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7th Ride on My 3.5 year old - PICS

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  • 7th Ride on My 3.5 year old - PICS

    So the vet gave me the go ahead to lightly put Rex back into work. Which I mean, thats all he was doing before anyways was light work. So its been another 2 weeks since he was worked with (I lunged him 2 wks ago to eval if he was lame, etc with the boggy hock and just got on and walked around to cool him out).

    So light lunge which honestly is to get him focused on me, paying attention to me and my vocal cues while w/t/c, and to eval his attitude for the day. If we can w/t/c to the right with no shenanigans, we are good to go. So maybe 10 mins of that, if that. I had to go wake up my mom to ask her to come out and be my ground person just in case as I am not going to ride a young horse esp with time off and only his 7th ride alone.

    Anyways, stands like a statue when I mount and turns around and looks at me like "Finally!" Lots of walking and working on going straight and not look like a drunk sailor. Started working more on turning which to the right is more of a challenge. He wants to root on the reins and moreso to the right but after a few mins, he stopped for the most part and when he started, I could cue him forward with the whip and he was fine. By the end of the ride, we were making turns fairly well with inside rein direct cue, release, direct rein, release, etc.

    I did not canter though technically I could of. I have only cantered him personally twice u/s and only once out in the open. With his time off, first ride back, and not being with my trainer, I didnt want to push it. So we trotted around with changes across the diagonal for like 15 mins. I think at the end I was more out of breath than he was! His trot looks so easy and floaty, which it is, for him! Its def more work for me coming from Layla and add in the fact that I havent conhsistantly ridden since Sept/Oct and hes a bouncey baby horse and yeh, its a little work!

    The Moms so wonderfully took pics for me. And I must say, shes got great timing! Usually my pics are stills from videos so I can get the right timing with the stride but these are all pics she took - WTG Mom!

    Done with our lunge and ready to go ride

    First trot of the day and off we go on our 7th ride

    Cheesin' at the camera person and you can see how I have my knees into those knee rolls doing what I can to ride half way decently LOL I did shorten my stirrups and it def helped but it is just going to take practice to get me used to his gaits

    Such a good boy - and now Im the one cheesin' lol

    He figured out the straight lines thing pretty easily

    Both of us starting to figure each other out

    Just completed another right turn. His more unbalanced way is to the right so he will tilt his head to the outside but driving him forward helps that

    Across the diagonal to go on the left rein

    Really starting to relax and find a nice rhythm

    I kept hearing Dean in my head "Forward!" so was trying to do my best - go forward, do what I felt comfortable with alone, and do what I can without throwing myself way off balance

    Geez Im hanging on for dear life with those knees and thighs! lol <3 his tail

    This is really nice, esp for tracking right

    Happy pony

    During a right turn

    Whew! All done!

    And one of Miss Layla so she doesnt feel left out. And yes, she really is that fat!

    Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!

  • #2
    What a lovely boy You must be excited to be back in the saddle with him!!!
    In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. 1300 pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.


    • Original Poster

      Thank you. I am thrilled esp since I havent worked him (other than the cool out walk) in over 5 weeks!

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      • #4
        Very nice.

        It is funny, my DBF just took some pics of me on Frodo today (posted in SHB forum) and I was looking at his pictures of his 10th ride, for comparison. I vividly remember those first several rides... I swear... isn't it great??
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        • #5
          He is SOOOOOO adorable!


          • Original Poster

            It is! I cant wait to look back a year from now.

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            • #7
              Looking good, Krazy! I like the forward moving shots best. Why was he off work?

              I had a lesson today on my green/crooked/unbalanced young mare. It was really interesting for me to see the same issues we worked on in your horse -- namely falling onto the right shoulder and tilting nose out to the left (all totally normal young horse stuff). We worked on getting her to stretch her left side while going on a right circle without falling on her right front, all very hard for my little downhill, "cow pony" mare.

              Best of luck as you progress with your handsome guy. He is still such a baby -- he's going to be a real looker.


              • Original Poster

                He came in with a big hock the day after bringing my friends horse to my house (to board there). Of course with it being cold and a new horse, they were all running like idiots. The swelling was in the same place that was a *tiny* bit puffy prior to his OCD surgery.

                I emailed the surgeon who said it was likely inflamed from him running around and if hes not lame and theres no heat or tenderness (which there wasnt) to give it a week or two. So I did and wrapping it with DMSO/furacin, cold hosing, bute, everything thrown at it and it never changed.

