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post #21 of 43 Old 04-02-2012, 10:51 AM
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In my personal opinion, one is never a good rider until you lose track of the amount of times you have fallen off a horse.

So you are one fall on your way to becoming a good rider. Falling off is a wonderful lesson that you don't easily forget.

But I think your trainer should have had proper tack for the pony. Sounds like you were more fighting that than actually riding. And if you don't have tack to fit the horse, jump on bareback!! If you want to learn balance, that's the way to do it, because you cannot rely on anything.

Really, a saddle and bridle actually are unnecessary, but they are helpful tools.


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shoot that's a big jump O.O I don't know that I'd stay on that with a saddle, let alone without!

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Oh my gosh, is that you? Whoever it is, she must have legs of steel.

I'm still working up the courage to jump cross rails bareback...
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In my personal opinion, one is never a good rider until you lose track of the amount of times you have fallen off a horse.

So you are one fall on your way to becoming a good rider. Falling off is a wonderful lesson that you don't easily forget.

But I think your trainer should have had proper tack for the pony. Sounds like you were more fighting that than actually riding. And if you don't have tack to fit the horse, jump on bareback!! If you want to learn balance, that's the way to do it, because you cannot rely on anything.

Really, a saddle and bridle actually are unnecessary, but they are helpful tools.


When I die and go to heaven, I will be able to ride like that. If I try to jump bareback, I may get there pretty quick.
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post #25 of 43 Old 04-02-2012, 10:54 PM
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Celeste, for what it's worth, when I was younger and really into jumping, I found it much easier to jump bareback than to try it in the AP saddle that I had at the time. I managed to get up to about 3'6" before I lost interest in it.

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Oh my gosh, is that you? Whoever it is, she must have legs of steel.

I'm still working up the courage to jump cross rails bareback...
Nope, not me. (Although I could claim it, right? )

It was a picture circulating around Facebook a day or two ago. I thought it was very fitting for this thread!

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post #27 of 43 Old 04-04-2012, 12:39 AM
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Actually, I have an even more embarrassing story for you...

This didn't happen to me, but I sure did laugh hard. When I first started riding at the barn I go to now, they had a client appreciation day full of games / food / etc. we were playing a game where we had to barrel race with a partner. The BO's son (who is a competitive Bronc rider) got on the smallest pony they had, who had been previously ridden by all the young kids. Started kicking his hardest to get the pony to go...and the pony bucked him right off...yes...the Bronc rider got bucked off a pony...

I will never forget that.
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post #28 of 43 Old 04-04-2012, 01:22 AM
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I have fallen off my pony more times in one week than I have EVER fallen off all the horses put together. lol.. Darn ponies lol

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I felt that way the first time I rode a (small) pony. It took us almost the whole lesson to canter a few steps, because I couldn't sit to her trot and the bounciness terrified me, so I kept pulling on her. Now, though, I've gotten used to her movement and I ride her once in a while. Trust me, once you get used to it, ponies are TONS of fun to ride, especially when you jump!

(The pony I'm talking about is the one in my avatar photo)

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post #30 of 43 Old 04-04-2012, 09:08 PM
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I think that it is more difficult to stay balanced with a pony because we stick up so high above their center of gravity.

I fell off of my pony about 200 times between the ages of 11 and 13. I finally figured out how to stay on.

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