He was a pain to ride tonight. We shared the arena, using the back end - Di was teaching Brooke how to lunge Bella in the front half of the arena whilst I rode, they asked if it would be alright and I said that was fine we would just use the back half. He would work at a good pace, and on the bit (with a bit of encouragement) but would not listen to leg at all (I tried all different leg positions, normal, more pressure, and even extended my stirrups to wrap my leg completely around his barrel) no matter what I tried he would not listen. We repeated alot of walk and trot just working on getting him to move off my leg (inside leg, firm outside rein to block his shoulder) in corners and circles until he started doing them properly - in the whole entire ride he must have only done about 8 good corners off my leg (the first four being when we had the whole arena for a few laps before Bella was being lunged).
I bought a actual hair brush yesterday for his mane and tail just to make it easier to brush (rather than using a plastic mane comb) his mane and tail.
Didn't do his hoof ointment tonight as he just had it on Wednesday night.
I made his hard feed tonight (am keeping his 'recipe' in my car incase Sarah forget to make it, so I can make it) and put two flakes of hay aside in a white chaff bag for her to feed him in the morning. Put his hard feed in the wash bay to soak in the bucket, and put his hay (which I carried over in another white chaff bag) in his haynet (I went and got the haynet as I got him out, and put it there when I had tied him up, to fill once he was in his yard and I was ready to feed him).
Picking his hooves out after riding he was a bit funny with his left front (the hoof without a shoe) and stamped it down whilst I was attempting to pick it out twice, so each time I made him pick it up, giving him a smack the second time due to him ripping his hoof from my hand and stamping it down (I made sure he was balanced on the other legs before picking his hoof up the first time so it wasnt like he was unbalanced - and the mozzies were not annoying him as I brought some mozzie repellant (which he was fine with, I tested a bit on his neck first to make sure he wouldn't react to it before spraying some on his legs to keep the mozzies off as that is where they usually like to land on him - there were also hardly any mozzies to be seen so I don't think that was the cause of him stamping his hoof down from my grasp - I think he was just in a mood like he had been during the ride - one of his off days..)
No riding pictures /videos tonight (mum hurt her ankel, thinking it is a bad sprain, Wednesday night so she was in the car and didn't come out) but I did manage to take a few pictures for fun before I rode - Brooke was riding Possum in the arena as I arrived so I decided to spend some extra time grooming while I waited for the arena to be free since the jumps arena was too wet to ride in due to rain over the last two days.
Some friends (mum and daughter) were going to come up to meet Dimka tonight (suprise for the daughter, which I taught for a few lessons) but were unable to due to a change of plans, but will most likely be coming up not next Monday but the Monday after.
Another friend, ServantOfDubbin (and possibly his partner StormCloud), will be coming up for a visit next Wednesday so that will be fun - hopefully Dimka will be in a better mood, but we will just keep working (and changing the riding up a bit - eg. Jumping/flatwork/jumps).
Pictures! I was playing with some of the angles on these - I wish the second bicture was better focused - would have made a great picture!
He tried to kick me whilst I was grooming today, he didn't get me - I jumped out the way in time - it was a cowkickt. He didnt seem in pain either as he was fine when I felt the spot, I think he was just grumpy.
His owner told me that he is a bit of a princess with rain etc and will do things (assuming she meant riding?) but you have to argue.She is going to get a chiro out in the coming months as just a check up of sorts He seems to have a girlfriend over that fence (I think she is an Arab - bay with a star), she was neighing and walking along the fenceline as I took him from his yard - mr handsome didn't even look, baha poor mare. I think he was just really gumpy, he looked like a grump the entire time (cant say I blame him with weather like this.. but then again it was fine when we were grooming??? Who knows..)
He was fine other than that and was actually really good until it started getting crappy with rain/wind. His owner asked if I got the money (bulk paid for riding Dimka) but I haven't got the money yet - thinking it might be here tomorrow (due to the weekend) - Ill have to remember to let her know when I get it. :)
Mum used my sleeping bag wrapped around her as some warmth, due to not having a coat, whislt she sat on a chair in the jumps arena - Dimka was fine with it when we first came into the arena (I helped mum walk over there, and went to bridle him before bringing him into the arena) but was spooked once the weather turned for the worst, when we were leaving the arena so I got mum to walk out first (she opened the gate enough for me and Dimka and I walked him out after she had walked a way in front and I had calmed Dimka down a bit, through the gate and shut it right behind us as Possum was loose in her yard/the jumps arena).
Wiped the saddle down before putting it away, since it is leather and had been rained on a bit, I made sure it was dried using a cloth to dry it down.
Some pictures from tonight (only a few due to not riding for long due to the weather).
