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    03-24-2012, 09:31 AM
Saturday, 24th March

Last lesson was today! He did well, listened to me for the most part, but by the end of it he was sick of that ball game. His attention to me is getting a lot better. Basically he was behaving really well.

I washed him this afternoon, he was so dirty I didn't have the patience to look at him any more :P
Shampoo + conditioner + lots of water = clean pony. I didn't bother with his socks cause he would have just gone and played in the mud anyway.

And in tribute to the 'How to keep someone in suspense' thread, I have some news for tomorrow with photos, so get excited.
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    03-25-2012, 05:39 AM
Sunday, 25th March

It was our first Pony Club Muster today!

We started with a course, similar to what we did at riding lessons, that was easy for us. Minimal misbehavior, a bit of rushing to the next horse ect.

Next was jumping, and it was our fist time doing an actual course. First time around was hilarious. He was pulling, rushing, bolting and bucking to get the group. He never got there, but he gave it a good attempt. We got over all the jumps, even though we had a few dodgy lines. Our first combination ever, and there was only a little bit of hesitation. (3rd photo)

The next round, the height was risen. But I did have a stack. Woo! We were coming into the last jump, and he was rushing it to much. He wouldn't listen when I tried to pull him a bit, so we came in way to close. He bunny hopped over it, but I got ahead so I rolled off. I landed on the very top of my back, basically on my neck, did a somersault and finished sitting down. Jumped back on a cleared it again with no problem. (First photo)

Did flat work after, looking at connection and contact. He was good. I thought he would get bored and start to play up, but he was listening well. Got a few things to work on.The games afterwards got a bit much for him. He was tired and starting to get cranky so I took him away and just went for a walk, which cheered him up.
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    04-01-2012, 10:59 PM
Monday, 2nd April

Why hello there serious muscle pain. Long time no see.

I knew he would be stupid, but Saturday was the worst he has ever pulled it. I had warned our new instructor before hand about his behavior and at the start he was really good. She said she had seen these types so many times before. Sweet looking, but underneath the attitude is big. According to my boss after, she was surprised at how bad he decided to act.

When we were warming up he 'spooked'. Right after that false emergency, I got a gut feeling the he was going to take misbehaving to a new level.

The start was good, did flat work looking on our position and technique. My thighs are burning. She had me do rising trot stirrup-less to emphasize toes forward, and to use my knees and thighs more than my calves. I did it, but it hurts. He was nice and responsive, listening to my cues and aids.
A few times of trying to buck, nothing major.

Bounce pony came next. That was ok, first time again. Tried ducking out but we got back in and finished on a good note. He was starting to get smart. When I was in a more vulnerable position: he acted up. Righto then Mr. Smarty Pants.

Did some courses, that was ok. A bit of rushing.

At one stage Pumpkin and I had to go back to the float for something. We turned around to walk back but he took of cantering, not listening to me and bucking. We got back to the others, but he went straight past, again carrying on. My boss was saying afterwards it wasn't small bucking, it was 4 feet off the ground style. Far more effort than he usually puts in. I stayed on though, so now dad is under the opinion I should give rodeo a try :P

As a result, next week our instructor is bringing along her Spanish curb or something so we can get him to respect the bit. Once he does, we will move back down to our snaffle. She tested his back to make sure he wasn't sore anywhere afterwards.

Mum is coming next week so we can get pictures.
    04-07-2012, 02:51 AM
Saturday, 7th April

He was so good.
We put him in a Dutch Gag to begin with and I think he prefers it to his current bit. The way he was moving and accepting it seemed better than in his other one. Mum got videos, so I will have to get screen shots to put up. During warm up he tried to play up but the new bit fixed that problem. He was so light and responsive, it was amazing. We did more bounce pony, that was a lot better. We also did bending and barrels, that was good as well.

Pictures coming soon!
    04-17-2012, 08:19 AM
Tuesday, 17th April

It feels like I have been slack with this updating. Hmm

I still need to get those screen shots :S

We have been on a new schedule, riding at a trot for 30 mins a day, 6 days a week. That has been going well, except for our recent rain clouds making the ground wet. School has started again, so I am going to have to be riding at 4 in the morning to fit it in. By the time I get home from school, it is close to dark.

