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Golden_Match_II

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Well, as some of you may have heard, following last weekends first PN, Millie (as below) has got a little bit of arthritis in her near hock. We're hoping to inject some Cortizone(sp?!) and see how it goes, but my Mum said that we might have to retire her at the end of this season :'(

So I'm having to work with my 5yo very seriously now, but he is a very babyish Connemara with nothing to him, and he's so lazy, that I don't know what to do. Mum wants him going round Intro by the end of the season, but I'm frightened by the whole prospect, seen as he's doing his first ever ODE tomorrow which is 2ft6, and I'm worried about that.

So yes, lots of tears recently :'( :'( :'(
 

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Aww sorry about your arthritic chap
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I don't wish to criticise your Mum but isn't that a bit unfair putting so much pressure on you to get your 5yr old up and competing? Riding is meant to be a fun hobby! I'm sure she only wants the best for you and the pony but reducing you to tears doesn't seem very productive
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Good luck tomorrow
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I've mainly been upset about Millie
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But I mean, Andy's nice, but he's one of those horses who never puts ANY effort in whatsoever, and it's very disconcerting going XC with him, especially bigger than 2ft6. He's just so SLOW!

My Mum is just a bit of a bossy boots sometimes, I think she just cares, but, anyways, she's just a bit of a daft old bag sometimes
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Hopefully I'll do all the PN things this year, before she lives a quiet life, but I really wanted to do one Novice with her. It was like, my dream
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your youngster might well turn out very different when he gets stronger and more confident as he grows up, lots of them do.
don't let your mum push you into doing anything that YOU don't think he's ready for yet. that's the rider's responsibility, after all.
very best of luck, hope the injections work, i've heard very good things about them.
 

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Very sorry to hear about Millie
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Your little chap may get keener as time goes on I have had two mares I have bought on, one a 5yo and the other a green 10 yo, and both were very lazy and hard work to begin with but within six months they were completely different horses.

Good luck for tomorrow and hope Millie's feeling better soon
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...and my slow 5yo that did everything in a snaffle and a VERY large pair of spurs now has to be jumped in a pelham and a controller noseband. His muscles have strengthened, he's got the idea of what he's supposed to do and he's realised that it's fun.

Fingers crossed!
 

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sorry to hear that, at least you had a great ODE the other day on her...
and not meaning to be rude, but horses preety much always try, it may not feel like it but they do. my dad always tells me that when it goes badly, coz sometimes it just doesnt go right. he might feel like hes not trying but he will be, maybe he just needs time to grow into himself...
good luck though, dont push your youngster too quickly, no matter what your mum says
and i hope millie comes right- im sure she will........... you can never predict athritis really, it can come and go...
 

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very sorry to hear about millie
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i really hope the injection works!

and i also agree to what people have said that your 5yo shouldn't be pushed if you don't think he is ready...and he may turn out a cracking little eventer once he gets his confidence up a bit
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Connies are very slow to mature, my now 12 year old could barely raise a trot without major encouragement at 5 and at 6 suddenly developed rocket power!
Hopefully Millie will be OK, chin up!
 

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We did some practice today - went through BE 92 (dressage test) and then popped him round a 90cms course in our paddock, including some horrible jump4joy fillers.
A good slap with the stick whilst warming up seemed to do the trick, so hopefully it'll work on the day
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