We received our new vests from Impressa Equine Products today. Just in time as it's starting to cool down a bit. Winter is coming! Ryan and Maddie came out for a ride this afternoon so we were able to show of a bit.
Bucky was trying hard to be a good girl yesterday but she just can't help herself. Katie came out to have a ride yesterday and Bucky tried to take advantage of the situation. She isn't that bad, she just tends to decide to go back to the round-yard now and again. This does tend to make it a little difficult for the learner riders. However, Katie took control and had Bucky go through the bending poles and the running tee. Then a quick walk around the dressage arena, great work for her first ride. It's a shame Katie was only passing through as she rode very well.
We had a new student rider at Sandalwood today, Gabriel. Gabriel and his Mum Wendy came out to see us today. This was Gabriel's first equestrian encounter and he coped very well. We first introduced Gabriel to all of the horses and then showed him the tack and grooming tools. The first task was to learn how to lead Bucky which went very well. This was followed by a very thorough grooming session. We had 4mm of rain yesterday so all the horses have enjoyed rolling and getting very dirty. We saddled up and Gabriel mounted a horse for the first time. It was great to see the pleasure on his face as he sat up high on Bucky. We did a few circuits of the round yard and Gabriel quickly developed a good balanced seat. He was quite confident and was able to ride without a lead rope in his first lesson. Quite an achievement! Well done Gabriel. We are looking forward to your next visit.
Tayla and I competed in the Wallumbilla Show dressage competition yesterday. We had a great day, Tayla rode well and was placed second and fourth in her two rides. I managed third and fifth out of three rides. We have Roma show on Thursday so are looking forward to that.
What a special way to spend time with one of your sons. Sarah and Joseph come for lessons every Tuesday and they are progressing really well. Joseph has now started riding Bucky on a regular basis and is gaining confidence all the time. He was confident enough this week to go out into the arena with Sarah and they both rode around together. What a great sight to see them riding together!!