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post #21 of 47 Old 10-03-2009, 08:53 PM
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Haha, so because one says "No offense" no one should take offense to it? I don't know one person that wouldn't take offense to calling their horse ugly.
(Saying they have a sucky appearance is saying they're ugly just in case you "forgot" you said that).
I have strong opinions too, and I'm supposed to have "teen" attitude. Yet I can contain myself. Get over yourself and your holier-than-thou attitude.
Your personality is very ugly and isn't very appealing at all. And I'm sure it isn't to others in your 'out of cyberspace' life either
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post #22 of 47 Old 10-03-2009, 09:18 PM
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Lilley, I'll be honest with you for a moment.

You spoke your piece, and within it, some good advice. Certainly the way you ride affects your horse. That's a fine piece of constructive criticism.

The rest of your post - was completely unnecessary. Children say whatever pops into their head. Adults choose their words carefully and speak with eloquence. Your post displayed neither. If you'd like to preach on being a "big girl," I'd suggest reviewing your word choice a bit more carefully before allowing it to fall from your mouth. Ricci is right in saying that your "honesty" won't get you far. You stated that you can control what you say and choose not to do so. That's called being rude. Best of luck in your life, I do hope you choose your words a bit more carefully in your next attempt to be honest with someone.

Nordic - I agree with Ricci about the impulsion, but it's clear that, like you said, he's lacking some muscle. It is my guess that once he regains some butt/back muscle, he'll be more inclined to work from his hind end, move out, and collect for you. Good luck with him - I would suggesst hill work if you have any hills about. :]
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post #23 of 47 Old 10-03-2009, 10:09 PM
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Wow what a story eventerwannabe!! It's amazing what this guy has gone through and to still be so willing...just awesome. He has a very pretty appearance IMO and I think he'll be GREAT once he gets back into shape some. Sounds like he's come a long way though.

Oh...and I'm with the others on here, Lily...very rude comments. Sometimes it's good to have an internal filter!

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post #24 of 47 Old 10-03-2009, 10:42 PM
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wow. I knew LOTV was rude (she told me I needed counseling after one post) but that was a new one, even for her. Ignore her =] You've gotten some great advice and it sounds like you have already pinpointed weaknesses. He is gorgeous and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. Gotta love the old TB's; they're the best!

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post #25 of 47 Old 10-03-2009, 11:18 PM
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Ugh. Too much to read. Can't be bothered.

But y'all need to learn to relax and just go with the flow. Someone says something you don't like? Don't keep it going for days. Accept that it's rude or whatever and move on with your life. If you continue to be so easily affected by others, you'll only cause problems for yourselves.

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post #26 of 47 Old 10-04-2009, 01:18 AM
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Ahm. Adults do have restraint, Lily ;)

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Sorry don't want to go through and quote everyone :) But thanks for the input and sticking up for me. I know my horse is gorgeous and that he is amazing for what he has been through and that is all that matters.

LeahKathleen-We are going to start working him in side reins while lunging. Not to force his head set or anything but just to get him to really use himself. Only for like 10 minutes a few times a week. My new trainer suggested it.

Hoofprints in the Sand-Yeah he is a real trooper. That horse has every reason in the world to hate people and everything and yet he does anything I ask of him. The first day I met him I hadn't ridden in 6 months+ hadn't even been near a horse. I was timid and scared and he did everything to take care of me. Even put up with my horrid riding and never put a hoof out of line. He is the first horse I ever jumped and he has taught me everything, he is the most forgiving horse I know. Pull on his mouth when landing? Doesn't phase him. Land on his neck? He will lift his head to put you back in the saddle. Start to slide off his side? He will try to keep himself under you.

eventerdrew-Yeah I started ignoring her after her second post lol. Thank you though, yeah I love TB's, won't own anything else regardless of what others say. I have never trusted a horse as much as I trust him. The day he dies a part of me will go with him and I know that for sure.

Again thank you everyone! I am posting a new video of our ride today. Had lots of fun jumping and he was great. Gotta show off his "sucky appearance" somemore you know ROFL!
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post #28 of 47 Old 10-04-2009, 09:22 AM
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Hoofprints in the Sand-Yeah he is a real trooper. That horse has every reason in the world to hate people and everything and yet he does anything I ask of him. The first day I met him I hadn't ridden in 6 months+ hadn't even been near a horse. I was timid and scared and he did everything to take care of me. Even put up with my horrid riding and never put a hoof out of line. He is the first horse I ever jumped and he has taught me everything, he is the most forgiving horse I know. Pull on his mouth when landing? Doesn't phase him. Land on his neck? He will lift his head to put you back in the saddle. Start to slide off his side? He will try to keep himself under you.
He sounds like he really trusts you and you two have already established the kind of bond that some riders can only dream of! What a diamond in the rough if you ask me You know, my horse was a rescue and there were some who made fun of her when I first got her. She was overweight, complete flab, no muscle tone, and she didn't know much...but to see her now and what she's learned it's just amazing! It sounds like you're headed in the right direction, ignoring all the doubters!

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Gotta show off his "sucky appearance" somemore you know ROFL!
HAHAHAH!!! Oh yes, he looks SO very "SUCKY" My guess is SOMEONE is probably a tad bit jealous of what you have!

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Ugh. Too much to read. Can't be bothered.

But y'all need to learn to relax and just go with the flow. Someone says something you don't like? Don't keep it going for days. Accept that it's rude or whatever and move on with your life. If you continue to be so easily affected by others, you'll only cause problems for yourselves.

TOODLES. =D
I know she is gone or whatever but jumior is such a cutie! i would be so mad if she said that about my horse sonny! You have no idea! Lily of the Valley so r u saying u are bullet proof? that nothin hurts u? man if thats true u must not be human...
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post #30 of 47 Old 10-06-2009, 10:43 PM
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Hey! I didn't read the other comments because there seemed to be alittle bit of negativity going on so I'm bypassing that - sorry if my advice has already been said!
First of all, he's very cute :) What breed is he, just out of curiosity? In one of those pics he looks like he would not be that comfy bareback, haha!
As far as critique; the biggest thing to remember when working towards "on-the-bit" is that it has to come from his HIND end, not the front. On the bit is kind of a silly term, IMO, because it implies that the head is the focal point. I think a much better term is "on the aids" and I wish that was taught more! What you have to get him to do is hold your hand while coming with impulsion from behind - so you want a steady contact, but not a pulling one, and you want to use your legs and seat to get his hind end really active. One of my trainers once told me to get my horse to 'extend behind, collect in front.' Sounds silly, but that mental image did the trick - I really put my leg on until that hind end came under, and then half-halted so the front end elevated. Then the horse naturally went into self-carriage.
Working on the aids is a long process - like all training! You seem to be really dedicated to your horse and your riding, so I'm sure you guys will progress just fine You're on the right track, just tweak your approach a little! Hope my tips weren't too cryptic...lol!

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