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        10-16-2010, 08:31 AM
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    Green Broke
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    16/10/10 Saturday.

    The weather here has been feral for the past week with attempts to ride failing. Continuous rain stopping me from riding or even spending time with him. So Friday I mounted up on a horse who completely refused to stand still. He rode surprisingly nicely especially with the amount of work he has done recently. He was rather mouthy and proceeded to chuck his head high in the air while prancing at any sign of contact and he also ran forwards off his forehand. Running off his forehand seems to be a more regular then him working correctly so I have decided to take him back a step to get his PROPER roundness working correct. I've decided to start with getting his gaits nice and steady and his transitions even and clear. Working on getting him soft to my leg at the same time. My goals with him are to get him 100 % comfortably steady and responding before even thinking about roundness with him again.

    Jumping wise, I am planning on lowering into the 60-70cm range over stadium fences and working on some more complex grids and rounds to get him really thinking about what his doing with his feet and to know that when I am competing in a complex course that I know I can have some faith in him. I'd also like to attempt to set up some rather scary fences, as I don't think I've found anything at a show in the last 6 months for him to stop at in Stadium so I plan on pulling out a few things to make him think some more.

    Cross country wise, I'd LOVE to have him more confident and myself as a rider more confident as this is something we both lack and I feel we lack it because the other person is, as I do not ride as hard and as confidently if I had the idea that he wouldn't stop to look at the fence and have a freak out if I felt he was more confident and vise versa.
         
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        10-17-2010, 09:01 AM
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    Green Broke
    Dear Diary Thingo.

    Today I didn't get to ride as I spent the day out racing on the boat my sister and dad usually race on as I race on another boat but the boat I usually race on wasn't going out. I spent two hours extra with him in the morning and spent a fair amount of time with him giving him WAY to many cuddles/kisses. Spoiled. I'm really excited for the Chrismas break as I will have *heaps* of time to work with him. Bec's coming out to watch me ride tomorrow so hopefully she'll get some video of him.
         

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