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    10-20-2013, 11:50 PM
Sounds like things are going really well for you, right now! <3
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    10-25-2013, 09:42 PM
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Today's ride was pretty ok. Horse was 100% sound. He was VERY energetic and felt quite explosive. He kept making that gurgling sound with his nostrils as he searched the woodline waiting for some type of monster to leap out at him. Or maybe he was hoping to use the gunshots that were coming from the distance as an excuse to enjoy a bucking spree. I'm not really sure but I could definitely tell he was in a naughty mood.

He never once attempted anything though. He rolled up into a nice round position and picked up a beautiful jog. He maintained his speed through directional changes and even trotted sideways across the ring. We did 360's in both directions, backed beautifully, and side passed each direction. I did not canter today. Mostly because his muscles never did loosen up and I never got that sigh that says he's done w/ stupid. But also because I ran out of daylight.

I got off feeling really good about my ride though. He wanted to be bad, I could feel it but he never once attempted it. Nor did he ever say no....
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    10-27-2013, 09:36 PM
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Another happy happy ride today! We cantered both directions. The "bad" was was actually pretty good... It wasn't awesome. It still felt choppy but was much better. I pushed him out though and he moved out pretty quickly so I think we are on the right track!
    10-30-2013, 10:15 PM
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It was too close to dark when I got home today but I needed my horsey kisses so I spent an hour down at the barn kissing and hugging and scratching and loving on Pistol and Riley... I didn't get enough... I love my boys!
    11-09-2013, 08:19 PM
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I'm down to riding on weekends only because of the light. I had the farrier out today and told him how Riley had been doing. He pulled the steel shoes off and his feet were awesome. Not a chip on them. He trimmed him up and said that his feet have actually grown (width). That is such a good thing! He put another set of steel bars on him and this time he put a small wedge on the left. I don't usually ride after he comes but today I was desperate for horsey time so I did. I had every intention of taking it easy, but he was SOUND. We had a great ride! We jumped a couple deer at the edge of the ring and he just raised his head a little while he watched them bound away. No spook. We walk trot and cantered in both directions and it was wonderful. We even did some trot polls and he went through at the exact pace that he was riding around the arena and didn't chip one.

    11-10-2013, 09:50 PM
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Day two of perfect soundness!!!
    11-23-2013, 08:40 PM
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I haven't talked about my Ri in a while! I didn't ride last week because I had my lesson and then the weather was bad. I pulled him out of the paddock today and he was off. I glanced down and didn't see a shoe so I walked the paddock but then I realized that he was wearing it...

I cleaned his feet and realized that he had a rock under his bar. Got that out and he was sound again. Had a great ride! Love my ri-meister. When I got off I loosened the saddle and was walking him to the barn. He stopped so I glanced at him and he looked at me like I was a dumb-butt... The saddle was under his belly! He waited patiently while I pulled it off and then continued into the barn.....

Spoiled pony...
    11-23-2013, 10:25 PM
Geez! So spoiled he expects the saddle to stay on top! You need to teach him a bit more respect for his " leader ".!
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    04-03-2014, 10:47 PM
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I haven't posted any updates lately... We've had so much snow and yuck stuff that I haven't been riding. When the farrier came I asked him to put a 1 degree wedge pad under his bar shoes. It's shaped like the bar shoes so the actual frog and sole are not covered by the pad. He has been 100% sound since we put them on. Grant it, it's only been 2 weeks but I rode him walk trot and canter. It was good, really good. He used his hind end for every thing but the right lead. Then he was a little rounded and kind of choppy-ish. He's always been a little lopsided in that direction, I think it has to do with the fractured pelvis. He rode sound though.

I'm so excited. I am still taking my reining lessons and kicking around the idea of buying a reiner but now I'm thinking there might be a show career for us after all!!!
    04-03-2014, 11:27 PM
I am so glad to hear you are experiencing improvement, and HOPE for a future. What a great way to start Spring.
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