A show pony??

14h, 8 year old, bay pony gelding. The FLO picked this horse up from an Indian Reservation and was told that he was wild. The FLO owner decided to hold him back for now, so he halter broke him. This guy is a little resistant to having the halter put on but once it is on, he walked calmly and obediently behind him.

A show pony??

Postby Juliane on Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:48 am

So, Cat67 has suggested that Chelsea and I bring Connor to a little jumper schooling show she is holding at her facility in Boring, Oregon. When we first talked about it, it sounded fun, but I kind of thought I'd get out of riding Connor. Perhaps Rachel would ride him, or Andrea would be care-leasing him.

Now it appears as though *I'll* be riding him in the show. Does anyone realize that I am NOT an English rider? ROFL!!! I don't even know if I am putting the English saddle on properly, or if the stirrups are the proper length, or how to sit in the saddle! OMG I am going to embarress myself, Connor and Chelsea!!! ROFL

In any case, I have 3 weeks to get Connor prepared. I pulled him out tonight and groomed him. He was a filthy pig pen and I ended up shampooing his tail since it was caked in mud while still braided.

Then, I saddled him up with Chelsea's English tack that she loaned me when I was working with Rory (wow - was it that long ago??). I must say, Mr. Connor-Man is absolutely adorable in English tack!!! :) Once he was all ready, we walked down the street to my neighbor's covered arena. It's only about a block away so takes maybe 5 minutes to get there.

The covered arena is a small one - the owner says it's 60x60, though after riding in it tonight, it feels bigger than that. It was actually the perfect size to work Connor in. I made sure his saddle was still girthed up tight, and then sent him off on a lunge line. He wasn't sure what I was asking at first, but caught on very quickly.

What I wasn't prepared for was the always very quiet and respectful Connor-Man to turn into the Tasmanian Devil! That boy was holding in some energy! He tore around the arena at the end of the lunge rope, galloping, bucking, kicking, leaping, twirling... it was nuts! And he didn't stop for like 10 minutes! My goodness! He was just having WAY too much fun!

Once he was fully warmed up, I went ahead and got on. Uhm... I have to learn how to mount in an English saddle. OMG. How embarressing. I hope the neighbors weren't looking! Connor was patient with me, though still a tad full of himself.

We worked on walking, trotting and an extended trot. Connor was very well behaved, though the arena is only 3 sided, so one end opens up to a field. I also didn't close the door at the entrance where we came into the arena. So, each time we'd come to either end, Connor would try to go out. I always had to be a couple steps ahead of him to keep him on the rail - even when the rail didn't exist!

I have some extra panel gates that I am not using that I am going to bring down to the arena and block off the 4th side. That way I don't have to worry about Connor slipping out when I'm not paying attention.

Our goals: to put a solid walk/trot/canter on him, then perhaps start trotting over trot poles or a small jump. Connor is very quick and I felt very safe on him tonight. I was also so pleased with the arena, that I really have no reason not to ride Connor daily (or as close to daily as possible!).

I do have a request though, which I'll also post in the General Discussions. As I mentioned above, I know NOTHING of English riding. I need some lessons. If there is anyone in the area that is experienced in English style and would be willing to give me some pointers, I would be SO grateful. Chelsea is going to come up on Sunday and help me, but I'd like to make sure I don't develop bad habits. :)

Anyhow, here's a couple pics of Mr. Connor-Man himself from tonight. Isn't he a hottie? He reminds me of a mini-Warmblood! :)

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Postby ptownevt on Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:27 am

That is a fancy show pony if I ever saw one! Just don't enter any equitation classes. Go for pleasure and trail and maybe if you can get a good working trot and hand gallop, road hack. If you get him ready for jumping, they might have a baby green (describing the horse, not the rider) class for him. Maybe CAT could point you in the direction of an instructor who might have students likely to be there that could show him. You know those horse crazy girls, they're always happy to catch a ride, but I think you will do fine in the classes where he's the one being judged.
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Postby myhorsefaith on Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:31 am

Hey Juliane,

way to go!!!

I can totally help you with the english stuff, as i'm sure lots of others can here too.

I'm back in WA now, so can come up & help!

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Postby zeesmom on Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:24 am

Connor looks great (of course!) in his english gear. I am sure the two of you will do just fine. I can't wait to see pictures of his first performance as a show pony!

How many hands is Connor? Is he under 14?

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Postby Juliane on Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:27 am

I believe Connor is 13.3 hh. I'll measure him again to be sure, but he's just under 14hh :)
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Postby Juliane on Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:56 pm

Ally came up tonight and gave me a lesson on Connor. I have so much to learn, but even more than that, I need to build up some muscles and endurance! I learned how to sit properly in the saddle, as well as started to learn how to post - though that's going to take me a bit to get! LOL

Connor did really well as we worked on more forward movement. We even cantered in both directions! Connor is an amazing little guy and I hope I can help him shine at the show in a couple weeks! I'm looking forward to pretending like I know what I'm doing! LOL

Thanks Ally, for coming up and helping me tonight! Oh, and for showing me how to pull a mane! I will keep working on thinning Connor's mane. :) I look forward to our next lesson and will continue to work on what I learned tonight!!!
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Postby LorsaDoon on Mon Jan 01, 2007 8:59 pm

I look forward to going to the show to watch you two. :D
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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:55 am

Connor is the cutest ever...and Juliane caught on right away!

They will be awesome in Oregon! :D

Maybe i can come up this week... I can bring another english saddle...we can ride together! I also have another bridle you can try on the Connor man :)

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Postby seahorse on Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:12 am

He is the CUTEST!!!!!! I love him so much it will be hard to let him go but I also want to see him being in a one on one situation being loved on and taken to his full potential under saddle- I cannot wait to go to Oregon!
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:22 pm

Awesome Ally! Let me know when you want to come up! :) I'd love to see you play with Dandy, if you don't mind playing with a pistol-hot hot-headed mare! :) She's safe, just completely full of herself! :)
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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:25 pm

sure! it'll be fun fun fun!

hmmm when are you free? tues? wed?
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:40 pm

Wednesdays are good for me as I don't have my daughter so I can spend more time on horseback :)
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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:01 pm

wednesday it is then!

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Postby cat_67 on Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:06 pm

Hey, that's cool that you guys are able to practice English before the show!

If it wasn't my show, I wish I could ride him in a class. He's so adorable!
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Postby seahorse on Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:16 pm

Hey Cat- you will have to ride him the night before so you can be our walking advertisement for a good home! He is soooooooo adorable!
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