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post #1 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Two weeks ago, my mom had talked to my instructor about having me ride other event horses so that I could better understand how they compared and contrasted with my own, and to prepare for my HB and C3 in Pony Club. At first I though "Okay, this is going to be fun.. my horse has been a stinkbutt lately.." , but after a week of riding almost 10 different horses (2 or 3 a day) I have realized that it was way more than that.

By riding more horses I have learned:
-to respect my OWN horse more because even though he is not always perfect...he is much more willing and trusting than some of the others.
-how to evaluate my rides with more understanding and description than previously.
-how to become a better rider. Each horse had their own ups and downs, and I had to adapt to each and every one of them. One horse like to put his head down at the walk and trot.. so I had to sit up and sit deep (something I am not always good at). One horse had a cold back and was a hunter that didn't like to accept the bit. I had to learn to stay off of his back and use light contact because of his sensitivity, but also work on keeping him supple and relaxed so that he would learn to accept the bit. Others required more leg than mine, and some rushed into the canter.

So, if you ever have the chance to ride another person's horse (but not a crazy one!) then I guarantee you will learn a lot about yourself, your own horse, and the way that other horses are ridden.

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 09:36 AM
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Absolutely, and good for you! Riding more horses than yourself, teaches you so much - you learn feel and how to conform to each horse that you are on, learning how each horse is an indavidual with different buttons and different "how to's".

I love how you learn so much more, by riding different horses on a regular basis, it's a great learning tool - for yourself.

Congrats on your huge leap forward, and keep it up!

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 01:00 PM
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Until I started riding other horses I didn't realize how much two horses could be so different. It's absolutely crazy when you start riding a bunch of horses and have to change your riding with every one of them.

Good for you! And keep it up! I believe riding lots of horses is the BEST way to improve your riding.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 01:07 PM
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i have always been the one to ride multiple horses and i love it because of that exact reason i learned something new with every horse that i ride. Plus its fun to mix it up every once in awhile

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post #5 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 01:19 PM
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I second that motion!
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 02:11 PM
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I agree 100%!!!

When I was riding with my old instructor, I, for lack of better words, thought I was the isht. I could ride better than 90% of the other students, and I was given the priveledge of caring for my lesson horse all by myself when I was there. The one thing I didn't take into account was Annnie, my lesson horse, was a 22 year old been there done that horse who wouldn't hurt a fly. The worst she would do was walk to the center of the arena and stop if you weren't paying attention to her.

Then I switched instructors (purely out of financial reasons), and I met Maggie and Lily. Maggie was a horse-hating 4 year old with quite a bit of work to be put into her training. Lily was a 7 year old spooky, energetic little mare.

I rode Maggie once and she about brought me to tears because she did a quarter of a rear and then crow-hopped twice. I rode lily and she brought my patience to a thin thread by spooking at just about everything and refusing to stand still.

But after a summer of riding those two, I learned more about horsemanship and riding than I ever had in my four years of riding Annie. I truly believe riding multiple horses is the way to become a true horseman.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 03:49 PM
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When I was in mounted games squad, we rode at least fifteen different horses every training weekend. We had about a minute to warm up and read the horse before going into a race - because at most mg comps you are on loaned ponies.

Absolute best learning experience.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 04:05 PM
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i totally agree. every week for my lesson i ride one of six horses i can ride at the barn and it really is a great learning experience. for a long time i had just been riding super broke, lazy horses and i got away with not paying attention. when i started riding different horses, i had to completely adapt to a whole new set of rules. ive fixed alot of bad habits by riding different horses.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 10:43 PM
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I LOVE riding other horses! In fact, I jump at the opportunity to ride others horses because it is sooo much fun! I totally agree with everything you've said. After dealing with my friends horses and their issues, I've learned that in many situations, my horse is much easier to deal with! I think it's also good for the horses, so that if they think they can get away with something with one rider, another rider can get on and show the horse otherwise!!

Not only that, but it's a great learning opportunity to see how others handle your horse, and how you handle other horses. Without the adaptibilty to jump on another horse and be able to ride it like you've known the horse for awhile we can't really be "true" horsepeople. Well, IMO at least!

Good for you and I hope you had LOTS of fun!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 11:32 PM
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I totally agree. It's good to ride different horses.
Each horse has their own quirks, personality, and unique movement.
I thought I was pretty good rider until I got my 2nd horse (Willow). I quickly learned how little I really knew, and what a lazy rider I actually was. It gave me a new appreciation for my older mare, and taught me to pay more attention.

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