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    Default my baby Mouselet is growing up!

    Caution this is a proud mum thread! I don't post much these days but this just had to be shared cos I'm so over the moon with my little Mouseman

    I've been doing lots of backing preparation this year but I hadn't really decided when to take the plunge and actually get him sat on. Although it would have been lovely to be the first person on his back, he is only just 3 and a dainty little chap, so I wanted his first experience of a rider to be something nice and light! Then last Thursday I had the perfect opportunity as my boss's mum had invited some friends over for dinner and I realised that their brave, competent, very miniature 9-year-old daughter P would be the perfect first jockey. This is her in a 1m class on her super 13hh pony (who will only jump for P, they were given her for a token sum as she was bred for jumping and then the owners decided she couldn't jump )



    P is a gutsy little rider and is accustomed to sitting on youngsters because her mum produces competition ponies, so I knew she'd be calm and confident and not transmit nerves to Mouse. I spoke to her mum first and got the go-ahead to ask her. So on Thursday night I hurried home after work and got Mouse in from the field to clean him up a bit (luckily his fly rug had kept the worst off him), and had him presentable just before they arrived.

    P had brought her own saddle as her little bum would have swum around in Mouse's, I did insist on Mouse wearing his own numnah though cos it's got his name on it ((a lovely present I was given by WonderBolt and Stephiibean last year)). He's been going out for walks in full tack for a few months now, and has also trotted and cantered loose in the round pen with the stirrups hanging down, so he's already well adjusted to wearing his saddle, and had accepted the bit nicely too. P just did a bit of bouncing up and down beside him (pony not bothered, surprise surprise) and then it was time to do the deed

    I was at the front to give Mouse lots of fuss, while P's mum got her up and lying across the saddle, then when she was in position I led him up to the gate and back silently praying that he would be a good boy. Not that I expected trouble, having done all the desensitisation etc and knowing what a quiet pony he normally is, but you know, it was an important thing for me cos he is my first pony and I just wanted so badly for him to be good!

    Well all I can say is that I needn't have worried! I kept him walking on a circle, P got her left foot into the stirrup and slowly started to slide her other leg up and over. I asked him to halt, and as P sat up straight his ears swivelled round, he turned his head to get a better look, found her left foot, sniffed it for a moment and then started nibbling her boot I walked him on the circle for a few minutes, with P's mum just behind him encouraging him forwards whilst P using her legs at the same time and took up a light contact on his mouth. We did some halts and restarts as well, firstly just with my voice and then introducing the hands as well. There was nothing about any of this that Mouse seemed at all concerned about - his ears were very active, but he was as calm and sensible as always, and so so relaxed. It was just like he'd done it before.

    Then I let P's mum take over so I could get my camera out. P started using her legs a bit, and Mouse wasn't bothered by that at all - he wasn't very reactive to them obviously because he hasn't learned what they mean yet, but he didn't mind the movement etc, he was just so chilled out and grown up about it - check out my boy



    P taking up a contact, and swinging her legs to get him used to the feeling of movement on his sides.



    Practising halt, combination of hands and voice.



    Bit of trot, he is going to be a whooshy mane sort of pony!



    Couple of little videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Z7qZ5blTk

    Little trot. He was a bit footy on the gravel, he's only used to being on grass and tarmac so his feet aren't really accustomed to stones yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CESRkkI9Nyw

    Mounting & dismounting to finish off. ((I know she's pulling the saddle round, this was an oversight on my part as I didn't have anything for her to mount from, but it won't happen again!)). Mouse barely moving a muscle bless him, he is very good at halt!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h37Qn6ts1hU

    Tired pony!



    So there you have it! I am so so pleased with my boy for being such a superstar, I was bursting with pride the whole time (actually I was close to tears, but don't tell anyone!) and especially because of the praise he got from P's mum. She was full of compliments for his behaviour and also complimented me on the work I've being doing to prepare him for his future career, P loved him too and had brought him some lovely fresh carrots

    I had a few minutes alone with him then to go all mushy and give him lots of cuddles and smooches and tell him how awesome he is. When I turned him out, instead of rushing off to find his girls like he normally does, he just settled into position right where he was and started doing this, poor tired Mouselet!

    Last edited by joosie; 27-05-2013 at 21:31.

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    Ah bless him! Saw on facebook but lovely to have a thread on it too, I really miss your updates! They are always exciting to read and you write so well . Onwards and upwards, he looks great and you've done a fab job with him

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    Mouse pony What a good little man! You must be so proud
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    Yay brilliant! He looks so chilled, you wouldn't believe it was his first time with a rider on. Bet you're itching to have a go

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    He looks brill! hopefully he'll continue being as sensible and calm, and you'll have a cracking little pony on your hands bet you can't wait to have a go!

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    Wow that's fab we'll done he really looks stunning

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    He's so gorgeous and what a good boy xx

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    Lovely update and pics ... He is just gorgeous x

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    Aww - he's a cute boy!

    Lovely pictures.

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    l love it when you have put all the hard work in from the ground and when it comes time for a sit they just take to it like a duck to water - just makes everything so worthwhile!

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