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post #51 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 02:39 PM
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I would like to politely disagree with "stay on him and learn to ride him." I took lessons, but then I ran a small riding academy with my OWN horses. Most instructors do not have the luxury of retraining the horses in their lessons. They are not the owners. I had a few horses that never had a beginning rider on their backs, but many students graduated to them because they required light aids, and they were quick to respond, which would scare a beginner.
This horse sounds spoiled and lazy. I wouldn't trust him. I know somebody that has a horse like this. My mare hates him. Only owned her 3 years but it's the ONLY horse she has come across that she vehemently reponds to. (She can be ridden by anybody, BTW--didn't break her, just bought her that way.)
The horse she hates is pushing 12 yo and the owner gets a "no" on lots of little things, and the owner gives in. His horse is a powder keg. I don't wanna be there when he explodes. He's an 18hh Fresian/TB cross.
MY original Hunter instructor would pull a student and get on to fix a problem if he saw the horse wasn't responding. We didn't have anybody hurt (that I know of.) We did have a "hunter graduation" where our teacher was the "Fox", some of us (me included), were the hounds, and everybody chased him around the Forest Preserve on an Autumn Saturday--1970's, you see. He had ribbons pinned on his back. If you found him and grabbed one, you got a gift from the tack shop. I STILL have my TB racing pin. **sigh**
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post #52 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by serafina View Post
...With him, the "one little thing" starts as soon as he sees you coming. He's such a hassle for everyone to round up in the pen that the barn had gone, for a while, to throwing his food in his shed and just penning him up in there to make him easier to catch...
Either get an explanation from the instructor, or go elsewhere. Problem solved. You're welcome.
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post #53 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by sarahver View Post
Fair enough, you may have a valid point in some instances. Before you cast aspersions would you kindly highlight which posts were rude and illustrate exactly why they were rude vs. stating a valid opinion without sugar coating.
The post that showed a picture of the rocking horse was pretty rude.

I think it's too easy for seasoned riders to forget they were too once a frustrated beginner. I doubt they came out of womb knowing how to ride.

When a horse is "bad" only for one rider - it is the rider.
There is a lot of truth to this. I'm sure there is a total lack of resIpect on the horse's part toward Serafina.
I know with my horse, my trainer said she doesn't respect the green riders. You have work hard at making her respect you.
My horse listens to intermediate/advanced riders, but will try every trick in the book with newbies. IMO, a horse that does this is not a very good beginner horse. She's maybe an advanced-beginner (if that makes sense) or intermediate level.

But had I been forced to ride her from the first lesson, I probably would have quit riding.

My trainer said that some horses see a rider with a crop and immediately they listen better. You may not even have to use the crop. The horse might see it and think "Doh!"
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post #54 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 05:15 PM
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SPOILED!!! I think thats what this horse is. Now, it could be something different but it sure sounds that way. It sounds to me that he is fine and comfortable doing exactly what he has been doing, and doesnt want anything else to do to change his routine. That all being said, it also does seems that there is something that you have been doing different than the other people who ride him since he only acts up with you. I think the one thing I would take from this experience is that he is not making you a bad rider...he is making you better. If you cannot adjust how you ride, or what habits you can change in a certain situation, that when you can classify yourself as a bad rider. I understand that this is not the type of horse that you want to be on, but imagine how much better you will be able to adjust and ride the good one once you get on him. You will appreciate him that much more and actually get more out of him as well. After you spend some time riding junk horses you actually will get a better performance out of great horses. Last thing to think about..."You do not have to like every horse, but you have to figure out a way to have every horse like you."
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post #55 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
The sun is shining and we should all go ride.

I did, I rode 6 today

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #56 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 05:43 PM
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FMFoundationQuarters, you got ME beat. I rode all of my 3 last saturday, and it wore me out. I'm REALLY getting old...
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post #57 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 05:44 PM
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I've been old.
I am going to ride today though.

Carpe Diem!
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post #58 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 06:02 PM
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Corporal - the sad thing is I didn't get my own personal horse rode yet today. He's getting his turn after my hubby gets home & the kiddo is in bed. I ride at least 4 a day, those that are in for training and if I'm not lame at that point I ride mine lol!
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post #59 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 07:17 PM
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This horse isn't a waste of riding time. Later on down the road you will realize just how much you have learned with him. With horses like him I like to play their game except I change the rules without telling him. If he wants to move off as you are mounting, fine, get him going and don't let him slow down. Same if he decides to trot without your asking. When he wants to slow down, tough noogies, keep him going until he's puffing. A whispered whoa will be enough to get him to stop.As a teen I rode many lesson soured horses and they taught me how to become a skillful rider and how to outsmart them.
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post #60 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post

Oh, and bad manors on the ground doesn't necessarily mean in the saddle.

Just wanted to say this is very true, since I've ridden several horse like this.
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