New horse, New story :)
Well I probably should of made one of these a while ago, as I've had him nerky 6 months now... That's still new though... Well it is in my book as before him I never really had a new horse just a horse that I'd been riding and somehow owned in the end...
But anyhow new horse ie Romeo, (no I didn't name him he came with the name and I'm not a big fan of changing names so he is known as Romeo, rommie, Rome and anything else that comes out of my mouth when dealing with horse mentioned)
*** I'll put in a side note here, I'm primally on my iPad... So auto correct may have a few things to do with some of the words I type***
Okay anyway back to the said horse, Romeo, where do I start.
Got him the 25th Jan 2013, how do I remember this exact date you ask, well it's Australia Day and that's how I spent it horse shopping. Not very Australian that's for sure.
Bought Romeo the same day I seen him, it was a bit of a rash decision and one I wish I had spent more time on, but I didn't... Kind of regretting it now... But he a good horse (when he wants to be)
First few months were great with him, had lessons with him regularly and he was great.
Took him to pony club and he was great, a bit figity but he got over it in the end and stood up.
Then I'm not really sure what happened, I think I got sick, my back started giving me hassle, had to stop my lessons because of my back, didn't really ride for a couple of months besides the odd ride here and there.... Everything just went to ****.
And then were pretty much here.
I think so anyway....
I'm off to bed now so ill have another look at this tomorrow and write some more :)
Ill attach a photo :)
Pretty sure this ones from one of our first lessons in summer with his nice shiny summer coat
I actually have the best farrier ever :)
Forgot to put up yesterday Romeo pulled a shoe, well it hadn't completely come off yet, he had somehow lost 2 nails and it had twisted to the side, toe clip was sticking into his hoof, wasn't sore on it though, thankfully.
Well at about 5:30 when I found all this out I rang my farrier a little bit worried and he said he could come out to me on Sunday :) he doesn't usually work Sundays, I was soo thankful.
I somehow managed to get the blasted shoe off so Romeo couldn't lose it and farrier could just out that one back on.
Farrier came out today put the shoe back on and didn't charge me a dime :)
The best farrier or what?!
It was good he could do that for me, as I had adult riders on in the afternoon, first time I had been as well.
It was a blast, pretty much had a private lesson as the people I was meant to go with cancelled last minute.
The lesson consisted on me making Romeo to very forward.
**side note in here as well, I've been struggling to get the right canter lead sometimes we get it and other times its virtually impossible**
Pretty much what we ended doing was making him go very forward, constantly change reins, push him into canter, left first then switched to going right, asking at corners, we got the right canter twice :)
So happy with him, I think that's what I needed a lesson from some one completely different.
Once we got the right canter we went large around the arena and she got me to go into 2 point position so I was off his back, lets just say I'm a wee but excited to take this horse eventing next year :)
He opened up amazingly and then came back when asked.
Just have to get that right canter consistent :)
Romeos going off for training in about 2 weeks, I'm nervous but excited at the same time.
He's going to go for 2 weeks to an eventing rider which some of my eventing friends have lessons with.
I did have someone else lined up but she never got back to me so I started looking elsewhere, and found this lady :) she's about half an hour away and trains and rides eventers.
I feel like I'm jumping from topic to topic...
The reason I'm sending Romeo off is in the month if October I am going in for a minor surgery (keyhole) to be precise and docs have said for me to have bed rest for 5 days after.... And instead if Romeo doing nothing in the paddock (which he pretty much is now but I'm hoping will change after this op) I figured I may as well send him off, get that right canter lead button installed and who knows maybe a few extras as well :)
I haven't really been riding much, been for maybe 5 rides in the last 2 weeks or so, took him for 2 bush rides and he was an absolute gem :) walking straight into the water (all the tracks pretty much are under water) went for a little trot, he didn't get strong or crazy was just happy to plod along, went with 2 others as well.
Had a good old chat and fun out riding :)
Also had another adult riders lesson which was great, she really focused on the portion and omg, it's like I lean way to the left and as soon as she corrected me everything felt smoother, something which I've been getting frustrated with for ages, she fixed in a matter if minutes.
It was pretty much a walk trot lesson but it was great, I really came away with something.
I've been lunging Romeo as well, when I can't ride and weather permitting (the wind and rain has been crazy here lately I kind if wish it would stop and we can get a nice spring in), lunging him both sides Walt trot and canter and he's picking up the right cater lead fine, so I'm really hoping it's just me that's been amazing him really unbalanced, I'm not going to attempt the canter though not until I send him off and he comes back, I just get too frustrated and I kinda don't want to.
