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WesternBella 04-22-2012 03:23 AM

{ two hearts ♥ one dream }
 

First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Isabella, but PLEASE call me Bella :) I am currently 15 years old & have been riding since August 2011. I know it's not long, but I have accomplished so much and I really have enjoyed every second of it. As you can tell by my name, I ride Western; I have since the beginning & wouldn't have it any other way. I have tried English a couple times but western is where I belong :)

Enough about me (that's not gonna last very long,) now lets talk about the love of my life; Ransom <3 He is a 2001 Chestnut QH. I bought him in September 2011. You can say that we have had our ups and downs, BIG ups & BIG downs. But in the long run, I wouldn't have it any other way because it's made me a much better rider.

When I first got Ransom, everything was a struggle it seemed. He wouldn't pick his feet up, he wouldn't stand still while I tacked him up, he wouldn't let me bridle him & he was terrible to mount. Of course, this was my little beginner mind talking. Now, it's no problem..I'm used to his ear-shy problems & I've learned to deal with his rather-jerky attitude ;) He really is a great horse.

I think I've typed enough for now, let the journaling begin.

WesternBella 04-22-2012 03:42 AM

4/21
I was quite glad to go for a ride today, but I feel as if I slacked off a bit. My brother, cousin & I all rode our bikes to the barn & then took forever to tack up, we were being quite lazy.*

Random decided to be his usual jerky-self & make mounting a hassle. "Uhm hello, you rode me yesterday...don't think I'm not gonna put up a fight." So of course he wouldn't stand still for me to mount & I had to get my cousin to hold him *eye roll* I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO MOUNT FROM THE GROUND!! I did it twice before, but I guess my legs just decide they don't feel like doing it whenever.*

Anyways, he was pretty good for the most part. His walk was a dream, his trot was a dream...and his lope was...okay?? Ok, I lied..it's me, not him, I'm still having trouble sitting his lope, but at least I'm not holding onto the horn anymore! ;) We didn't really do much loping or trotting at all, I guess I was just having an off day..and my back was killing me! I have no idea what I did :P*

After I cooled him down & gave him some love, I noticed his hooves...they were horrendous!! I don't know how that horse manages to crack hooves within less than 24 hours, but believe me, he can do it! He is due for a trim (the farrier is coming out on Friday) but just incase I asked the BO to take a look, he said that it's because his hooves were starting to flare/they were due for a trim. Ok, everythings alright. Before I put him back out, I put 2 different types of hoof treatments on him, one for thrush/infections and one to strengthen them. Hopefully he can hold out 6 more days *fingers crossed*

Also, I forgot to mention the tie-down situation; my coach/trainer/BO had asked me to start using a tie down to prepare him for his training (so he could get used to wearing one.) Let's just say he wasn't very fond of it...

Anyways, that's it for my rather boring first journal entry. Thanks for reading!
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