I'm as excited as the girls are.I've put all his grooming stuff and polos in a lockable shed at the yard,a lovely friend has handed down her dds outgrown gear to us,so we have a complete show outfit for dd2.My mum is making some spare rugs [she is very clever],and there is a big pile of stirrups,back protectors and polishing cloths decorating the living room floor.All we need now is the pony..We are collecting him at 3pm tomorrow and I think the dds will just about explode with excitement when he gets here.
He is here! He is happily stuffing his face in the little paddock.We have just popped home for some tea and will walk back over the field afterwards,to see him again.He boxed like an angel,DD1 who is a tiny dot despite being 7 was able to load him and unload him,something that she'd never done before.
We had a minor wobble when DD1 tripped and fell as she was leading him,he pulled to get some grass and managed to catch her with his hoof.She cried,but we made her get up and handle him again and they both took his travelling gear off and groomed him.I didn't want her to start off being frightened of him and she was fine once she'd gotten over it.
I was very relieved that my lovely horse expert neighbours were impressed with him-I was worried that they'd see him and think I'd made a mistake,I'm a bit out of touch as the last time I owned a pony was 1978.But they say he is a lovely little pony with all the correct conformation and points-pure luck on my part.He is surprisingly strong for his size,but very good natured.I'll try and post a photo when we get back.
A friend who lives opposite the paddock has said that we can use his menage any time we want to.He has sold all his horses and it is sitting idle,so we have two different ones within a few hundred yards to use now-plus all my dad's farmland in the next village to ride over-we are very,very, lucky.
As for the girls not sleeping last night,I didn't.I was awake until gone 1am,then awake every hour from 4am.I'm pretty shattered now.
I can't seem to load a photo,which is pretty annoying.He looked pretty pleased to see us when we went down the village,and came over to investigate.He soon went back to his grazing when he realised that there were no polos forthcoming.
First ride tomorrow morning before the rain sets in.
DD2 came into our room at 5.15 this morning,all jodhpured up and ready to go.She and DH went off to see him and poo pick at 5.30,and he followed them around the paddock quite happily.Just rousing DD1 and we'll go and have a ride before breakfast.Cross your fingers for us.
Arghh! It still won't let me add photos.Will ask DH to have another go,but he has fallen asleep on the sofa,due to the early start.
Joshie has been a very good boy,easy to catch as he just follows you around like a very large dog.He suffered my cack handed attempts to tack him up [not done that for decades] with very good grace.The girls wanted me to walk and run alongside them until they get used to him,so I spent over an hour haring around the menage with them-I'm very very unfit.He tried it on when we practised bending through the cones and halfway through,tried to turn away and head back to the gate.Each time he did it,I turned him in a big circle and made him go back to the beginning to start again.It took about 3 goes before he clicked that it was easier to do as asked.
The girls both had a little trot and jump and DD1 wanted to ride without me alongside.We had a bit of a problem with him putting his head down and jerking her forward,so if anyone knows how to surmount that one,I'd be grateful.Apart from that he was an angel,especially considering he hasn't been ridden for a few months and is in a new home without his stablemate,it must be very odd to him.
Marialuisa,I hope you have a lovely day-better in a stable than out in the wind and rain today I think.
DD's friends's pony does the head thing. I've seen him with grass reins (aka bits of bailer twine) when he's had a bad spell andmanged to get her on the floor.
Indoor school being watered so DD rode in the rain and then played with dpony (who will tolerate most things if some sort of foodstuff is available) but I had to call time due to being wet through. She desperately wants him to lie down when she's there but he won't oblige.
Hi even use a daisy rein or grass reins /side reins. just make sure you cross them over above his withers (so right side goes to left ring of bit and left goes to right side of the bit) have the clip on his bit and the other end threaded though the d rings on his saddle.
Thanks for the advice.I'll order a pair of grass reins and be sure to cross t hem over.I have a friend who is a riding instructor and who has offered to give the dds private lessons,so I'm going to ask her to come over.I think we'd all benefit from her input and she will benefit from the ££.
marialuisa,your DD's pony sounds lovely and very easy going.
Hi the grass reins can press on there withers so crossing them helps that they can act a bit like side reins therefor if they are a bit tight they can restrict the pony lots so it anything does go wrong it is safer i have seen very nasty accidents from people ridding in side reins to tight grass reins and would not like it to happen to a child