                So after having to wait for Christmas and New Years to go as my only days off are Fridays and for 2 weeks in a row, both Fridays were holidays, I was able to get a vet out to xray and do an exam. He flexed sound and xrays were perfect. Recommended draining some of it and then injecting the hock. The technical name is bog spavin or boggy hock. He did have blood in the swelling which was explained to me that since this area was already stretched out from the swelling prior to the OCD surgery, it was more likely to swell again and he likely had a small tear in the sheath from running around which filled into this stretched out area. So drained a lot of it and then injected with Vetalog and HA. Hes never been lame on it and vet is confident this will not effect his soundness even long term and that at most it will be a cosmetic blemish. So if you look at his right hock in the pics, you can see its bulbus.

                With this being his 7th ride (5th time trotting), I am pleased with how quickly he picked up the straight lines and the beginnings of the turning aids. Now that he has the go ahead to start back (which honestly, if I ride him once or twice a week, I am fine with that as hes still actively growing), hopefully we can move a little bit along. Before we worry about anything else, Dean (the trainer I have worked with in my previous posts who is known for starting sporthorses) stresses FORWARD. Going straight and turning and all that is fine and dandy but it serves no purpose without forward, which is not Rexs forte! lol

                Hopefully I can have a lesson soon with Dean. I havent had one since the week after Tday (that was the last time Rex was actually worked and ridden). That lesson was the first time I cantered him out of the round pen and only for the 2nd time total. I still want some gentle nudging from Dean to do so before I choose to do it on my own at home!

                How long has your mare been under saddle? Heck I still work on the same things with Layla and we were schooling 2nd! LOL

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                • #9
                  Oh, I didn't know he had OCD surgery. All I remember are the pics from when you got him, and the heart on his shoulder, and the recent pics of his first rides.

                  I started my mare summer '09 at age four. She foundered the previous fall so it was touch and go for awhile and I took it real easy on her. She then got the winter off as I was recovering from hysterectomy and associated "remodeling." Last spring/summer/fall I just rode her out in the pasture and did some trails -- that "forward" thing.

                  As you can see, she is conformationally challenged:


                  ... thus the focus on getting her off the forehand. She only has to be a trail/husband horse, but as a dressage rider I want her to be soft and balanced -- can't help myself. Fortunately she is smooth as butter, like riding a barka lounger.

                  PS: I recently bought a warmblood weanling with a heart on his forehead!


                  • #10
                    Nice pictures. You look like a happy pair. Good luck with your riding progress.


                    • #11
                      Forgot to mention that I am a big fan of Lola -- love my bay Thoroughbreds. My older gelding is learning flying changes, yet we struggle with the crookedness as well. It is the left bend that kills me now.


                      • Original Poster

                        Oh shes lovely though! And the baby is cute too!

                        Left bend is my issue with Layla too. And to the left is my weaker way so it makes for a lot of fun! ha

                        Yes, Rex had OCD surgery May '10. Only had a DIRT lesion on his right hock, left was clean. Surgery went perfectly and theres no arthritis or anything.

                        You can look at my old posts.. I posted the first time I backed him and our first away ride (his 5th ride) and our first canter, etc. I certainly take plunty of pics! lol

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                        • #13
                          Yes, I've noticed your plentiful pictures -- you can never have too many pictures, in my opinion.

                          Now, because I'm too lazy to go back and find out, what is his breeding?


                          • #14
                            Boy, he looks like he is going to be a fancy one! I love how he's using himself - despite the fact he's still in the "figuring it out" stage. What a cutie.
                            Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

                            Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


                            • #15
                              He sure is a handsome boy! Glad to hear that he is doing well!


                              • Original Poster

                                He is Oldenburg. GOV pink papered. By Routinier out of a MMB TB mare (google Gentle Wolf aka Dutchess to see pics of her, shes grey).

                                And thanks for all of your compliments!

                                Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                                • #17
                                  Looking GREAT! He's got "Yes ma'm" written all over his face. And you look really good too--lost weight?!

                                  I'm working on that myself!


                                  • #18
                                    Lovely boy! Enjoy your journey with him, it's so rewarding with the young ones!!
                                    "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by WBLover View Post
                                      Looking GREAT! He's got "Yes ma'm" written all over his face. And you look really good too--lost weight?!

                                      I'm working on that myself!

                                      Thanks and yes actually, 32lbs!

                                      Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                                      • #20
                                        great pics...looks like you both are taking it all in stride.lol play on words.
                                        i love the rewards of starting youngsters...hoping to be riding my 3.5 yr old wb soon.he's oldenburg(dwb) as well with a x of appy/qh.

                                        would love to see other pics or vids as you guys progress along..good luck with your boy.