Dressage ride on Ollie

Today Maren let me ride Ollie! He wasn’t impressed…

Uh oh… dis is my aunty Brianna saddle…

Maren mentioned wanting to switch out Oliver’s bit, as she thought he could maybe be more consistent in the contact, and wasn’t sure if a different bit would help. He was using a bit our trainer suggested, that she had liked with her old horse. I dunno what it’s called, and I’d never seen one before Ollie’s. I meant to take a pic, but yeah I forgot.

Anyways, we had a look at our bit collection, and decided to try a simple Eggbutt French link.

New bit!

I also used my dressage saddle, which fits Ollie pretty darn good, despite being fit to Tanta.

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As soon as I mounted and picked up a contact, I noticed how supple and soft he felt. Normally he can be a little bit stiff, and sometimes resisting. We warmed up with lots of walking and lateral work. We then moved onto some trot work. He felt so good!!! He was super on my aids, and ya know when it just feels like you can control where every step lands? Like that. He was really using his back too, so that was nice😉

Then came the canter… so… that didn’t go quite so smooth. Hahaha… first, it took me ages to actually get the canter. Like, he just wouldn’t. I eventually gave up trying to get a nice transition and just gave him a good “pony club kick”. It did the trick. But it was also a super ugly transition… so I went for a very forward canter, then came back to the trot. And then worked on getting a nice(ish) trot-canter transition. Once we got that sorted, he was a lot better.

He tends to “tranter” a bit, and fall to the inside. And cutting the corners is his favourite.

So anyways, I needed to sort myself out before I could get him to do anything correctly. So that meant shortening my reins (isn’t that always the answer though? Haha), carrying my hands (sneaky inside hand likes to drift downwards), and I need to actually use my inside leg. If I’m not thinking about it, my inside leg likes to slack off and I try to use my inside rein instead… which needless to say does not normally work well. Especially on a tranter-er who likes to cut corners. So anyways, once I figured out what I had to do, and rode him FORWARD into my hands, instead of pulling with my hands, he was super. Yeah, it was sorta rough around the edges, but definitely some improvement!!

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After I was finished Maren hopped on and thought he felt great! So that’s cool. Hopefully I’ll be allowed on him again soon😁

Catch up post about stuff

Yikes. Sometimes too much stuff happens, and I feel the need to post about it all. And if I don’t have time to write a post with everything, I just don’t. Or maybe I really do have time, but it seems like too much work… I’m not really sure. But I do know that it seems to be a vicious circle. Skip blogging for a week, then want to post about it all, but don’t have time/am too lazy, and it piles up. More and more… you get the idea. So this is a real mishmashed post trying to catch up on all the stuff that happened since I last posted… Fair warning, this post will be long!

If I were an organized person, I’d start at the beginning and work my way till now. However, organized I am not, so it’ll sorta be sectioned by category… to be honest I can’t ever remember exactly when half this stuff took place!

Fox has been feeling better, so I’ve been riding her. I’ve had some lessons (and non-lesson rides) and took her out on the trail.

Getting out on the trail was nice. My first lesson was good, but Foxy was very excited and fast. Very fast haha. Zooming around the corners of the indoor. I’m pretty sure there’s videos from that but I can’t seem to find them… Next lesson was good too, she wasn’t as zoom-y. However she was very very playful so I got dumped;

There were quite a few control circles, and the above one didn’t work. Lol. I am fine though! It was one of those annoying falls that I probably could have stuck if I’d sat up… I got back on and we did a small course without the oxers. She was extremely good that time. (Figures lol). Next day we had another lesson, but Fox was very tired!

on Saturday (like, not last Saturday but the one before that) me and Fox attended a local schooling show. It was very fun and Fox was fabulous. However the trail ride over was… interesting. We normally trail ride over, as it’s only about a 20 minute hack, and then our horses are pretty much warmed up when we arrive. Which is nice, because the warm up ring can be a little hectic… I have been run into before. Multiple times actually. but anyways, we were riding over, and then suddenly saw this:

yeah. That’s a big loud machine with a swirly blade on the end chopping up the trail…😳 I’m not really sure why it was working on a Saturday. But it was pretty much blocking the path, so me and Maren hopped off our horses in advance, because we weren’t sure how they would react. The last thing we needed was one of us falling off before actually getting to the show! Lol. We made it by with (surprisingly/luckily) little drama. The downside of dismounting… there is a creek running across the trail right after where the machine was. So we had to cross that before getting back on our horses. So our feet got wet. It was sunny though, so they dried pretty quickly.

