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    07-08-2008, 02:54 PM
Originally Posted by Curious George
Oh that's awesome!!
It always great to know.
When I learned to ride they made us brush our horses, but they where actualy already brushed it was more for the experience or somthing?
But yeah, that's awesome!
It's very likely :)
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    07-10-2008, 03:45 PM
That's cool. :)
Take what you can and learn what you can.

At the moment I can't find ANYONE in my area with a horse I can practice on. I think I'm going to die if I don't starting riding again! :o Bad times for me right now.

So if someone offers you the use of a horse, or even just the chance to spend some time with one -- take it!
And have FUN!
    07-12-2008, 12:15 PM
Back from my holiday - thank you, everyone!

When I get to the stable, I hang around until my instructor's there (I always arrive early, lol) and then we both go down to wherever my horse is. He's usually tacked up already by one of the girls who work there, but if he isn't, my instructor will do that quickly. At the end of the lesson, if he doesn't have one after, he's led back to his stall and untacked, and I don't know what happens then. I've helped untack him once or twice. I think it's a case of just needing to ask to be taught how to do things - but going along with a friend who boards there to look after her horse is an easier way than asking my instructor xD

My friend who's experienced with horses and has just started riding there goes into group lessons. She has to tack, untack, and briefly groom and check over her horse herself.

My last lesson (my seventh half-hour one) was, technically, my first jumping lesson. I talked about it here. We worked some more on my canter, and then rode in jump position in walk and trot. After that, it was going over poles, and then the second pole was replaced with a tiny cross rail that my horse jumped.

Luca's a thoroughbred x hanoverian, 17hh. He used to belong to the owner of the stables and was used for dressage - she's an excellent dressage and showjumping rider and trainer. My friend had him for a few years, but now he's owned by the stable owner again as she's off at uni, and she has him out on loan over the holidays. I haven't met him yet (tomorrow!), but I'm looking forward to it. My friend describes him in terms that seem to be applied to every male creature I've ever met, from my hamster to my friends: "Bit stupid but very very affectionate."

DJ EndurancE - I know what you mean about just spending time with horses. I don't get to ride often, and I certainly wouldn't ask to have a go on Luca, but it'll be great to just spend time around him and learn about other things too.
    07-13-2008, 09:45 AM
Re: Learning to groom horses :D

Originally Posted by claireauriga
The other day I learned that one of my old school friends now boards her horse at the stables where I ride - another friend from school used to, but now boards closer to her home. Anyway, the first friend heard from the second friend that I want to learn more about looking after horses, not just riding them ... so the next time I'm up at the stables, she's going to start teaching me how to groom her horse, Luca.

Unfortunately, this won't be for a week or more because I leave for a week's holiday in, oh, five or six hours, but I can't wait
grooming the horses I ride is one of my favorite times. My riding teacher let me ride any of the horses she didn't need . So I never had to rush through grooming. I don't know how to explain it other than it was theraputic for me. No matter what happened that day or how upset I was, i'd start grooming, and it'd all go away. Then i'd get to ride and that of course was the best part. I hope you feel the same.
    07-13-2008, 02:55 PM
It was great fun! Luca is really, really big, but beautifully put together and very well-mannered. After introducing me to him, I gave him a good brush with the curry comb and Charlie (my friend) followed after me with the body brush. Then I did his face with the body brush and gave him a good scratch on his chin, which is his favourite place for cuddles. He loves all attention, though - he just stands there and lets you rub and brush and give him love.

After that, Charlie showed me how to pick up his feet and I cleaned them out. I was doing his hind hoofs and he started leaning on me, being lazy, so Charlie told him not to be so silly and he stood up straight and was a good boy.

Then she gave him a going over with the fly spray, which he doesn't like, poor baby xD She puts it on her hand and rubs it gently into his face because he shies away. After that, we gave him a carrot and fetched his tack, and Charlie quizzed me on all the parts of the saddle and bridle before we tacked him up. I put his boots on and Charlie explained some of how the leg works, and all the tendons and bones and stuff down there.

