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post #1 of 4 Old 09-27-2011, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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I had the best ride today.

I'm so excited I have to share! Monty was fantastic today, so lovely and forward with the most gorgeous spring in his trot and when I popped him over a couple of little crosses he got the striding exactly right, took off right where I wanted him, and though he got a bit excited he was under control and listening beautifully the whole time.

We had a couple of hiccups with canter leads but that was most likely me, I tend to be a bit weak through my left side and that's the lead we have trouble getting.

He was so fabulous at listening to my forward aids and (BIG BREAKTHROUGH) I didn't feel like he was too forward even once. I have big issues with horses going more forward than I want them thanks to a very nasty fall a few months ago, and I think the key is to set a goal before the ride of a forward and rhythmic trot, with emphasis on FORWARD. I always have better rides when that's my goal.

Got a lesson tomorrow and if today's anything to go by it will be fantastic!
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 08:05 PM
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Congrats on the wonderful ride! It always feels fantastic when your horse is really working and behaving, and everything just feels natural.

Breakthroughs are always a good thing. It's lovely when you and your horse finally click and are able to work as a team. Sorry about you fall, I'm glad you seem to be feeling more confident now. It happens to everyone. I took a nasty fall that landed me in the hospital a few years ago, it took me months to be able to ride confidently again.

I myself just had a fabulous ride today. :) Dallas was absolutely lovely, and I haven't been able to ride in a week, so I was very impressed.

Hope you had an awesome lesson!

<3 Dallas, Dakota, and Shaymus <3
RIP Shaymus 8/16/13
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 08:14 PM
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Must be something in the air. I also had a fantastic ride today. My horse was moving so well, I wished several times I had my camera with me to capture the moment. If he goes that well at our next show, the dressage phase is ours!

It's nice to have a forum to share days like this. Coworkers just look at me like I have 3 heads if I try to tell them about my ride.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Well the lesson didn't end up happening, my coach had to cancel. Which was good, because I wasn't sure how I was going to get into town to get the money to pay him! I didn't end up riding at all, because I had to catch the foal to zinc her nose (sun protection... WHY did I get a horse with so much white?) and she was determined not to be caught, and by the time I finally got the halter on and zinced her nose I was that frustrated. Just wasn't a good day to be riding.

I might ride today, might not. Weather's a bit dodgy and there's a new horse in with them (not ours, a friend's) so there's not much going for a good ride.

To be honest my fall actually didn't do me that much damage but it was sure terrifying! I was really lucky to come out of it as lightly as I did and I firmly believe I'd be dead had I not been wearing a helmet. We were galloping and he didn't want to stop, got faster if anything, and I'd lost my stirrups... eventually just couldn't hang on any more and ended up coming off on REALLY hard ground - sand compacted from literally 30+ years of heavy machinery, trail riders, and cars. Helmet was cracked in half internally, and I had a hairline fracture just below the head of my humerus.

Looking back, Monty was sore in his hindquarters, and I think that was the cause. He's not a hard horse to stop, even from a gallop out on cross-country, but if there was a sore muscle catching he would run from the pain (anglo arab, so hardwired to RUN). Also explains the random "OMFG" moments he had before and since, up until we got a chiro and acupuncturist to see him.

It's sure been a learning curve, learning how to work with this horse. I took a risk, agreeing to take him sight unseen, regardless of how long the trial period was (2 months). I've had to figure out his buttons, what scares him, what gets him over-excited, and especially what NOT to do. He didn't have the best life before the lady I bought him off rescued him, and I need to ride properly or he gets stressed and wants to bolt.
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