July 18, 2010

Tielcey Jumping July

A good day out at Tielcey today - the sun was shining and it was actually warm! Swifty came and took some photos and helped out, and Mum came over from Masterton with some hay and also pulled manes for me! Fantastic. Was only doing the low classes today, as Gem not quite fit enough for much more, and just wanted to do a 'where I'm at' check with Neo. Really happy with the day though, Gem went great and Neo is making progress again. I am still not moving through my shoulder much when jumping, but in some of the pics I can see I'm trying to balance with my arms waving around in the air instead of nesting them into the mane or neck... and it's obviously not working. So now I have something concrete to try and aim to fix - that along with trying to do stretches and things to keep the joint mobile should start to make a difference (hopefully! I guess the next lot of pictures will tell if I'm right or wrong).

Gem did the 70 & 80cm classes and was an absolute dude. She got very excited when I first hopped on and was jig-jogging around and generally not listening.. but once she got in the arena she was great. Very focused and on-task, now just needs to bring her fitness up and she will be good to go!
Neo did the 80cm and was still pulling, but not as badly as last time we were out. He wasn't 'switching off' and running through the fences. I am pleased with him, but still a bit more schooling to do there and I guess just getting him out and about as much as possible again so that I can practise keeping his focus on me while lots of other things are going on.
Xev wasn't jumping today - but Mum dropped off the sidesaddle and we had a quick walk around in it! I need to learn how to actually put it on and sit in it properly and all that.. but Xev coped very well and I think she will be an easy horse for me to try and learn to ride sidesaddle on (just need to find some competitions to get some real practise in!). And a bonus picture of Neo sporting his new haircut thanks to Mum.
Only doing the little classes meant we got to head home in daylight - very awesome! But still really tired and looking forward to getting a good sleep tonight (turns out Neo was just looking forward to a roll, and by the time I got his hay to him in the paddock he looked like a walking lump of mud!).

6 comments:

Emma Grace said...

I love your blog! It's awesome!

Anonymous said...

HI'I HAVE BEEN KEEPING A BIT OF AN'EYE'ON YOUR PROGESS'
WITH YOU HORSES'BODY PROBS'
THIS IS THE WAY'WITH THE SHOW JUMPERS'
SHOW JUMPING'IS IN ALOT OF WAYS'THE HARDERS'ON THE HORSES'BODY'& I NOTE'YOUR HORSES'LIKE ALOT'OF SHOW JUMPERS' HAVE NOT HAD A REST'FOR LONG'ALOT OF HORSES'WANT'OUT LAST SUMMER'TO
BODY PROBS'
IT IS VERY HARD'TO FIND'THE RIGHT'
ANSERS'WITH A LOT OF LEAMESS'PROBS'
BUT SOME TIMES'IT IS A LONG REST'THAT IS NEEDED'WE CAN CHANGE BACK SIMTHS'& GET VETS'BUT IT IN MOST CASES'IS US)''NOT LETTING'OUR HORSES'REST'THE OLD SAYING'TURN'THEM OUT FOR WINTER'
IS A GOOD'START'TO GETTING A HORSE'TO COME BACK TO SOUNDNESS'
GO LUK'

Anonymous said...

HI'WE WILL SEE IF YOUR NEO'IS A SHOW JUMPER'AS TIME GOS'BY'
AS HE AS BEEN RUNING' CRASHING JUMPS'FOR JUMPS'FOR SOME
YEARS'NOW
I'TEND'TO THINK''THIS GUY IS NOT THE SHOW JUMPING KIND'
AND HE RUSHER'S JUMPS'THAT'TELLS'
ME HE AS A FEAR'OF JUMPING' THERE'ARE VERY FEW'APS''THAT MAKE
IT IN THE SHOW'JUMPING RING'
SO WE SEE IN THE NEW SHOW SESSON'

BUT GOOD'LUCK'

perfk said...

Yeah - Not too many appys out there jumping big heights, but I am not aiming him for big stuff... 1.15-1.20 is more than enough to keep me busy :)

If he rushed fences at home, I would believe that he is sore or has some problem.. but he doesn't at all. So still lots of work to do in order to find out what goes on in Neo's mind! Keeps me out of trouble trying to understand him better :)

Anonymous said...

i'was realy'meaning that your noe'
gets'out of his head'at shows'
may horses'work well at hame'but there temperment'
does'not handle'the stress'of shows'i in my own back'ground'have trained'may'horses'and borken'in young'horses'in my 30'plus'years'
of working'with horses'
i dont'think'it is any body'probs'
with you boy'and you are in my book'very'at your riding'but may need'to slow'your thinking a bit
with training'but your neo'will more'or less still not settle'with jumping at shows'

but good luck'
and all the best'

Tavithegushe said...

You have beuatiful horses