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        05-03-2011, 03:06 AM
      #41
    Yearling
    30th April Saturday

    I took the pony up for a walk to Donna's (my friend with the pony) and we introduced her mini's and Shetlands to Pumpkin. He did very well, staying with me (mentally and physically thankfully!) and there was not much of a fuss to be made. Took him home, rugged him and fed him.

    1st may, Sunday

    Went to work for 7 hours for Donna, she owns a small business where we give pony rides at carnivals and races etc. That was quite fun, it was not a busy day, so we got to chill for the first couple of hours. Came home and did not do anything else.

    2nd May, Monday

    It was a public holiday and I was not planning to do much, but a friend of mine, Maddie, popped over to help me out with Pumpkin. He did very well, not to much misbehaving, but he still kept life interesting and me on my toes. Nothing like Pumpkin to teach you to keep your butt in the saddle :p Did a little bit of jumping, he still enjoys it very very much. We were going over 50 cm towards the end of the ride, nice and clean. Not to high, but hey! Good for a while off. Very happy to be jumping him again.

    After his ride, I went out to the movies with friends. Lots of fun and giggles.

    3rd May, Tuesday
    I really was planning to ride Pumpkin again today, but as soon as I get out for lunch at school, a rather large thunder storm came over. It is going over our house at the moment, so defiantly no riding!

    Till the next time,
    Xx
         
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        05-18-2011, 03:33 AM
      #42
    Yearling
    Tuesday, 18th May

    It has been ages!!!! 0_0

    Kinda nothing to write about, but I thought it would be time to bump this up a bit.

    As I am here though, I will update about our ground work. :)

    As Pumpkin doesn't lunge , I have had to find another way to work him out without riding him. So a while ago, my genius mind came up with running around like a loon with him. Well, not like a loon, but similar :p I'm sure that would not really float everyones boat, but it is a great way of exercise!! And, he is starting to appreciate the commands and idea of lunging. He has walk, trot and canter under way while going in a 'circle' around me. Though it is only in the one direction, he is going well. He goes over jumps, picks up pace and slows down, comes to me and halts with minimal voice commands and tiny movements of my hand. So Proud!!
    I do it with a biscuit of hay under arm to reward him for his efforts. He completely ignores it. Another milestone as when I started to work with him, he would put down his, pin his ears and harass you until you threw down the hay and ran away screaming. Literally.

    It has been a long process, but defiantly worth it. I do it all without a halter, so he is free to have a run and a buck if he needs to, as long as it is a safe distance away from me.

    Ok, proud mom has stopped typing!

    Update soon as the weekend is up, as I am having another 'lesson' on the pony.

    Till the next time,

    Xx
         
        05-21-2011, 02:15 AM
      #43
    Yearling
    Saturday, 21st May

    I just got home from work after 6 hours of leading kids around on ponies and I am so tired. I have 3 more hours tomorrow, but it really brings in the money, so it is worth the pain :P

    I have been looking around for some stable hand work as well to get more experience and Mum has said that over the next holidays, in about 4 weeks, we can go and inquire for work at local race horse stables. Not sure how that will go, but it will a great experience :) Does anyone have an experiences, opinions or advise as working as a stable hand? Would love to hear!

    Unfortunately, being at work made me miss my lesson this week, but I don't really mind.

    Tomorrow is when I am having the 'lesson' on Pumpkin and photos will be on the way.

    Till next time!

    Xx
         
        05-24-2011, 12:31 AM
      #44
    Green Broke
    Glad you enjoyed your lesson, I'll inbox you about the racehorse stable - I wouldn't recommend it for you. They usually don't take on younger people around here!
         
        05-27-2011, 05:04 AM
      #45
    Yearling
    Friday, 27th May

    Oops! Sorry for the late up date!

    The pictures turned into videos, though I will turn those into screen shots for you and will come in a minute, but first I will catch you all up on what has been happening.

    The lesson was great, he is listening a lot better! He is moving off the leg tonnes more, Pumpkin had a stubborn moment the other week and he finally caved. We were going over jumps very well, we got up to 65cm. I loved it. And he had a great time jumping again. We also had a small jump about 5 strides after the main jump. It is progress that he is going over both of them without issues, that used to be a major problem. We still have to work through some issues. Like the fact that he thinks I should get off when he likes. Otherwise, he bucks and bolts to the back end of the paddock. Not fun but we are working through it and also improving fitness so we can go for longer.

    The other night we had to have another 'discussion;' about who is boss in this relationship. Needless to say that now he is in his place and not stepping a foot out of line :) He is one to always test you and try to take over you seriously about... every 4 months. Naughty boy ;)

    School wise,

    I only have the weekend to do sooo much.
    English: I have to do a speech on Tuesday of Thursday. (Oh, they are my weakest point of assesment) We only got our draft feedback today.
    SOSE: Speech due Monday or Wednesday. Again, I just got my draft back today. It is also multi modal. I ended up doing a power point as I am short for time and that still has to be finished.
    Business: Scripts and presentations to be ready on Monday. We are to have a video for it as well. Again, due to my group also being busy, we are again short of time.
    Science: test on Monday. I probably won't do well. That might be due to the fact it is actually painful to listen to him talk, he is so dull. I need to start studying....


