Good things come in small packages
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I had lessons on both to help me decide, just getting a few people opinions on which horse is the nicer of the two (not just looks) poor JC wasn't gifted in this area as we all know! Alberto is the more suitable of the two, he is more even in temperament, has a nice consistent rhythm into his fences and with grids should tidy up nicely. I want to SJ to about 1.10m and PN event one day and we agree he is the more suitable horse for this as JC has very average movement and is starting to get stiff again in warm ups. I am hoping he doesn't go lame again as this is how it all started last time. I have spent a lot of money trying to sort him out, so if happens again I have no idea what is causing it. When I sell him I will mention his previous lameness and the fact we think it was muscular. I don't want to put people off, but I don't want people buying then have problems and not being aware. He jumped awesome in his lesson...we did heaps of trotting as he locks himself and pulls like a steam train (rushes into a fence). He started to get nervous when we trotted into my wall...he went to jump and slammed on the brakes. Took a bit ti get him over (at canter) went to jump it for the 3rd time and he did the same thing.......wasn't very nice for me.....he would almost drop me in it....finally I got him over and he jumped up and straight down......landed his back legs on the jump and I fell.......got back on and jumped some fences again and called it a day, will try again this week.. Think he has just given himself a fright, he get so tense and nervous tho, there is no point hitting him and stuff as makes him worse! Was a bit of a shame, but he did jump some decent fences very well! I am hoping someone who wants to SJ will take him on.....wish me luck.
The farm in on the market fro $455,000 now - we have dropped the price as Glen wants it sold! I will just keep Alberto until we get back on out feet...I may look for a nice schoolmaster type in the new year to join Alberto.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Chiro was good for Alberto. He said Al has a really strong back and pelvis and in really good nic for a horse just out of racing. He is such a lil cutie, everyone that's seen him so far likes him. He only had a vertebrae out in his neck and on rib (which connects to the spine) out and a fetlock. His teeth were a bit steep at the back, but all sorted and he doesn't have anything else to deal with (like Wolf teeth).
Both the boys were wormed and shod the other day, JC will get a massage at some point and we should be all ready for the new season. I'm in the process of registering Alberto with ESNZ, I am wanting to compete both at the spring shows...so excited :)
Hopefully when this stupid weather improves I can get some riding in. I really need to teach Al to jump at a canter and see how he is with some fill. JC just needs to calm down haha
Friday, July 17, 2009
Alberto was such a good boy, he wasn't spooking at anything alongside the arena and he just seemed really chilled out. I warmed him up, he still isn't working on an outline often, but he is moving forward and away from the leg nicely. We did a little circle work and he is starting to understand bending and coming up in the outside hand....he has a really good brain and I'm super excited about him. he reminds me so much of Jazz, just so willing and a good attitude towards his work. He popped straight over some poles on the ground and over a x bar no worries. We did a small upright and oxer with no worries. He knocked the upright and nearly fell over it as I let him canter and he isnt ready for that yet (still finding his feet). He jumped it huge after that though, which is awesome! He feels really willing and scopey...I cant wait to ride him more. My sis had trouble getting my rangy camera to work, so we didnt get any decent photos apart from the one pictured.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
He is my new pony. He is actually on a months trial...I wouldn't usually expect this offer, but I wasn't going to pass up this opportunity, seeing as I havent been overly excited with the last few ott's I have had.
He is a 15.3hh gelding. He has the most amazing trot for a tb, balanced and correct. He has got some pop on him over a fence too, taking to being a sport horse really well. I am mostly lunging at the moment, he is head high and very racehorse like. He is improving all the time. The only thing that is annoying me is he pulls back when tied, so ill have to try get this out of him. I would like to spend more time with him, but with selling the property and everything going on its been a little hard.
JC has just been getting road rides the last few weeks. He is hypo as per usual, I do love him and he is so funny! He is on the forehand a bit at the moment, but probably due to lack of fitness....so once life settles he will have a better fitness regime.
I am currently riding a cute wee mare who's owner has come to realise she doesnt have enough experience for. I am selling her on behalf. She might appeal to someone who wants a second horse, or maybe lower level competition, here is the link for her trade me ad:
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thought it was about time I made my own blog so here is goes! Now instead of sending people random emails, you can check my horses progress and what im up to at your leisure.
JC - is finally sound and back in work. The 11 week break as done wonders for him and he is looking and feeling great! I am aiming to do some SJ wit him at TLC in July. I am still not 100% sure I want to event him next season as he is very hot for the dressage.....but who knows, he may suprise me!
I have a new horse called Tony. He raced in Hong Kong and was a very good racehorse. He came down to me from Cambridge where he was given a test drive and sold to me to become a sport horse. He is so quiet and has the most adorable nature. He has to be one of the most laid back horses ive had OTT. He is rather soild and a nice type. He is improving with the few small rides we have had and I have been concentrating on getting him going forward and using himself properly. He is much sharper with transitions, and his jump is very cute.
Ill keep you updated on progress, with pics of course :)
I am keeping my ear out for any OTT that I can do some basics with and rehome. I quiet enjoy it so might aswell. Ive had alot of bad luck with the floating side of things with a few.......so fingers crossed for some good luck in that area in the future. Thank goodness my two are excellent in that area!