Thank and yeah MzKitty, he was really thin. But yesterday I went out and rode him for the third time. and then today I rode him for the fourth time. He is coming home TOMORROW OH I am so excited. I am boarding him at my friends house that is only like 5 minutes away if that. And yeah Kendalle his hair is getting healthier lol and actually he IS tall, he is 17hh and 1 hand is 4 inches. and the way we count is 15.0,15.1,15.2,15.3,16.0,16.1,16.2,16.3,17.0,17.1, 17.2,17.3,18.0 lol.
October 11th, 2008 Third Ride:
well I rushed out and just went straight to the mounting block as if he was some expert at it without my stirrups down and stuff well that was a mistake. Trainer had to calm him down then I had to hurry up on him and then he scooted forward and kind of sideways yeahhhh again lol. This time trainer wasn't telling me what to do it was just a ride not a lesson or anything well he did good there was a lesson kid in there cantering and then another horse owner out there just riding who is careless when it comes to staying away from a trotting horse like Jimmy and she was cantering and whipping her horse and I was so nervous I just walked him for 15 minutes and poor guy was starting to sweat so everything started calming down in the ring so I started trotting him a little bit and that was it for that ride lol. No rears and no bucks YAY lol.
October 12th, 2008 Fourth Ride:
Well this ride was to get used to riding without trainer in the ring or in the barn cause I mean he is coming home tomorrow and I am not gonna have trainer out there with me so trainer had to leave to go to Louisiana to bring daughter to her trainer so I asked if I could ride him and she said why not he is your horse so I waited for her to leave and durning our lunch break me, peyton, and sarah were working the barn for the Sunday Barn Work lol so Peyton tacked up her pony and her pony is half way in 'Christine Boot Camp' lol as we call it and he is just getting out of it but he is still kind of in it so Peyton can't canter xD and we can't jump without trainer there and Sarah doesn't own a horse so she asked to ride Gabe(trainers horse) and she tacked him up and then I finally tacked up Jimmy well instead of walking straight to the mounting block I walked him right pasted it by putting him on one side and me on the other but still asking him to walk then I turned him around and came back to it and did the same thing then did it one more time but this time I asked him to stop with my stirrup leather being even with the middle of the mounting block and he was standing still so I patted the saddle some more and pulled down on the stirrup leathers some more and gave him lots of pets on the neck and rubs and saying Good Boy and he just stood there watching the other horses trotting around well I didn't want him spooking at me getting on him cause him not paying attention so after just sitting there petting him and then standing on the mounting block petting him I asked if they wanted to stop and watch me so to get his attention I patted the saddle some more and did the stirrup some more and he was fine and paying attention and he didn't move when I got on I WAS SO PROUD!!! I gave him a huge hug considering the last three rides I have had to have trainer out there holding him with me jumping on him really quick. Then he surprised me again and I checked my stirrup lengths and they were the right length for me and he didn't spook. Did walk trot and circles and change of dirrection and he was a perfect angel! He did stop at the gate once or twice and it was hard getting him to go but that was it. Then I was going to get off him at the mounting block to get more practise and he started getting nervous again and backing up with the least bit of preasure on the bit and started making a circle with nothing but his head lol yeahhh it was bad lol but he didn't rear or anything my focus was getting him to walk so he wouldn't buck or rear lol. He wore bell boots and boots today and he does good with them on so I know he will be fine when his come in thank goodness. xD I love him so much lol and he did GREAT with his bath normally he does so bad with water I end up having to wet sponge him down and thats it. Leaving sweat marks which make me sad. But I was even able to shampoo him with his medicated shampoo today. I was really proud of him.
pictures are from October 12th sorry no riding pictures and no saddled pictures which sucks lol I should have taken pictures sorry.
these side pics make him look worse then what he is cause I am at an angle trying to hold him and take a whole body picture
he always props up one leg when eating like this and makes me think he is about to lay down lol
I LOVE this picture but my cell is in it xD lol oh and these pictures are after the ride while I am waiting to rinse the shampoo off lol you have to let it sit for 10 minutes
cute face, trying to get the above pic again but without the cell this time xD