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post #1 of 36 Old 05-06-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow This is William

Ok, im gunna try this again...

A bit about me and my horse~
Hi, im Lizzie. Im 18 and have been riding since I was 7.
After 10 and a half years of riding lessons I think my parents realised it wasnt a phase, lol! and so in oct 2009, I was able to get my first horse Country Man a.k.a. William (Willie, Willy Wonka, Will, Wills... lol depends), he responds to William though

He is a bay, 11 (nearly 12) year old Anglo Arab (50%TB, 50%Arab)
Country Man Angloarabian Tb

When we got him we considered selling him on again as he became suddenly aggressive and I was not confident enough to ride him without any horse savvy people around me. He has bitten me twice badly leaving me with a scar on my arm and tissue damage to my leg, he had also hurt my dad by head butting him :(

After a 2 or 3 months I started riding him about once a week on a very short trail, he was not spooky or anything and wanted to explore more :) so I was very happy and had a boost of confidence.

Just before Christmas we managed to get a good deal on a trailer! so now I take him for a lesson every week (or at least every other week). We started off with private lessons to see what he could do in the school. We jumped on our second lesson and he had lost all confidence in himself and me (since my trial jump with him before I bought him). He refused trot poles and then small cross poles and even when he jumped them, he wouldnt go over a filler :(

Last night, I went for a group lesson (our second ever with a group) and he jumped everything including a (very small) filler, but he jumped it! and with an excited buck at the end lol!

I have competed him once (jumping) and came first in one out of three classes! So proud of him now :)
He still bites a little but thats ok, we have a lot more to do, this is just the beggining...

1st day (the morning after he came home)
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1st ride at home
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1st show :)
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post #2 of 36 Old 05-06-2010, 04:43 PM
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Aww, he's a cutie. (:

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post #3 of 36 Old 05-07-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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PolyPad

Today the Poly Pad (saddle pad) I ordered came! So much nicer than I thought it would be it is purple with black edging. I havnt ridden in it yet and I will get some pictures when I do :)
I got it with his name on and it is perfect, really like it what do you think?
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Got a really good picture of William today too, waved some dandilions at him to make him prick his ears lol, hope you like this one:
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post #4 of 36 Old 05-07-2010, 07:54 PM
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That pad is gorgeous! My two favorite colors xD And William just looks like a sweetie pie! :3

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post #5 of 36 Old 05-11-2010, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Mmmm... yummy over reach boots

So I did something dumb, lol. I rode William late yesterday (with his new purple PolyPad!) and then forgot to take his over reach off him!
So... I went to feed him this morning and I noticed that they were still on :s I thought they were ok, but when I got to him, to take them off I noticed a great rip in the side of one of them and chunks missing from the sides! Has he eaten them? I found one chunk of rubber in his bed this evening but not the rest... Oh well expecting to find that in his poo for days to come!

Anyway, appart from that, the ride went well yesterday. We met 3 cars, 4 people, a huge tractor with a HUGE trailer and 8 dogs! yes 8! Very friendly and good with horses though, which is good :)

Tomorrow, we go to the stables for a jumping lesson, see you soon!

p.s. got some new over reach today :P

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post #6 of 36 Old 05-11-2010, 04:24 PM
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lol sounds like he enjoyed those boots :)
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post #7 of 36 Old 05-13-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Lesson

So we went for a lesson in the trailer last night. When we got to the stables suddenly there was a really heavy hail storm! I was trying to tack William up in the trailer when it got really bad. My dad thought it would be a good idea the shut the from trailer door to stop it driving in whilst I tacked up. Bad Idea! Because after doing this my father though it would be a good idea to walk off. To be fair to him, he didnt bolt the door or anything so I could get out, but it is impossible to push the door open from the inside! Anyhoo after that and a mild panic attack from claustrophobia, before being calmed down with a nose kiss from William , we got him into the stables to tack him up there instead! Drama, drama! Glad we where indoors for this lesson. Lesson went really well though. Here is one video and im trying to get the next one uploaded, enjoy. :)

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post #8 of 36 Old 05-13-2010, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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the other video:


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post #9 of 36 Old 05-14-2010, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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A Little more on William

He has a kick injury to his left chest muscle and struggles to pick up and keep him left canter lead. We currently are getting there with it but it takes a lot of work to get him confortable on that leg. It doesnt hurt him at all, he has just got into the habbit of cantering on his right lead whilst his injury was healing. No dressage competitions for the moment then!

We dont know how he required the injury but we know he was gelded soon after (he was 6), so we suspect it was a rougue mare . We can only guess really...

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post #10 of 36 Old 05-14-2010, 06:50 AM
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He looks really good! Glad to see he is going over the jumps in the last video for you. Keep up the good work! :)

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