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    08-18-2011, 10:01 PM
Need to brag on my half-draft monster for a minute.

We went on our first trail ride today. He only spooked once and it was totally understandable (a dog rushed up to the fence behind us and started barking). His spook consisted of a minor start and then he trotted forward to the safety of the other two horses with us. Another time he was a little further behind than he wanted to be and started trotting to catch up, but it was only for a few yards.

I, however, didn't fare so well. I'm getting better, but it frustrates me because the stuff that he does used to not even barely make me bat an eyelash. Now, he barely flinches and I freeze up. When he spooked and started trotting, I actually shrieked and leaned forward and pulled up on the knee-jerk reaction My trainer (who was with us, luckily) said "Sit back!" and it was like all of a sudden my brain was part of me again and I was calm and got him back under control (sat back down in the saddle and deepened my seat, then settled my hands where they needed to be and gently pulled back). I finally got so frustrated with myself and jumpy at any flinch he made that I had to get off and walk back.

We did ride about two miles, though, which really wasn't too bad, I guess.
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    08-19-2011, 01:59 AM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I actually shrieked and leaned forward and pulled up on the knee-jerk reaction
Sorry to laugh, but why is our favorite panic reaction the worst possible one in that situation?

I'm sorry that you took a confidence knock, but at least you rode through it for a while. You can get it back, a small step at a time
    08-19-2011, 02:17 AM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Sorry to laugh, but why is our favorite panic reaction the worst possible one in that situation?

I'm sorry that you took a confidence knock, but at least you rode through it for a while. You can get it back, a small step at a time
I think my biggest frustration is that no one around me gets it. My friend has never been thrown from a horse and doesn't understand why I'm so nervous when Aires is really so well-behaved and easy to ride. The trainer keeps looking at me like I am a horrible rider and shouldn't even be on a horse, much less own one. But this ISN'T me! I've ridden out random trotting before and was fine. I've schooled rotten, belligerent ex-polo pony mares at the Girls Scout horse camp and got them to behave, even when they were fighting me every step of the way. Heck, I retrained my old gelding from the ground up and turned him into a quiet, relatively easy-to-manage trail horse! It's just so frustrating when everyone is saying "Get over it" and you know you can't.

Sorry, the ride today was just one thing in a whole day full of crappy things happening, so I'm a little emotional and right now.

Oh, and when I reacted like I did to Aires' first "spook," the trainer said it looked like I was trying to curl into the fetal position in my saddle...good thing I ride an Aussie and the poleys were there to prevent such an epic fail, eh?
    08-19-2011, 01:30 PM
My dad's Percheron/Standardbreds. Actually, I'm not entirely sure that the two blacks (Queenie and Duchess) are crossbreeds, but they're definitely not as heavy as a full draft.

I don't have really anything to do with his horses, but just thought I'd join in the fun. They don't get worked much, but can be used for driving and farm work. I really would love to make a riding horse out of the gray, Maggie-she's got lovely movement, she's bold and inquisitive and I think it'd be so fun to hunt on her, but she's a bit too high-strung for me.
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    08-19-2011, 01:53 PM
Green Broke
I am drooling over these Perch/TB crosses!

Wonder how Sunny would look crossed with a big ol' Perch..... Mwahaha.
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    08-21-2011, 01:46 AM
I also looked on ND brand North Dakota Stockmen's Association 2011 Brand Book Found one similar but it belongs to JORDHEIM, SELMER A. Or RETA
15432 CO RD 8

But it would be helpful if you could get a larger pic of the brand.
    08-21-2011, 01:58 AM
This is Duke, my dads horse, a Percheron X quarter? Unfortunately we have to let him go, he has to many problems for my moms free time, which is for him an every day thing.

P.S. The boyfriend took the pics! Mr. Car photographer does a half decent job!
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    08-21-2011, 02:37 AM
Love the pics, and a handsome subject as well
    08-22-2011, 12:00 AM
DraftyAiresMom-Totally understand your fear. It just hurts more when you are older to come off and if you are a parent, you worry more...... I was really afraid that my Cody would buck when we cantered and we'd go out for a ride and my daughter's wanted to canter all the time and lucky for me, Cody is 18 hds. To their 15 and 13 hd mounts and could trot like the dickens but once in a while he'd break into a canter and I'd be yelling for them to stop like a sissy!! Sigh..... we've overcome that block now that he's 7 and we've been cantering a while and he rarely shows the inclination to be naughty but I understand your fear. Hang in there!!!
    08-22-2011, 12:07 AM
Thanks, Dana. I'm going to do a trail lesson with our trainer and she's going to ride Aires and I'm going to ride Bubba, one of the dude string horses who is calm as can be. She has wanted to ride Aires for a VERY long time out on the trail, so this gives her that chance to do that, plus it gives me a chance to see how he reacts to things without having to be up there and experiencing them (if that makes sense). Plus I'll be on pretty much the calmest horse on the dude string, so I can concentrate more on my riding than on my fear because I won't have to worry about Bubba doing anything stupid. Hopefully that'll help me with my anxiety (it's not fear, exactly, it's more like anxiety).

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