Then came the ‘treacherous river’ or so it’s called. It’s really not that treacherous… but on the other side is the campsite/party area. So it’s always slightly sketch riding through, as there’s normally always going to be some people (awake or sleeping), dogs (friendly or attack like…) Buses, tents, cars, and/or lots of garbage/broken glass/nails, but you never really know what/who. This time it seemed to be a camp set up. Busses and such. It was actually better than most times, because the dog was contained inside one of the said buses, and there wasn’t broken glass/garage everywhere like normal… I didn’t see any people on the way over…

Once at the show, we jumped a couple of the warm up fences then headed into our first class, X-poles. Fox was fabulous. We had a few missed distances, and I totally missed the line for the last 2 jumps, but Fox was very very good. And I stayed on haha.

We did another round at 2 foot, and Fox was a very good girl, so we stopped there.

And I had another lesson yesterday, and she was perfect!!! ❤️🦊🦄

Now for Tanta; she is feeling much better! A week ago a video was send to our vet, and she said Tanta could do 30 minute walks under saddle for 2 weeks. (So 1 more week!) and then send her another video.

Tanta has really been enjoying getting out, so that’s nice!!

A couple weeks ago (see how behind on posting I am? Lol) it warmed up enough for me to bathe the ponies!! Which was amazing, because they really needed it! I’ve actually done Rasty again since then, because after his first bath he went and rolled right in the dust. And then he was worse than before I bathed him. I put a sheet on his after his second bath!

So not impressed.

I’m glad I got those pony baths in, because a day later it was gross and really rainy for like a week. Wet and windy.

It’s actually lovely out today, but the forecast is calling for more rain so I dunno.

My lack of breeches was getting out of control, so I ordered a couple pairs that were on sale and I am loving them. LOVING them!

I’m am late posting this, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINN!! He turned 1… like two weeks ago. Sorry Finn! (March 28th was his bday!)

He’s such a good pup🥰🥰🥰

and very cute. Extremely cute❤️❤️❤️

And the very exciting news!!! Daisy, our golden retriever, had puppies!! Coincidentally, they were born on March 28th just like Finn!

There’s 2 girls and 1 boy. We are calling the boy Tucker and the girls Goldy and Little one. The girl names were only temporary, to tell them apart. However Goldy has really stuck… lol. Maren has started calling her Marigold.

They are growing SO fast. It’s crazy. All of their eyes are starting to open now, and Little one’s are almost fully open already.

The ‘puppy room’ is also the tv room, and since I haven’t wanted to leave the pups, I’ve been watching A LOT of eventing and dressage. It’s been pretty fun… me and Maren’s new favourite is the dressage from badminton, because they put the movement scores up on the screen as it happens, and because the commentary is hilarious. ERM XC is pretty good too, and there’s lots of videos!

Here’s a bunch of photos. Because PUPS!!

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Oh and I’ve been dying stuff purple. Because… purple is the best colour!! I died a white cotton lead rope purple ombré, or I tried anyway.

I love it, but I think I left it in the dye for too long. About 1/2 way down the rope it gets as dark as it would go… so therefore it’s only half ombré. I would love to try again, with another colour perhaps. But I need to get more lead ropes.

I also did an old sunshirt I had. It was very pale purple, and I died it a dark purple… it turned out very nice but I don’t have a pic.

