Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Sunday, 7th August
Been very busy this weekend. I have hardly been home. Started work at 10 yesterday, and went until 3. Got to riding at 3:30 which went till 4:30. And I just got back from a sleepover.
Sue, our instructor, has recently acquired a pony called Comet from their neighbors. He is only tiny, maybe just smaller than Pumpkin, and has the same attitude. He was trained by the neighbors, and they have no horse sense, so naturally, things went downhill.
She thought I would like him and would be able to handle him so she put me on him. Lets just say he has no respect for the bit. I have had an interesting lesson and learnt a lot. The tactics I learnt helped me with Pumpkin this afternoon, but that later. He settled down well and started to listen to the thing in his mouth, and the person on his back. I am in love with him.
It will take a bit of work, but he will come around.
Pumpkin was good today for the most part. At the start, he tried to take me to the gate while we were cantering. So, tactic time. I used the tips Sue gave me in the lesson, and gave Pumpkin two sharp pulls on the bit just as he tried to take off. Result: An angel for the rest of the ride. He was listening incredibly well, never tried to go to the gate. I think it was a bit of a shock for him to get that sort of reaction from me when he tried to run off.
I also talked to Sue about bringing Pumpkin for lessons and she has no problems what-so-ever about him coming. A few more weeks and he will be there. :) Can't wait.
I will try to get a photo soon of me on Comet, though it might not be the best.
Till next time,
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