Not much has been happening. Rode here and there, did a little bit of hill work in the park the other day to freshen him up a bit. Our lesson was cancelled again this week due to the flu hanging around and generally being annoying.
Mum wants to start horse riding, it has been her dream since day 1. So she rode Pumpkin twice on the weekend, getting her to relax being on the horses back.
Dad also jumped on this afternoon. He picked it up really quickly, and even had a nice trot going. Granted still on a lead line, but he picked up the feel for it well.
We had our first lesson back last week, and he went ok. Sort of.
Pony club was on last Sunday, I rode him for half of it. He was starting to get a bit cranky by the end :S
He is losing weight! Yay! His crest is slowly getting smaller and his belly is shrinking.
I also received and shedding blade for my birthday and just in time. The amount of fur that thing is taking off is wonderful.
I lunged him tonight because it was getting to dark to ride, and someone was glad to be worked.
I should attach a picture to make up for lack or updates, but I haven't taken any recent ones. So I shall try to get some for next time.
Friday, 7th September
Shedding woes continue to invade my clothes. White fur is slowly making it's way everywhere unfortunately.
These last three rides have been very pleasing. Controlling the speed in the canter is very nicely coming along, lateral work is getting better and canter leads are going superbly.
My sister is starting to ride again, so I have been putting her on the lunge line and getting her to do balance and posture exercises. Pumpkin is happy plodding along and it increases his fitness, so it is a win win situation!
All things come to a close, and so has our time with Andrea :/ Accepting a job elsewhere means we won't be able to continue our lessons with her, so that is very disappointing.
She has a friend who is willing to help us out, so we shall see how all turns out tomorrow when we go for one of our last lessons.
As my dad says, one door closes another door opens, so I think it is time for me to introduce Will! About a month ago or so one of the pony club instructors asked me if I wouldn't mind getting her horse back to fitness. He is a dressage horse, so riding him has been really helpful in creating a line of sight for Pumpkin.
He is making me way more aware of my seat which is transferring directly to how I ride else where. Come to think of it, riding Will probably has something to do with the recent improvement with Pumpkin...
I can and will grab a photo tomorrow, as introducing him without a proper hello is unacceptable! He stands at 16hh I believe and is around 17..?
Anyway, time for photos! Nothing spectacular, but photos non-the-less. Also uploading some old ones for maximum enjoyment of cute fluffiness.
Nothing drastic has happened recently, just continuing with paces, transitions etc etc.
After our week of holidays, we came back and he looked wild. So bath time! I still really need to pull the rest of his mane...
We did have a fall during our last lesson with Andrea. He tripped and couldn't regain his balance so we were both a bit bruised and battered for a while. Turns out 400 kg on your leg isn't fun :S He did get a little sand in his eye, but that cleared out fairly quickly and scraped fur off above that eye with his hoof. It could have been a lot worse, so I am happy we were back in work a few days later.
Rain finally made an appearance two days ago. The dam is very low and the paddocks are in dire need of some water. There are meant to be a few storms on the way, lets hope they actually hit.
Also working towards our first competition in November! With the way he has been going in lessons I think we shouldn't do to badly, provided we can keep our heads together. It is at our home club, so hopefully that will keep him a little calmer.
My coach has given me a tonne of stuff she no longer needs because of being in Melbourne. Bags of polo wraps, books that will be handy for uni, jodhpurs, shirts, brow bands, tall boots, chaps and a dressage saddle. And apparently she has more for me 0.0
Photos for a lack of updates and exciting things! There are a few screen shots in there so I apologize for the terrible quality.
Happy Halloween! And best wishes to those being affected by the hurricane - stay safe!
General riding has been happening. My first competition (dressage) with Pumpkin is coming up in 4 days 0.0 Scary! I am also riding Will in it, so it is bound to be a hectic day.
Ergghhhhh so nervous. Hahaha. I am sure all will be fine though. I practiced the test yesterday, and I am not sure how Pumpkin will go. He kept falling in on the circle and wouldn't get off my leg, but we can fix that quickly I hope. I need to pretty him up some more - like getting his mane done. Still.