What I'm doing now with him is great :) I'm having fun not stressing and it's great :)
I'll attach some photos, because I'm on my ipad it's really slow... I need to find a better way to download photos on here
Romeo went on Friday :)
I had my op yesterday and feeling very sorry for myself, tummy is hurting lik crazy, had to stay overnight at the hospital to they could look after my pain levels.
Romeos going great at the trainer though, she said he's picking up the right canter a bit better, so we will see :)
It's so weird not having a horse though, I have not had a horse for nearly 5 years and it's really weird not going out there to feed him/pet him or anything, if I'm feeling better tomorrow I might go visit my old horse again :)
Romeo came back on Saturday :)
And sending him off was by far the best thing I have ever done.
Had adult riders on Sunday and he was a little bit fresh (I think it was mainly from me though lol I always seem to get nervous at adult riders).
Nothing silly though just a lot of energy.
The instructor just had me work him a lot more which was fine.
We were leg yielding, turning on the forehands annndd cantering :D
Right canter was there, it was the best feeling in the world.
I was soo stoked, over the moon is an understatement.
He may not of looked pretty while doing it, he sort of had a hissy every time he got it lol but he got it!
And wait there's more great news, we had a jumping lesson after lunch. I don't know if I've mentioned this before but he tended to rush/take off after jumps.
Well I actually had control on Sunday, I just feel like I could do anything with this horse now.
Rode him yesterday and today and he was an absolute gem walk, trot and canter both reins.
To get the right canter though I have to do a lot of leg yielding but he gets it and I'm stoked :)
Just so happy with this horse right now
That's is so a awesome, new ponies, lots of progress and fun lessons that you grow from are truly the best!!
Romeo looks like lighter version of a big boy I know as giueness, too cute!!
Can't wait to keep reading about your progress and seeing pictures, hopefully video!!
Keep up the good work!
I would be flooding this forum with photos, if I could figure out how to upload more then one photo at a time lol takes soo long on my ipad
Here's one of us jumping back in July maybe? Little to no control after jumps then
Had a really busy day yesterday, was woken up at the crack of dawn because some crazy neighbour was yelling and then stayed reeving his car all before 6 in the morning, on Sunday -_-
I had to get up somewhat early any way, but that extra half hour would of been awesome lol
By 8 I was at a pony club grounds as it was an ODE that weekend and I had said I would do my friends helper job, XC jump judge.
My friend Macca came with.
We got the afternoon shift, so we decided to go play with her ponys who were about 15 min drive away.
She's got 2 standerbred geldings, who have never raced but were trialled.
There both rising 5.
Sox the first one she got is a grey and was sent off to a breaker for a week just to get the ridden part down packed.
Marty she only got a couple of weeks ago and yesterday was his first "official" time under saddle, I rode him and I think he's been ridden numerous times before, he is really lazy and stubborn, but nice enough once he starts going :)
After that we went and seen my old horse Buzz, who is also in the same area, he is as fat as can be :) so happy with how he's going.
Then we went back to the pony club grounds, got to drive my little suki out on the course as the jump we were sitting at, there wasn't any shade.
Sat at the jump for a couple of hours had our little esky with some snacks and drinks in it so we were set.
Then after that we went back to were Maccas horses were as she also works there with the racing standerbreds and we fed up those horses about 30 of them.
Then we went back to mine maybe Romeos food up and I went and rode him :)
He's an absolute gem, a bit lazy, but he's putting up with soo much from me, Macca was watching me and taking photos, I had warned her it's not the prettiest site lol I've developed a bad habit of my heels and leaning forward.
But we got walk trot and cater both sides again, only had a 30 min ride as well.
On a side note I don't think I've mentioned this, but Romeo now has a paddock mate.... Now I don't know if this is a good thing or not.
I thought it would be, as you can see he gets lonely, but when I rode yesterday, Ezzie (the new horse) started going crazy and her owner was there, (her owner is a bit over protective and babies Ezzie a bit) and was worried she would hurt herself and so she caught Ezzie and bought her into the same paddock as I was riding in.
Now that was annoying, Romeo was a bit worked up when she led her away, but K (that's what I'll call her) was like you want me in here, I was just like they've got to get over it eventually, she's not always going to be there when I ride....
It was just annoying and when I ride I usually use the whole paddock space but with her there, I just couldn't and I felt like I had to tell her what I was doing so she could move her out o the way, it was just frustrating.
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