My baby TB continues his jumping schooling

clairebearnz

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My Christmas present to myself is turning out to be a real stunner. He lost a lot of weight through February due to a lack of grass but the torrential rain (and corresponding flooding in the city, there's a great shot of me shovelling silt with the Student Army on the national news) and some sunshine meant he has piled weight on. I have been trying to crack on with his schooling, but with miles of empty roads and wide verges around, I tend to hack more than school.

However, my friend was down from the North Island, so I took Fready across to the neighbour's arena to pop him over some jumps before we went for a hack. Unfortunately, I seem to have developed a horrible tendency to fling myself up Fready's neck over fences which I definitely do not do with Tally, so I plan to fix that asap.

On the flat, he's really coming on. He only lasts for about 20 minutes doing flatwork before he gets antsy so I tend to keep the sessions short. We've started some baby leg yielding to try and convince him that my left leg is worth listening to plus playing around with changes of pace within a gait. He thinks medium canter is a lot of fun but lengthening in trot tends to involve him throwing his legs in all directions. He does try awfully hard to do what I'm asking though. He does tend to poke his nose out but at this stage, I'm not willing to sacrifice any of the beautiful forward trot we have for a 'proper' headset.

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His canter is really beautiful to ride.

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God only knows what I am doing!

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My favourite, mainly because of the expression on his face.

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And the little monster with my friend on (she's about 5'9" and he's just on 14.3hh :D). He currently hates me as he has to wear a muzzle for 12h a day now that there's grass coming through and he'll either colic or get laminitis if he's allowed too much. He does get 12h in a pen with hay but he *really* hates his muzzle. Aside from that, he's in fine form!

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clairebearnz

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He's a funny horse. I'm used to Tally who is very quick and also very forceful in his opinions. Fready thinks things through but in a rather contemplative way and he can only focus on one thing at a time. His first time through a double was hilarious. He managed to squash about three strides into a one stride double because he needed time to think through the sudden appearance of a second jump.
 

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Super post love your updates he looks fantastic stunning boy. Sounds like you had a bit of a wet summer though it looks lovely now, lets hope we do not copy you.
 

clairebearnz

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Most of the summer was pretty dry through most of the country. Christchurch, however, got about a month's worth of rain in 24h a couple of weeks back which, combined with some of the city dropping after the earthquakes and the almost non-functional stormwater system (also earthquakes!), meant people were waterskiing to work.

Fready is a lovely little horse and it looks like he may be making his eventing debut on April 13th doing a massive 65cm class. Unfortunately my grazing is up for sale so the boys will be moving on April 5th to Kaiapoi which is north of the city (currently in West Melton which is....west) and I will lose my lovely hacking. But gain a 700m all weather gallop track and the potential for XC training at a local PC.
 
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