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appylover31803 03-02-2008 09:51 PM

Crazy Vega and me
Before i weekend, i promised myself that i was going to ride this weekend because the weather was supposed to be warmer. I didn't do anything Saturday because i was beat from the work week, but i went today! I had my new saddle pad , new girth, and new stirrups to try out so i was a happy girl.
Vega was her usual friendly self as i groomed her and tacked her up. She was much happier about the fleece girth than the leather one. I decided to ride outside today because the indoor was moderately packed and it was nice out. I did some stretching with her before i got on. Walked around the arena as a warm up to our warm up, and proceeded to get on. She was actually good today and didn't move around too much (and yes I am working on her standing while i get on).

She was doing her crazy stunts (bucking and all) but i managed to stay on yet again. Then i started doing a whole lot of transitions. Walk to trot to walk. Trot to halt to walk. Walk to halt to trot. And it really helped her calm down and focus. I was very impressed. I also did lots of serpentines at first to get her to calm down and it worked until those stupid kids were fooling around and spooked her.

I did that for a while and then got off. As if was leading her out of the arena, a few horses were prancing and bucking and stuff, and i knew Vega was going to do the same. She did bolt out and pull me a bit, but i backed her and she stood as i closed the gate. She then bucked a few more times, so i backed her up for a few feet before turning her around and walking her into the barn.

She stood quietly in the cross ties, so i decided to take a few pictures.

I was very impressed with her today and will continue to work with her.

Vega getting curious about the camera phone.

Picture of Vega's sniffy purple saddle pad and her fuzzy girth

Vega's tail all wrapped up.

Vega chilling and waiting for her hay.

Any comments or questions are welcome, but please be nice. She is my baby girl. :D

Abby 03-02-2008 09:54 PM

I'm curious. How long have you had her and has she always bucked? Do you know why she does anyway? She seems friendly and cute, I wanna pet her through the screen hehe!

mlkarel2010 03-02-2008 10:11 PM

I like her purple saddle pad!! Can you get a video of you riding her when she bucks? We might be able to fiure out why and/or help at least.

appylover31803 03-02-2008 10:23 PM

she's only 4 and i'll have her for a year in april. I haven't ridden her in a good 2 months and her turnout is muddy and tiny, so she has no space to expel her excess energy. She also seems to buck when she spooks. She was fine until about fall when everything around her changed. But she did buck a few times before in the summer.

After i did all the transitions, she stopped when i was on her. And i think she only bucked because other horses were freaking out.

If anyone knows Parelli, i did the horsenality on her, and she's RB extrovert. And according to that, they're the ones that just keep going, and a whole bunch of other things (high headed, fearful, nervous, impulsive, panicky)

If my fiance doesn't stay next time i'm out there, i'll remember my camera and set it up.

I do have to say that i am still learning with her. I've ridden for 12 years, but never owned, and this is a whole learning experience for me. Some might consider that a bad thing, but when Vega's being good, nothing is a problem.

Vega is very friendly. She is very curious and loves to play and run. I'll have to video record her running in the arena. I think her gaits are beautiful, but she does seem to get ahead of herself when she's cantering.

When the weather warms up, i do plan on conditioning her and doing more with her to get rid of her excess energy.

I also don't know if this matters, but before i got her, she was used for lessons and they would lunge her for a good 20 min. before they rode her. Do you think they were covering up her bucking problem? Since i've had her, i don't lunge her before i ride, because i think that i should not have to tire my horse before i ride. It's a time to learn and work through things rather than cover it up. Am i wrong for thinking like that?

mlkarel2010 03-02-2008 10:39 PM

Yeah, the turnout and the weather have an effect on horses energy. And she's four. I'd love to see a movie of her!! Then about lunging. It doesn't tire the horse down before you ride them. We use it as a warm-up before every ride. It gets them warm both body and mind and it lets them get their "ya-ya's" out. They kick their heels up and have a good time when lunging at first, but eventually they realize they're working and they listen better.

appylover31803 03-02-2008 10:54 PM

I plan on doing the warm up lunge when its not muddy there, and i get a training system.

When they lunge the horses to tire them out, there is no warm up in the round pen. They make the horses canter until they feel the horse is tired enough. There is no walking, no trotting. When i first started lunging Vega to work with her, all she knew was how to canter. But we're to the point now where she will walk, trot and canter. She is better lunging outside the round pen.

My fiance has a short video of me trotting her, but i look like poo. But i will try to send it to my e-mail and see if i can upload it.

I would definitely like to get a video of me doing all three gaits with her because i can't see how she moves when i'm riding her.
If i can get the video to work, i'll put it in here.

thanks for the help so far!

appylover31803 03-02-2008 10:59 PM

can't send the video :( Going to have to ask Thomas. I should have it uploaded by tomorrow.

JustDressageIt 03-02-2008 11:00 PM

Vega loos so cute all dolled up in her english gear!!

appylover31803 03-02-2008 11:08 PM

Thank you! I used to really gear her up. Bell boots, splint boots, boots on her rear legs, figure 8 noseband, running martingale. And then one day i was like, why am i using all of this? So i took it all off. and am only going to use the running martingale when i need it, and the boots when i jump her. not sure what i'm doing with the noseband though. She does have a tendency to open her mouth. But its when she flips her head up.

Ahh so many things to work on :D

mlkarel2010 03-02-2008 11:14 PM

yeah, we don't lunge in the mud either...... maybe that's why all the horses i've ridden are hyper to boot... hmm

when we use lunging as a warmup we put emphasis on smooth transitions.... not to tire them out..... that's what the workout is for :wink: but we only do that when we're conditioning them

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