It has been raining the past to days, so not much has been happening. Hopefully it will take a break so I can work on ground work without him being to cranky. Not much to say, the ducks are getting along well with the ducklings, so everyone is a big happy family.
Not much has happened riding wise... actually nothing really. I have not had lessons since December and have not ridden Pumpkin for a while due to his back. :/
I have started holidays though, so I am looking forward to the 2 weeks of doing nothing school related :)
Pumpkins back seems to be doing alright. There does not seem to be any pain when I put pressure on it with my fingers and the muscle around, but I will not be riding him, just to be safe. We can't have him being in pain.
BUT... My family and I do have reasons to believe that he has been mistreated at night...
A couple of weeks ago, he would not let anyone near him at all. No one could go within five meters of him with out making a run for it. He also seemed to have a bit of a sore leg, and we found little stone shaped sores on him. His behavior only lasted the morning and some of the afternoon, but he has never acted this way before.
It then happened again the other night but not quite so bad. The ducks hadn't gone home (this is very unusual), as they always do so I had to put them away. Sign number 1. I always have checked on Pumpkin at night, so I know where he usually grazes and sleeps. That night he was in an unusual area for him to be in ( sign number 2), but once he saw me, he started to come down to say hello. That was all good. The only thing about that which was unusual, he bolted to the corner opposite me when he reached a little way down the fence line. He is a lazy boy, so this is very odd. He then refused to let me get near him, and any movement above slow and steady, freaked him out. Sign number 3.
Again he was fine in the morning, although still a tad touchy...
Could this be a result of people messing around with him, or could it be I am just to worried?
Mum, Dad and my sister think that it could have been people throwing rocks at him. He is a friendly boy, and will always come over to people who stop at the fence, in hopes he might get a treat.
It has just started to pour down. Woo Hoo...
I have let the pony out of his paddock to get all of the good grass around the house. He looks to be very comfortable standing in the rain eating.
Till the next time,
Well, I was reading a post on teaching your horse to stand there no matter the time length. So here I am with Pumpkin, teaching him some patience.
And, I am very pleased about how he is going. I groomed him for 30 mins, so he wouldn't get so grumpy but now, after 1 hour, he is standing nicely, but also wondering what he did to deserve this. But he is going well, and hasn't really tested how to escape. It will be worth it in the end though - for him and me. This is the basis to being able to go out and interact with friends. When we get this down pat, he shall have a social life.
Regarding his back: Mum has a friend at work who has horses, and she just got her mares back fixed - apparently she is a lot better with behaviour. So Mum got the number and we will most likely have the chiro out to check out any back problems Pumpkin may be having.
I know I will feel much better once all this is sorted. If it is the saddle - which I think it most likely is - that means a new one... with a saddle fitter or among those things to make sure it fits well. That is more $$. Where does it all go??
I will update soon, as the pony needs to go back to his paddock.
Well, I am pretty happy at the moment! I have a friend who's pony I used to ride now and again, but this year and last life sorta got in the way :/ Anyway, I managed to contact her again and I shall have her pony to ride once more. Also she has a job offer for me. She runs a business which gives pony rides for little kids at birthdays so I will be able to earn some money doing something related to what I love. Even if it is leading little kids around on Shetland pony's. I can't wait to get started :)
Mum has confirmed that we will give the chiro a ring for Pumpkin and hopefully we can get her in these holidays.
I will be going for a walk with Pumpkin later this afternoon and will get some pictures. This thread needs to be more visual.. We might also get to meet my friends horses as well. Looking forward to it and will update this afternoon or tomorrow!
Oh well, I can put some up of when he was out grazing earlier in Summer instead.
He did very well! We made it all the way to our friends house, yet we didn't go introduce the pony's. We had to face a few scary things like a big tractor (we don't like those) but he didn't even bat an eyelash. When I stopped to let him check it out, he gave a push and started to continue walking. Well, that problem seems to be fixed!
Dogs: no worries. Other horses across the road: they weren't there. Stupid teenagers tooting their horns while driving by: Hahaha, major fail to scare him.
I am very pleased with my baby, he did very well. As a treat we stopped in to the shops and Mum got us all a lemonade ice block to eat.
Now he is happily grazing around the house enjoying the grass. Very very pleased with his behaviour and it won't be long until he can have a social life.
Now for some old pictures!!
1. Lying down with a full belly - so many wrinkles!
2. "Muuuuum. Can I have your biscuit pleeease???"
3. Just chilling and eating
A couple of days ago, I took Pumpkin for a walk to our friends place with the ponies but did not go in to introduce them. He did very well, no misbehaving at all.
Also went and took a look at Cherbon Waters. Oh my gosh, what a lovely place it is. Very neat and tidy and very well maintained. The trainer seemed very supportive and encouraging, which is great. The students seemed happy which is a good indicator of the riding schools. The trails seemed nice from what we could see of them, and the horses were very well kept.
Forgot to update yesterday, sorry about that. Also, I have seemed to misplace the camera, or it ran away. Either one, I was unable to take photos 0_0
Anyway, he went well, he defiantly knows who the dentist is. Not very impressed with me when I haltered him and things got set up. Oh well, it is for the best. His teeth were starting to get a little sharp, he had a few ulcers at the back of his mouth but nothing to serious. The dentist also was able to do his feet, so they got trimmed as well.
He also received his tetanus shot so that is now up to date. That all cost $176.
No chiro yet, Mum managed to get away with avoiding that though I can understand why with the amount of money going out the door for the moment.
Mum has called the riding place and I am booked in for an assessment lesson for the 16th of April. I can not wait to get back into saddle. It will go for one hour with a price of only $40. Nice and cheap.
I also start work for our friend tomorrow from 11 - 3 leading little kids around on ponies. Can't wait!!
That is all for now but will update soon. Hopefully my camera will love me enough to come back :/
Well, I found the camera!
Rode the pony today - talk about adrenaline rushes...
Well, not really but he was being his er... colourful self. It was the first ride in a while and he soon gave up his antics as soon as he realized I was not moving my butt from the saddle. We finished the ride on a good note and I will get on him again tomorrow if it dries up from this afternoons rain.
I have started lessons again, so far I am enjoying myself well! 4 months off... well, I can feel that holiday in my legs 0_o