Paprika is working really well. The summer coat that is coming through is looking great, some areas of his coat are gorgeous. And he is at a good weight. Finally. He just needs more muscle, and we are set for our summer beach bodies.
On Sunday we had a jumping clinic and he behaved very well. A few bucks at the start in protest of work, but nothing unmanageable. He was very adjustable, listening well and honest going through the course. I have screen shots, so again, sorry for the bad quality. And sorry for my terrible EQ. My elbows and legs and everything: ewww. Oh well - practice makes perfect! We only have to keep going and working on it.
Finally found some time to get on here for an update!
So for our first time out competing, he did really well. He was tense at the start in the warm up and almost bolted on me, but got himself under control before anything happened. For our first test we scored 51% and came in 7th. For the second we grabbed 4th place on 57%, and consequently took home a ribbon! Couldn't be more proud of him.
He scrubbed up really well which was cuuute. When he got home he was knackered. I haven't had much of a chance to ride him this week at all thanks to school. He is getting really bored so I must en devour to get on him soon.
We went down to Pony Club on Friday to get our Hendra shots done. That was... interesting. Pumpkin is learning that you do not, under any circumstances, piss mares off. A kick to the side got him really spooky to any horses moving at all, so that was not fun to deal with. The muster yesterday also made him really reactive -_- It is NOT fun dealing with spooky horses. Sigh. However we take it as it comes I guess. Being flexible and adaptable is a virtue!
The new jumps at Pony Club were introduced and tested on Sunday, which was also interesting. Turns out we aren't a fan of brush jumps! He did really well though and we ended up jumping 95 cm, so I am very pleased. My position was TERRIBLE, so I feel bad :S Add that to the list of something to work on.
There was nothing but transitions, transitions, transitions today. And some more transitions after that. I was going to work in 2-point to get muscle and balance back, but more basic training was required of us.
Holidays are here soon! Only 4 more days! However only 3 out of 8 weeks of pony time though because the family and I are going to Melbourne for Christmas, and I am taking a trip to Dubbo (a small town in New South Wales) with a friend.
Now, I know screen shots are already bad, yet these coming are terrible. Our round was filmed on a phone, so there is unfortunately not much I can do to salvage the situation of poor quality. Maybe a cute, small pony jumping tall things can make up for it though...?
1. First jump, came in too close
2. Height reference with the bush jump (Blue line is the top of the jump).
3. Actually going over the bush jump (finally)
4. White fence (it was higher originally, though only got the shorter round)
5. First part of the line
We head off for Melbourne tomorrow! The plan is to leave early in the morning so we can beat the traffic. Pumpkin will be out of work for the next few weeks, but that isn't new. I have had almost no motivation to ride lately. I suppose not having lessons weekly means I can free-lance it however I like. I will have to re-establish things again. Why oh why did I stop riding? I make things hard for myself
The vet came out for our final Hendra shot. He smelt the microchip scanner and freaked, but calmed down fairly well. I should have gotten a picture after he got his shot, he looked so confused as to why we left so quickly. It really was one of his cutest faces.
In spirit of Christmas, old Santa-Pumpkin photos from last year are being revived.
That is all! Have a very merry Christmas and New Year!
SOMEONE was grumpy with the lack of attention (not looking in Pumpkins direction). He is getting better though. I put him out in the back paddock so he has been chilling with the ducks when he isn't trying to eat them.
His summer coat is looking fabulous and his mane is growing out now. The flies are back so I need to pick up some fly spray. Horse item shopping time!! Weee! Money and gift cards for Christmas will be coming in handy.
The hunt for horse floats still continues. I can't even fathom shopping for a horse. Can you hire people to horse shop for you? I am seeing a business opportunity for someone...
Erm Nerm Nerm. Apparently mum's herbs taste nice.
From outside my bedroom window.
Old Kitteh! She is currently 14 and a half.. Going strong!
And a few duck photos.
And a belated Happy New Years and Merry Christmas. May 2013 be a great year!