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post #1 of 5 Old 05-03-2014, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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huge confidence breakthrough today~!

I still can't believe it.

Magic saw the dentist this morning and had a wolf tooth pulled [I paid for them both to be removed over a year ago so I don't know what it was doing still being there but never mind... and yes it was one of the ones that were "removed"] so I can't ride her with a bit for a while, but this dentist doesn't use sedation so she was otherwise fine to be worked.

So I jumped on with her halter and lead set up like a sidepull. Yes, I had my saddle on her... I don't do bareback on a 3 year old Thoroughbred! And we went out for a trail ride. After trotting on a loose rein for a while I thought we could have a go at a canter.

AND WE HAD A LOVELY LONG CALM CONTROLLED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY CONFIDENT CANTER. I'm very nervous in canter after having had a number of falls that could have been very nasty [but luckily weren't, worst I've ever had was a hairline fracture in my humerus up near my shoulder combined with a moderate concussion - but that fall could have killed me had I not been wearing a helmet so I consider myself very very lucky] and today I WASN'T worried about her taking off or failing to stop when asked or spooking or any of that, I just calmly rode the canter.

Best trail ride I've had in a very long time! Magic is NOT a trail pony, she much prefers the arena, but today's ride was a very pleasant experience for both of us so I feel like it's a huge breakthrough in my confidence issues. Just a matter of time now before I'm confident enough to actually ask for more impulsion and not just sit there and ride it!
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How wonderful! Do you think she was different due to bring bitless..
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I don't think it was the bitless factor, no. I think it was me more than her. She's a very sensitive horse [comes with the territory... red TB mare] and my moods affect her a lot. I'm a nervous trail rider because of the number of bad falls I've had while trail riding [never really had a nasty one in an arena] and I think because of that, she hasn't really had a confident leader. And today I was the confident leader that she needs.

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I'd try the bitless again and see what happens. Some sensitive horses just prefer them. Mine does.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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Had a go at trail riding yesterday with a bit in again and she was fantastic again

Definitely not the bitless, it's more of a change in me.

Unfortunately for what I compete in at the level at which I compete I actually CAN'T go bitless, it's against the rules. Dressage has to be bitted at any level and jumping/xc you can't go bitless unless you're competing under Equestrian Australia rules. I'm not up to that level yet. I compete under Pony Club rules.

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