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post #1 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question fearless?

is there anyone else who will get on anything (horsewise) and do anything? Or am I the only one.

Techniquly I do have, when a horse starts rearing of course im scared, but that wouldn't stop me going over a big jump with it.

I will get on anything? There are some younger horses that im only just allowed to ride some of my friends are hesitant but I just jump right on.

Is anyone else like this?
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 10:01 AM
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I think a healthy respect is necessary and comes with time and experience (perhaps a few broken bones as well). There is a big difference between confidence and cockiness. Being confident with a young horse is one thing; being cocky is a completely different story.
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I don't consider myself cockie because I have never got on a horse when I thought I was in danger. For instance one of thease such horses is a bit spookiebut that doesn't stop me riding him, if I knew he threw people off, I wouldnt ride him
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I don't really fear horses or getting on a horse that I have no clue about. But I do respect them and understand what they are capable of doing to me. If im at an auction and someone asks me to jump on a horse, im going to play with it a bit to evaluate it then make my decision to jump on. If its wild and crazy, ect ect then no I know my limits and im no miracle worker.
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obviously I always respect that a horse is a animal and can be unpredictable.
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post #6 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 12:22 PM
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I don't know where you live but here in the rural west if you made a brag like that you would be expected to back it up. The horses you would be expected to ride would not be just spooky either. I think you have limited experience and when you get more years behind you the sillyness of your statement will make you laugh. There are few horses that I would not ride but it may take me a week or two to get them safe enough for me to ride. If I didn't have that time I wouldn't ride them. Just jumping on anything with hair is a good way to end up confined to a wheelchair with someone wiping your butt for you. Poor judgement is not to be confused with good horsemanship.

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When I was young and dumb I was fearless(stupid).

Fortunately I've lived to become smarter and a better rider/trainer. I'm hoping to continue that trend, so no I don't "jump on" anything. I know my limits and my goal isn't to prove that I'm "crazy/fearless/stupid" it's to improve myself and the horses I ride or work with.
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post #8 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 12:41 PM
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Just jumping on anything with hair is a good way to end up confined to a wheelchair with someone wiping your butt for you. Poor judgement is not to be confused with good horsemanship.
Agree.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 12:49 PM
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knowing your limitations is a part of growth when you are dealing with , training and riding horses. It is an intelligent person who asks for help and tries to formulate a satisfactory outcome rather than live life by default and hope all works out in your favor.
You need to consider your strengths both mentally and physically and though I would applaud your bravery , I do wonder how much ground work you are getting these horses to do before you get on them... No one wants to see you or hear about you getting hurt but horses can be unpredictable and you need to introduce yourself to the animal first and build a trust and friendship and gain their respect as a leader/trainer .
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post #10 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 01:34 PM
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I don't know where you live but here in the rural west if you made a brag like that you would be expected to back it up. The horses you would be expected to ride would not be just spooky either. I think you have limited experience and when you get more years behind you the sillyness of your statement will make you laugh. There are few horses that I would not ride but it may take me a week or two to get them safe enough for me to ride. If I didn't have that time I wouldn't ride them. Just jumping on anything with hair is a good way to end up confined to a wheelchair with someone wiping your butt for you. Poor judgement is not to be confused with good horsemanship.
Couldn't have said it better. You apparently haven't been around enough horses to realize that there are some you just don't get on unless you want to get hurt.
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