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        08-30-2010, 03:51 PM
      #1
    Trained
    The AMAZING ride thread...

    So, I wanted to share my awesome ride experience from today, and figured, why not ask for everyone else's amazing rides, as well?

    Well Monday's are one of my days off, so I usually spend the morning at the barn (before it gets overly warm). I decided to do some "trail" riding...which where I live, really means riding along the streets, hahaha. I also need to get my girl's teeth checked (she's tossing her head a bit with her bit in), so decided to ride with just our halter, as well.

    In short, she did AMAZING!!!! We went under FOUR underpasses, encountered tons of crazy yapping dogs hitting the fences as we rode by, we 'busted' our own trail, in which she was getting grabbed by tiny trees, snagged a peice of wire at one point (couldn't see it, as it was in long grass), and all she did was scoot foward until the wire let go of her tail...no buck, bolt, or side step...just walked forward a bit faster. We also encountered tons of big noisy trucks, and had to stand at a few stop lights. She was SO awesome, and relaxed through the entire ride...I think I'm going to stick with the 'bitless' way even after I get her teeth checked out, as there was such a difference in her general attidude. She was almost a peanut roller at some points, hahaha. No pics, sorry...hard to ride and shoot!

    So anyone else have a super awesome ride lately?
         
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        08-31-2010, 02:07 AM
      #2
    Super Moderator
    That was an amazing ride. I would never brave such urban boogeymen. You think the bitless part was the reason? I have never ridden bitless. Gotta try it sometime.
    I have had rides that were just amazing. In such times it's when I am doing as much "listening" to my horse as I am doing asking. If I don't necessarily have an agenda for what we are going to do, but base my decisions on how my horse feels, that's when we have a good ride. One thing that I find really rewarding is when I am working on some "schooling" in an arena , when my horse gets it right, I quit asking, even if I am tempted to try it again. He is so happy to be done and go back onto the trails. The next time we come into the arena, he usually remembers the stuff. It's important not "overwrite" success with mindless stuff. The last place (mentally) that you leave your horse is the place he will remember. Don;t overwrite a good one with one worse.
         
        08-31-2010, 03:44 AM
      #3
    Foal
    Fantastic, and a great day off you had... How I wish I could visit the barn sometimes....My schedule is really tight for this couple of months... anyway, I think it is not about the bitless part the reason why this and why is that.....Not just the horse did amazing but both of you did amazing thing...the ride is worth than a thousand bucks~ :))
         
        08-31-2010, 01:54 PM
      #4
    Foal
    That is awesome. Makes my ride feel like nothing but I'll share anyway.
    I haven't had alot of time to ride my 3 year old (about once or twice a week). At this point it had been a week since the last time. I hopped on her bareback with a halter (first time like that outside of an arena) and headed out to the open field (litterally miles of nothing - prairies) and loped her along the field and she was amazing. Normally with a saddle she is always trying to go faster (totally still listening just asking) but bareback she was perfect. Had the perfect western pleasure lope going on, it was amazing. Now I'm not sure if I want to go back to a saddle. Took her out again bareback and was working on alot of different stuff and it went so good. Love my horse.
         
        10-18-2010, 09:56 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Figured I would drag this up, as I had a pretty cool ride today.

    I had been riding my mare, Flicka, for quite a while at a local arena, just working on basic stuff; lots of lateral flexion just because she's been so tense in her neck for so long, and now that she's got some flexibility I'm making sure to continue. Anyway, so I had been doing some flexing and she finally got to the point where all I had to do was pick up on the rein and she would literally plant her nose on my foot!!! Sweet! We've also been working on our leads quite a bit...still on a circle, but she gets them pretty much everytime now, and will maintain it going all the way around the arena. We popped over a tiny crossrail jump a couple of times, and she seemed to enjoy it, but I really need to get a bigger AP saddle so I can do more of that, as all I ride Flicka in right now is my western saddle. For a while we stood in the middle of the arena, leg propped over 'side saddle style' (something I would have NEVER tried last year!Hahaha) and watched this other girl canter around on a horse that had NO stop...they were working on lead changes, but I thought, good grief they have much bigger problems than lead changes with a horse that has to have his mouth hauled on to get him to stop!

