Back from survival camp! Some would have rather it be called torture camp, but I happen to think it was one of the best experiences I have had. Our group of 20 people was great, we all got along really well. We were dumped at one end of a valley and we had to climb to the mountain ridges and get to the other end. In the first day we traveled 7 kms with heavy backpacks (not quite sure about the weight, I am planning to weigh it tomorrow). I have chaffing on my back from where it was rubbing though :/ We woke up at 6 the next morning to watch the sunrise on the mountains. Wow. So beautiful. That day we traveled around 17 km of steep uphill and downhill slopes. I love being a horse rider: I have the thighs for going down hill with no problem. YAY! We finally got up to the top of the mountain peaks. The view was AMAZING.
We then lost half the group though at one stage as they went the wrong way down the mountain. While our camp instructor went looking for them, the 10 of us fit people stayed back and talked. It was the perfect setting for Tomorrow When The War Began. The sun set and we ended up hiking in the dark to our camp site after we found the others. Today we got up at 7 and only had to hike 1km before getting to base and heading home at 1.
Now for the reason I started this journal: Pumpkin.
It seems like he missed me. I was talking to a friend who's mum dropped me home and he was pawing at the fence when I didn't go say hello. After they left, he gave me a long cuddle and seemed very content to have me home and to be standing by me. That would be the first time I have had a proper greeting from him after I have been away camping :)
I am looking very forward to Sunday! Holly, my friend, is booked in and coming with us. She used to ride but hasn't in years, though loves it.
Again, any background info on Pumpkin will be most appreciated :)
That's all! Hopefully photos from the camp and Pumpkin soon.
Riding was cancelled today, so in my boredom, I jumped on Pumpkin. We worked on being more responsive to cues like moving forward and changing transitions. We also worked on bending. I noticed he really started to lower his head and sort of reach for the bit, (I think.. it is hard to judge without a trainer) so hopefully we are headed in the right direction!
Tried again with picking up the right lead. I am still impressed with how balanced he is on the incorrect one. But that is beside the point...
And he is very rushy once he does pick up the proper lead. I guess it needs more work and time to develop those muscles so hopefully we become capable of slowing down and moving along with out training.
I contacted the APSB organization last week about Pumpkin. They have searched a few stud books and the closest they have found is DIAMOND T Z up here in QLD. Tomorrow we are clipping the fur on his shoulder to get a proper look at his brand so we can get down to finding his history. Wish us luck!
Tomorrow is trail riding day! 13 hours till we get picked up and start down to Numinbah. Can't wait!
I have some pictures that I took and edited from today.
With the confirmation of a phone call yet to be made, Pumpkin may be called 'Tazz Sunblaze'. I have just received an email back from the APSB. Here it is:
Well, looking at the records it is quite likely that the pony is a Australian Pony and was bred by Brian Zischke from Lower Tenthill, Qld. I think the pony's name might have been Tazz Sunblaze but can't be sure because I can't find any details for this pony - except that Mr Zische paid the membership for a Mr Wust in 1993 so that he could register the foal (Sunblaze) by Mr Wust's stallion.
I can't even tell you if the pony was palomino because the records are so old they are not on the Federal Council database but it all sort of fits. There is a phone no. Mr Brian Zischke on the ystem 07 **** **** but he hasn't been a members since 2007 so this may not be current any more, although I just checked in the white Pages and it looks like he might still be there. (see below).
It is probably worth a phone call.
(if this doesn't make sense, give me a ring).
I am so happy to say the least!
OK, about yesterday. Sorry I didn't update, I was pooped and had a bucket load of homework due today. Anyway, Set up was quick with organizing experience and matching horses. I ended up with a 14.2 Appy mare, Nikki. The ride through the valley was gorgeous. Once we were out in the paddocks with the cows, we got to canter a little bit. Not to much and it was in a line, but that can be understood due to keeping people safe etc. Overall it was pretty good :) Also, you can do volunteer work there over holidays, so I might check that out. I am still to get the pictures onto my computer so those will come later.
Not much this time. Jumped on Pumpkin bareback yesterday after going for a run and working on ground cues again. Then we miss calculated while trotting (in the halter) and we ran into a low branch.. oops. Just a tiny scratch on the face, no problem.
He is going well with becoming a lot more responsive both on the ground and in the saddle. Legs cues and the whoa cue is coming along nicely.
That's all really, a bit of a pointless post but you know.
A friend of mine is getting me 2 -3 baby silkies (hens) for my birthday :) Ine of our ducks is trying to sit at the moment, so if Icing (our only hen) doesn't take to be their mother, hopefully Barnabee (the duck) will.
Worked with Pumpkin again tonight. He has become a great deal more respectful of which way I am going and is yielding to my directions well. And then you know you are getting somewhere when you can control speed in the same pace with voice commands.
Pumpkin has come such a long way. Longer to go still and so much more to learn, but I am so proud of him.
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.
Had my 15th on the 14th so that was a lot of giggles and fun. I got given two Silkie chicks for my birthday :)
Pumpkin is well and been keeping out of trouble. Not happy about the malting, bu that can't really be avoided.
Yesterday, I had Maddie come over and give us a 'lesson'. We popped over some jumps as we hadn't done that in agesssss. Pics at the end. He did well, but has started to get lazy with his back feet. Fixed that and now all good again :)
After we put him away, I went over to see Chinga. Hopped on him and went over some jumps as well. Had a great time. It was awesome to see them again
I'll put the pics in the next post. I need to find the good ones.