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        08-20-2013, 11:45 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    You people....

    I mostly try to just lurk quietly around here these days...
    BUT, I did want to start this thread. I feel like I've been doing pretty good, with lessons, and my horse... And then I go and read something about one of *you people* (you people = people that can actually ride a horse...) jumping a horse with no reins (ack! I can't even fathom that yet!). I'm barely starting to canter, and currently feel like gravity could attack at any moment while doing said cantering.
    Anyway, so this is what I want to know... When *you people* were just beginning, or even later in your riding career, or even now, what things did you see that you thought/felt were simply an impossible accomplishment/task? Did you ever get to the point where you could accomplish those things? And how long did it take? Was it easier or harder than you thought it would be? Give me hope!
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        08-20-2013, 11:51 PM
      #2
    Started
    Things are only hard as you make them, and you'll be doing everything you want to if you try.


    Try, I guess is the morel of my story, go chase cows, go jump, trails, just go!

    I will say these things all take time to learn right, but every minute you spend horseback should improve you and horse. Soooo, go have fun!
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        08-21-2013, 12:37 AM
      #3
    Showing
    Yes. When I was younger, I would watch my Dad or older Brother roping or doing reining spins or sliding stops on their horses and the only thought in my little mind was "Oh, that's so cool....I'll never be that good"

    BUT, I did end up good enough to do all that stuff and more, it just took a lot of time in the saddle, pushing myself to do more and more and more. There were easy times and there were hard times. Over the course of learning (I don't remember exactly how long it took, it was sort of a process that progressed over the years), I got my share of bumps and bruises and cried my share of tears....but I also had my share of lightbulb moments that made my heart swell.
         
        08-21-2013, 12:40 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Kat, I am not one of those people. I rode the neighbor's POA when I was 6 because she was enormously fat (her name was Pinkie!). Then, my mom bought a Shetland pony (a cute and ornery palamino named Prince!). I was 10 when got my first horse. My single mom knew nothing about horses so I had poor guidance. I didn't get a saddle until I was 12 because we couldn't afford it, and I sold my last horse when I was a freshman in HS because of sports.

    I never had lessons, never liked saddles, and loved my horse as my best friend. But I went from age 14 to 44 without a horse. Too little money, time and too many kids and responsibilities. I got my mare April just 3 weeks after my youngest child left home. Total empty nest reaction! Totally perfect!

    Now I ride. I ride after work, all weekend long, on long packing trips overnight into the mountains. I still prefer no saddle. I read on here that riding bareback can hurt my horse so I feel guilty. Yet I continue riding bareback because it is comfortable for me, and my horses do not show any adverse reactions. I like the physical challenge (try a reining stop bareback, or posting a fast trot!) and the close contact, except for the sweat on hot days.

    I have no idea if my horse is collected, but we are trying. Loping her up and down the neighbor's road is my drug!

    I guess what I am trying to communicate is that I am happy with riding for my own enjoyment. I am happy even if we are not correct or well schooled. And I love reading about and trying to reach a higher level, as long as it doesn't destroy the joy I feel, the Joy I waited 30 years to feel.

    I guess all of this was a way to say this: horses are our hobby, our pets, our source of joy. I am in it for that first of all. The rest comes after.
         
        08-21-2013, 12:48 AM
      #5
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Yes. When I was younger, I would watch my Dad or older Brother roping or doing reining spins or sliding stops on their horses and the only thought in my little mind was "Oh, that's so cool....I'll never be that good"

    BUT, I did end up good enough to do all that stuff and more, it just took a lot of time in the saddle, pushing myself to do more and more and more. There were easy times and there were hard times. Over the course of learning (I don't remember exactly how long it took, it was sort of a process that progressed over the years), I got my share of bumps and bruises and cried my share of tears....but I also had my share of lightbulb moments that made my heart swell.
    Aaaaaaggghhh those lightbulb moments!!!

    I am still trying to be a 'you people' but some 'not quite you people' think I'm a 'you people' while I think they are the 'you people'!!!!
         
        08-21-2013, 12:49 AM
      #6
    Trained
    In the beginning everything seems not only impossible but utterly unfathomable. None of what you do around a horse makes sense, at first, because they don't think like us. So, you have to learn to think like something wants to eat you, prey, and not like the predator we are.

    Once you start to get a tiny grip of that, then you have to learn to speak a whole 'nuther language. Eh, she's a cowy thing, a catty beast, ain't she? Where's that new latigo I bought last week? Who scratched up my tapaderos? Or, where's my numnah? I thought I left my jods here.

    And then you have to learn farrier/vet speak and even more important, POO speak. Looks like he's got some seedy toe starting here. Hoof wall is separating, that white line disease can advance quickly. Oh dear, his canon bone is dropping, that's not good. He's got ringbone.....

    You never stop learning! But along the way you pick up skills, knowledge and vocabulary, and somewhere along the line, they start asking YOU the questions and you realize you actually have answers, instead of in the beginning you're asking all the questions.

    One day you're riding along and the horse spooks, tosses a buck and a rollback in there and at the end, not only did you stick, you realize that it was FUN! You discover that in spite of everything seeming to be so utterly confounding you have caught on.
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        08-21-2013, 01:04 AM
      #7
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    One day you're riding along and the horse spooks, tosses a buck and a rollback in there and at the end, not only did you stick, you realize that it was FUN!

    LOL, riding for 25+ years and I've still not learned to enjoy that particular part of it .

    Maybe it's because I usually wind up tasting the good old Texas prairie in those instances .
         
        08-21-2013, 01:12 AM
      #8
    Super Moderator
    Now, those folks here are one of "You people" will not admit it. They should know who they are, but they dont' want to admit they can do what we (I) cannot. As far as I am concerned, I am surrounded by "those people" ., and always will be. It would be sooooo cool if there was someone, somewhere who thought I was one of "those people", but I'd have to put them straight, cause I'm NOT. But, I think smrobs is. She just wont' admit it.
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        08-21-2013, 01:32 AM
      #9
    Started
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    As far as I am concerned, I am surrounded by "those people" ., and always will be. It would be sooooo cool if there was someone, somewhere who thought I was one of "those people", but I'd have to put them straight, cause I'm NOT.
    You have my respect, tinyliny!!
         
        08-21-2013, 01:38 AM
      #10
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    But, I think smrobs is. She just wont' admit it.
    LOL

    Thanks, but there is still about a zillion and 1 things that I need to learn.

    I guess it's all in how you look at it. Nearly everyone involved in horses, from rank beginner to seasoned professional is one of "those people" to someone else.
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