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post #121 of 222 Old 12-23-2011, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Friday, 23 December

28 hours or 1662 mins or 99697 seconds till x-mas. I know my mum went to the saddlery, now I just really want to know what I am getting.

My friend rode again on... Tuesday I think. Progressed from walk/trot to w/t/c. Pumpkin went so well, he was listening and being very responsive for her.

I rode him yesterday to keep his energy down for our cousins. Again, going well. Started to become lazy and ignore my legs, but the trusty dressage whip fixed that. Jumped him over some x-rails and a few 60cm. Gave my sisters friends a ride and called it a day. One of the girls is a horseless horse mad child - read almost every book on horses under the sun. I gotta say, it is nice to have an enthusiastic helper!

...And it has just started to bucket down with rain -_-. X-mas day better not be wet..

So that's it

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post #122 of 222 Old 12-26-2011, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Tuesday, 27 December

Well, merry late Christmas!

Ended up getting a purple saddle blanket with Pumpkins name sown in it. I haven't used it yet.

My cousins didn't end up getting a ride on him. They came late and we had to cram everything in already.

That's it with Pumpkin from the last couple of days. I do have a photo from this morning to make up for the lack of exciting things to write about.
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post #123 of 222 Old 01-07-2012, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Saturday, 7th November

Um... not much.

I did give my friend a bareback lesson yesterday though. Both went really well. He is listening really well to her, but challenging her just enough to get her thinking. He knows his stuff. It didn't go for very long, but it was getting dark.

I plan to get him out and have a few lessons, or ride with friends next week. Though I can't ride at the moment, as I can hardly walk. I stretched a tendon or something in my foot 4 days ago playing spot light -_- Good on me.

I have a few photos from today while he was out grazing.

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post #124 of 222 Old 01-11-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thursday, 12th January

Farrier came earlier this week to give him a trim. He behaved very well.

Still can't ride cause of my foot. That and the previous 3 days have been 35, 34 and 36 degrees Celsius. I'm sure he's happy doing nothing though.

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post #125 of 222 Old 01-11-2012, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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He was looking really bored and I had nothing better to do so I grabbed some fruit, chucked it on a rope and hung it from a tree. At first it looked like a lost cause, but he got the hang of it in the end.

I might ride him either this afternoon or tomorrow just plodding around. My sister promised to take photos if I give her a Toblerone. Bribery always works.

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post #126 of 222 Old 01-14-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Sunday, 15th January

So not riding him for that long was a boo-boo. If you didn't have a strong contact on him, he wanted to canter... from a walk. He was playing up so I just got off him and sent him off around the paddock to get his energy down. I couldn't be bothered to deal with his antics yesterday.

I worked today for the first time in ages. My foot by the end of it was killing me :/

Might finally be riding with a girl from work this week :) She will hopefully be bringing her mare down for a day.

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post #127 of 222 Old 01-18-2012, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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No pics :(

Rode with the girl from work today. I gave Pumpkin a 15 minute ride before she got here to make sure he wasn't going to do anything stupid. He behaved very well, no antics.
When she got here we ended up jumping, I went 70cm on Pumpkin, and up to 85 with her mare, Saf. Sad to say, my position has faltered thanks to not jumping at lessons any more.

We went around to the dam across the road and tried to coax them in for a swim. Saf went in after a little persuading, but Pumpkin wasn't having any of it. Ran home and got some hay in the end. He got all four hooves in. I'm sorta proud. I've seen him go in to dams up to his withers to get lily pads before, so he was being a sook.

Planning to make this a weekly thing, and we will switch riding to each others houses. Hopefully goes ahead!

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post #128 of 222 Old 01-18-2012, 09:18 AM
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He is just the cutest little guy!I love spicey little ponies & love hearing your tales about him. He is very photogenic.
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post #129 of 222 Old 01-18-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou! Glad to hear some loves his attitude. He does keep it interesting

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post #130 of 222 Old 01-18-2012, 04:50 PM
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I can't believe I haven't seen this before. He ia cute as a ....... Pimpkin.
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