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    11-30-2012, 08:20 PM
our first real ride...

Went AMAZING!!! So we rode with 4 others tacking up and riding around us. Military jets flying over us. The other horses were kinda spooky but Comet was completely calm. We even went on a trail she had never seen with the other riders. She was amazing for her training level. Our big problem is the bit. I don't think she has ever had one in her mouth. I have ridden her in a halter once before and she responded fine but we were in the round pen and it was for 10-15 mins only. I put a snaffle in today and she wouldnt do anything but walk forward. She kept tossing her head and was obviously annoyed with the bit. She would also fight the bit. It was quite annoying. She is greener than green and I think it is just lack of training. When I adopted her 2 very young girls were riding her bareback with a halter and lead. She is well behaved with people on her back. She obviously lacks the exposure To proper trail tack and I know that I need to get her use to it and responding all of the time but if anyone has some stories or advice to share Im all ears My trainer was with us and couldnt stop bragging about how Im her most improved student and that none of her other students could have pulled off what I have with my mare in such a short time. She told this to the ranch manager who relayed it to me Made me proud to hear
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    11-30-2012, 08:23 PM
My trainer gave me some tips and some homework but I like to hear and learn as much as I can from different points of views thanks ahead of time
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    12-01-2012, 03:52 PM
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    12-02-2012, 01:50 AM
Congrats on your first real ride!!! How old is Comet?
I got my mare at 3 yrs. Old with 30 days of riding, that was over 7yrs. Ago now. For the first 3 yrs. I rode her with her rope halter and a bareback pad, I did work with her for about a month in the round pen first before taking her out like that, getting her whoa and knowing she would stop when asked. Now I ride her with a saddle (90%) and a biteless bridle, we trailer our horses to different areas to ride, we have crossed rivers, gone on high ridges over looking valleys, steep up/down trails, through the bush.......it's too bad summer ended so soon this year LOL looking forward to more riding next year. We also go camping with our horses and meet friends at different equine camp sites......we don't ride too much in the winter anymore....we must be getting old LOL
    12-02-2012, 02:58 AM
Comet is a 9yr old Arab who was a pasture puff for the last 5 years. Her last owner never rode her and has no idea if she had ever been ridden before she got her. I have very little info on her history. Just hear say and word if mouth. I adopted her from a rescue and have spent the last 2 months doing ground work and round pen exercises. She really seems to trust me and looks to me for guidance when confronted with a new situation. I rode her with 2 trainers on the trail with us, just in case. She did amazing ither than fighting the bit and tossing her head. Military jets flew so low that everything was vibrating and my mare just kept walking while the expeirenced horse freaked and bolted. I ride green horses all the time but none pull against the bit like she does. Im very light handed so I know its not that. Our conclusion is that she never had a bit in before and didnt understand the cues. We are going to start back on the ground with bit training and if she really hates it then going bitless. As for the head tossing we think it will get better with time and exposure if not then we will try tie downs but hopefully the head tossing is related to the bit. Funny how she is ridable until you put tack on her lol She is also quite the personality to handle and is not for the faint of heart or softie cause she will take any chance to take advantage of someone and can be very pushy in the wrong hands. She truly is a good girl though. With me she is a perfect angel which is how I got her lol the owner of the rescue offered her to me since we had a strong bond. So I've actually been working with her for 3 months now.
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    12-02-2012, 03:43 AM
Would the bite be bother her teeth? Sometimes I've heard the wolf teeth will bother them with bites, I'm not positive though because I do ride biteless. Sounds like you have a really good bond with her.......have fun!
    12-02-2012, 11:18 PM
I was thinking about that... I'm going to look into that as her teeth need to be checked anyways since I have no prior records and am just going off what the last owner said for age and utd floating. I got lucky and we do have an amazing bond :) I was hesitant to adopt til I found the right match and I finally found her :)
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    12-03-2012, 02:33 AM
Congrats!! What an AWESOME feat, take pride!
    12-03-2012, 02:37 AM
Thanks :)
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    12-03-2012, 08:58 PM
Well we learned today that Comet is voice trained... explains a lot actually... say ho and she stops but pull the reins and she fights it, same with wall and trot. Now to use the voice commands to teach leg and rein cues. I like the voice commands, will make her bridle/bit training easier.
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