I thought of you today Mitchy.We drove into the field with the trailer and dpony went berserk,galloping around doing handstands,winding up B who joined in with gusto. DD1 who was taking B to PC for only the 2nd time went pale at the sight of him bronking,but dpony was something else.We all stood there like this ,especially DH who has never seen her move so fast or buck as high.Goodness only knows what had gotten into her.
That's good but perhaps it should say what exactly they need experience of? Some people who have ridden more than one horse at the riding school think they have experience! Hmm, let's see... experience of feisty ponies? experience of rodeo riding? In fact, experienced bronco buster and handsome cowboy required might do Mitchy very well as an ad .
Day 3 completed without too much mishap, although we had a sticky moment at a tiger trap, on a slope out of a sown field and with a big drop. The 2 horses in front of me refused out to the left and dhorse had a moment of confusion caused by rider ineptitude and thought he was meant to be going left then realised he was meant to jump. He leapt almost from a standstill and caught me out, luckily as he landed I managed to stick on - much to the amusement of the others, but it was a long way down and I wasn't going to fall off if I could possibly help it!
It was a busy day, with a few long waits and sharp canters which had him well revved up at times - but he was better. I'm worn out, and I think he probably is too, we'll aim for Tuesday again and then I might give him next Saturday off as I'm worried about overdoing him.
Hope the test ride goes well tomorrow Mitchy, perhaps "needs rider with experience" would be a more direct way of wording it.
am with you Mirage! would enjoy the horses at this time of year more if I was hunting twice a week like Frosty instead of as and when people take pity on me! I don't want it enough to arrange my own transport and so on, so £££y
but someone else is coming to try the rodeo machine tomorrow!
have described him simply as 'not a novice ride' but will give more details at the actual time. Not A Novice Ride, to me, says rider must be very experienced and sensitive and quiet and mentally tough but I wonder what other people understand by the term? Able to ride off the lead rein?
Not posted for a bit because things have been pretty quiet here.No sooner had DD2 been given the all clear to ride properly again,than dpony,having watched Belvoir remove his rug,decided to try it too,and succeeded in ripping the binding off and tangling her hind leg up in it.
She was very stiff and definitely not moving right,so I gave her 10 days off to rest it,so that,plus bad weather and dark nights have meant we haven't ridden much.DD1 is enjoying hacking B,but he can get very strong when excited,normally cantering in company and jumping,which he loves.He isn't naughty,just keen and forward going,and DD1 has had a few wobbles because he is so different to dpony. It'll take them a while to get used to each other,and his owners came to see him a few weeks back and said that DD1 does far more on him than they did at her age,which gave her a boost.She is very hard on herself.
We've had to stop lessons for a bit,because it is too dark,the field is too slippery to do much in,so we are a bit limited as to what we can do atm.I hate this time of year.
Saturday was our first day and he was very revved up indeed, plunging and prancing and generally frightening the pants off me. I retired after a couple of hours after he'd reversed at speed into a barbed wire fence and cut his bum (not badly) stupid twit!
I went again on Tuesday and he was still a bit lively, he goes backwards as a sort of expression of panic and it's most alarming and very annoying. He was better though and I stayed all day as it was quite quiet but we were moving most of the time at a fairly steady pace with no whizzing about or standing for hours. He was pretty tired by 3pm (as was I). All being well we're off again on Saturday - the intention is to keep going twice a week until the penny drops that he doesn't need to panic if people move away from him and prancing about pretending to be a dressage horse is unnecessary.
I don't know how you get round people exaggerating their skills, it seems to be a very common problem and such a waste of time. Word of mouth is probably the most reliable way, but limits your choice a bit. Fingers crossed the right person will crop up soon.
It was cancelled as there was so much rain overnight so I'm trying again tomorrow. The disadvantage is that I'll have to go in the trailer, but am hoping that DH will decant us a mile away and I can hack on......
I'm only planning on a couple of hours and will see if I can get Tuesday in as well. Sorry to hear about the bucking, they just know don't they when you really don't want them to do something?
