Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Saddles, niggles and stumbles

So I have been making more of an effort to do more jumping to get braver at it and I have been out cross country schooling a couple of times and he is pretty brave. Bolder than expected but a bit of a dork with all the other horses going around and can be a bit cheeky. He's getting up into the air nicely and making a really nice shape.

My saddle hasn't ever really fit him super well and I have known this but wasn't too concerned because it wasn't terrible either but I tried another saddle on him and while I hated it, he was possibly a little softer in his back and didn't Buck when I galloped him. I always just thought the bucking was hijinks because he is that sort of guy but perhaps it's more than that. I really want to try an Ogilvy half pad because they look like a super product but they haven't made it to nz. But then still a lot cheaper than a new saddle. 

Terrible cell phone pictures yay!!! Still those knees though. He has had this intermittent oddness in his front right, and I was starting to think that maybe he has some issues brewing that are rearing their heads now the ground is getting harder but I had a good chat with his old owners and apparently he is prone to getting really tight in his shoulders and where his neck ties in and so I might try a physio first and see if that works. If it doesn't I might look at getting a work up done because it's  better just to know. It's just hard to work up a horse who is probably less than a 0.5 out of 5 lame. 

Though today while I was trotting and discussing whether or not he was lame with my boyfriend we had a stumble and he ended up scrambling along the ground on both his knees. I have no idea how he stayed on his feet but well done pony! Now though he is like 2.5 out of 5 lame on the left front. I'm hoping it's just a tweak and he'll be ok to show next weekend. Time will tell I guess. Just hard to do something about the right front when he's now off on the left. Dorky horse I think he stood on his bell boot 😕. It was a very scary few moments having seen someone concussed by a horse that was trotting and then stumbled the same way but then added a flip on the end. 


  1. He sure is a cute jumper. Hope all is well!

  2. Aw silly guy - I hate it when they hurt themselves tripping like that. Hopefully he's right as rain soon - he looks great over fences!

  3. My horse has been doing weird stumbling stuff lately... though our paddock is pretty shit and dug up from too much riding when it was wet so meh!

    Hopefully he gave himself a bit of a wake up when he stumbled over and starts picking his feet up super snappy ha. Maybe ask your farrier - always my first port of call with legs/shoulders/feet - I know you've got a good one so he'll probably be able to recommend something if you're at a loss :)

    If you want an Ogilvy, let me know. My old boss is coming back from playing polo and he owes me a favour, can ask him to sneak one into his luggage if we can get all the logistics sorted before November-ish :)

    1. Yea I have talked to Pat about it a couple of times, but it's mostly at home when he's a bit casual. I'll talk to him again on Friday. That would be amazing if we could work it with your boss I'll let you know