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post #151 of 222 Old 02-25-2012, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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Saturday, 25th February

Didn't ride him in my lesson today. Woke up 40 mins before me lesson started, and with having a bad week, I didn't really feel like handling/ riding him. So I rode Benson and kicked butt. Won teams and 2/3 individuals today. It has been so long since I have won anything. It felt good

Pony club has been cancelled tomorrow. I was looking forward to getting him out in a very social, full on environment, but apparently our recent Brisbane weather didn't want me to -_- It has been very wet these past couple of days, which is never good for a horse rider with no indoor arena to ride. Only his paddock. Those of you lucky ducks who get to board with proper facilities, feel grateful.


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post #152 of 222 Old 03-02-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Friday, 2nd March

Haven't ridden all week. Surprise :/

I should really start allocating specific days where I get home and ride. Problem is I am exhausted by the time I get home, and in winter it is dark.

Since he hasn't been ridden in a while, I played with him the other night. Obviously he is feeling very energetic as he took off from a walk randomly while we were cooling down. He took quite a few spins around the paddock at a gallop.

Winter coats will soon be setting in, scary thought.
Bought pony club stuff on Sunday, saddle blanket is yellow. So basically yellow on palomino. I think I have a diagram somewhere.... but I'll get some pics for fun shortly. Very rough but it gives you guys an idea.
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post #153 of 222 Old 03-04-2012, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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Sunday, 4th March

Let him out to graze today. I made some horse cookies so I got down to trick training business. His bow is becoming a lot better.

Snapped some pics today as well. My internet is being really slow so I will upload the other two later.
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post #154 of 222 Old 03-05-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Next couple of pics from yesterday..

Nothing but rain all day, so any riding right now will be off.
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post #155 of 222 Old 03-09-2012, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Friday, 9th March

I rode him 0_0

For like the first time in 3 weeks. I think the time off was good for him. He was very co-operative for me, which is new. My sister also got some pictures. She caught him in one of his 'moments' so I'll put that up to prove once and for all he is a brat (3rd photo). I can never get anything on film of him misbehaving with me. It is blurry, but still. He was a lot more balanced, and listening well. Worked on jumping, barrels and got him practicing his turns etc.

All in all, I am very happy with him.
Got a pic of him in his new saddle blanket as well.
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post #156 of 222 Old 03-11-2012, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sunday, 11th March

Friday night:

Baddddddddd pony. He used up all his good behavior yesterday. I didn't ride, but he liked the idea of bad manners. Oh well. One good day, one bad. They sorta come hand in hand with Pumpkin.

Today:

Took him to Pony Club for the first time today!

Good points: Relaxed! He was listening to me well on the ground and partially in the saddle, we were relaxed enough to walk, trot, canter and jump with a little bit of encouragement. Wasn't totally obsessing over the other horses in the paddock. By the end of the ride he was listening really well to me, actually doing what I wanted with minimal fuss.

Points to be... improved on: Focusing on me. We had a few moments where he took off on me trying to get to horses by the fence and to Saf. Going where I want, when I want, at the speed I want. Granted, he is getting better and it was a new place, new horses, but still.

Photos! The last jump was a really good photo: but my legs dies. Ka-boom and all of the rest. Live and learn I suppose!
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post #157 of 222 Old 03-20-2012, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Tuesday, 20th March

Been busy studying for exams this week, and the rain has come so no riding.

My friend however snuck in a ride on Sunday. We couldn't be bothered to tack up so she did a bareback lesson. A majority of it was trotting, getting her to absorb the motion with her waist and hips and relax. She learnt her lesson. Only because she fell off three times Her legs are now in serious pain and she is sore from falling. She has graduated a level.

Pumpkin has been good. Not doing much. We are changing places that we go riding next week! Where we are currently isn't focusing on what we want, but the new place does a wider range of things and focuses more on improving your position, which is what I need. She doesn't do proper lessons, though she used to be a pony club instructor, and is a friend of my bosses. We already have arrangements to get us there, so I have a feeling this is going to be great!


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Been busy studying for exams this week, and the rain has come so no riding.

My friend however snuck in a ride on Sunday. We couldn't be bothered to tack up so she did a bareback lesson. A majority of it was trotting, getting her to absorb the motion with her waist and hips and relax. She learnt her lesson. Only because she fell off three times Her legs are now in serious pain and she is sore from falling. She has graduated a level.

Pumpkin has been good. Not doing much. We are changing places that we go riding next week! Where we are currently isn't focusing on what we want, but the new place does a wider range of things and focuses more on improving your position, which is what I need. She doesn't do proper lessons, though she used to be a pony club instructor, and is a friend of my bosses. We already have arrangements to get us there, so I have a feeling this is going to be great!
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post #159 of 222 Old 03-21-2012, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou! :P

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post #160 of 222 Old 03-23-2012, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Friday, 23rd March

Despite the recent rain, I cow-girled up and rode.

I only had a half day at school today due to block exams. When I got home I let him out to graze.

He was really well behaved. Walk, trot, canter and stopping was really good. Went to take him out around the block and that turned into a 15 minute lesson that we do not ignore me, we turn at the speed I want and we do not buck. Fun! Nice refresher for my seat. But my tailbone hurts again because of riding. Oh the things we put up with.

My sister raced us around the dam. And I must admit, she pretty much won. My horse is slower than a human *facepalm* He has reasons, but still.

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