Our Progress together
I think i will start doing a journal thing about how Buzz and me progress in live :)
well i will start with information about my boy
is an 15 OTTB
he retired racing at a young age i presume because he was two slow
he was then trained in polo and was again to slow
he then went to do barrels and from what I know was pretty good but i dont know how the owner did it because when i do barrels with him he is quite slow
anyway that was his last owner before my friend got him
he was advertised for free and if no one took him he was going to the knackery
of course they took him
but the owner then had taught him when he spooked to back up really fast and he spooked in the flost and my friend didnt know that well she got a bad case of rope burn
they took him home and she rode him for about say about a month during that time i rode her little pony then somehow we switched
i fell in love with Buzz and she fell back in love with her pony Cookie :)
In July i think it was last year we had a vet out to check on Buzz leg
he had a massvie wart like thing on it which had been there for a while but had gotten bigger
it was a sacroid the vet said she could cut it off :)
and it would be all better it like a month or so
after complications and 5/6 months later and a hefty bill to go with it i was able to ride again
Buzz is my all purpose horse, I go to ponyclub, hack shows, gymkhana and want to start going on trial rides with him
Buzz and Cookie are like in love I think they hate being seperated but their getting better I take Buzz to pc without cookie and he only frets for about the first five mins then goes to sleep as soon as I put the tack on :roll:
ok now for me :)
I'm 16, 17 in less then a month
I have been riding for 5 years
I have hadnt had a lesson in ages but I am trying to save enough money to get some but i still have to pay of this vet bill :(
I have ridden western as well as english but english seems to dominate over here
I would like to get a stock saddle maybe one day and go on trials with it as im pretty sure its more comfy then an all purpose one
I go to a private school :(
in year 12 last year Whooo and scaryyy
well that should be enough of a novel for today :)
i will try and post whenever i go out to Buzz
Todays ride friday 29th Jan 2010
Well since Buzz is an OTTB once he was never really balanced at a canter but he is slighlty more balanced and I am even able to canter circles now well today was the first time :)
what i do is canter on the short side and go down the straight and on the other short side start up a circle he is better on his left side more then his right but we are getting there :)
I also did some walking/trotting with a long rein and he is pretty responsive with my legs and my body which is good. I didnt try cantering yet but I will soon...
He has a problem cantering on the right side always seems to pick up the wrong leg but I correct him and we do it again :)
Tomorrow if I get time I want to do some ground work with him but my family is going out so I may not be able to :(
Saturday 6th Feb 2010
On Saturday was a gymkhana I went in it was just for fun :)
I went all the possible hack classes and actually managed to get a few first and seconds :) I was very proud of Buzz and myself, he got the right canter lead all the time and kept cantering.
I was in the reserve champion and champion event but I didn't get anything but all the other horses were proper show horses i saw one girl see sawing at her horses mouth I felt sorry for the horse :(
I also competed in jumping 45 and 60cm
got a clear round in 45 and went through to jumpoff but Buzz isnt really that fast
Got disqualified in 60cm as he refused 3 times but I understood why its was late and at the end of the day
In all it was a really great day :)
I wont be riding for a while because i got some warts burnt off and its on my thumb and my ring finger on like the joints and it hurts to bend them, but I still go see him everyday :) amd hopefully be riding again next week
Saturday 27th Feb 2010
Well I finally did some ground work that I was planning on doing ages ago :) I just practiced walking (by my side) and discenting(I think thats how you spell it) at the hindquarters. He got the hang of it quickly.
I started to lunge only at the walk he kept coming in so I was just waiting for him to do a walk all the way round when this person in the coner of my eye caught my attention(she was waving). She was at the very top of the paddock, I walked up it was one of my friends but I didnt think she had a horse here, she was like do you want to come trail riding. :D I jumped at the oppunity and we had a great time, first time buzz has really been out and he was sweating haha don't think we have ever cantered in a straight like for a long time.
It was very enjoyable hopefully there will be many more trail rides :)
Awww. I love reading this
^^ Thanks :)
Wednesday 3rd March
Lunged again today, nothing secial just doing trasitions walking, trotting, wlaking, halting. He was being a bit lazy and wasn't staying at a trot but he did eventually.
It got me thinking of how far we have come. When I first got Buzz he was horrible to lunge he would just stop and I had to get my friend to help me. She actually had to walk around him and tap him on the bum to make him walk on. i was'nt able to lunge by myself, he would play up.
