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post #1 of 5 Old 09-21-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Excellent new exercise at lessons today

My coach had poles set up in the arena. Near the end of the my lesson (she always throws something different in a the end to intrigue me), she had me drop the reins, so no rein contact. My exercise was to weave the poles just using my seat & legs. Surprisingly to me, we did this quite well. Then she had me circle every pole, horse lost focus a few times, but not bad. I did this at a walk, but at the end of the lesson, me & the horse were sweating. Lots of work & concentration on that exercise. Oh yeah, bonus, when I got home I had to park the trailer & unhook myself because I needed the truck to get to work. Usually my husband does this, so if he is not home I just pull in & park the whole rig & let him take care of it later. He was at work & took my car. So I had to back it up, turn a bit & park it. I suck at backing this new trailer, but I figured it out & parked it in about 10 minutes. YES, finally conquered the trailer fear.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-21-2011, 09:32 PM
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Sounds like a great day. I love the sound of the exercise sounds like good fun, and WHOOT for overcoming the trailer fear. I can hook up and unhook, but the backing up isn't good
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Thank GH! I know the turning part (turn steering wheel opposite way you want to turn), but then I would usually end up getting a jackknife turn. Secret is once you got the trailer backing in the direction you want to go, you straightened out your wheels (I had to open the door & look at them) and trailer will carry on in that direction. Hooking & Unhooking isn't a problem, I used to consider my self an expert with a two horse straight haul years ago, when I switched to stock trailers & slant loads, my expertise was nil.
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OMG! You will be backing up everywhere now! It's so much fun once you get the hang of it. I love it when guys think that me (as a woman) can't do it! Sorry guys.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-21-2011, 11:34 PM
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Well, I think I'd give you a big gold star for the trailer backing and all. I don't have a trailer, nor have I ever driven one, but I know that I would surely be buffaloed by the backing and all. Heck, I gave myself a gold star for just putting a new halogen headlight in my car (kind of tricky) instead of waiting for procrastinating husband to do it. Isn't that lame?
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