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post #51 of 78 Old 04-27-2013, 01:49 PM
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I don't care how other people ride and I won't say a word unless they ask or a horrible accident is about to happen or happening and I can save someone from an injury(even ask my husband! LOL!) I think that is the polite thing to do. Unfortunately Gunslinger, the folks you rode with recently felt the need to push their ideas onto you and your wife rather than just enjoying the ride. But if asked I will give my unprofessional advice and opinion.
I do strive to improve my position and way of handling my horses because I like bettering myself and helping my horses get better. Some of it is show related but some of it not. I like a horse that feels effortless under saddle in the show pen, branding pen or outside. But I am not one to shove it down someones throat if they ride with me and I hope I would receive the same respect.(unless it was a work situation of course)
I think we all strive to improve our way of handling our horses. That said, I'll never be a jockey in the Kentucky derby, I'll never win a rodeo, reining event etc.

I'm in no means opposed to lessons, but do believe experience is often the best teacher.

In the case of young ladies who don't have the means to support themselves much less a horse they can still enjoy riding without taking lessons. Yea, they might not live their dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, but they can still dream, and enjoy the ride as well.

Like I've said before, I drive every day but I'll never race in the Daytona 500. Most people won't either.
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post #52 of 78 Old 04-27-2013, 02:45 PM
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We have all run into the pleasure riders who's only goal is to take their butt for a ride and the horse is the means to do that.
Hats off to anywone who wants to improve their skills and communication with their horse. Horse and rider will both be better off. Even a few lessons help but if that is not an option there is plenty of education information available...television, DVDs, books. And lots of "doing." You also have to be open to listening to what your horse is telling you. And never be afraid to ask for help. We all make plenty of mistakes along the way and hopefully we learn from those errors. With all the "learning" I've done I should be a genius by now!

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post #53 of 78 Old 04-27-2013, 03:31 PM
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We, (my wife and I) ride most weekends simply for the joy it brings.

What's important to us is the joy of the ride and being on the trail together. So, we know we're doing it wrong, but we don't care. Ignorance is bliss. We do it for the simplicity of it and could care less about a flying lead change.

We got horse snobbed a few weeks ago on the trail. My wife asked this lady and her husband to ride with us.....I already knew they really didn't want to ride with us, and told my wife that. The other lady that we ride with every weekend said "oh no...I don't know which horse to bring" she has four from a peanut roller to a quick racking horse. She and I both knew what was going to happen...and it did....

They told us to meet them at a certain location and then they showed up about 45 minutes late.....with a certain local horse trainer.....rode with us for less than half a mile...told us our horses were riding us.....offered to give us lessons.....

The funny thing is, they can't ride with anyone anymore because who ever they're riding with has a horse that makes there's act up.

My reply was something to the effect of "we rode 20 weekends last year and almost 500 miles, how many did you ride?

We won't ask them to ride with us again....We enjoy our horses, to bad they can't enjoy theirs. I don't intend to take my trail riding and turn it into something that's going to take the fun out of it.

It's not rocket surgery.

Wish we lived closer. i'd ride with you guys any day of the week! my kind of riders.
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post #54 of 78 Old 04-27-2013, 04:21 PM
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Here is an example of the sort of tip a good instructor might give...although in this case, it came via HF instead of an instructor. A minor detail in tacking up, yet apparently a significant one:

Does a lift front wither relief pad really work?
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post #55 of 78 Old 04-27-2013, 09:27 PM
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@ oldhorselady......... I think you need to come up to Oregon and we can ride our big blacks together,
Your's may make mine look tiny, lol.
That would be most awesome Nvr!
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post #56 of 78 Old 04-27-2013, 10:07 PM
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Personally I think "enjoying your horse" is the most important thing, and it's relevant to what you enjoy. I respect people who only want to trail ride. I enjoy trail riding, but I am a competition junkie. I get my thrills from showing. I also respect people who only ride dressage, or jump, or only ride western pleasure. All sports require a lot of preparation and skill, but just not the cup of tea I want with my morning danish. Love watching though.

I'm with Cowchick, don't tell someone they ride "wrong" unless it's dangerous....

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #57 of 78 Old 05-09-2013, 03:16 AM
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My wife and I came together because of horses, and I have been riding longer than she has been alive ( I am her "old man" in more ways than one). But she is a dressage trainer and instructor, and I am just an old cow hand from Texas. It took us a long time to ride together cuz I just knew she would be all "hold your hands this way" or "position your feet thusly" etc. We had a very pleasant ride, we rode for 8 or so hours through the national forest and across a couple of ranches. When I finally mentioned it (much later), she said it wasnt broke so why should she try and fix it. Maybe not an answer for the OP, but I love telling the story
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post #58 of 78 Old 05-09-2013, 08:49 AM
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"position your feet thusly"
Just because this made me

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #59 of 78 Old 05-09-2013, 01:10 PM
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I didn't ready every post, and this may have been brought up, but it's not really the "chair" seat that would make a horse bolt, or booger---it is the tenseness or squeezing that would make the horse bolt....all of my horses know that when my feet move forward and I sit deep in the saddle and "relax" that means stop AND get ready to back up, or slow down considerably...so I am with bsms on that; conversely, when i put more weight in my stirrups, lean my shoulders forward, and move my left hand up their neck that means pick up speed until i sit back and move my hand slightly back....when i actually squeeze my legs and put both lower legs on them--that means go real fast without hesitation....(i also point my toes downward during that sqeezing motion. I don't know if that's the "correct" way to do it, it's just how I was taught and how it works for me...my legs are almost in constant motion is seems--either holding up a shoulder in a turn, or pushing a shoulder through a turn, or a hip in /out, etc...so, i probably look like a disaster while aboard and chasing cows!
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post #60 of 78 Old 05-09-2013, 06:46 PM
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My wife and I came together because of horses, and I have been riding longer than she has been alive ( I am her "old man" in more ways than one). But she is a dressage trainer and instructor, and I am just an old cow hand from Texas. It took us a long time to ride together cuz I just knew she would be all "hold your hands this way" or "position your feet thusly" etc. We had a very pleasant ride, we rode for 8 or so hours through the national forest and across a couple of ranches. When I finally mentioned it (much later), she said it wasnt broke so why should she try and fix it. Maybe not an answer for the OP, but I love telling the story

Can I tell my side of the story??

When we went and rode through the national forest, I was waaaaay more focused on how handsome my future husband was, and how nice his butt was as he sat in the saddle, and how nice it was to be with him, to worry about his hands or his feet being 'thusly'. He looked like every picture of the 'cowboy riding the range' we all fell in love with as young girls. He could have been wearing clown shoes for all I knew.

Point is, enjoy your ride. I can honestly tell you than when I ride with my 'old cow hand' husband (and he is older than me :) ) I am much more into spending time with him than I am about his propriety in the saddle.
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