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    05-31-2012, 07:20 PM
Well you kind of have weired friends if they tell you to pull on the reins and kick at the same time... so they think telling your horse to stop and go at the same time is the right thing to do.... hmmm, instread of using the reins to much I prefer using a crob or stick to correct minor or even major mistakes.... If my horse does not want to move forward I squeeze my heels in and if there is no reaction to that (which is really rare) than they get a good tap on the butt and you will see how my horses move forward! I am not a big fan of people only using the bit and reins to correct their horses... I totally avoid that kind of riding in only using rope halters....
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    05-31-2012, 08:34 PM
The ONLY time I ever correct horses using the bit is on trail rides. When the horse I'm riding attempts to eat I pop him in the mouth. I wouldn't use it any other time, especially not as a correction when they rear, that just seems unnecessary and cruel.
    05-31-2012, 09:54 PM
OP, out of curiosity... do your friends barrel race?
    05-31-2012, 10:33 PM
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I have given broke horses who should know better a pop in the mouth as a form of discipline. Just one little pop. And they smarten up and move on. It also depends on what they're doing too. Like, if they're being hot and trying to take off, I'll give them a good pop in the face, because they more than likely know better.

I would never do that to a greenie though, I have all the patience if the world for greenies, not so much horses that have been around the block.
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    05-31-2012, 10:49 PM
I wouldn't use the reins, or at least I have not been pressured into doing it If it makes you uncomfortable that you did it, then just don't do it again. I like the post about backing them up and flexing them, it usually works with mine.
I know how you feel though when you get in a group and there is pressure to get going or people are telling you this is how you do it, it can get uncomfortable.
    06-01-2012, 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by soenjer55    
OP, out of curiosity... do your friends barrel race?
Yes it is a barrel racing-based girl's club and we all do it for fun. (we're all in middle or high school) We also do trail rides, parades, and other stuff on the side but we mostly just go to rodeos together and hold our own barrel race and playdays :) It's really fun, but as always with teenage girls, there's some drama and disagreement among us :/...

Not all of my friends at the club are bad riders, but I will say some of them are :/... A few of them are really respectable riders, though. But a lot of the younger girls think they know what they're doing but really don't... lol
    06-03-2012, 05:25 PM
Ah, I see. I just asked because the majority of the people I see doing that are barrel racers... lol. I wish I had a group like that, though- I can barely find one horsey friend, much less a group who does the same discipline!
Lol, I've noticed the younger the rider and the less experience, the more of an expert they are
    06-03-2012, 06:08 PM
Originally Posted by soenjer55    
Ah, I see. I just asked because the majority of the people I see doing that are barrel racers... lol. I wish I had a group like that, though- I can barely find one horsey friend, much less a group who does the same discipline!
Lol, I've noticed the younger the rider and the less experience, the more of an expert they are
Yes I love them for the most part :) We don't all live in the same town. There are girls from as far as an hour away, but they haul their horses in anyway because it's really fun! We meet once a month somewhere (like somebody's house that has an arena or a park with trails or something like that) and we get together and go to shows and rodeos together too every once in a while. It's fun!

And yes, most definitely! The experienced riders OBVIOUSLY ride wrong, and their own beginner antics are totally correct and the best way to ride!! Duhh! (not...)
    06-03-2012, 06:24 PM
Ugh, I'm jealous. My parents got divorced when I was 12, and then my mom went to nursing school, and then the economy happened, so we've never had the time or money to even think about that kind of thing :/
I used to be a beginner know-it-all... Now, the more I learn, the more I don't know. It's difficult to deal with those 'experts', lol- I end up hitting my head against the nearest wall, which I need to stop doing seeing as I happen to live with one who likes to have expert beginner talks with all her expert beginner friends... lol.

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