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    02-06-2012, 03:49 AM
Monday, 6th February

Ugh. Don't take a 7 week break from horse riding, then do a lot of sitting trot. I couldn't bend over for 3 days because my stomach hurt to much.

I have been very surprised lately with how responsive he has been. Before I rode on Thursday, I had been working him around the paddock with free jumping, and free lunging etc. He was still very energized on Saturday which is unusual for him.
He behaved very well going up to riding. I didn't use him in my lesson this week. Half of it was lunging so we could work on our position, and the other half was washing the horses. It was good patience training. Really need to focus on keeping my right leg still. It flaps around like a turkey -_- This term is focusing on presentation for shows and dressing the horses up etc.
On the way home, again, he behaved well. Now I can literally drop the reins and he will take me home or to riding. Cute!

Didn't get to ride at Talitha's this weekend. She ended up with a shift at work.

I am literally in love with Rosie, the foal. I was scratching her on the neck, and multiple times she tried to lie down in my lap <3

Very affectionate, though talk about nippy :P She goes to nuzzle your face, then bite you. Cheeky girl. Soon cut that out though.
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    02-10-2012, 07:55 AM
Friday, 10th February

Once upon a time there was a tree on a slant. It always liked to get it's branches in my face as I was riding, and it's truck threatened to knock off my head every time I rode near it.

One night, not to long ago, flash flooding that lasted 10 mins came. The next day, the tree had fallen down. Y.A.Y.

I now have a new X/C jump. Woo-hoo! We are going to chainsaw it up over the weekend, though dad has agreed to let me have to trunk to keep it as a jump. It is fairly decent sized, so I will be having a lot of fun soon. I have already free jumped Pumpkin over it with ease.

Won't be riding in my lesson tomorrow: Instead I am riding my bosses Shetland in another lesson for free to see if he will cope with that sort of environment so she can sell him. Can't wait!

Riding with Talitha on Sunday hopefully.

And finally got Pony Club membership. Pumped. Can't wait to get Pumpkin and I progressing with dressage and jumping.
    02-11-2012, 03:55 AM
Saturday, 11th February

Dad cut up my tree..

Rode Charlie this morning, the shetland. He is very much a one person horse, so it took a while to catch him and do the ground work. But once you get on his back, he is a lot more relaxed. For the first half an hour, we worked on position. My feet stick out, which affects hips, shoulders etc. Painful much. My legs muscles learnt a thing or two. We then worked on barrels and bending a bit. After doing the barrels pattern 3 times, Charlie was really starting get the tight, quick turns. On the last one, we ducked in to quickly, and he stepped on the edge of the crate which flew up a bit. So it freaked him out, he took of, and I bailed. A bit winded, and will have a bruised bum tomorrow, but all good. Took us a further 24 minutes or so to catch him, but no problems afterwards.

In the end the lesson went for 3 hours. Stopped in at the servo later and got a large jumbo slushie. Best morning ever.

Pumpkin gave a lesson to my friend again this afternoon, and we worked on keeping hands and body nice and still while asking for the trot. She wants to learn how to start jumping, so I took her through how to do 2-point and how to practice at home. Her trot is improving well, starting to get everything together.
    02-14-2012, 03:43 AM
Tuesday, 14th February

On Sunday I worked in the morning and got home at 1:30. Went to go ride with another girl form work, Ruby, and left home at 2. Got home at 6.

I am so proud of Pumpkin. Most of the trip we had never been before. Only had one major freak out. We were trotting behind a line of trees, and when we came out, he saw a paddock full of sheep. So, U-turn, and cantering down the road out of his mind. I let him run it out, and when I felt him relax a bit, I pulled him up. Took us around 10mins to pass them, but that was our only issue. He did well with Ruby's lease horse, learnt some manners about getting to close to pissed off mares.

Ruby also learnt a lesson or two about horses that like to buck and misbehave. She jumped him, and I gave her a few pointers and tips. After the first two or three jumps, the were looking like a real team. She said that she learnt tonnes about riding just in those 15 minutes, so I am very glad.

A storm came over around 5:15, so I got on him and started to head home. All of this was in the rain, in totally unfamiliar areas. He was so brave, and I have never felt so in tune and trusting of him. It was defiantly a great day. It made me realize just how well he has come.

I love my pony <3
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    02-14-2012, 04:08 AM
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Samfords not happening -_- , Chinga hurt himself :(
    02-14-2012, 04:26 AM
Ugh, that sucks. Silly Chinga. Want to ride Pumpkin this weekend?
    02-14-2012, 05:35 AM
Its great to hear you and Pumpkin are progresing well together!
    02-14-2012, 05:39 AM
Thanks :) I am so glad it is all coming together. Even if he does be stupid in the paddock, it is good to know I can trust him if we need to get out of something.
    02-18-2012, 03:47 AM
Saturday, 18th February

I didn't ride at all during the week, way to tired dealing with school drama.

He did very well in our lesson today. Almost won a point. Highlight of my life Need to get our turns back up to scratch though. Not much to really comment on.

Came home and gave him a well needed bath. He is so clean it is weird.

My friend rode again today. He was very good for her. Worked on walk and trot, then got her to do laps in jumping position. I have now introduced her to the world of leg pain. She got to work on canter this time as well. Her seat is getting better, but she still needs to relax a bit.

Going to ride to Talitha's tomorrow after work with Ruby. Planning to bring the camera to get some shots.

Pumpkin is now out grazing and has eaten so much he is sleeping. Fatty. Kind of reverses what I have been aiming to do with his weight, but oh well.
    02-21-2012, 03:10 AM
Tuesday, 21st February

I need to start Pilates. Or Yoga.

Took Pumpkin to Ruby's on Sunday in Talitha's float with her mare, Saf. He did so well for his second time floating, first time in 2 years.

He did alright - and only alright. He was relaxed and therefore decided to spice up life for me -_-

Dear Pumpkin: Although I find it hilarious when you buck, take off and challenge me, there is a point where you need to stop and listen. You went past that point. In your defense, there were two mares there: and one was showing interest in you, but that is not an excuse.

He did manage to get me off before a jump. We were cantering up to it, and at the last minute ducked out. So I flew off and had dirt down my jeans for the rest of the ride :S Eww. Didn't catch it on film, though we have a few where he was bucking and throwing tantrums.

At the end he was jumping nicely, and starting to listen more. That was probably because of an energy loss, but still.

So two days on, very sore shoulder and back, tailbone is flared again.

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