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post #1 of 25 Old 11-21-2013, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Finally! First ride scheduled

Hey all! I'm super excited because I'm finally "approved" to ride my own horse this weekend. I say approved, but I really mean I have some support. I'm a new Paso Fino owner - this year 3/19/13 - and a pretty new rider too. I have a 22yo gelding (I've ridden him probably 10 times since March) and an 8yo mare.

My mare is nearly fino - may actually be classic fino - she's had some injections and chiro work recently, so for the first time since we got her she's able to maintain gait and though she's out of shape, she's looking good! :) Anyways, she's always had kind of an uptight personality and she lacks confidence. That and me being a new rider leads my mentors to believe I may have a problem riding this horse... In the last three months, I've come a long way with experience. Six months ago I did not have a clue how to tack up a horse and now I'm almost pro (lol).

I feel my mare and I have an amazing relationship and I believe that we are going to be just fine. I have a feeling she will be forgiving with me and my lack of experience because she loves me :)

The BO is my MIL and she's a worry wart. Surprisingly, she is supportive and believes that I CAN ride this horse! lol! My SIL on the other hand thinks I should wait - another year?? idk... We also have a relationship with a professional (show) trainer who was offered the mare before me and had to decline because she didn't have room for her... I think she really regrets that decision and that has had some impact on her confidence in me.., but - she's coming over Saturday and it is agreed that I AM GOING to ride my horse. SO - wish me luck!! Thanks!
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post #2 of 25 Old 11-21-2013, 09:16 PM
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Good luck! I hope all goes well!

Just remember to take it slow and don't be afraid to ask for help ! (:
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post #3 of 25 Old 11-22-2013, 08:39 AM
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I can't quite imagine why waiting another year would help- unless this 8yo is exceptionally green, and she thinks that another years training and life will make her a safer novice's mount?

So, as I understand it you have a 22yo steady eddie, and an 8 year old. Could you be having regular lessons on the 22yo to improve your riding and confidence? Could you be hacking out in company on the 22yo?

And then the 8yo, if your trainer judges her to be ready for you to get on then excellent! In the company of some knowledgable eyes on the ground you should be safe.

Enjoy your lesson on Monday! make it the start of your regular riding career
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post #4 of 25 Old 11-22-2013, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Shropshirerosie for your advice (: I have been taking lessons on the old guy - he's old enough to know better, but feisty enough to try - so that's been very, very helpful. My mare is not exceptionally green. She has actually had quite a bit of training, but she is lacking in confidence and has major trust issues. When my MIL first got her we couldn't catch her... she wouldn't let us halter her... etc, etc. She has grown to trust us and a lot of that has improved immensely. I wish I could paint a picture to describe how close she and I are - she is my heart. I think we are ready for the next step (riding) in our relationship. Lol
I really don't know why my SIL thinks waiting a year or more give or take will make it easier.... her suggestion is that she continue to ride my horse a couple of times a month - just to keep her going for me. I respect that my SIL has been riding longer than me, but I feel like though she's had more time with horses, I spend more time with mine than she ever has with hers.
Either way, I'm ready to give it a go. In the round pen. Lol
My lesson is scheduled for Saturday (tomorrow), hopefully it doesn't have to be rescheduled due to the cold, but if so - oh well, there is always another day.
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post #5 of 25 Old 11-22-2013, 09:20 AM
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Cold schmold. Unless it's going down to -20C, and you we're intending to over-exert yourself and the horse (which I suspect not), then you can ride.
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post #6 of 25 Old 11-22-2013, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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I'm with you on that one!
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post #7 of 25 Old 11-24-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Well...we did not get to ride yesterday as the trainer cancelled due to the cold. We rescheduled to Monday. Today I decided to practice tacking her up. Beginning to end by myself. Well, I got it almost done when my dumb youknowwhat managed to get my finger bit while trying to "bit" her. Hurt like a banchee and of course bled like one too. Sigh. I know it was my own fault and I'm frustrated.... Meanwhile, I've decided I will not ride this horse until I can tack her up all on my own. Tomorrow's lesson will be on my 22yo gelding.
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Well, bad luck for the ouchie thumb. Errors like that are just part of the learning process, and whatever it was that you did - you won't do it again!

But .... don't take this as a sign that you shouldn't be riding the youngster! It's nothing of the sort, unless you are looking for excuses? Tomorrow have the lesson on the young horse, just tack him up with everything except the bridle. Get yourself ready, and then start the lesson by having your instructor either put the bridle on, or show you how to do it.

Good luck

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post #9 of 25 Old 06-27-2014, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, not that many of you were waiting with bated breath ... (Lol), but FINALLY after 16 months, I am riding my horse. We've had two rides so far. I'm looking forward to riding her much, much more, but I'm waiting on the chiro to come out again. The last time I rode her, I heard a crack in the right shoulder and she had troubles flexing again .. I'm really hoping that once I get her feeling good I can exercise her consistently and get those extra 150# off of her - then MAYBE with any luck, she'll stay sound. Here is a link to my video of my first ride. I was by myself, so you see a lot of rail ... sorry about that. Also, please understand I am a brand new rider just in the last couple of years, so constructive criticism I will take, but what I'm really looking for is a couple of Hoorays on the first ride ;)

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Well congratulations! It's been a long journey.

Has she had problems with that shoulder before?

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