    On Saturday till 10 I have to learn my English oral, SOSE oral and then at 11 go to South Bank (Swimming area by the Brisbane River) to film a movie for Business. That will take all afternoon so, no horse riding lesson. That will be the second week in a row of no riding and we are camping nest weekend. Yippie? I guess it will be nice to go camping again though.
    Then I have Sunday to learn my orals again (we were given very limited time to learn and write them) and really study more for tests.

    Wish me luck!!!

    Anyway, here are the photos as promised :) Sorry about the quality, they are screen shots and I have a bad camera.
    1. Before the ride waiting for mum
    2. Jumping the 65 cm
    3. Long spot! I felt like I was a meter out of the saddle 0_0
    And the rest are just cross poles and the last 'jump'
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        06-02-2011, 02:55 AM
      #46
    Yearling
    Thursday, 2nd June

    Hey everyone,

    Nothing horse riding wise, though Pumpkin has been an excellent little boy lately. Our free lunging is going great, he is listening very well.

    This weekend, we are going camping in New South Wales at Mt Warning and will be climbing the mountain. At the top, we will be 1150 meters (I think..) above sea level. Photos will come from that!

    Dad just got back from a 1 week fishing trip with some friends and his brother, and he brought home a good feast of fish!

    Every school assessment I have is done, though Maths I could have improved on... basically the whole grade did a poor job from the sounds of it. I have not gone well at all which is not the best.

    Oh yes, and I forgot to mention last time, (from what you guys can make out) how do you think my jumping position is going? I haven't jumped in a while, just hoping that I look half ok... and also what about Pumpkins form? Release is a big thing that needs to be worked on. Again, sorry about the quality, I am going to fish out the video camera verrrry soon. Thanks in advance

    Till I get back from camping,

    Xx
         
        06-07-2011, 06:24 AM
      #47
    Yearling
    Tuesday, 7th June

    Hey guys! Sorry about the late update, life insisted on getting in the way :/ Pictures are coming at the end though :)

    Camping was great. We climbed up Mt Warning and the total trail length up and down was 9 km of strenuous rated trail. My legs are still killing me and that was on Saturday. It took my sister, me and a family friend 2 hrs and 20 mins to get up, and 1 hr 10 mins to get back down. The time range is supposed to be 4 -5 hours to do the hike. At the last 300m, it became so steep that we had to use a chain to get up.

    At the top of the mountain, the 9 of us that went up were 1157 meters in the air. Scary!! While we were up there, we saw a wedge-tailed eagle pair flying below and above us, it was so awesome to see them. The views were gorgeous, and despite the aching muscles, it is something I would definitely do again.

    Otherwise, camping was pretty casual, sat by the fire every night and morning, had a large giggle with family friends and on Sunday it was dad's birthday.

    Last night, the pony was being a brat on the ground, testing his luck again with going where I asked him. So, 6 o'clock at night and while it was getting dark, I jumped on him (still in my school uniform) and rode him around. No issues after that one! It was only a quick ride to get him moving.
    Tonight, not much interaction. It is cold so I just through the rug on him and gave him his dinner.

    Now for the pictures! There would be more but the internet is incredibly slow and being a bum, so only 3 for now :)
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        06-21-2011, 11:08 PM
      #48
    Yearling
    Wednesday, 22 June

    Wow. It has been ages. I am becoming really bad.

    Anyway,
    I took Pumpkin out to try lunging on a halter... not working for us. He gets frustrated and annoyed, then becomes dangerous. He does it perfectly while we are not on a halter but on... well things go downhill. So instead of putting negative things with the halter, we will just leave it at free lunging. He listens perfectly without anyway.

    I have ridden him quite a bit and he has been a gem. Something clicked the other day as well. We had the smoothest transitions and our jumps were incredible and effortless. It felt like everything fell into place.

    I will try to be better with updates for now on, but that is all for now

    Till next time

    Xx
         
        06-23-2011, 06:39 AM
      #49
    Yearling
    Thursday, 23 July

    So I got really bored today and spent 3 hours with the pony making him pretty :)

    He has one of the shortest attention spans I have ever seen, but we are working through it. I braided his tail and did his mane. My work on his mane needs some serious improving though I only did it with one band on each plait and his mane ins't pulled. And, I have pictures which will be uploaded It is nothing fancy and he is dirty, also in his fluffy winter coat, but I have to say that is the best tail braid I have done in a while.

    Otherwise, nothing else has happened. I am still sick, and it is getting worse before it is getting better.

    But now for some photos!

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        06-25-2011, 05:03 AM
      #50
    Green Broke
    Pull his mane woman!!!
         

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