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post #21 of 25 Old 01-09-2011, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by mom2pride View Post
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.
Yeah, that's the way Ginger is. She has to have some ground work before riding... but my pride got the better of me (there was someone there that I don't like and I wanted to show off). Luckily she didn't see me, so I didn't have to deal with the humiliation....

Basically, the whole event was my own stupidity and pride, and not really entirely my fault. Just felt like whining to some horse people ;) In any case I won't be riding for a while anyway, pretty sure i bruised my tail bone... Unless is snows tomorrow because there is nothing like riding in the snow!
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post #22 of 25 Old 01-09-2011, 05:49 PM
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If it makes you feel any better, I honestly have no idea how many times I have been bucked off. I started riding racehorses at 16 and breaking them at 18. So many broken bones, concussions and bruises! But here is a more personal story (sorry for the language but it is contextual!):

The grey horse in my avatar is my once in a lifetime horse, I bought her in 2000 as a 4yo failed racehorse with a difficult beginning to life, to say the least. That horse spent six months throwing me off. The first time I rode her after I nursed her back to health (she was emaciated when I bought her) she bucked me off in the first ten minutes. I put it down to feeling good and she would get better after a couple of rides.


She bucked me off left right and centre for months. Once she bucked me off twice in 5 minutes in front of my little sister who was 9 at the time. My little sister was terrified when she saw the tears of fury/frustration appear in my eyes when I got up the second time - she thought I had hurt myself. Oh hell no I was just mad as hell. I hissed at my little sister "I'm FINE just help me catch that f*cking horse" ha ha. Got back on and kept going.

I can't put my finger on it but after about six months of pure hell we turned a corner and she ended up being the most amazing horse I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I could take her anywhere and do anything with her - we did mainly three day eventing and she would jump anything, run through water and go anywhere I asked without even hesitating. She would be trembling with excitement sometimes and it seemed that she could barely contain herself, but she would, just waiting for my next command.

So hang in there, many of us have been in your position and it sucks at the time, believe me I understand! But when you come out the end and have a horse that is truly a partner it will be well worth the blood, sweat and tears.

All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.

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post #23 of 25 Old 01-10-2011, 05:18 PM
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That horse in your avatar is beautiful sarahver and I'm glad that there are still riders like you out there that will stick it through with a 'difficult' horse and in the end have a perfect companion. My first horse that I owned was an appendix mare that was bought at an auction by a friend of mine to try to sell for a profit. When she realized she didn't have the time to put into it, she just wanted her money back so she sold her to me for $600. I was the only person that got on her that didn't get bucked off! I couldn't get her to canter with me on her back for the life of me, and I only rode her around in the pasture because I had no one to ride with. She had some bad experiences...apparently the person who sold her at the auction had picked her up somewhere along the way and just trailered her from auction to auction until she was sold. When my friend bought her, they couldn't get her into the trailer. They ended up putting a long rope on her halter, running the rope through the trailer and out one of the windows and hooked it to the back of their pickup truck. They put the truck in drive and kept steady pressure on the lead until she couldn't fight it anymore and was yanked into the trailer. She came in so fast that she hit her head on the front of the window the rope was coming through and cut above her eye. So, when I had her, that was the one big thing I was working on. I would take some hay and treats and just go sit in the doorway to the trailer and try to get her to come as close as possible but I never got her to go in. When I finally had to move her to a new barn, I found one that wasn't too far away and led her was a few miles so it was a LONG walk. She was a little barn sour and she was panicked when I tacked her up and led her away from the barn so when I mounted her she tried frantically to turn back to go to the barn. Since I heard stories of her bucking people off for that reason i decided to play it safe and not ride her to the new barn. Once there, she shut down. I couldn't get her to move on the lunge line, couldn't get her to move with me on her back. The woman who owned the barn tried to ride her and she nearly got bucked off. So it was a sad day but I realized I didn't have the time to put into training her and told the woman who owned the barn that if she found the RIGHT home for her, she could give her to them. Not long after she came across a family who wanted a horse for their kids, they had cattle too. Seemed nice so she said they could take her for a trial. They pulled their trailer up and she walked right in. The BO said she couldn't believe it, thought it was a fluke so she led her back out and walked her back in with no problem. The new family took her home and she checked on them later. They said she's the best horse, her kids ride her around the pasture bareback and she's awesome with them. I'm sad that I couldn't keep her but it sounds like she found the perfect home anyway. Hopefully one day I will get MY horse of a lifetime!
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post #24 of 25 Old 01-10-2011, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by hflmusicislife View Post
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 am just realizing this now with my guy. He has tried to buck me off 3 times was biting and charging. I almost traded him away but I stuck with it and now we are on the road to success!
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post #25 of 25 Old 01-10-2011, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by musicalmarie1 View Post
... Is a horse that listens consistently.

Sorry, that horse does not exist, but I think that's what makes them so rewarding to ride, at least when they are not depositing us on the ground. It happens to all of us. Sometimes it just comes down to gravity. There sure seem to be a lot of spicy horses this winter, especially in the bucking category.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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