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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2014|03:57 pm]
Saucy Chef
So.

Tacked her up after a good grooming early this afternoon and she was really good about it, only one tail flick during girth tightening. Then lunged her and she's stiff as hell in back. Threw Miss Forrester on and she walked her round on both reins easily (with lots of bottom lip flapping), Forrie tried to trot her and she just couldn't properly, she was all sort of scrabbly and couldn't stride out.

On the plus side the 'tough love' approach seems to be working, she was just about begging to be groomed (I haven't actively given her any attention whilst mucking out the past week - except when I can't resist giving her a scratch).

She possibly has just pulled something? We've had bizarre weather this week and she has managed to cut her head on something.

Forrie has suggested selenium, I'm going to give her a dose tonight.

Thoughts? Leon and Mellie I would love some input...
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(no subject) [Dec. 16th, 2013|11:27 pm]
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Lunged her this afternoon in the big paddock which has just had hay taken off it. Some Attitude was displayed on the offside rein, but quickly sorted out. Really want to get on her now, she did some lovely active work. Hopefully there's someone about tomorrow evening.
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So I have no idea how to flip images, please rotate your monitor 90 degrees right... [Dec. 11th, 2013|12:31 pm]
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(no subject) [Dec. 10th, 2013|10:39 pm]
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Went back tonight and had a wee ride on Charlie. Much better. C was off for a hack with the neighbour's daughter as I arrived. However another neighbour's daughter was hanging about being inquisitive "Is Charlie your horse?" What days do you ride Charlie?" etc. She was all of four. Anyways got Charlie trotting in circles (although he kept trying to go and get cuddles from said four year old), and we started to understand each other a little. As C said "You just have to figure out his buttons." Lengthening my stirrups definitely helped, I have to get over the jockey fetish I had in the early 90's thanks to a BBC show called 'Trainer'. Had him doing some quite nice stuff in the end, but can hardly walk now! Just have to keep at it!

Also have enrolled in a natural horsemanship course thingybop being held in February just over the road, not the hardcore stuff (which I don't agree with on all levels), just the understanding your horse type stuff. A chick from the shop has also enrolled, so I'll know someone at least. Chick from the shop couldn't believe my first proper ride in 15 years included cantering and jumping, I never thought about it from that angle, if I'm on a horse I'll ride it, but damn my legs are paying for it!

Jodhpurs. They used to be the evil garment I had to wear to shows. No longer, it seems. I purchased four pairs of pre-loved jodhs for the princely sum of $25 (Oh Trademe, how I love thee), and two of the pairs are black, stretchy type numbers. It's like they are riding trackpants. Big shout out to Dublin. I can muck out and ride in these babies, and they wash up a treat. And the other two pairs are beige sticky bums so if I ever get to a show I'm partially outfitted.

And of course I went and gave my mare a carrot and a snuggle. Friday night is looking like the night of mounting (I'm off work and C will be around), and I'll lunge her tomorrow with tack on again.

Charlie is going back to town on Friday, so C wants to put me up on Joe (chestnut TB gelding), as she thinks I've done so well with Charlie?????????
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(no subject) [Dec. 10th, 2013|02:56 pm]
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I'm noticing a pattern with the mare. The first time I try and do something with her she gets a bit titchy about it, then behaves. I'm hoping this transfers to ridden work. Today my saddle arrived back so off to the paddock I went. She had very obligingly done all of her business in the one place, so mucking out was a breeze. With nowhere to tie her and I'd forgotten the leadrope, I approached with the bridle and she wandered off, then came straight up to me. I attempted to bridle her, she wouldn't open her mouth. I took the bridle away and said a few encouraging words, she then happily opened her mouth. She spooked the first time I put the reins over her head, not the second. She happily followed me to the saddle, twitched about a bit when I put it on, again when I put the girth on, again when I tightened it but the second time she was fine. I didn't mount her as I was there alone and I'm just not that stupid. I lunged her on both reins, first side (near side) she did a ZOMG WTF IS ON MY BACK! thing, then trotted, very roughly and with 'racing' head carriage, but after half a circle her head carriage improved dramatically. On the offside she was wonderful, trotting nicely with none of the raciness going on. She then walked beautifully, a good medium walk with no dawdling. I put the stirrup irons down and bashed them around a bit, again first time titchy, second time fine, then gave her a good old groom and spent a while attacking the mammoth task of pulling her mane. I may get on her tomorrow, if there's someone about.
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(no subject) [Dec. 9th, 2013|05:54 pm]
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The mare has managed to figure out how to roll under the wire, so I bought some extra fence standards today and pegged them at very short intervals, and then hooked the wire up to the electric fence, which should keep greedy guts out of the long grass. Again she was easy to catch.

Spent up large at the saddlers, new girth, irons, hoof oil, jointed snaffle, reins and a dandy brush. Could not believe how hard it was to find a fricking dandy brush that wasn't:
a) Hot pink
b) Covered in sparkles/hearts/flowers
c) Emblazoned with rhinestones
d) All of the above

In the end I got a blue one. And not the blue one with a silver lightening strike on it.

Still VERY sore from riding Charlie yesterday. Will get on him tomorrow evening, depending on how busy it is at work.
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2013|11:29 am]
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C rang at 8am this morning to tell me my mare had escaped her hotwire, so I went off to see her. We couldn't figure out if she'd gone over or under it, she certainly hadn't gone through it. Beautifully, she walked straight up to me and let me pen her back in; when C had tried to catch her she had pranced off at high speed.

As I was down there, I gave her a wee lunge and once again she went very well on both reins. I hadn't bought the lunge whip with me but that made no difference, she responded to verbal commands. Also gave her a brush down and cuddles, mucked out and topped up her water.

C has offered me the use of Charlie, her daughter's big bay standy, so I'm going down for a ride this evening, if it doesn't rain (and I'd really rather it rained, the ground is cracking quite alarmingly). But I'll be up on my girl as soon as I get my saddle back from the saddlers.

Happy.
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2013|08:40 pm]
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Success with bridling and lunging at walk and trot on both reins. This is working out far too easily!
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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2013|10:27 pm]
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M came to trim my girl's feet this evening, and she behaved beautifully; she was half asleep through most of it as I stroked her. He also trimmed Charlie's feet at my paddock owner's request. Charlie is a big bay standy and a great big smooch. He'll rub his head against you so hard he pushes you into the 'leccy fence. My girl got a wee bit jealous of my holding and stroking Charlie, so I guess we're bonding.

Tomorrow evening I hope to get her on the lunge and see what she's like. It's far too hot to attempt to do anything during the day at the moment! Whilst I was on horse-holding-for-trimming-purposes duty C (paddock owner) was having a lesson on her horse in the next paddock and my girl didn't react at all (unlike the ditzy thing two paddocks over that went completely mental).

Also gave my saddle to the local saddler to get a new girth strap put on (it's nice having a saddler that drinks at the pub), so hopefully I'll get that back in a few days. Just need to get some irons and a girth and I'll be back in the saddle soon, all going well.
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(no subject) [Dec. 3rd, 2013|01:25 pm]
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I also collected my old saddle last night, which has been sitting in a garage at my cousins for 15 years. Thanks to me taking such good care of it, and it being English, it cleaned up beautifully. I also scored some brand new leathers, but my girth and irons are missing, Nic is going to try and hunt them out or I'll get some new ones. I've been lent a bridle so I cleaned that up as well. My white saddle blankets have not fared so well, but I've shoved them in the machine with a mountain of Napisan, they'll at least be useable in the meantime.

There will be pics, I keep forgetting to take the camera down to the paddock.
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