Suddenly reminded why I love having my own horse - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 22 Old 11-03-2009, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
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? :)
horseluver2435 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 22 Old 11-04-2009, 07:18 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Posts: 2,043
• Horses: 2

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 gonna 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. =)

To see the wind's power, the rain's cleansing, and the sun's radiant life, one need only to look at the horse.
TheRoughrider21 is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 11-04-2009, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: MB, Canada
Posts: 1,462
• Horses: 2
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.
ive 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 cant 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 ive been on so many different horses, you learn to accept it :) but i love riding my horses !
TwisterRush is offline  
post #4 of 22 Old 11-04-2009, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jutland, NJ
Posts: 1
• Horses: 1
like the other posters said, it's a great experience for 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.
belowgravity is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 11-05-2009, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
Thanks. :)
horseluver2435 is offline  
post #6 of 22 Old 11-05-2009, 03:32 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chatsworth, CA
Posts: 518
• Horses: 1
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! :)

Proud owner of 13yr old Paint Gelding, Bali! <3
BaliDoll is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 11-05-2009, 03:36 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
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.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #8 of 22 Old 11-05-2009, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
Thanks guys. :) Yeah, the lesson was pretty helpful, but I'll be so much happier but on my girl.
horseluver2435 is offline  
post #9 of 22 Old 11-07-2009, 06:22 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Michigan...blah
Posts: 641
• Horses: 2
well shelby we all ride different 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
xoSonnyLove1234 is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 11-10-2009, 03:57 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: flushing MI
Posts: 335
• Horses: 1
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......

And on the eigth day God said horses shall NOT trot, and the GOOD horses listened!!!!
ivorygold1195 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

« Swerving... | Knees »
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Suddenly Anemic Horse Mystery...Aggh! HELP! SamboStar Horse Health 9 09-18-2009 11:13 AM
Mini Mayhem-Suddenly he's a monster? Cascade Horse Training 4 02-17-2009 11:58 AM
Suddenly spooky horse HELP!!!! (Found out the reason) tinasdream Horse Health 14 03-24-2008 08:06 AM
Have I suddenly got terrible? Sunny Dandy Horse Talk 3 06-06-2007 10:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome