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    07-18-2010, 10:36 AM
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What if you have ridden the same horse for 5 years and you are so attatched to it but you have to ride a new horse now in the shows ?????

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    07-18-2010, 10:39 AM
Green Broke
Why can't you ride the horse you rode for 5 years??
    07-18-2010, 11:06 AM
Then you get more experience! :) riding lots of different horses is a good thing. Not every horse is the same so you will be challenged each time you mount up on a new horse.
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    07-18-2010, 03:02 PM
Green Broke
Then I would be glad that I have the oppurtunity to gain more experience.
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    07-18-2010, 11:55 PM
GREAT!!! You should leap at the opportunity to ride a different horse. Riding the same horse continuously will put you into bad habits, and you can start to find riding other horses difficult. Riding new horses as much as possible will add to your 'toolbox' of problem solving skills, as you can't ride every horse in the same way. I try to ride as many as I possibly can, and now it takes me no time at all to adjust to a different horse.
    07-19-2010, 12:01 AM
I jump at any opportunity to ride another horse...hahaha! So, I think you should hop on and enjoy the ride, and gain some experience along the way. I know riding the same horse can be great, because you know him, but riding a different horse can be just as rewarding, as he can help you with your riding even more.
    07-24-2010, 11:35 PM
Its very fun to ride different horses :) I love riding my lazy stubborn boy because I know him so well and I trust him! But I aslo ride others. If your scared then say to yourself..."why am I scared?" some of my friends at my old barn said these are some reasons:
1) what if this horse hates me?
{your not always going to get along with every single horse you meet. As long as you respect him/her it will respect you or at least won't set out to hurt you :0}

2) I have never fallen off before...what if this horse causes me to fall?
{well we all fall! You have heard my many stories because your my because ;D out of every fall I always got back on. Some falls...actually, are mostly caused by the rider. The most of the times I fell were refusals of jumps. That was my fault because I was not confident and I was not balanced and ready. The horse refused 3 times....I fell three times...this was at the TROT. Sooo myyy fault. Then there is times when a horse spooks and you could fall. This is not yours or your horses falt. It is just one of the little things of ridng like you should all ready know! You have been riding since you were 4! And the last which would probably be the only time when it is the horses falt would be when he disobeys your comands like the time I fell hard with brodie cantering and I tried to circle and he cross-cantered and went the oposite way unexpected and I fell. Falling happens but once you get the first one done....you feel better about it!}

3) I love the horse I rode before...

{well just because you are riding a new one doesn't mean you can't go back here or there and ride Dancer again. It truly depends on what you want to do. Walk-trot or anything. Loving one horse then riding another is dificult but If you truly want more riding time and further your skills then it is good to expand. :) }

4) showing a new horse

{ BE CONFIDENT! May I remind you cousin that you are not showing her until next year??? You have the whole rest of the summer and winter and spring to bond with penny! And you and I can ride together! It will be awesome! Even when It comes to showing, I will probably show brodie too. It is going to be new to me but you are used to shows! Just look at all the accomplishments and not so accomplishments with dancer. The good times and thebad times. With a new horse there is going to be NEW memories, new experiences awaiting you. Just be confident, believe in yourself and have a good time with her :) }

Oh and if you are not scared at all or some other thing, then all I have to say is, WELCOME TO THE LIFE OF RIDING. I know you have been riding longer than me and know alot and I'm sure a lot more than me, but I have gotten to know a few good minds. They taught me alot and they are helping me learn! Caroline and Kiara have helped me alot! Even Marci! I have learned what to feed horses, horse health, new training techniques, and so much more! I am not the greatest of riders, I even sometimes get the nerves on a ne horse because I do not know it or their vices. So what I'm trying to say is, I'm not the best rider but I'm willing to learn, and even the BEST of riders are learning NEW things about horses everyday! So go out and have fun alyssa because you should experience all the horse world has to offer!!

YouR older cousin ;D
    07-26-2010, 10:28 AM
Why can't you ride the horse youve ridden for 5 years and if you can't you just have to accept it unfortunately. It will provide you with good experience though and just because you have to ride a new horse doesnt mean you have to forget the other one.

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