I also have a slight debate… awhile ago I ordered Tanta some colour elite Majyk Equipe XC boots. I loved them right out of the box. They felt sturdy and protective, but also very breathable and comfortable for the horse. I was planning on waiting till I was actually doing more riding/jumping with Tanta to try them out, however my impatience won out, so I tried the fronts about a week ago on one of her walks. They fit her perfectly, but when I returned to the barn they had spun around. *sad* I thought maybe I had just put them on too loosely. So I tried them again yesterday. I did them up as tightly as I am comfortable doing up her boots, but they still spun. *extra sad* and that was only a 30 minute walk. I guess I’ll try the hinds on today, and see if they spin. I am unsure if I should just try and sell them… but I do love them so that makes me sad… but of course I don’t want XC boots that spin. Hmmm…

So yeah. That’s about it I think… (seriously though, how many topics can I stuff into one post? Haha). if anyone has any experience with the ME boots, do they take a few rides to sorta mold to your horses legs or perhaps I’m better off selling them while they are relatively new?

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Tanta’s 2 week vet assessment and Rasty goes bridleless!

its been a busy week, but not busy with anything particularly exciting or interesting…

I haven’t been riding much because Tanta is still on stall rest and Fox is sore after having her shoes pulled. I did convince Maren to let me hop on Ollie a few days ago, and I’ve ridden Rasty a couple times.

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Tuesday marked 2 weeks from when the vet looked at Tanta, so I trotted her and a video was sent to the vet. She is looking much better than she was when the vet saw her, but she isn’t sound yet at the trot, so she’s on 2 more weeks of stall rest.  Her leg has really swollen up too, just recently… which is concerning. So I’ve been icing and cold hosing her lots!

Some blankets that I ordered forever ago arrived! But then they were all too BIG!! Way too big. I dunno why… this brand must just fit reaaalllyy big. So I’ll have to ship those back… the worst part is that now I’ll have to get them back into those bags that blankets come in. So hard!!

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Its hard to tell in the pic, but it literally hung off Tanta’s bum about a foot. At least.

I made a neckrope and tryed riding Rasty bridleless, which was super fun!! Rasty (as usual) was a perfect pony.

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It was super fun!! I’ll definitely be riding him like that more often.

 

Stallrest, rehab, repeat.

Unfortunately that seems to be my “riding” schedule. Poor Tanta is back on stall rest 😖.

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while I was away (the reason it’s been so quiet around here lately!) at Universal Studios (Harry Potter!!) and Disneyland, and generally having a fun time in the sun, Tanta jumped the paddock fence and got a “generalized muscle/tendon injury (strain) of the LF especially the flexor and abbuctor muscles of the proximal limb and elbow. This could be due to hyperextension or hyperabduction of the limb.” That’s what the vet report says anyways. We were still in California when the vet came, but my coach was able to be there to hold Tanta, and ice her on the days before the vet came out.

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Why does she keep jumping out?😫

This… stinks. I mean, I am relieved that it turns out to be fairly minor, considering that when the vet came out she gave Tanta a 4/5 on the lameness scale, At the walk! Tanta should recover with just a couple weeks of stall rest. Hopefully anyways, there is a chance that it’s something higher up…

And she was healing up so well on her right front. My coach was going to ride Tanta on her rehab program while I was away, but she only ended up getting one ride in. They did get to trot though! And Tanta felt good! So at least the RF is good… now we just need all four legs to come/stay sound so we can do some eventing!! We were aiming for a clinic (and possibly horse trials) mid April, but that’s not happening anymore. It’ll be a minimum of six weeks until Tanta can jump, if all goes according to plan. (Cross fingers!!) so I guess the next event is in May. Except… there might be a scheduleing conflict with that one. We’ll see:)

Also, there’s like no new pics here… I took my phone with me last night to try and get some pics, but then I dropped it in Tanta’s water bucket 😦 luckily I put it in rice and it seems to be fine now!

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winter update

Not much has been going on around here lately… it is currently snowing, and already a bunch has accumulated. (its been snowing since yesterday afternoon.)

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needless to say that with all this snow our show has been cancelled. I actually scratched a few days ago, right before the closing date. didn’t want to trailer the horses in all this snow, but it’s cancelled anyways. and poor Fox is still lame 😦 we think maybe it was from the ice balls accumulating in her front shoes, and maybe she tripped and pulled something. poor pony. Tanta felt good though! we only walked for 20 mins, but still. I would love to ride her bareback for these walks, so I dont have to tack up for a tiny walking ride… plus bareback is so nice and warm in the winter… but she has been a little playful! so I think I’ll keep the saddle for now.

