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Brithdir Barrd
29th May 2010, 12:23 PM
In 2004 I wanted a pony to own. I had loaned two ponies before but parents finally allowed me to get one as I showed a commitment. So we looked on the internet and tried out a few horses which I didn't like.

We then found a website that you fill out a form of age, breed, colour, sex etc and they find you one, try it out, vet it then deliver. They found Jake and emailed my Dad this picture.
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They then took him to there place to try him out to see if he is a novice ride for which I asked for. They had him for two weeks and said he is a novice ride, safe and passed vetting. He got delivered to me on the 31st May 04 and I got these two sheets from previous owner.
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When he came he was very FAT with wrong fitted tack. He had a narrow saddle on him and he was fitted a extra wide :pmsl:. He wasnt exactly a novice ride when I first got him lets just say he did what he wanted to do. My first ride on him I nearly came off as he spooked at the tyres that was piled up and shot off. On our first hack all I remember is us rearing in the middle of the road and I never hacked him out again for nearly a year because of it.

A girl at the yard rode him for me who rides bad behaved horses said to me to sell him as he is unsafe and not a novice ride. For 6months I never really rode him as I had no control and was thinking of selling untill I started having a love in jumping. Jake was nervous of fillers and still is now the first time I jumped a spotted filler he leaped over it I fell off and was running along beside him, my friend was killing herself laughing.
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I fell off a lot at the start from him shooting off, spooking and leaping to the side, bucking, and the saddle sliding to the side as i had no balance lol.

I took him to a show in August 05
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OMG at my position lol!

He improved so much in a year with his confidence and mine I started to trust him a lot more. I did cross country for the first time and loved it!
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Our confidence just grew but not our style lol!
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And after that it all changed. (Sounds dramatic I know lol) I lost my confidence badly from breaking in a 3yr old called Chester you might remember him well he reared over with me out hacking and shook me up abit. I also got Beau which I fell of badly was out of riding for a month. And then it got even worse when I started back up riding Jake slipped over onto me and i was on chrutches. After that my confidence just went down hill on any horse it was so bad I felt sick riding, I wouldnt go out of a walk out hacking incase I couldnt stop, I was on a lead rein if I rode another horse.

Jake also got ill with a bacterial infection through nov - may. I couldnt work him due to this.
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My sister found a yard which had two schools, safe hacking and nice stable and turnout. We rang up and had a look and loved the place. We had to wait a month untill we could move because of Jake illness and having to take injections etc. We then finally moved :D! Best decision ever as if we never moved I don't think I would be riding today after all the help I have had from people on the yard pushing me and a instructor.

Jake still looks ill in these photos and you can see the place where he had it on his right shoulder.
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:shocked: at my riding and his schooling lol!

So we then found a instructor that came to us. Watched me ride for 15mins then got on jake. All I saw was him in the air rearing as he hated pressure in the mouth and had a very strong jaw and lower neck. As we didnt school correctly his muscle was at the wrong place. I never forget what she said to me after

" Jake doesnt have the right attitude to do dressage, doesnt accept the contact, dont have a very good rythm and balance" She was then complimenting Beau as I have lessons with me sister saying he is a lovely looking horse. I can see what she means now but at the time I was so angry that I wanted to prove her wrong.

Embarrised at these photos! At the time when I looked back at these that day I thought he looked great lol!
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*GOES RED :ashamed:*

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Our schooling improved a little after a couple of months :evilgrin: slightly lol! I then told her about my jumping that I totally give up on it as im scared of jumping over a pole. She then helped alot by just pushing me and telling me to count 1...2...1...2 to the jump instead of thinking about the jump. It was all in my head what I was thinking I thought he wasnt going to make the height and flip over all the time I had no trust.
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First cross country I didnt jump one jump! Honestly.... was a waste of time going
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I then started competing when we bought a trailer and got him loading. This really helped me ride and get into it all again as I had something to work towards.
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*His face makes me laugh^*
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The best time at a show has to be our first ever cross country competition was out of 32 horses and we won.
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Never forget that day I was so happy.

I think after that I had a lot more belief in myself that I can do it and started to ride better as I had confidence to give it a go. I also had a crazy friend that was not scared of anything!

***** I also would like to say a big thankyou to everyone on here that supported me when I lost all confidence. I never forget when you was telling me not to give up you will both come back bigger then ever. It really helped and I would say you guys was the best to help me get through it. If you are struggaling through bad times with your horse or riding just don't give up, I nearly did and I glad I never. I have the best time with Jake now and the biggest bond that I love him more then anything. I ride Beau and compete him now, I ride other peoples horses for them, and the best part I have a partnership with Jake.

I would also like to thank Jake for putting up with my bad riding for soo long and he is the worlds best. the last photos are for him to show you a one in a million pony.*****

( I know over the top but I don't think people realise what a amazing pony he really is)

Thankyou everyone.
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I told ya he puts up with alot....
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xxx

My Crazy Clan
29th May 2010, 12:58 PM
Happy annie, hes stunning, always loved him.


So would you say these sites are well worth it, or now would you rather try the horse out your self?

Brithdir Barrd
29th May 2010, 04:25 PM
No and yeh I got the horse that I always wanted but he wasnt at the start lol! Should have realised when it said on his sheet "Been to a horsmanship clinic" that he was going to be naughty.

CityLights
29th May 2010, 05:31 PM
Just a question that skin thing he had looks a lot like what Ollie had for a while, did it fill up with fluid and ooze a bit as well? How did the vet treat it has he had anything like it again, could you pin it down to anything?

its just in the same place as ollies as well

Kelza
29th May 2010, 07:34 PM
Great post! I really enjoyed it!

smellycat
29th May 2010, 08:00 PM
lovely post, hes a super little horse, i cant get over how big he can jump!

Starsky
29th May 2010, 09:04 PM
super little pony! happy annie xx

IrishGreenSheep
30th May 2010, 11:54 AM
Lovely post, I wasn't familiar with your story before but congrats on regaining your confidence, you both really did come back bigger and better :)

Brithdir Barrd
30th May 2010, 02:18 PM
he had little itchy bumps on his face, shoulder and back. It was full of puss the spots were and was very itchy. He had 5 penicillin injections and a anti bacterial wash shampoo.

joolz68
31st May 2010, 12:26 AM
love this site,full of helpful people its an insperation x you and your horse have surpassed any of my dreams with all the diffficult times you have had xx hats off to you :) xx good luck for your future x

Brithdir Barrd
31st May 2010, 09:16 PM
Thankyou he is very special. :D To me he is. x

lilholley
31st May 2010, 09:54 PM
Lovely pictures! He's come on so much :)