Sounds like my friend's pony, she was given him as he was too unruly for previous owners but she loves riding him and just wishes he was a little bigger so she could compete properly on him. However, he too sent his last prospective sharer headfirst into the arena fencing after several unplanned and very fast circuits! She has offered me rides on him but you couldn't pay me enough I politely declined .
how did it go? the storm scuppered my hunting plans, grrr, no electricity to clip for a few days and too many closed roads and general chaos - there is a meet after Christmas that I might be able to get too though - sorry about the job.
the rodeo monster sent a prospective sharer flyyyyyying tonight, it was awful, he looked so gleeful as he cantered off, still bucking. She was just too fidgety I think. Why can't I find a quiet adult who likes this sort of pony?
Didn't get the aforementioned job (sigh), but on the plus side it allows me time for hunting. Dhorse has been clipped and tidied and we are off for our first day tomorrow, I have to admit to being more than a bit nervous, as it's a new hunt but fortunately I can hack to the meet from here.
I did wonder where you'd disappeared to Mitchy - good luck next week. Make sure your neck strap is nice and handy, it can be a life saver!
Dhorse is on holiday atm as we are moving house (hurray, a whole other thread though!) and I've moved him and dpony to their new quarters. To and fro twice a day to check that they are happy, at the same time we're packing, loading, unloading, unpacking the trailer as we are doing it all ourselves - bar a van and two strong men on Thursday! I will be so pleased to be out of here.
I also have 2 job interviews next week so the pressure is well piled on and dhorse is a tad neglected but after that hopefully we can pick up and get fit enough for hunting.
borrowing someone's horse for hunting next week so mainly hacking him at the moment, is odd getting used to someone new isn't it? he doesn't jump ditches though which is quite important in Suffolk (do we have anything much else to jump here?) runs down into them and up the other side, horrible!
Photos up if anyone's interested. It is hard to see the dramatic change in condition in pictures that size, but effectively he lost all his muscle tone around the saddle area and across his hindquarters. Looking at him from behind his backside fell away dramatically from his spine, it was almost triangular and side ways on he looked a bit like a broodmare, all belly and no muscle around his spine and behind the saddle. On top of physically looking rough, he was pretty depressed and stressed and has really only shown his true colours over the last 3 weeks or so.
That is great news Frosty. I never took my boy hunting for more than a couple of hours the first couple of times he went out. Always best to quit whilst you're ahead and you can always extend it to "second horses" as the season progresses. Good luck!
Wow frosty - that is amazing, you should be so proud of yourself.
I have a new share, wasn't looking, and it just kind of happened...he is 19 and has some health issues, but is perfect for me, a true schoolmaster. he is teaching me so much I can't believe how far my riding has come in the 4 weeks I have had him. Every time I have a lesson on him it is a revelation......but my goodness it is exhausting!!!
I'm thrilled to report that the physio is very impressed with dhorse's new muscular physique! She said that he is looking heaps better all round - the sagginess around his back has gone, his skin is better, he's much perkier and he's working in a much better shape in all paces.
We now have the go-ahead to up his work again, although 30 mins on the lunge, plus 1-1.5 hrs ridden work every other day is pushing me a bit timewise already and then he can go hunting and jumping. I need to build up to it a bit with some short days and small occasional jumps but she sees no reason why he can't be firing on all cylinders in another 6-8 weeks.
After a patchy 12 months worrying all the time whether I'm doing the right thing for him, I feel much more confident that he can live life to the full for at least a couple more years and be properly pain free. It's cost a fair few pounds (luckily mostly the insurance company), but if he's pain free and happy then it has certainly been worth it.
If anyone else has a horse with kissing spine, I would recommend looking into the interspinous ligament desmotomy surgery.
I've just come in from spending an hour, yes an hour, trying to lunge dhorse. As part of his rehab he is supposed to have 10 minutes each side on the lunge every other day, brisk trotting, over poles a couple of times, couple of canter circles and then warm down. Ha - I've moved the poles and you'd think he'd never seen anything like it before, snorting, tail up over his back and could I get him over them, could I hell?
I led him over at a walk, he stopped dead and backed away and if I tried to trot him over he cantered and bashed me. Doing it on the lunge he just sort of whizzed by them, tried to jump the lot (4 in a row) and then disappeared off with me on the end of the lunge line, although I had to let go twice. I rearranged them so he couldn't possibly jump them but even then it too another 5 minutes just to get him to walk over them. There are times when I really regret having a TB!
He also managed to draw blood on one finger, which is currently turning a fetching shade of blue as well, which is great as I have to be out and about for work looking smart and well groomed, not blue handed and hassled!