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post #11 of 19 Old 02-20-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!

I do really well in my lessons with the Lease Owner, I feel like I can do everything she coaches. Just being able to ride a really well trained horse who knows how to be on the bit, be soft and supple, round his back and use his hind quarters plus know how to half halt, is like learning how to ride all over again, haha.
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-20-2013, 10:22 PM
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Good for you. We have all been there.

And you wrote about your experience so well, I bet it encourages others who have been in that situation or will be.
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post #13 of 19 Old 02-20-2013, 11:47 PM
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Oh heck, don't worry about the leadrope thingy. It's a minor thing, good for a chuckle, if you ask me. Silly horse, he shouldn't panic over stepping on his lead rope. He needs to step on it MORE not less. Let him work it out and get over himself. Just say to yourself , "oh cut it out! Get a life, you silly lil bugger!"

then go get him and start again.

Same with the spooking. He's being silly and needs to get over it. Say to yourself , "this is so boring". (this helps when your mind is feeling just the opposite, wanting to make a big deal out of something).

You'll look back on these incidents and laugh, in a few months. I bet you'll be twice the rider you are now, in a year!
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-20-2013, 11:57 PM
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It is always an accomplishment to be able to reflect on "bad" experiences and figure out what there is to learn from them. Don't feel bad - you had a problem, you did the right thing asking for help, and you will hopefully continue learning and having progressively better experiences as you go along!
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post #15 of 19 Old 02-22-2013, 12:55 PM
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You might do some groundwork with him, to gain his respect if anything.

The spookiness issue definitely needs to be addressed. It was a silly thing for him to freak out about, but imagine if you had been on his back, and he wanted to back into a ravine or steep ditch? I've had that happen- it isn't fun! Any horse will benefit from being sacked out every once in a while. We have a 19-year-old, sane-as-they-come type of horse at my barn. He spooked at something one day, and the owner was just livid. She thought he was doing it to spite her, which is silly. Horses aren't humans. You can't put human emotions like jealousy and spite on a horse. There's usually, "Get the heck off me!", "Hmm, this isn't so bad." or, "You're irritating, but I'll tolerate it." They're not "plotting their revenge", lol!

Don't worry. You're doing fine!
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-22-2013, 01:06 PM
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Don't feel bad, your lucky to have her to tell you what to do and when. A lot of us that buy horses have to figure out all the buttons ourselves. Sounds like you did good asking for help.

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post #17 of 19 Old 02-22-2013, 01:23 PM
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We've all made seemingly stupid mistakes. But how are we supposed to know what to do if we don't know what not to do? I tend to learn a lot more about a horse by seeing what hasn't worked with them and adjusting the training to fit what does.
What most people have trouble with is riding the horse the way a horse knows how to ride. People will often expect a horse to understand what they are doing rather than taking the time to understand how the horse is cued to do things. So asking the owner for help and trying to ride the way the horse knows is an amazing quality and will ultimately help you be a better rider than if you'd just given up and moved onto another horse. It gives you a versatile riding resume and you also learn that not every horse is a lesson horse trained to be push button. You've already learned to think about the horse which makes you a much better rider than more than half the people I've given lessons to.
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post #18 of 19 Old 02-22-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you.

It really threw me off because I know she has put a lot of money, time and effort into keeping him into being a great horse, and I didn't want to ruin him. I didn't want to give him bad habits, because I know that if I had my own horse, that's what I would be afraid of... I was just trying so hard not to mess up. Kind of ironic.

But it is really putting my butt in gear to brass up, so to speak and just do it, instead of worrying about making mistakes. I really like how he rides, his cues are so simple and I feel that I can get them under my belt soon, hopefully. With what I remember, I'm going to practice on the Team horses I ride, so that I can hopefully engrain it better.

His spookiness is probably that he doesn't see me like a leader-- don't blame him. I didn't act like one.
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-22-2013, 09:10 PM
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People nowadays seem to forget that even a deadhead, kid broke horse will try things with someone that they feel can't control them.

Has nothing to do with training. Has to do with horse knows it can do it.

And so it does.
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