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Maren has let me have a couple rides on Oliver, which has been nice. I had a super great dressage ride on him last night! he felt really good. That might have been partially because I put my saddle on him… I LOVE my dressage saddle… but I do think Oliver felt good too. he has gotten a little sneaky, where he will put his head down and look on the bit, but he is really on the forehand hollow back etc. oh and he also braces against the hand when he gets low. so we were working on staying a bit higher with his head (not high just not way tucked down/under) and engaging his hind end more. he was a very good boy ❤

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what do you mean you want your hat back?

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In my last post I was complaining about frozen buckets (ugh). Emma kindly pointed me towards Olivia’s blog, where she had a DIY insulated bucket tutorial! I did that, and it worked super well!! my bucket is a little funny looking, as we did not have enough of one tape to go all the way around… so it’s a mixture. lol.

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But it WORKS!! It was completely ice free in the morning! the bucket next to it had a good 2 inches of ice on it.

The other thing I’ve found really helps with the freezing is putting something that floats in the water. It’s supposed to bob around and help prevent ice buildup. it seems to help. I used a dog sized Jolly ball for one bucket, and another smallish jolly ball for Tanta’s water. for Lilliput, I just put a small cooler in the corner of her stall and filled it with water. And put a floating dog toy in. she is so gentle with things, so I dont worry about it. although I wouldn’t trust one of the big horses with that setup…

Rasty has thicker buckets, and I close his stall up at night so his buckets dont usually freeze. Oliver was getting closed in his stall at night as well, and his buckets were fine (for the most part) but… Oliver will not pee in his stall. and every morning when we turned him out he would immediately have a big pee… we started feeling bad for him, so now the door to his run out stays open. which means the buckets would freeze, but Maren put a heated bucket in there. heated buckets freak me out, so I think I will try to make Ollie a insulated bucket to replace the heated one with.  I gave Tanta a thicker bucket (like Rasty’s) with a floaty, and it seems to work okay. it still gets slushy though… maybe she needs an insulated bucket too.

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Sound ponies please.

The snow has been sticking around, although it’s more like a sheet of ice now. Yesterday it was a bit warmer/sunnier, and everything was starting to thaw out a bit. But this morning it’s snowing again…

Every morning starts like this:

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We do have a heated bucket, but I like to brake this one open too… just in case…

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oh and our hose is frozen so we have to haul buckets around to fill up the outside ones.

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ANDDD!!! I can ride Tanta today (at the walk anyway) if she is sound. I haven’t actually trotted her since the vet was here a couple weeks ago, but considering she was looking so much better when we trotted her last, I have a good feeling.

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I had been riding Foxy quite a bit, and my coach said I could take her in one of those schooling shows I was so bummed about missing!! We are currently signed up for the one next weekend, but when I rode Fox on Wednesday… LAME! Like hobbling lame. 😳 she was perfectly fine on Tuesday!! So we are thinking maybe it’s an abscess that hasn’t come out yet… because her lameness was so sudden and extreme. (Plus we couldn’t see anything on her leg) I need to check her today. Cross fingers she is looking better at least…

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And even if Fox is sound in time for the show, will they cancel it? It is indoors, but still…

(show is Thursday to Sunday…. snow is called for on all of those days)

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And I guess that’s it… I’m really hoping for some sound ponies!

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Snow!

yesterday:

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Today:

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Ummm… yesterday was so lovely! So sunny and warm… and today… lots of snow. It’s actually really pretty, but… weirdly different from yesterday.

It makes for some cute pictures though! Maren built a snowman in the horse paddock before we turned them out ponies out!😂 I’m sure she will be posting some videos on her Blog soon! They are realllllly cute😉

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Maggie says this is exciting!
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Ummm… was Lilliput standing outside all night?
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Tanta says she is hungry and would like her food please.
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Rasty says it is wet out. And can I please stay inside?
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Oliver says SNOW!!

 

Ollie with his snowman!

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And then… he decided to kill it.

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Haha! All the horses had some fun out there!! Its unfortunate I can’t post videos on my blog, because there are some pretty funny ones… Finn also had some fun in the snow for the first time!

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