Saturday, February 28, 2009

Whats Happening?

My computer is still playing up so I am having to steal friends computers to access the internet so it has been hard to blog recently. Hopefully my computer will be up and running soon.

Jack was pretty stressed for the first few days of arriving. He wasn't drinking at all and was barely eating. I had to give him lots of molasses water in an effort to get him drinking and I had fun trips out late at night to make sure he was okay. Thankfully he's drinking by himself now. His weight also plummeted so he's on twice daily feedings in a effort to get his weight back on.
His paddock is quite small so I'll be starting him on hay soon which is going to drain my bank account but I got a job yesterday at a local stud so I'll be able to keep afloat. It also means daily mucking out which is really fun. The paddock also has lots of rocks in it, so I've been slowing working my way through getting those out.
The stud is a racing stud with about 50 horses including foals. The owner wanted to see how I handled horses so we did some basic jobs with the huge thoroughbreds in the pouring rain. He had me put a horse on the treadmill and I got to see that in action. It's a water treadmill so it was really amazing to see the horse work. We did some work with a foal and then he offered me the job which is awesome.
I'll have to write more about the water treadmill later, right now I have to go to Church.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

We're here!

We've arrived in Palmerston North and we are getting settled in. Jack is in a paddock that is situated the furtherest away from everything but it has hills which mean it will drain well in the winter and it is not permantley split in two like the other paddocks so we may be able to break feed in the winter and get the grass to last longer yay!
Jack's paddock mate arrives tonight so he won't be all on his lonesome which he will be very happy about. We had our first ride this morning in the arena, in the pouring rain. We were both soaked by the end of it. And then after I put him back in his paddock I locked my keys in the car which meant I had to walk a long way to get help and then had to bus into town to get my spare key and had my friend drive me back out to my car. It was mission and a half and wasted half my day!
Jack also stood on my foot the first night he came. I initally thought it he had broken it but the pain subsided after awhile but its swollen and bruised and still pretty sore. I'm looking forward to getting Jack going again after a week and a bit off.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I've been busy getting ready for University and haven't been riding.

However, last night I found out that at the Dressage and Show Jumping Night last week that Jack and I placed 5th equal in the Dressage and 3rd in the Dressage! These are the first Rosettes I have ever won so I am really happy! Jack got a big pat when I found out.

We leave for Palmerston North next week so keep checking back to see how we go.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dressage and Show Jumping Night

We had a dressage and show jumping night at Pony Club tonight. The test was a Open level one and required fun things like extended trot and change of rein through canter which I have never done before.

Even though I was expecting our test to be as bad as the one on Sunday Jack proved me wrong by trucking along with an awesome trot. He was forward AND on the bit. We got a bit of extension on the second trot and our change of rein through the canter was shocking but otherwise I was really happy. I love it when he gets into his trucking trot. He just gets on the bit and stays there and moves along at this really nice pace.

Our show jumping was fantastic. They had banged the jumps up so I was doing Training Level and we both flew over the course without hesitation! I even went the right way on the course. We went clear and I was soo happy. I think I'm finally gaining some confidence. We got heaps of yells and cheers and kind words from people after the round.

I am VERY happy with my boy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

More Photos from Massey ODE

These two photos are from a double log combination about 1/2 way through the course. Jack looks awesome in the second photograph. I might order this from the photographer.