Sunday, February 9, 2014

January goals review and Febuary goals

Sorry this is a little late! Better late than never right!

- This is my main goal for the month, Get Melody to the Hawkes Bay Individuals competition. It is 5 hours away and we will be there from the 24th-26th. It will be a very big competition for Melody, a very big experience especially considering her age and experience. We aren't going to win, we are going for experience. Just to take it slow and let her figure it all out.








This was a success, I am very happy with how she went :) We do need to work on her reactions to my leg though. (see February goals) .


 - Finish buying all of Melody's gear in Royal Blue. She looks adorable in the color.
- Done, and we modeled them in Hawkes Bay. She was so cute :)


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 - Start taking Melody out on a few more farm hacks.
- I think I did about 3 farm hacks in January with Meldoy. Not as much as I wanted to get her out but I still did it
 - Do some flat work training. We may a showing show coming up!!
We did a lot of flat work and we also did well at the show.


 - Get Romeo working more consistently on the bit and collected at a walk/trot and canter.
I did lots of this with Romeo over January. I worked on using a very light hand, hardly touching his mouth at all.
 - Do some fitness work
On our hacks we did 5 minute trot/canter sets with all the horses
 - Start training more complicated jumping exercises

I did this with Melody , I wouldn't consider them complicated though. Just adding in a double and a few poles to get her thinking. I think all in all though she hasn't been over more than 20 jumps with a rider so she is still figuring out what to do with her legs.

 - With Poppy during the summer pretty much all of our rides are hacking down to the beach, swimming in the river or farm rides.
 - Lots of farm rides and fitness work, all really fun

 - I want to start teaching her more tricks - work on bowing and shaking and nodding. 

- I taught her a new trick, she now knows how to smile on command. It took me less than 10 minutes how to teach her. Ill try get videos of her tricks :)

February Goals. 
- Lots of fitness work with Poppy and Melody. Do 5 -7 minutes canter sets, 3 in per hack.
I am competing them both at Horse Of The Year show this year!! Im so excited (I will do a post about this.) So lots of fitness work for them.

Start riding Melody and Poppy together (eg ponying) 
At horse of the year we will be doing a pairs competition. Which means that they have to be fine running at each at a gallop of galloping right beside each other without freaking out or being domineering over the other.

Take Romeo and Melody to a ribbon day. 
This post is so late that Ive already done this and posted about it but because its one of my February goals.

Get Melody at lot more reactive to my leg. 
 - When she gets tired or just doesn't feel like working she likes to ignore my leg, and because her potential to be a top games pony is high and thats what she is being trained to do she needs to know that as soon as I put a little leg on it means GO.

On the 16th there is Pairs competition 6 hours away that we will be traveling to. My pair will be riding Poppy and I will be riding Melody. 
The goal for this is to get both ponies going well competing together before horse of the year show.

Work on turns with Melody
Melody has a great fast turn on her but I need to remember to use my leg properly to get it out of her. Lots of leg is important on a games pony.












Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ribbon day - show-jumping with Romeo

I entered Romeo in the 85cm (2'8) and 90cm (3ft)  show-jumping courses. In the 85 cm we had a refusal at a 'scary' jump but went clear apart from that.
In the 95(3ft) he jumped a really super round. It was flowing and really fun. We met all the distances and went clear :)
Here are a few pictures - ill ad a video later on!


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Love the mountain in this shot

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Melody at the Hawkes Bay Individuals.

4Last weekend was probably the biggest weekend of Melody's life.
It started with a 5 and 1/2 hour trip over to Hawkes Bay.
Dad and I who was driving us were so proud of how she did. She had a hay net and two stops for water but asides from that she stood very quietly the whole time without fussing.
We arrived a day early so she didn't do very much asides from hand grazing, a small ride around the showgrounds and chilling in her stall.
Saturday brought a long day of competition and lots of scary things to figure out. Like the big speakers with loud music right outside the arena. They make for an awesome competition atmosphere but as we were cantering past the speakers the sound changes and all the people etc were to scary so for the first few races there was quite a lot of running backwards or sideways away from it.
As the competition went on the better she got.
Sunday was another full day of competition. We had a few bridle issues in the first session but we fixed them.
Melody seemed to take the whole thing in her stride. I didn't push or rush her. We came 5th out of 5 riders but we were only there for the experience - and it was a good experience for her.
Here are some photos :)

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Blue stuff :)
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We trotted a lot of the races but there were some where we got up a good canter
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Bank race
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Triple flag
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Not sure what this race was
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With a fellow competitor/mate

Photo: Success at Hawks Bay
5th place

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Riding the baby bareback and bridleless

The other day when I went out to catch Melody - something came over me and made me ignore my sensible thinking. So helmet-less (I know I know, I do normally wear a helmet this was just a spur of the moment decision) I decided to jump on my not-long-broken-in pony and see how she would react to bareback and bridle-less riding.

The aim has always been to turn her into a top mounted games pony so all the training I've done with her has been really light on the reins - mostly neck reining if I can and doing most of the aids with my seat/legs.

So when I rode Melody bareback and bridle-less she responded pretty well. She knew the stopping and turning right from the start although the turning part will need a little work. It was only at a walk but she was very attentive and didn't freak out. So proud of her!

Proof:


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Turning
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Testing the breaks - they work!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Area games 2014

At the last minute I got called up asking to be apart of the team for the Area pony club games. Pony club games are a lot different to mounted games but a lot of them are similar - so I thought I may as well get out, after all the more experience the better.

So on Saturday I floated Poppy to teams training and then she spent the night at the coaches house.
On Sunday was the competition.
As well as being in a team I was also part of the pairs competition that afternoon.
Our team came in 4th and my pair came in 5th. Poppy was such a good girl :) Here are a few photos.


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My team
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Association




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And again




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Ball and racket

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Pony Pairs
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Gallop home :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January Goals

This is a bit late I know - but better late that never right!


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Melody:
This month is going be most about Melody.
- This is my main goal for the month, Get Melody to the Hawkes Bay Individuals competition. It is 5 hours away and we will be there from the 24th-26th. It will be a very big competition for Melody, a very big experience especially considering her age and experience. We aren't going to win, we are going for experience. Just to take it slow and let her figure it all out.

 - Finish buying all of Melody's gear in Royal Blue. She looks adorable in the color.

 - Start taking Melody out on a few more farm hacks.

 - Do some flat work training. We may a showing show coming up!!


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Romeo:
 - Get him working more consistently on the bit and collected at a walk/trot and canter.

 - Do some fitness work

 - Start training more complicated jumping exercises


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Poppy:

 - With Poppy during the summer pretty much all of our rides are hacking down to the beach, swimming in the river or farm rides.

 - I want to start teaching her more tricks - work on bowing and shaking and nodding. 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 - Year Of The Horse + First ride of the New Year





They are beautiful
They are strong yet gentle
They are there to listen to your deepest secrets, never telling a soul 
what you have trusted them to keep
They have spirits as free as the wind 
Not pulled or pushed by what others believe they should be

But, 
Is it just the horse, or is it just the rider?
No, its the unique bond built between the two,
The trust
The loyalty 
The knowing that no matter what their hearts will
forever be connected
This bond is whats going to make us champions this year

- Written by my Amazingly talented Friend Chantelle




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This post is a little late but here is a few pictures of the first ride for 2014.




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Yes -  I am riding bareback in a wetsuit


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We took her swimming. After these pictures were taken we took her in deeper and dived off her back into the water - unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of this, we were all too bust having fun.

  
  




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