After that, we headed down to the outdoor arena and she showed me all the fun stuff they can do together. He's a dressage horse, so she was doing all sorts of things. I don't remember the names of anything other than 'shoulder-ins', but he was doing all sorts of lateral work, backing up, pirouetting around his forelegs. He can't do it from his hind legs yet; they end up sort of turning about his centre of gravity xD She also showed me collection and extension and did lots of flying changes, and showed me all his paces and we talked about what she needs to work on with him and what she needs to work on with herself and didn't just show off what she can do but showed me how she gives the aids for it and stuff too.

After that, we took him back, untacked him, and gave him a wash. He's scared of the wash room, so we took a bucket down to his loose box. He still didn't like having the little sponge near his head, so Charlie told him not to be such a baby and we gave him another carrot as a reward for being brave enough to be bathed. After that, we gave him his dinner (he'd been looking at us all afternoon as if to say, "Two people and NEITHER of you have food?! Poor me!") and said goodbye.

It was great fun, and Charlie wants to watch my next lesson xD Luca is so well-mannered, I wasn't scared at all. I'm terrified of animal teeth, especially big ones, but she had me sticking my thumb in his mouth to get the bit in and all ^^ He did what was asked of him when you asked it, and if he got in your way you just gave him a gentle push and he stepped right out of the way.

All in all: LOADS OF FUN
    07-13-2008, 05:41 PM
Sounds like a wonderful horse! I hope you get a chance to ride him sometime. :) I know I'd love to!

Any change you could upload a photo?
    07-13-2008, 06:15 PM
I think he's way too good for me to ride. Aside from staff and Charlie, he's only used in one lesson, by a really good rider - a clumsy beginner like me wouldn't be good for his training, would it?

I don't have any photos, I'm afraid.
    07-13-2008, 08:29 PM
Originally Posted by claireauriga
I think he's way too good for me to ride. Aside from staff and Charlie, he's only used in one lesson, by a really good rider - a clumsy beginner like me wouldn't be good for his training, would it?

I don't have any photos, I'm afraid.
I bet if you asked someone would let you ride him while under supervison. You could learn the basics and who better then luca. He sounds like he'd be very patient. But always remember it never hurts to ask what's the worst that can happen they tell you no. So you wait and ask again later.
    07-13-2008, 08:46 PM
I'm normally pretty good at giving things a go and asking, just to see if it's possible - but in this case, I wouldn't want Charlie to feel obligated to say yes because she's a friend of mine. If I was talking to one of my instructors or someone I didn't know so well, I'd feel more comfortable asking. I wouldn't be upset by a negative, but I wouldn't want her to think she'd hurt my feelings xD Charlie's very much a direct, forthright person, but still - I'm more hesitant to ask something like that. If the stable owner and Charlie both keep him out of lessons and so on and only let him be used by really good riders, I think that's kind of a hint that they don't want a duffer mucking about with him xD
    07-14-2008, 01:45 AM
Sometimes, well trained, well tuned dressage horses (like the one you spoke of) are better for beginners to work with, once they (the rider) have all the basics down. (Which will come from those old, slow, docile riding school ponies. )

This can teach the rider to tune up to the horse's level, instead of tuning down the horse to the rider's level. However, you should have some supervision, at least while starting out -- or you may end up getting confused about certain cues and "tune down" the horse to where he loses focus, and turns into that riding school pony. (I've done it, LOL!) :P

But once you figure out the fine-tuned riding -- it gets REALLY FUN!!! 8) The best way to learn it is on a horse that's already well tuned for you.

(And just a side note -- I have NOTHING against old, slow, docile riding school ponies -- our children would be lost without them! But they're not going to give you the real, deep, true horsemanship experience you'll get from working with young, energetic, and spirited horses. (I'm 19, and it took me 3 years at a "kids" riding school before I finally figured out it was PAST TIME to move on to higher things.) Now I've discovered real horsemanship, and I'm REALLY having fun! )

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