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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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share my happiness:)

Hey all, i recently moved my horse to a new barn. The old barn was terrible, unprofessional,and had a bad instuctor. i learned nothing in the whole year i was there, really. So Of course i was SO nervous, i had been taking lessons at this barn for a couple weeks and decided its good.
So im loading Rose up to go, i am SO nervous. Is she pretty enough, is she to fat, shes to dirty, they wont accept her. Ive never thought stuff like that. I know Rose is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Those are the thoughts in my head the way there.
Then when we get there all i can really think about is getting her to calm down, and my goodness. When a horse is alert and watchful i swear they grow two hands:) She was towering over me, i knew she would never ever ever hurt me. But i was nervous, she wouldnt stand still. I get her in her stall, she calms down fast. Shes checking out the barn and talking to her next door neighbor Comanche.
I had a lesson that day and expected to ride Comanche, but no, she wants me to ride Rose. The last time i rode Rose she had SO many issues. Falling into the circle, trying to be a saddlebred with her head carriage, not listening to my woahs, running at the slight touch of my leg.
We get in the arena, and im not going to tell all about the lesson. just that all her "problems" were MY FAULT. I was shocked, yet happy i have this instructor to tell me. Its my fault she bucks, my fault her head is carried high, my fault she runs at a fly touch, and doesnt listen.
But when i fix MY issues, and ride the correct way to ride HER. OH MY GOODNESS SHE RELAXES, LOWERS HER HEAD, SLOWS DOWN, COLLECTS, STARTS BENDING, STOPS BUCKING, IT WAS AMAZING! I wanted to share that i am SO FREAKIN GREATFULL to be at this barn Why it took me a year to move her and me, i dont know but i am over the moon with happiness:) I smiled the rest of the lesson. Rose was so happy that ive "come to the light". Im happy just writing it down:) Sorry for it being so long if you read it. I couldnt keep my happiness to myself. My parents know nothing about horses so i cant really tell them. Just that im great full:) I have many many happy years left with Rose. Its about time i learned to ride her. Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 07:20 PM
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Its really great when that light comes on isn't it? I'm so glad that you found the right 'home' for you and Rose. You'll make a lot of progress now that you understand what is wrong and how to fix it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-05-2013, 01:05 PM
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I think one of the best things about this scenario is that you found out that her problems were your problems and instead of being defensive you chose to listen, accept, and change your riding. Being teachable is one of the most important parts of being a good rider and horseman! Good for you and congrats on finding a great barn!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-05-2013, 01:55 PM
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I second what Upnover said. It is great to hear someone happy when they find out their horse's problems have actually been caused by the rider all along. Good for you and I'm happy for you.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-05-2013, 02:53 PM
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I'm so glad your teacher was able to see all that & amazed that you covered so much in Just One Lesson! Good for you for listening & doing the right thing to get a correct response from your horse. Wishing you many happy miles/years w/Rose.
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