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        11-16-2013, 12:44 AM
      #21
    Foal
    Anytime I get to ride my mare Dixie is amazing. She's a sweetie.
         
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        11-16-2013, 01:03 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    My most memorable moment was when I final could jump by horse bareback and not get off balance. Also when I stopped being scared of falling off while going bareback.
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        11-17-2013, 06:00 PM
      #23
    Foal
    It's difficult to pick just one, but the one that sticks out the strongest in my mind is just the other week....I've had to retire my jumper mare due to health and soundness issues at 7 years old (OTTB who got her knee sliced open by a machete thanks to a disturbed former neighbor....followed by lymes and arthritis...) anywho, she's basically been a walk-around-on kind of horse for the past 2 years. On a good day, she's happy to trot...but any attempts at cantering result in her basically gaiting, trying to avoid moving....she's clearly in pain.
    Anyway, the other week, she was doing amazing wt and was extending like she did back in her show days. So I asked for just a bit more, and she moved into a comfortable canter...and didn't want to stop. I was so ecstatic to canter my mare again...24 hour turnout, pulling her shoes and devil's claw have given me hope that I might have a trail-sound horse :)
         
        11-17-2013, 06:17 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
    One of my most favorite and memorable moments happend in June or July. It was the Red Dirt Ride Equestrain Drill Competition, and for our theme we were knights! We had these hip drops over our horses hips, but as w were doing a crack-the-whip, the outside rider's fell off, and amazingly her horse did spook. But, when that went out into a circle, the horses really noticed it and the girl's horse infront of me spooked and dumped her. I was SO not wanting horse going loose, so I ran forward, blessed that my paranoid ole' mare didn't spook at the hip drop on the ground. We caught him at the other end of the arena, and I have never had a quite the adrenaline rush ever before! Its amazing that they got a photo of it!
    Wow!!! What a save, MangoRoX87!!! You look sooo calm - can't help but chuckle at the whites showing in those horse's eyes...looks like they stayed relatively calm for you, though.... I'd have an adrenaline rush after that as well! :)
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        11-17-2013, 06:50 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Although I find something special on every ride I've had a couple of moments that I'm just proud to death of my horses for.

    One was on my mom's gelding who even after going through a fabulous trainer to work through his past abuse and neurotic behavior sat in a field for four years. I decided to bring him up and start him in dressage (which he'd had some prior training in) and after weeks of working him on the ground I finally got back on him. There was no buck, spook, or anything. I decided to see if he remembered anything at all from his previous training and sure enough I cued for a side pass and he hopped into action, he collected himself and did it at a walk and trot like we'd been working at it for ages. I was so proud of him that day.

    The other was when me and my mare were taken to go look for a missing horse. She'd never been on a highway to my knowledge so I was a little apprehensive to ride her on the stretch that we had to cross (we were on the side in the grass to sway any fears) and she plodded along like an old pro. That day we covered probably around 14 miles throughout the day, she ground tied several times for a long while and didn't move a muscle, even gave a pony ride to the kids in a family who'd been in a small car crash and were shaken up until her big old head ducked down and nuzzled them, galloped over fields and crossed all sorts of terrain and when we found the horse herded it back. I've never been more happy to be on a horses' back than I have hers.

    I recently was given the okay to ride again despite the initial doctors thoughts that I would never be able to ride again, and it would only be a maybe after many years of therapy. The minuet he said okay I climbed up on her back and she walked and trotted like she was walking on broken glass. Anytime I said 'whoa' or 'easy' she stopped instantly and looked back at me. Every time I ride her I feel so proud.
         
        11-17-2013, 07:41 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Pretty easy answer for me. I'm a six month beginner and after getting my post-trot down during that time,my instructor asked me to get a strong trot going and ask for the canter. It was simply unbelievable. It was the first time I actually felt like a "rider".
    A bit bouncy around the track, but I didn't care. I was riding.

    What a great sport !
         
        11-17-2013, 09:55 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I have 3 that are tied.

    1. I had an old Arabian gelding named C.J. He was 24/25 when we got him and I took lessons on him for a summer with my mom who was recently getting back into riding. C.J. Was my first horse (before I'd owned a pony). The pony was a stubborn little piece of work but C.J. Was 100% perfectly trained - pivot, sidepass, flying lead changes...he had all the buttons, I guess the lady who had him before us competed on the national level or something with him. Anyway, he was such a good guy. He was the first time I cantered. I was over the moon haha.

    2. Same horse, C.J. And I were on the trails on a group ride and we were all loping along on a wide stretch of path and some idiot kid comes out of no where with a dirt bike right in front of us and C.J. Swerved to the side, I lost my balance and he moved back and tried to catch me and finally just stopped and I fell forward on his neck and landed on my back in front of him. He had been shuffling his feet when I fell and I looked up and just saw his on hoof right above my head and then I saw his nose poke over his knee and he moved his hoof to the other side of my head and just looked at me and waited for me to get up.

    3. My current horse, Sonny, when I test road him on the trails the day I brought him him home. His old owner (my mom's friend) new speed was important to me, so she got on her her horse and we raced - just the two of us. Both horses are barrel horses that she'd trained herself from the time she bought them. She bought both when they were 2 and I got sonny when he was 15. I love to go fast and it was just fantastic.
         
        11-17-2013, 10:23 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Mine was this past summer.

    I'm a newbie eventer, and so is my horse. Last summer we went to our first recognized event, which meant that the cross country and stadium are timed. At this point we hadn't gotten around a cross country course without one stop at a fence.

    So I'm in the box, and they count me down, and we go. Then all of a sudden we are over the last fence, and I realize, oh my god, we made it over every jump for the first time every. Then I was like oh crap this is timed! And we flat out galloped through the finish.

    Then I threw up.

    And we got third at our first recognized event!

    Best moment ever.
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        11-20-2013, 04:03 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Probably when I got up at four in the morning to be out on the trail when the sun came up. Glorious.
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        11-20-2013, 04:26 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    The single best would be when I got on my BO old OTTB stallion. He's gone now(died of liver cancer) but was 11 at the time. I was feeling like a daredevil and my crazy BO gave me permission to try him out. I'd ridden him a bit bareback, but it was his first time wearing a saddle in 9 years, and first time ever in anything but a race saddle on the track. I lunged him a bit and hopped on. It was magic. We could read each others mind. He did everything I asked, before I consciously asked for it. I ended up going for a trail ride on him that day with a few other boarders, all on mares, two of which were in heat. We cantered through the falling October leaves, and it was magic. At one point a rider got dumped, and all the other riders galloped off in pursuit. I stayed with the fallen rider as his mares rode away. Perfect gentleman.
         

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