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post #1 of 8 Old 01-23-2013, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Changing how i ride my horse?

so now is a bitter sweet time for me and my horse :):
WARNING: this might be a little bit of a story of us kinda thing haha!

I have had my mare for almost 2 and a half years, working hard to get where we are now. We have trained hard every week (we do a lot of hunter on the flat, a little dressage, and a little equitation ) going through many shows [lower level] every year. I am so proud of how far we have come! Although she is extremely stubborn, has a bad attitude, AND takes 1 step forward and 3 steps back with everything, I am still proud of what we have done:)

What is happening now though, is that my families income simply cannot cover the monthly board fees anymore, and we have to move my mare somewhere else. LUCKILY though, my grandparents are cattle owners and breeders, have a large and beautiful barn, and have over 300 acres of land! So we are going to move her there (where board is free)

On the other hand, upon moving there, I will maybe get to see/ride her only 2-3 times a week, and we will have no ring to ride in until the spring when we build one (other grandparents are in the ground grading business). We also do not own a trailer so will have no way to go to shows any longer, and cannot afford a trainer......

So I was thinking I am just going to pleasure ride from now on.... trotting and galloping over the land at my grandma has actually sounds good:) there was always that one part in the back of my mind during strict training with my horse that said "you don't wanna be doing this" . Now I feel that just riding for fun will be a good thing for us:) maybe?

So I wanted to get some advice from you all who may have gone through the same thing?? Ya know, is it as good as it sounds? Or will she loose everything we ever worked for and it be a complete disaster.... also I have heard the rumor ( not sure if its true ) that just pleasure riding causes your horse to loose lots of muscle and eventually become sway back?? I turn away from this though because no matter what work your horse is getting (dressage to pleasure ) it will still be working its muscles! I hope that's not true xD

Buttt yea sorry about the length! And thanks to anyone who actually takes the time to reply hahah :))
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-24-2013, 12:03 AM
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Just having a horse to ride and enjoy isn't the end of the fun. It's actually pretty awesome! If you have the skill and knowledge, getting out of the ring and into the real world is just as much a challenge and you can take your time to enjoy it. Hmmm, cattle=check. Horse=check. Sounds like a good recipe to learn cow work ;)
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-24-2013, 12:22 AM
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Pleasure riding does not cause away back. That is from riding to young, caring too much weight constantly, or being constantly used as a broodmare.

Going from arena to riding outdoors can be a problem for some horses. Do you ride outdoors, not in an outdoor arena but like out on trails already? Or is all of your riding been in an arena?

It doesn't have to mean your horse will lose what training you have accomplished already. You can still work on maneuvers, just won't be in an arena. If you stay consistent with what you ask and how you ask, your horse shouldn't backslide.
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Pleasure riding does not cause away back. That is from riding to young, caring too much weight constantly, or being constantly used as a broodmare.

Going from arena to riding outdoors can be a problem for some horses. Do you ride outdoors, not in an outdoor arena but like out on trails already? Or is all of your riding been in an arena?

It doesn't have to mean your horse will lose what training you have accomplished already. You can still work on maneuvers, just won't be in an arena. If you stay consistent with what you ask and how you ask, your horse shouldn't backslide.
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Thanks! And yea I knew the main reasons that it came from, but I had heard that rumor through the grave vine sorta thing and just wanted to clear it up hahah :)

And no we do allot of trails now:)) she is fairly spooky, but its something we have been working on lately and she is getting better! She actually likes trails better than work, we just try to focus on training ya know??

But yea we will deffiantley hope for keeping most of our training still in tact:)
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I've never done arena riding, as for the horse loosing muscles that is not true. It depends on what type of trail riding you do......we ride in all kinds of terrain, lots of hills up/down, through rivers, through bush and it's funny when we are in the bush and there's a opening in the trees my mare always turns to look to see what is there.....she loves trail riding!

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I've never done arena riding, as for the horse loosing muscles that is not true. It depends on what type of trail riding you do......we ride in all kinds of terrain, lots of hills up/down, through rivers, through bush and it's funny when we are in the bush and there's a opening in the trees my mare always turns to look to see what is there.....she loves trail riding!
yea! My grandmas farm had many hills and creeks to venture to! And we have just gotten word that he plans on building a ring for us (best grandpa ever <3) , so I will have someplace to practice if trail riding ends up not being as suitable for us as I would have wished:)
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It sounds like the beginning of fun for you and your horse.
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