woke up 10 minutes before the lesson started :S I slept through my alarm...

My friend rode him Saturday night. He was so good. She is starting to get really good with her leg aids and looking where she is going. I jumped on him afterwards and he was doing so well.


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post #115 of 222 Old 11-25-2011, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Friday, 25th November

I have been sick the past two days, so no riding lately. I did get around to cleaning his sheath however. It is going to take a bit more persuasion to be able to clean his 'man-hood' though. Turns out he is very shy about it getting cleaned. Mission for the weekend I'm thinking.

School is almost done for grade 10. Only 6 more days to go including the weekend. All my assessment is handed in and done. Over the holidays I will be getting Pumpkin up to scratch with fitness, and hopefully we will get him out and being more social. He hasn't grasped that ears back means 'cut that out or you will get a nip.'


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post #116 of 222 Old 11-28-2011, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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Monday, 28th November

Saturday was great. Pumpkin behaved very well... in fact, he has developed a habit of not leaving the property without some resistance. Shows he is enjoying himself, but I am not very keen for this to turn turn into a common thing. He was listening very well to my leg. Bending and speed is coming along well - something has clicked in his brain.

I now have to stop kicking him when I ride - where I was previously taught, we were told to kick every stride. Now to break that habit of 3 years, and keep to squeezing.

Spent Sunday at Gumdale PC with Maddie (Chingaz) watching her compete. Pretty sun burnt as a result though :/

All in all, a good weekend

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post #117 of 222 Old 12-03-2011, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Saturday, 3 December

Holidays!! 8 weeks to play with the pony and improve riding etc.

Lesson today was good, we are getting more competitive with going for points... even though it is the second last week for the term, but better later than never right?

Also found out that if you sing nursery rhymes to him while we do the course, he travels quicker and with more enthusiasm.

Behind the kindy on the way home, I let him go for a canter, expecting some enthusiasm but nothing over exciting. But he kicked it up a notch today. I am fairly sure we were galloping, or an in hand canter. It was amazing to feel him reach under and push himself forward like that. No photos or vids though :/
Will have to work on listening to me more though.

Rode Chinga this afternoon with Maddie. Wasn't that an experience and a half. I haven't ridden a big horse in about 2 and a half months, and then Chinga is a very powerful horse on top of that. Jumped him a bit after getting used to flat work. I don't know how Maddie does it. He has lots of force behind a take off.

So, I spent around 4 and a half hours riding today and in the company of horses.

Holidays are looking to be very horsey :)

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post #118 of 222 Old 12-05-2011, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Monday 5th December

Spent Sunday afternoon with Maddie at her lesson with Becky Allen taking photos. Very nice lade and I learnt a tonne.

Rode pumpkin this afternoon. He was listening really well. He was responding heaps better to my leg pressure and to the bit. He was jumping well, even though I am sure my position was hindering more than helping most of the time. We have started to connect jumps together like a course now. Finally!


Sister took a few photos, but I'll upload them later.
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post #119 of 222 Old 12-10-2011, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Saturday, 10th November

Rode him a massive 3 times this week :P

Monday is above ^^^

Tuesday I just jumped on bareback for a short ride. Walked and trotted around, with some bending here and there. Generally well behaved.

So to start off the day today, it was pouring rain. Still wanting to take Pumpkin up for the fun day, I put him in his rug and me in my rain coat. Both blue, so we were matching with style :P Mum took up all my gear. By the time I got there, after walking for about 20-30 mins in the rain, I was soaking wet. Ended up riding bareback for the first part of the lesson. A girl on the other team gave him ago, and from what I saw, he was testing the ropes with her.

I ended up on him for one of the rounds and he was excellent. Bending nicely, going forward and stops were good.

Second half was saddled, rode him for individual courses. Overall, he was good. No trouble leaving the arena today, though that might be because he was following mum out...

And the disappointing news: according to the weather people and my instructor we are to be only having a grand total 3 fine days until mid January. Why oh why. Sure, I can ride on overcast days, but a slip we had in the rain a while ago that had the potential to be very dangerous, has resulted in me not riding while to ground is soggy, or to damp...

I will now be found praying that the rain will hold and that the sun will stay.

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post #120 of 222 Old 12-19-2011, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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Monday, 19th December

On the Pumpkin front:

Nothing. Not a thing. Apart from ground work though... Been busy at pony club camp all week and haven't really been home to spend time with him.

On the horse front:

Pony Club registration. Verrrry excited! And mum has promised that her goal is to get me a float by my my birthday in August.

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