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post #11 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:50 PM
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Don't feel like an idiot! You've only been riding in lessons for 6 months, that's not a real long time. I just went to US Nationals and my horse blew his canter lead and we didn't make the cut, talk about expensive mistake! And to add insult to injury, he's so stinkin smooth that it's hard for me to tell without just about hanging upside down in the saddle to check. He's the ONLY horse I have trouble telling on, after 40+ years of riding, most of them feel really wonky when they're on the wrong lead.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:57 PM
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And I've gotten hurt by the saddle horn one too many times, plus getting hanged by my hoodie off of it. Haha The saddle tries to kill me.

HAAAH! I'm laughing with you, not at you! I have a 4 year old stallion who's just getting started under saddle and I went to mount him not too long ago. My old horse had a horrible habbit of swinging his hind end away just as I'd go to mount, and I could never get him to quit. So I developed the habbit of basically jumping to where I knew the saddle would be when I came down, to mount him. My youngster was standing there and I automatically jumped to where my old horse would have been, only my youngster never moved. I ended up jumping clean over the saddle and I got caught by my shirt on the horn and caught the inside of my arm on a silver concho, I still have the scar!

And I've ended up hooked by my bra after climbing up a steep hill. Gone to sit back down in the saddle and straighten up and found myself jerked up short because the horn slipped up underneath the bottom of my bra on the way up the hill. FUN! NOT!

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Oh, I know that manuever; the hung by your bra one. That is scary, not funny.

I got hung up on my friend's horse , by my pants waist on the horn. Horse reared, I went forward to keep my seat, my fat tummy pushed my pant waist over the horn., horse came back down and started to buck. Off I go but end up literally hanging on the side of a bucking horse, by my pant waist! Fortuneatly, it tore and laid me down so sweet in the arena sand. Softes landing ever, But for a sec there I thought "I am in real trouble here".
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And I've ended up hooked by my bra after climbing up a steep hill. Gone to sit back down in the saddle and straighten up and found myself jerked up short because the horn slipped up underneath the bottom of my bra on the way up the hill. FUN! NOT!

Well that bra did do its job and ''support''.
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Well that bra did do its job and ''support''.

SNORT!!!

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Hahaha I'm glad I'm not the only one that the horn tries to kill! It's really scary just dangling there not being able to get myself off.

So I had my lesson yesterday, but didn't do any cantering in the actual lesson. I get to ride a little bit after my lesson if someone is around, so I asked my instructor if I could canter. I really focused on where my body weight is and my leg cues, and we went off on the correct lead everytime. It was awesome. And I did feel how my hip would move with the leading leg. I think I have trouble because the horse's canter is smooth, but I don't know..maybe that would make it easier for me. Haha
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