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    02-29-2012, 10:39 AM
Green Broke
I'm so jealous. He's gorgeous.
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    03-02-2012, 04:57 PM
First time riding did NOT go well. It was entirely my fault though. Mission is SUPER sensitive to leg cues. I came off and landed in the dirt when he headed at top speed towards a fence. Like a typical beginning rider, I was fumbling around trying to get my feet in the stirrups and bumped him with my heels. Before all that happened, though, he stood perfectly still and patient for twenty minutes while I stood next to him trying to get the nerve up to actually get on his back. He's a dream to handle from the ground. Healthy and sound as well. I just need to be a lot more sensitive as far as what I'm doing with my legs and hands.
    03-02-2012, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
Sorry to hear that. Sounds like you were all alone? Sometimes it can be hard to get up the courage to get on a new horse. Can you get someone to be around next time you can ride?
    03-02-2012, 09:15 PM
First thing I would do is ground work with whoas. He will need to be retrained a bit since show horses are basically a lot of go go go and not much slow. Just you tube KMSHA and UMH shows and you will see. I also think it will help you a lot in seeing how they sit their horses that give them the cue for faster forward motion and how they relax giving the cue to slow.

He just doesn't realize you are someone who isn't a show ring rider and I am sure since he's a Rocky he will be smart enough to start picking up on your cues. In time he will desensitize to you flopping around on him and figure out you aren't ready to travel at top speed. My husband has a barrel racer who was very sensitive, but now that she has learned we aren't racing anymore anyone can ride and and flop all over on her. But once my husband gets on her she is ready to roll.

We also have quite a few show people on here that may be able to help you with the cues they use.

Do you have someone who can lead him with you on him? I will tell you that even though my 5 year old is super well trained every spring when I take my first ride my husband leads us around the round pen a few times until I feel my confidence build. We are up north so my guy stands all winter so every spring it's a bit of starting over. But once we go around a couple of times I can just feel he remembers me and off we go just like winter never happened.

I do have to say I think you are pretty darned gutsy getting on him and riding in such a short time.
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    03-21-2012, 11:57 PM
I'm so green with envy right now, I so want a Rocky. Good news is hubby has now given me premission to start putting the money aside for one. Lol I have all ready picked out names. Boulder for a gelding and Pebbles for a mare maybe lol but I can't wait to take one down the trail. He is such a lovely horse chocolate suits Rockys well doesn't it?
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    03-24-2012, 06:52 PM
Sorry to hear about your bad ride... Maybe you should start working with a trainer.

He's beautiful, by the way! :)
    03-26-2012, 09:42 PM
He is a good boy. I just need more time and lessons. I am okay handling from the ground, but I have very little skill in the saddle. It is mainly a confidence issue. I hope.....
    03-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Very handsome boy. Enjoy your horse
    03-27-2012, 09:17 AM
Originally Posted by BennysLace    
I'm so green with envy right now, I so want a Rocky. Good news is hubby has now given me premission to start putting the money aside for one. Lol I have all ready picked out names. Boulder for a gelding and Pebbles for a mare maybe lol but I can't wait to take one down the trail. He is such a lovely horse chocolate suits Rockys well doesn't it?

Lol, my BO has a mare for sale named Cocoa Pepples!
    03-27-2012, 09:22 AM
I am certainly not a professional "show rider" but I have shown a bit. One thing I will say is that there are 2 ways IME they are ridden in the ring. They are either EXTREMELY sensitive to leg cues, or you have to squeeze the bejeezus out of them with your legs lol. One thing you might try to pay attention to is how you shift your weight when in the saddle, a lot of Rocky's are trained to shift gears to very subtle cues and that is one of them. The farther you lean back in the saddle the faster they go!
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