Friends (also members here) SevantOfDubbin and StormCloud came to visit and meet Dimka tonight (I arrived before them, so made up his hard feed minus pony pellets as there were none and got his hay ready for his feed and the morning feed). SevantOfDubbin and StormCloud took some pictures, which was very kind of them. Dimka wasn't on his best behaviour tonight, and tried to kick a few times (in the direction of our guests) so he got a few smacks and told 'NO' - his behaviour really suprised me as usually he is really well behaved and is a very people loving horse.
We rode in the jumps arena, did two of the jumps (white straight bar and small cross bar) and the trot poles. Worked on walk and trot, and a bit of canter, on the bit (he needs alot of leg to keep him moving in the canter which makes getting him on the bit hard for me, having to think in two ways at once). We also did a full lap of canter in the jumps arena (from the landing of the cross bar jump, and back around over the jump before coming back to a trot). He spooked and jumped sideways at a rug on the fence today (near Possums yard but a few yards down almost opposite one of the straight bar jumps) so walked him over to it and let him have a look, letting him have a look -forocious horse-eating rugs .
There was however an unfortunate ending to our ride - I broke my wrist..
I don't remember the fall.. only knowng and then being on the ground as he bolted off. He was annoyed with another gelding in the arena so I was walking him until he focused back on me, and then trotted him over a tiny (walkable) jump - half halted before the jump - and he was great, let him canter a few strides and gave him a few halt halts to bring him back to a trot ... he got something in his head and got faster so I started circling and he ducked one way, back again and ducked again and I came off before I could even blink.. he bolted off and lucky I shut the gate. I wont get to ride for atleast 6 weeks let alone lift anything.. hmm... I ripped one of the stirrups off the saddle too.
SevantOfDubbin helped me to catch him, after he bolted off when I fell, and lead him back over - helping me untack him, before I gave him a quick groom to brush the sweat out/coat flat. Brooke helped me by putting his rugs on (I managed to do his leg straps with one hand), and she opened/closed a few gates for me and carried over his feeds (hay + hard feed), which was very nice of her.
I didn't want to have x-rays but our guests, and mum, convinced me to get my wrist checked out (it was really painful and I was avoiding trying to use it at all costs). We went to a clinic first which had shut it's X-rays, then went to LMH where I had x-rays, a talk and some nice drugs (I was told they would have to flatten out my wrist, which made me gag and feel whoozy, so I put my arm on the desk and proceeded to squash it until it was as flat as I could get it - I didn't want them to have to do a 'reduction' - something that the nurses at the front desk had said I would need -thankfully most of it was swelling and blood from around the break. Mark - my 'doctor's name - then came in and looked at me squashing my wrist down... I'm sure he thought I was nuts, but I asked him "Is this flat enough??? So you wont have to straighten it out??" and he replied Yes.. and found it funny when I replied, "Good, so no torture right??"... lol.
I told his owner last night when I got home, and she has said if I don't want to ride him she will understand. She is still quite as shocked as I am. I will give him another go - see how I go.
I went to the doctor this morning (19/09/13) and was told it will be another week before I get another cast put on with my appointment with a bone specialist (I think that's what she called him/her) - this cast isnt on straight, which obviously wont help with healing..
Anyway - picture time! StormCloud even managed to get one mid fall!! Talk about awesome timing
He is coming along so nicely with his trot now, working on the bit (I've also been trying to get him to engage his hindquarters - I think he is here, as his front and back look joined in motion but can't quite tell due to the angle of the picture) Miss concentration face
The picture StormCloud got of my fall. Yep that metal/silver is the stirrup which I ripped clean off the saddle with it's leather. (I didn't notice until I stood up and started walking over to try and catch Dimka - found it near where I fell) My nicely mis-shaped swollen wrist, on the way to the hospital.
Found out a couple days ago that I have an appointment next Monday with a specialist at Modbury Hosp, so I'll get a proper cast then and they will possibly re-xray to re-asses the damage since now they will probably be able to see how the bone is healing where it was damaged. LMH said I had a fracture, but Modbury think from the first ex-rays (which were taken at LMH and transported to Modbury when I went there for the cast) I have a buckle fracture which basically means (from what I understood) one side of the bone buckled under compressive force whilst the other side of the bone streched but didn't seperate.
I reckon I'll get a purple cast (like I did with my other wrist) instead of a red cast (which I was considering as my other colour choice) - hopefully will be able to get a fibreglass cast which wont be too heavy.
Mum was rung by my old boss (from where I was Team Manager for the riding school) and I've been asked that whilst they go away for a holiday with the family in a month or so,I look after the property/animals (like I did in Janurary this year) so I am really looking forward to that – especially since I wil be allowed to ride then (my ex-boss/owner of the horses has also said I can ride whenever/on the trails/in the arenas) in a brace – should be fun! So I am really looking forward to that. If I want to trail ride I have been asked to take someone with me for safety, so I have a couple friends (who she knows and sees alot as they also learnt to ride there) who I am sure will come and ride which will be fun!