Monday, October 27, 2008

Productive day finally!

Been waiting all labour weekend for the weather to improve enough so I could spend the day trimming, primping and preening the horses today.

While it wasnt hot enough to bath Shell Fire, I did manage to get him used to the clippers so I could trim his face and legs. It took all of 10 min to get him used to the noise and for him to associate the clippers with some food. Once he realised they werent going to eat him, He fell asleep while I clipped away his blaze and white socks.

I am hoping that this Saturday will be warm enough to give him a good wash. Waikato's World A&P Show is this Sunday. I am very excited and have his halter all ready to go. Just need to organise some stallion tags and attach those somehow to his halter and we are all set.

I really have to grab my video camera back and take some more video of him as well as buy an external hard drive to transfer files from my computer. I went to edit the video and ended up running out of room!!

So yes, the video will be up from the clinic once I have created room on my computer! :D

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thank you Tommy, the angel!

Took Shell pony to go and see Tommy the Chiropractor last Friday. Looks like the poor pony has been very sore on his offside poll area and a few vertebrae up from the top of the tail.

Tommy seems to think that he has possibly been sore in those areas for quite some time.

The difference in him was instantaneous in his walk and when I got him home and turned him out in his paddock, for the first time since I have had him he ran without his head lifted in the air, but down by his knees and let off two bucks.

I was told that he only needed three days of doing nothing (not even grooming of him) so that he could just have a break and rest. After getting my own back done (not by Tommy) I completely understand the statement! I have been sore for a couple of days now.

Yesterday I worked him on the lunge for the first time since Tommy's visit and am very pleased with how he is going. I also brought him into the covered yard and practiced mounting him from both sides and letting him get used to the feeling of weight in the stirrup.

I then sat on him and walked him round. He is still a little confused by the 'turn' command, but give him another day or two and he will most certainly have that down pat! Got to love the quick Arab brain!

Will have to grab my video camera and set it up on the tripod and video it all.

Which reminds me.... still have to upload that video of him at the clinic!! If it rains tomorrow that will be on the top of my list :D

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lots to update!

I still havent gotten round to making the video I took of our private halter lesson ready for up loading to you tube. I may not even get time this weekend either with the possibility of doing foal watch for a friend of mine over the weekend. It is still on my to do list though!

Last Wednesday I managed to get some time off work to go and take both Ziggy and Shell Fire to be measured. I made the fatal mistake of NOT checking the time the measuring was on and arrived 2 hours early. Oh well, it gave me some time to photograph Shell Fire.

Measuring was awesome as Shell Fire measured up to a hack (by 0.5 of a cm!!!) which is good news as it means I can ride him at A&P shows :D He was very well behaved getting measured. He was just a little noisy with all the other horses around him.

Shell Fire has an appointment with Tommy the chiro on the 10th October. Will be good to see where he is sore. Once that is sorted, he will be getting his teeth done and then his ears clipped under sedation ready for his first in hand show at Waikato A&P. Very excited and very nervous all at the same time!

My show halter from Sparrows arrived today. Very beautiful but just a little big and the chain isnt long enough so I will send it back and ask for an adjustment. Then all I need is a show outfit and I am all set.

Entries close this Friday so best go and get those sorted.

Anyhow, here are some pictures from the measuring day:

YUM! Float!

Ooooo Whats that?!

Arabs are flexible!

I R Cute :D


Posing.... again!