But now He goes around in a circle, I can lunge by myself, and he is an angel... most of the time haha
it was pony club today :) had lots of fun :) but I will start with Friday
Friday 5th March 2010
Went for a ride, you know thought it would be relaxed a few circles at walk trot and maybe a canter. Buzz had different ideas warmed him up asked for the canter did a i will call it a pigroot (I'm pretty sure his front feet stayed down but his back went really high) kicked pigroot kicked canter then he was fine but I had to do it a few more times to show him thats not allowed, I was soo shocked Buzz has never pigroted at a transition (just after jumps but then its bucks but he hasnt done one in ages) but I think he may just be feeling good I have put him on some food to give him somemore energy :) I ended on a good note
Sunday 7th March 2010
Pony Club :) Woke up nice and early had brekky and went to the horses. With Buzz it usually takes us a while to get him on the float so We tried at 7 to hopefully have him on at quarter past. he got on straight away we didn't even need to get my friends pony out. we rocked up and we were like one of the first there it was soo amazing haha never early
First session we had jumping couldn't really do much jumping because we had a young horse in the class but it was still good did some trot poles and some little jumps maybe 40cm
next was flatwork, we were practising going into the coners and the instuctor told me I need to create more energy then Buzz will have more energy, it was amazing the difference it made. She was also helping me with rounding Buzz up and working from the back its good cos we only had 4 peolpe in the class
next was games which I played all by myself :( everyone was like nahh cant be bothered I was kinda disapointed but oh well
That was pretty much all the riding we did then therory then active riding which is like an added session which sometimes you don't need a horse for, like we did vaulting once that was really fun, but today we did lunging someone explained the proper way to lunge and the stuff you need it was quite helpful :)
haha well it's been awhile lol I have to try and commit :P
well I try and recap everthing I did up to now
Been on a trail ride with a friend who I never knew lived around here
Started taking Buzzs on walks by himself to get used to being away from Cookie went for a walk oonce and we were out for half an hour lol i think it was more of a workout for me but he doesnt neigh and only on the first few walks he played up a bit
my friend went with a walk with me and I sat on Buzzs back for a bit on the way back he was good
Havnt been on a walk in awhile as school has started up again(this was all mainly on the hols) and can hardly go out
ohh in the holidays we sent up a sort of cross country course :) lol it took us nealry the whole day and when it came to riding we were soo exchausted but we still rode it lol
ok well I will do today now
Friday 23rd of April 2010
Was planning on riding but had no way to get there untill around 5 so I just lunged
The normal walk trot transitions but then I thought I would try cantering on the lunge he has done it before but on the other side as I had started on his bad side so I asked for a canter and asked but I dont think he understand what I was asking as he just trotted faster I slowed him down and asked again I think I may of got a stride or so but it was something
I then changed sides and walk trot transitions then I asked for a canter trotted faster asked again and he cantered I got half a circle :) I was so proud slowed him down then asked again he cantered again :) I was really proud lol
so much for the comminment lol
well anyway last major thing that happened
Pony Club 2nd of May 2010
I had my worst fall ever.
It was quite a scary experiance. We were jumping and Buzz just refused and I just went over his head landing on mine, I had a blood nose and winded but I did get back on and ride again for about 20mins and did jump. But got of and got taken to the hopspital.
I had black eyes and a bruise on my nose for about 1 week after.
After the fall I sort of put of riding... I think it was subconsciously, like I would say nahh to much homework today I will just feed, or I will ride tomorrow.
Well I did ride again on the friday the 15th around 2 weeks after I fell off and wow Buzz was soo good :)
But when I first got on him I was like wow this is higher then I remember lol.
I don't know how I will be with jumping now though havn't jumped since I fell off, I actually dismatled the jumps and started doing more dressage stuff lol.
But I will jump again I just have to build my confidence up again, and will only jump when someones there.
Havn't ridden this week as exams are next week and I have been studying hard but I will ride tomorrow get some stress out but no jumping.
Wednesday 19th May 2010
Lunged, Buzz is soo much better. Although he did have a kind of spazz at me but I think he was just energnic.
Cantered both side whole circles :) he is getting sooo much better.
I thought I would do some pictures as there was alot of writting lol
cookies if anyone got through
and one I edited
Ok I'm getting better lol
Sunday 23rd May 2010
I needed to get out of the house as I had exams all the following week and had been studying like crazy the week before.
Was planning on going on a trial ride with my friend that lives down the road she got to the place where my horse lives and Buzz was acting all werid, a little bit naughty and I didn't want to risk it as it was windy and a little bit rainy as well.
We just rode around the place abit and my friend who lives at the place rode her pony and we did our home made cross country course :)
I actually wasn't planning on jumping much because of my fall but with everyone there I sort of had to and I'm glad :)
Monday 24th Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of May 2010
Had exams and nearly died, I swear bums are not designd to sit down for 3 hours and 10mins in a room with a big clock and teachers walking up and down the isles, not to mention having two in one day.
But thankgod there over I now have tomorrow and Friday off :).
I havn't ridden at all this week yet or lunged except Sunday. But hopefully tomorrow or Friday I can ride :).
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