    At any rate, the best part of the day came when this other lady came to the arena with her andulusian, and we had been riding around kind of ignoring each other for a bit, and then we stopped and chit chatted, and she made a comment that I looked "one with the horse, that we seemed to understood each other"...that was pretty cool.
         
        10-23-2010, 01:06 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    That is an awesome story! I'm glad that you and your girl had a blast!

    One amazing ride for me, it wasn't actually what my gelding did but what he didn't do. I use to board at a Eventing barn and they had 80 acres, most of it was the cross country course. I worked Barney in the outdoor for a half hour and then decided to take him for a short hack on the course. The white tail deer were sure moving that day, and on our way back, I heard a few moving and saw them run across a bit in front of us, he didn't see them. Usually if he hears or sees them he'll squat and duck to the side (hence what he didn't do)
    I saw where they went but as I was coming past where I thought they ran into, I turned my head and in the bushes there were these 2 sets of eyes staring at me, I was so close to these whitetail that I could see how wet their noses were. They didn't move and Barney never noticed so to me it was amazing to be that close to them like that!
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        10-23-2010, 01:33 PM
      #7
    Started
    Wow, your horse sounds like a gem. =] Glad you had a great time!

    I rode my horse out back a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at how well he behaved. For the first time, it felt like both of us were having fun, it wasn't just him putting up with me. He even took off cantering up the little trail in my back yard, which is pretty unheard of for him. He's usually so grumpy and lazy... But for once I think he actually enjoyed it. I rode him back to the barn and he didn't even try to rush. He stopped right in front of the barn and stood still while I got off. He can be a real gentleman when he wants to be.
         
        10-23-2010, 08:39 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Our ride through the Rockies north of Whitefish Montana was amazing. Great friends, beautiful scenery, and a great day.



         
        10-23-2010, 08:51 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Okay mk70, very jealous of where you got to ride!

    A few weeks ago I took Walka out (hadn't ridden him in a year) on the trail ride a friend and I were hosting for our trail riding club. Yes, he was very tight when he saw all the horses. But he listened to me. Had to turn him in a circle to keep him from getting too close to the horse in front of us. After a short time he started to rate his speed better and listen to my seat. Before I knew it, I was moving him with my legs without going to the reins. Had a nice drape in the reins about an hour into the ride (ride was 4 1/2 hours, not including break for lunch).

    I was so pleased with him, and he got an A for the day. Love to see that all that training and time payed off. He tries so hard for me and just likes being with me especially on the trail. He's always the first at the gate when he sees me. Like a kid saying "pick me, pick me!"
         
        10-23-2010, 08:56 PM
      #10
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Walkamile    
    Okay mk70, very jealous of where you got to ride!

    A few weeks ago I took Walka out (hadn't ridden him in a year) on the trail ride a friend and I were hosting for our trail riding club. Yes, he was very tight when he saw all the horses. But he listened to me. Had to turn him in a circle to keep him from getting too close to the horse in front of us. After a short time he started to rate his speed better and listen to my seat. Before I knew it, I was moving him with my legs without going to the reins. Had a nice drape in the reins about an hour into the ride (ride was 4 1/2 hours, not including break for lunch).

    I was so pleased with him, and he got an A for the day. Love to see that all that training and time payed off. He tries so hard for me and just likes being with me especially on the trail. He's always the first at the gate when he sees me. Like a kid saying "pick me, pick me!"
    This ride was an 8 hour ride near the Canadian border. There were 12 of us and the weather was PERFECT. We ate lunch on a bluff overlooking a deserted mountain lake. Eagles and elk were seen all day. All the horses were ranch horses from the BarW ranch and they were excellent on the trail. Mine ( Buster) wanted to tailgait the horse in front in narrow stretches, but after a few corrections, learned a proper distance. A great day. After the ride, we shared ribeyes and cocktails back at the ranch. A wild poker game ended the night.
         

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