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post #1 of 4 Old 10-15-2011, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Trainer Tune Up!!

Last Saturday my horse chipped into a LARGE swedish oxer resulting in him literally crashing through it. I flipped over his head and ended up with a mild concussion. However, i got back on and attempted to school him over the darn thing a couple more times. But he wasn't having it... he refused and i was too shaken and ruined to do anything about it.
My trainer explained to me that, whenever i'm ready to start paying for a couple schooling lessons, she will get on and tune him up for me.

Now, i like to think that i'm a pretty good rider. When he came to me, he was hot, rude, and out of shape. Since i've had him he's learned a ton... as have i. But then something like the Swedish Oxer happens and i freak out and think of how much i'm NOT doing for my horses training.
I don't know it all by any means. But on Thursday i paid my trainer to school him, and today in my lesson he was a different horse entirely. ENTIRELY!!
He was even, and responsive, and brave, and willing, and... the list really does go on.

So while i am going to work six jobs to pay for any extra schooling lessons i can possibly afford from my trainer, i am wondering if any of you folks out there have the same sort of situation?!
What is it about an honestly good trainer, that makes a horse a honestly good horse?? Especially when i'm running around thinking i'm an HONESTLY GOOD RIDER!!

Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-15-2011, 09:16 AM
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numbers, Its like doing taxes, You can go through the directions, read the books, and not find any single thing particularly hard, but it takes you forever and you get done with yours.
A tax prep person does hundreds of them,
Same with a trainer, you work with one horse, sometimes you overlook things sometimes not, always good to get an outsider looking in. They will see so much more than you will.
Also being a trainer they have worked with many horses and can fix things alot quicker as they have seen alot more and know more about what works and what doesnt.
My horse is at 4 days of ground work trianing as I type.
I got hurt in Sep so my horse got some time off with no work. Then I worg tugboats so am gone two weeks, and I plan on going on a long camping trip ride as soon as I get off. My guy had a lot of issues when I got him and he has come along ways. I just didnt want him to regress because I couldnt work with him. As long as he gets some ground work and messed with pretty regular he keeps getting better and better for me.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-15-2011, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Forest through the trees, i suppose!
I tend to manage one thing at a time with my horse. Where as my trainer can manage the ENTIRE horse. she can get him to soften, round, extend or shorten his stride, and everything else all in one moment, while i would have been sitting in the saddle just trying to focus on getting him to trot around without his nose in the air.

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-15-2011, 12:24 PM
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Accidents happen, but it's up to us, as the riders to ask ourselves why it happened.

I had an accident, and it wasn't my horses fault, it was 100% rider error. I was shaken, of course I was, and because I lost my confidence, so did my horse. If my body was saying "I can't" he read that, and said "Neither can I".

It took me gaining my confidence back and re-solidifying myself, to obtain that team we were before the accident occured. I had to fix myself first, I had to regain that strength and that confidence, and by doing that I obtained a strong, confident and powerful horse.

I like that my Coach can get on my horse, and can discover how my horse requires to be ridden. I like that he can get a good feel for him, which can then transfer to my lessons.

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