Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Monday, 1st of April
A belated Happy Easter!
There will be no competing for us. It is too far away in distance for him and too soon. There are however some dressage days and combined training days coming up, so we should manage to get to them.
I took Pumpkin down to pony club on Saturday so I could get him jumping some courses and use the arena. He did very well! Jumping wasn't an issue at all, which is excellent. As we went on through the ride his walk/trot transitions were getting worse but his trot/canter transitions were sharpening up and getting nice and snappy which is good. I got him to use his back end a bit more as well, keeping active and pushing forward. I did want him to play, well, at least walk through, a water puddle down in the paddock but he didn't want anything to do with it -_- One sniff of the mud and there was no way he was going to enter the water puddle of doom 0.0
I still need to keep an eye out for my lower legs and shoulders, though overall they didn't feel to bad. I didn't have anyone there so I have no photos or comments to go off, but I was focusing on those areas.
I think that is it. In other news, one duck has a sore foot, so he can't walk. I spent 4 hours cleaning out and partially rebuilding the chook pen with dad today, so I have been fairly productive on that front. The ducks and hens now have 5 more nesting boxes.
Oh! I also found my dressage whip! Yay! I have been looking for it for AGES but it turns out it was in the paddock. How it escaped death from the lawn mower, I have no idea. Anyyywayyy, that is all.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky