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        11-03-2009, 11:24 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Suddenly reminded why I love having my own horse

    Monday's are lesson days for me, and yesterday I was all ready to go- except for the fact that Rainy's sick. :( It's just a cold, but it's lasted about a week, and Laura (my instructor) wanted me to give her a break while the penicillin they gave me kicked in. So I was placed on a horse I have never ridden before. While this says a lot about Laura's trust in me, to put me on a completely new to me horse and do an advanced lesson, for the most part I was totally overwhelmed with the little manners this pony had! It was rediculous! I had no idea how well-mannered my girl is- or at least, how well mannered she is compared to this pony. *sigh* Anyway, rant over, cookies for anyone who read that- what do you do when you're suddenly in a lesson with a new horse? Especially when the horse throws you totally out of your element?
    This seems to happen to me a lot, which drives me nuts since the other riders hardly ever have to ride other horses. :P And quite honestly, it's a bit annoying when you end up on a gaited horse when you're a non-gaited rider, or put on a horse you've never ridden before and expect to do a canter lesson.
    Okay, now I'm really done.

    So, to sum up, how do you respond when you're on a new horse and expected to perform at your normal levels? Any horror stories? Any advice, since this seems to be happening a lot lately? :)
         
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        11-04-2009, 08:18 AM
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    Ha me and my friend were just discussing this last night. I ride a lot of different horses and most of the time you can tell their going to be mucho different than the other ones. So stop thinking negatively and think, "Ok, what I'm doing right now isn't working what else can I do to get him on the bit/to listen to me/etc. Sometimes, you just have to try different things to make the ride work. If a horse is acting up you can't just go, "Ugh, we're having a bad day.I should just get off." You have to ride that horse through that.Maybe the horse is just bored.Maybe your doing something wrong.Not sure if that helps you but it's the best I got. =)
         
        11-04-2009, 10:22 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    Lol, well I take it in stride and just say okay, im on a new horse, I need to get used to the change for the day and try to make the best of it.
    I've ridden lots of horses here and there and I find sometimes it is a bit hard to get used to them and some not.
    I remember when I was in riding lessons and all thursdays I would ride an arab, Twila, in short twi.
    Well I loved riding her and one day I got switched, I honestly can't remember that lesson to well other than I didnt make the switch for the day as well as I hoped lol !

    It takes awhile, but now that I've been on so many different horses, you learn to accept it :) but I love riding my horses !
         
        11-04-2009, 04:38 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Like the other posters said, it's a great experience for you...so try to learn from the experience and perform to the best you can. I think it is an important learning experience for to ride multiple horses that have different needs and attitudes. Soak up the experience and do the best you can.
         
        11-05-2009, 04:24 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    Thanks. :)
         
        11-05-2009, 04:32 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    You shouldn't be so hard on yourself, your instructor knows your not in your element, so she isn't going to be "judging" you. I think the more horses you ride the better your riding becomes, if you get too used to one horse, you're kind of in a bubble.
    When I was about, 8 and my mare was pregnant I had to ride an oooold gelding we had, and he had the most uncomfortable jog *ever*... but my instructor took that opportunity to teach me to post which was so helpful! And then another time my mare was hurt and I had to ride another old gelding who turned out to be my favorite horse ever and I began riding both of them frequently later!
    I think it just depends on an open mind, and knowing you'll learn something! It's good for you, and it does say a lot that your instructor trusts you to ride a horse you've never ridden! :)
         
        11-05-2009, 04:36 PM
      #7
    Banned
    If you trust your instructor trust that they are not putting you in a situation that you can not handle. Then do your best to learn from it. If nothing else this lesson taught you to appreciate the horse you have. That is a great lesson to learn.

    If at anytime during your lesson you feel totally lost and overwhelmed why not just say something to your instructor? Ask them how to work thru something or why something is not working right.
         
        11-05-2009, 05:17 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Thanks guys. :) Yeah, the lesson was pretty helpful, but I'll be so much happier but on my girl.
         
        11-07-2009, 07:22 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Well shelby we all ride different horses...like the lessons we had when we rode gaited I loved it but I also hated it at the same time. I love riding new horses but laura knows whats best.. and its not like it was a *hardcore* lesson and bubba is a great horse he wasnt bad at all you just need to go into things with an open miind! <3 ya!! Ttyl
         
        11-10-2009, 04:57 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    Havent you rode only bubba and sparky? Well other than that one gaited lesson you had to do. I ride different ones alllll the time too. And bubbas a little kid lesson horse im pretty sure he wasnt that bad......
         

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