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        01-07-2011, 09:45 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I gotta say, I feel your pain. When I was younger taking lessons, I never fell off...well, except for the time that my horse tripped and did a forward roll and almost landed on top of me. But, I 'knew' all the lesson horses. There was the pinto that wouldn't move unless you had a crop in your hand. You didn't have to use it, you just had to have it. The appaloosa that really liked to GO but was fun to ride and not dangerous. And, my favorite, a little gray mare who was just plain awesome but was nervous at her very first show - which I got the honor of introducing her to - and refused a jump only because I couldn't get her to LOOK AT IT and I had to circle around and then she did it. But NOW...there are these horses that I'm riding...the one who tries to yank the reigns out of my hands so hard it caused me to pull a muscle in my back once. And gets mad when he's 'done' and refuses to go FORWARD and throws his head up and goes backwards. Or, the TB who got 'excited' and took off at a gallop across the field, stopped short and changed directions and off I came. Or how about the arab cross who thinks there are monsters lurking in the bushes at the back of the riding field waiting to jump out and snatch her, or the poles that 'mysteriously' move to new places and she's terrified of them. Sigh...I just think 'what happened to all the 'safe' horses?!?!'
         
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        01-07-2011, 10:21 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by rottenweiler    
    And gets mad when he's 'done' and refuses to go FORWARD and throws his head up and goes backwards.
    Ginger does this same thing. If she doesn't want to go forward, she'll just walk backwards until we run into something-- even if I have her head turned, she just keeps walking backwards. Gotten better about it, though. I've decided I think I want my next horse to be a finished western pleasure horse. That's what my mom has and she's fantastic.

    Actually, now that I think about it, the other horse that I've been thrown off of was another halter horse- turned- trail horse. Hmmmmm.....
         
        01-08-2011, 01:59 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    You've only fallen 5 times? I'm jealous! 2 summers ago I went bareback with my horse. The amount of falls was.... hmm... let's just say I lost count after 10... I think I've fallen about 20 times since owning a horse, and I've only owned for 2 years. I'm not a horrible rider (or at least nobody tells me I am, they all say I'm pretty good), I'm just good at being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Kudos to you for getting back on and handling her well!
         
        01-08-2011, 02:13 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Oh, you don't want to ride easy horses! That'd be so boring! Anyone can ride a horse that just plods around the ring and does exactly what you want. It takes some real skill to stay on a challenging horse ;) But trust me, I know how you feel. My mare can be a real brat. She's like me in horse form; we're both insanely stubborn and get frustrated easily. Sometimes when I ride her I get SO angry, and just give up. But I don't think I'd be any happier on an easy horse. Think about it. When you finally get something perfect, and think of how long it took you to get it right, it's so much more rewarding knowing you had to work your butt off to get there than just have it handed to you. At least that's how I see it :)
         
        01-08-2011, 02:28 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by musicalmarie1    
    Ginger does this same thing. If she doesn't want to go forward, she'll just walk backwards until we run into something-- even if I have her head turned, she just keeps walking backwards. Gotten better about it, though. I've decided I think I want my next horse to be a finished western pleasure horse. That's what my mom has and she's fantastic.


    Actually, now that I think about it, the other horse that I've been thrown off of was another halter horse- turned- trail horse. Hmmmmm.....
    With the backing up thing just sit straight up, relax, and keep your leg on and lighten your hands. I had a horse that would do the exact same thing so I would do exactly what I just told you and thought "I can back up all day," and just sat there until he stopped and went forward. As soon as he went forward I would take my aid off and just continue on.

    With horses you have to ride as if you have all day, even if you don't, and things tend to go faster.
         
        01-08-2011, 06:41 PM
      #16
    Showing
    Hey, horses DO have bad days too. To me it sounds like a case here...
         
        01-09-2011, 01:09 AM
      #17
    Trained
    She probably just needs that extra bit of ground work prior to a ride, especially if she doesn't get worked often enough. Some horses are just a little more 'frisky' when they've had time off (my mare is), and so it is a good thing to make sure they are listening to you before you hop on.

    Hahaha...I agree with Velvet, in that a super consistent horse would be boring...Lol! NOT that I like bucking, rearing or any of that nonsense (though sometimes it just happens), but I like to know my horse is still "alive" and still can act like a horse from time to time; plus it gives me an idea of where I may need to tweek things, as when a horse is "perfect" all the time, you may not see bad behavior coming until it slaps you in the face, or lands you in the dirt.
         
        01-09-2011, 02:09 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I have fallen off more times then I can count...well at some point I just stopped. My horse is a good girl and I love her very much but she is the brattiest horse ever as well. It was nice here too and she was acting up a couple of times as she didn't want to do things I wanted to do.

    Falling off is a part of riding. You have good days and bad days. The horse you ride will keep teaching you about different things and you just gotta listen and learn.

    When you leave to go see your horse throw your saddle in the car and ride and obviously take it back.

    Happy riding!

    I understand where you are coming from.
         
        01-09-2011, 02:11 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by hflmusicislife    
    Oh, you don't want to ride easy horses! That'd be so boring! Anyone can ride a horse that just plods around the ring and does exactly what you want. It takes some real skill to stay on a challenging horse ;) But trust me, I know how you feel. My mare can be a real brat. She's like me in horse form; we're both insanely stubborn and get frustrated easily. Sometimes when I ride her I get SO angry, and just give up. But I don't think I'd be any happier on an easy horse. Think about it. When you finally get something perfect, and think of how long it took you to get it right, it's so much more rewarding knowing you had to work your butt off to get there than just have it handed to you. At least that's how I see it :)

    I LIKE THIS!
    So true!
         
        01-09-2011, 03:43 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    One of the best lessons for my position was a lesson I fell off three times during. Because all three times I sorta just popped off due to lack of balance. Now I have fairly good balance because of that one lesson. I didn't fall off any other time I rode that crazy pony.

    Now, I ride a horse with just as much experience as I have. We learn together. Its great when we succeed, and it sucks when we fail, but when I get on a know-it-all horse, I ride them like a champ, even though the last time I did that was 5 or so years ago.
         

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