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Zimpatico 01-10-2011 03:19 PM

We've Come So Far!!
I haven't been on the forum in a little while, but I wanted to share our progress since yesterday was three months since I bought Zee! He's now been out of retirement for a little over 4 months. I'm so proud of the progress he's making! And he still puts up with me as I try to improve...

Feel free to critique us as well. Enjoy!!!!!

August 26th... Our First Ride

October 16th... A week after we bought him

November 14th... About a week after we started taking him over some crossrails

December 11th... Jumping Lesson

December 12th... Psycho Clinic (sorry, this one is super long)

Christmas Day!!

December 30th Lesson

equestrian 01-10-2011 06:29 PM

Wow. What a massive improvement in such a short time! Great job! How often are you taking lessons?

PumpkinzMyBaby22 01-10-2011 07:08 PM

Wow! You both have come so far in such a short time. Keep up the amazing work.I hope to see more of both of you :)

Zimpatico 01-10-2011 07:27 PM

Thanks! Zee and I are both being taken out of retirement! I rode til I was about 20, but took 10 years off til last year when I started riding again. Zee hasn't been ridden much in the last 5-6 years, so we need a bit of practice to start getting the hang of things again. I take a 30 minute private lesson over fences once a week, and try to join a 1 hr group lesson on flatwork / dressage once a week. I'm just so happy with his progress. I know we both have a lot to improve on, but he's moving forward, starting to carry himself and balance better, and his stamina and flexibility have increased dramatically. I'm happy that my lower half is getting better! If I could sit up and turn my elbows in, I'd be happy!

equestrian 01-10-2011 09:06 PM

Ahh you are very lucky to be able to take 2 lessons per week. I am only able to afford lessons once every other week. :/ Color me jealous!

71Duster 01-11-2011 10:50 AM

I agree! You two look fantastic together!! He looks like a very happy horse :-)

Zimpatico 01-11-2011 11:02 AM


Originally Posted by 71Duster (Post 885338)
I agree! You two look fantastic together!! He looks like a very happy horse :-)

Our videographer does a great job too ;) Zee has a very good daddy...

Zimpatico 01-11-2011 12:18 PM

Any critiques? Sorry, I know there's a lot of video!

Deema 01-11-2011 12:48 PM

I only take lessons once a week and I've been riding for seven years. We had a girl in the stables and she had this really horrible cheeky horse, but she took over three years to fix him up into acceptable, keep up the hard work!

Zimpatico 01-11-2011 03:14 PM

Zee is certainly not a problem horse by any means. He's naturally lazy, and out of shape from being a pasture puff for the last few years. It's a fine line between pushing him too hard and pushing him enough to give him a good workout. His training is excellent, maybe a bit rusty, but he can certainly teach me a lot more than I could ever teach him!!

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