Instructor picked up a dutch gag and a PVC bridal for us for $25. That's called bargain hunting!

Last week I didn't bring him, we have been having floating troubles. He now doesn't like being floated. Reasons suspected, but I won't mention them. So I rode my bosses horse.... talk about trying to pull up a freight train :S He stuck his head on the ground and just kept on going. No mind for the bit or rider at all. By the end he was traveling a lot better, not pulling on my hands for the reins, or trying to swerve me into a tree.

Over the weekend we had a friend over with her lease mare for the night. He loved it. We were jumping up to 75cm which is pretty good for him! Haha. No pictures sadly.

Another muster this weekend, praying he gets on the float to give him another good experience. Wish us luck!
    04-22-2012, 01:28 AM
Sunday, 22nd April

He walked straight on the float like there hadn't been any issues. I was so happy and incredible pleased that there were no issues.

So we had a dressage lesson today, with a guest instructor. We had two bucks at a canter turning a corner which is leading me to believe it will be time to call a chiro. She had us working on flexing and leg yielding. He picked it up fairly quickly. We have been working on this at home, but this really gave me more of an idea on what to be doing. It took a little bit for him to understand but after that he was really carrying himself well and not fighting the direction. We did this a walk, trot, canter both ways.

He also added a new trick to his inventory. Jumping over the dressage rails while mum is trying to fix a stirrup and rolling. We were walking around half way through the lesson when he dropped and rolled onto my left leg. I had to push myself away from him using the saddle, thank god for riding blessing me with strong legs. He got up when I asked though and was moving better after so he must have been really itchy.

Overall it was a very successful day.
    05-05-2012, 04:25 AM
Saturday, 5th May

Well, long time no update.

I haven't ridden much, though when I have been, he has been great. I jumped on bareback for 20mins the other night, no problems. Rode again today, worked on getting on the bit. I am pleased to say he is getting there. Little unresponsive the the right rein, but we can't be perfect. We need to improve fitness and thinking about hill work. Time to hit the local park.

He was being an idiot the other night so I cracked down and got him to lunge. Perfected the walk this morning. He wouldn't stay out on the circle at a walk, though trot and canter were fine.

He is currently eating in the back paddock cutting down the grass.
    05-15-2012, 03:58 AM
Tuesday, 15th May

Not much to report.

Lunging is going really well, moving forward and listening. Want to get lunging gear soon when I have the money. The rope I currently have is to small to be cantering him on. That and our balance is a bit dodge.

Did our dressage bareback again a few nights ago, and I could really feel what people mean 'when they lift their back' and step under properly. Transferred that into the saddle and it really helps.

Last night a lady thought it would be appropriate to throw 5 loaves of bread in his paddock. Thanks, but I would prefer if you didn't. No wonder he is the size of a house and not losing it. She looked like she was from a bakery, though it was to dark to really tell. I will be back out tonight to see if this is a repeated thing.
    05-18-2012, 05:49 AM
Friday, 18th May

Good rides last night and this afternoon. Went for 1.5 hours last night with responsiveness, and moving off my leg, side passing and fitness.

Tonight we went to the park, doing light hill work transitions and fitness again. No issues, bucked 3 times because of the new place. Photos!! Sorry for the bad quality, it was falling dark and my camera sucks during that time.

Last photo: please ignore that massive giant of a crest on his neck :S
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    05-28-2012, 03:43 AM
Monday, 28th May

Another muster yesterday. We didn't have Saf with us this time, so he was a bit unsure about loading, but no long standing problems. It was more a test of who's going to get the say. First of we did flat work, work on getting off my legs and actually riding into the corners of the arena. Then we moved onto pacing our times for dressage. We were practicing getting 350 m/pm. Our fastest time was 1:16 after he settled down and sorted out that we just keep cantering.

Moved on to de-sensitizing. Not an issue. He got really bored really quickly so he proceeded to watch the other horses jumping. Apparently that was more interesting than playing with 'scary' stuff.
Did grid work with jumping. He got more and more excited as we went on, which was good. As long as he still had energy I was happy! My stirrups were to long, making me fail a lot however - **** those chicken wings. .

The picture quality isn't that great, they are screen shots.

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