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    05-28-2012, 03:46 AM
He's so freaking cute over those jumps!!
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    05-31-2012, 04:49 AM
He loves it! Even at his age, he puts his heart in for me.

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Might be moving where I ride AGAIN. But here I can walk Pumpkin up the road, private lesson either jumping or dressage, 45 mins to an hour. She has her own horse whom I can also ride should I not want to ride Pumpkin that week. Still to confirm our first evaluation ride, I am hoping that everything works out great! This would be very convenient for me.

Should be getting photos - not to sure yet.

    06-02-2012, 01:03 AM
Saturday, 2nd July

Our lesson got cancelled because of the rain we are having, so I am to wait another week :(

Dentist just came and did his teeth. Apparently they are looking good for his age, which is always a good thing to hear. While he was sedated I got around to cleaning his sheath as well.
    06-09-2012, 04:48 AM
Saturday 9th June

Lets try blue today. Red is getting to repetitive.

Anyway, Our first dressage lesson was today but I'll get to that in a bit.

Rode for the first time in around 2 weeks yesterday. I wanted to just jump on bareback to get the edge off, but we ended up doing some proper 'don't rush away from me, actually listen' work. He wasn't in to mood to stand still either which was not fun.

Today he was.. alright. The horses there were eating and one mare next to the arena was doing some serious showing off. He just wasn't focusing on me. Rushing on one side of the arena, not going near the rail at a canter just on one side, refusing to go around the corners nicely *facepalm*. Hoping that next week there will be a dramatic improvement.

We did the basics, which we need. Worked on getting more responsive of my leg. I squeeze, he jumps off it. Basically.
He was blocking my reins today as well so we did a bit of work with that.

I have a feeling that this new place is going to be very beneficial for us. Finally!

Screen shots again, so not the best picture quality. New place: so naturally, a bit of bucking. As you can see per the last image.
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    06-09-2012, 04:32 PM
He has such a cute form over the jumps :) Love your new saddle pad, it looks great on him.
    06-11-2012, 05:41 AM
Thank you! I am growing to love the colour purple on him. Might have to make it his new theme...

Monday, 11th June

Jumped on bareback before his dinner tonight to work on what we learnt during Saturday. Halt - walk - trot transitions, staying consistent in pace. I can certainly feel an improvement in his transitions. Not only in the responsiveness, but in the overall quality. Much more controlled, less jerkiness and smoother.

    06-15-2012, 09:59 PM
Saturday, 16th June

Throughout the remainder of the week we just did more circles and transition work. Nothing overly exciting.

Today, he was a lot better then last time. Very responsive to my leg aids which was wonderful. We focused on our canter transitions on the circle, making them less work and him being happier. We also practiced blocking his shoulder from swinging out in turns, as he has the new tendency to only turn his head in, not his body.

Photos: Not the greatest, dad though he was filming,
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    07-03-2012, 08:11 AM
Tuesday, 3rd July

Two weekends ago (the 27th) we went down to pony club for the muster. Themed the 'Mini Olympics' we were broken into groups to represent chosen countries. Pumpkin did very well, not doing to fantastic in the sporting as usual but we placed 2nd in the jumping and first in the dressage.

The rest of the week it was raining, so no riding. Our lesson was postponed until today because of that. We didn't do any riding but for the last 3 days. Even then the ground was to wet to really do much.

With a gymkhana coming up soonish we practiced bending ect yesterday. Got him listening, thinking about speed and being agile.

This lesson today was great. 2 hours in total. It wasn't as long with Pumpkin, we ran through a prelim test to start joining everything together. We only need to fix our circles at the canter, he drops in a lot in the arena for some reason. Andrea is very pleased with our progress. He is learning so quickly and we are improving tonnes. We are hopeful to get him up to an X/C course in these next couple of weeks to take a lesson out there.

I rode her horse, Spencer, for the first hour or so, to get me looking at more lateral movements. It was great to get a horse so responsive. No fighting, no battling, no convincing. Squeeze and go. At the start he was being a noob running around with his head in the clouds, but after a while he was a lot more relaxed and using him self properly.

Photos from the week.
He was being all snuggly and taking a snooze on me while soaking up the winter sun.
Some also from me riding Spencer, and Pumpkin prior to the lesson.
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    07-16-2012, 07:17 AM
Monday, 16th July

Finally updating.

It was, last Tuesday, Pumpkins first time - and mine - out on the cross country course.

I spent the morning watching some lessons - My coaches and some of her instructors other students. Someone came up from Melbourne to do a clinic type thing. He has done extensive studies in the muscular system in horses earning him the title 'Dr.' We stayed there for 2 and half hours and it was very interesting to hear what he had to say.

We finally made it out to the cross country course and surprisingly the ground wasn't to bad considering all the rain we have been having lately. The first 5 minutes he was having a bit of a freak out, but for the rest of the time he was focusing and doing really well. Anything I pointed him to, he jumped without hesitation. At the start he has the issue of trying to run out, simply because he can. We addressed that issue and started connecting the dots to do a mini 'course'.

We didn't get to play with the ditches and water jump because of some excavating taking place on the grounds. A shame, but we had enough other fun things to play with.

We ended with a bit of show jumping, pushing the height and spread a little to see what he can manage. She seems to think the he has no issues with jumping other than the initial ducking out, so we are aiming for an ODE in October.

The Gymkhana that was meant to be yesterday was cancelled thanks to the rain, so that too has now been pushed for October.

Hence not much riding this week has been going on. The ground is to wet to do anything :S Hoping it will dry up in the next couple of days.

The horrors of pre-spring shedding has begun! His coat is lovely and thick, waiting to cover me in fur every time I touch him. I am thinking of investing in a shedding blade - I have a feeling I will need it.

Anyway, a few pictures from X/C. For the time dad was there, he only got one of the first jump (ignore my position :S), and whilst we were playing with the others, he was talking. So, we have to make do. Enjoy!
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    07-30-2012, 05:58 AM
Monday, 30th July

Not many updates because well, there isn't much to update about. For the past few weeks it has been set back after set back. Rain, wet ground, then Yr 11 camp for the week. Formerly known as fat camp, as they feed you 7 times a day.

So in total, he has only been ridden 3 times in the past 2-3 weeks.


We went down to pony club a few weekends back to ride at a demo thing that was going on. He was full of it, so he was happy to throw tantrums when asked for a canter :S He was trying to take off towards the the other horses, buck in the transitions ect. I finally got him to cut it out and we did a nice few circles and called it a day. Ending on a good note, right?

The day after was our lessons. Side passing was the focus. He went over with his front, but his bottom trailed behind without following. We played around a bit to get it over, and by he end of the lesson he was doing it fairly well. It still needs a lot of work. Speeding up responsiveness to canter aids, so sit - canter becomes one fluid motion with out traveling to Japan before responding.

Skip past fat camp and get to our lesson this Saturday afternoon. Again, side passing needs more work, touched up the canter transitions. Then I had to get off. Whoever said horse riding isn't a workout, doesn't make you sore or the horse does all the work, needs to re-evaluate. I physically couldn't keep riding for the last 1/4 of the lesson. My stomach muscles were screaming at me. It usually takes me a minute or two to rest, then continue, but no go. So Andrea jumped on, did transitions again, side passing and having him start working in frame. He has all of the fundamentals, working from behind, engaging his back etc etc etc, but he doesn't break at the poll. Once you ask him to, he happily holds and travels well.

He's making mummy proud <3
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