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post #11 of 15 Old 07-13-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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This post will consist of many days Last Saturday to now-July 12

SAT: All of the horses went on the trails! I love trail! Where we go has a bunch of action! We're talking Huge hills (steep), Switchbacks, and Creeks. Unfortunally, I thought riding english would be the best option for the day... It wasn't. Neigh was feeling his oats! Managed to stay on the whole time but there were a couple of times when I thought I was going down! I was also with a VERY inexperianced group of riders They didn't have the sense to go up steep hills one at a time-( I'm always first b/c my horse has a Superiority Complex) So when I'd say "hill- One At a TIME" that meant wait 2 seconds and let your horse fly up the hill into my butt! Once one other horse got in front of Neigh and let go up a hill- I managed to keep him calm till it was clear-But when he started up, he reared, Dug his feet in and bolted. In doing this I was leaning forward and I smashed my face! lol. from that point on we walked up hills!

MON: Last 4-H meeting of the season. I had my mum coach me- which never happens. She was actaully nice and not yelling at me! I also had a well know coach from where I live. This coach had almost nothing to flaw me on. The only things she said need improvment was my hand postition ( I tend to ride saddleseat like huntseat), And a good active walk (Neighners tends to think I'm going to kill him after a good canter- and walks like a inch worm) Next I got Streak together... ugh. I love him. But sometimes that horse isnt worth making glue out of! We did a tiny warm-up- everything was spot on. BUT when it was time to try trail he acted like he'd never seen any of it before! We got over the bridge, did the mail box, trot poles were hard for him-he's gaited. Where we had trouble with him was at the sidepass pole and the L. THE TWO THINGS WE PRACTICE CONSANTLY! He wasn't listening- before leaving I got him through it. But it was a battle.

TUES July 12: I feel suuuppper guilty. Neigh and I decided to jump the standard 2'6'' for 4-H. It turned out to be horrible. Yesterday we got told we would be jumping a cross rail and an oxer. Neigh has only been doing 2' cross rails and verticals- not very consitantly either. I'd never thought about an oxer I got it all set up, horse tacked-thinking i was ready to go! But I wasnt! Its different to jump on a schooling horse-than on your own. I was in tears, afraid I was going to have him pull something! or he'd knock it and be lame- have a show Saturday... lol! I know 2'6'' is TINY but my horse's career IS ground work! I just couldn't have him do it. Blah. FAIL. We did do a couple verticals. He was okay- I had my reins too tight, hit his mouth... alot. Then we had a coming to god moment b/c he wouldn't stop charging in canter- hence why reins were tight. Kinda a bad night. Love him deeply though.

Don't know where my sudden "jumping fad" started but I can say it ends tonight.

I've decided to not jump him anymore. Too many things could happen to him. And I can't have that happen. I can be satisfied to know he can. But will I ever force my horse to do something he obviously hates? No.

But to keep his universal we will still be doing 2' every once in awhile
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-17-2011, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Exibition Show July 16th Placings:

Three 1st, Three 2nds, One 3rd One 5th<- I hate halter!

We placed in all classes

Heres a pic of me in our hunter under saddle class
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-25-2011, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Honestly a Little angery.

Only 4 people in my county Ride saddleseat.

And in saddleseat it IS legal to use a double bridle.

So why is it everytime I go to some snooty Hunter/Jumper barn they banish me because of my bridle?

I have 2 trainers working with me. One of which is every other week then the other is every time I ride= every other day.(unless it's above 90)

I just want to hit those certain people up side the head! How dare they tell me that I'm torturing my horse with my bridle! I use a bradoon and a single ring pehlem. Im extremly well trained to handle my friggen bridle- so they need to back off.

They also seem to think ANY leverage bit is torture too. A Walker wearing a WALKING HORSE BIT isnt torture.

In my opinion they need to be useing a better bit with their horses- they have NO stop, noses are in the air, and their people are afraid to canter due to lack of control. An eggbutt snaffle isn't working. Another opinion of my is start with a more controlled bit then once the horse is trained bring him back down to the stupid snaffle. Once they will do anything you want them to do bareback and in a halter- then you can banish me- but when I have the better horse its not right to judge.
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-27-2011, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Just thought I'd update with I am going to make a tack box

I already have a old "wood" box on casters. The problem is that the box has been outside for a very long time. There's no rot but has been warped due to exposer to the elemets. I will also have to add new hardware. At one point it had been spray painted green.
Step 1: Sand the entire box. By hand. No electric sander.
Step 2: Add rack bars
Step 3: Paint. Black Base with neat classical carosal horse in gold-and Boarder
Step 4:Apply new hardware- hinges and such\

Will have it dont before Fair!!!
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-30-2011, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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I did a bit of ground driving a couple of days ago- Had no Idea how unfattering I looked- But Driving is Neighs past and LOVE. He loves to pull a cart! Sadly no cart at the moment. Sooo Heres a pic!
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