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    03-16-2012, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
You have made great strides! So happy for you & glad your horse is doing well, too.
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    03-17-2012, 06:13 PM

Went out for a 2 hour about 5 mile trail ride today!!! Me and the big boy did pretty good. A couple of little jigges but nothing I couldn't work through with him. The only thing that really seemed to scare him to death was a kid on a bike. Kid wouldn't slow down as he came at us and Mac really didn't like that and he danced around pretty good. I know we have a lot of work yet to do but today was a huge milestone in our adventure together!!!
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    03-17-2012, 06:37 PM
Green Broke

My horses don't like kids on bikes either. So that is a pretty normal fear.

Glad to hear you had a great ride!
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    03-17-2012, 07:02 PM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    

My horses don't like kids on bikes either. So that is a pretty normal fear.

Glad to hear you had a great ride!

Thanks :)

When I first got him I was warned that he hated motorcycles and would run the length of the field to try and catch it. I never thought he'd be like that with a regular bike lol.
    03-18-2012, 08:54 AM
That is fantastic!!! Call out to the bike riders to talk to you...that might help when he knows they are people
    03-18-2012, 09:31 AM
Hi, I'm sorta the same way about trailriding out, my heart doesn't race or anything I just can't seem to relax and I start thinking of all the reasons not to ride that day. I finally just got a mare and she is doing so great, I have friends who took her out and my husband and they are all telling me she is a great ride. I'm pretty sure that what I'm afraid of is I don't ride well enough and its going to be just like it was with my gelding, with a confident rider he did awesome, and although I'd ridden him on trail rides and nothing went wrong, when I was at home and he spooked, I was able to pull of the one rein stop but lost my balance and decided to let gravity take control and not fight to stay in the saddle. It took probably 6 months for the ache in my shoulder to fade away and although I was proud of tucking in and not trying to break my fall and attempting the one rein stop, the aches and pain from it was a constant reminder of my age and mortality
    04-16-2012, 08:58 PM
Well after much soul searching and tears I have let my Percheron go... It was not an easy decision but one that I truly feel was the best for both of us. He has gone to an amazing home where they are experienced with the big guys and he will get not only lots of love but lots of training. They plan on using him for events. Not sure which yet but will depend on his aptitude as they work with him. The woman is amazing and keeps in touch so I am very happy for him.

And I guess things happen for a reason... My dream horse basically feel into my lap... a foundation QH 15.2 golden Palomino!! Though I still have some anxiety, I have gotten out and ridden him a few times on short trails. We spend time doing ground work and bonding. I know I still have work to do on me, but now I have a horse that is better trained and more forgiving of my mistakes and he seems to know I'm nervous and takes care of me... so the adventure continues.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement... Was hard to see my Big Mac go... But he will be much happier I'm sure.
    04-16-2012, 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by tecara    
Well after much soul searching and tears I have let my Percheron go....
OK, this is cool: while reading the first paragraph, I was thinking "you should consider getting a Quarter horse" and then, in the second paragraph, that's just what you did!

Congratulations and I hope this is the beginning of a great relationship with your new companion!
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    04-16-2012, 09:53 PM
Congrats on your new boy. It is so important for you to be comfortable. Sounds like a win for you and a win for your big guy!!!
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    04-17-2012, 10:43 AM
Tecara, I'm so proud of you for trying so very hard and working on this! Like you, I'm struggling with riding issues due to a bad fall last year. I just recently got back on my QH mare Cody for a very short ride around my own place. Even though Cody wasn't the one who threw me(and she was so very good!) I'm still very nervous. I plan on taking some lessons to help me get over feeling so tense. It also helps tons to read threads like this and know that I'm not the only one who feels this way.

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