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post #11 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
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 .
But see, that's my point. Someday, at some point, you'll do all that, realize that this time you STUCK and didn't taste dirt and then the light bulb goes on! If you can stick it til the HOO-rah is all over, you discover the fun part.

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post #12 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post

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.
Well, and I think we always have, AT LEAST ONE MORE THING left to learn.
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Yes! We all couldn't ride when we started out, and had to learn just as you are now. And any good rider will tell you they are still learning and be humble. Even the Olympic team has trainers and coaches. No one knows it all, and beware of those who claim to.

What happens sometimes with riding, is you have those light bulb moments where you and your horse just get it, you both have the same goal, and are doing what you wanted.

For me those moments keep me paying for a very expensive hobby/lifestyle.

Stick at it, you can only improve.
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post #14 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 08:05 AM
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Kat, my (rather simple) goal that did look impossible to accomplish (several trainers told me I'm wasting my time with my horses) was to bring my horses on a bit (I was very inexperienced back then). When I found a right trainer the progress both (I and horse) made was unbelievable.

So yeah, you can do it if you try hard and with the good support/instructions!

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
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Must... Keep... Trying! I love and hate those awe inspiring *holy cow how is that even possible* moments, I'm inspired, and knocked down all at the same time.
My end of summer goal was to canter, in an English saddle, while feeling comfortable, and having independent hands at the same time. I'm closer than I was...
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post #17 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 09:18 AM
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I remember when I first started riding properly around 5 years ago... I couldn't canter, I mean seriously, I had to grab a handful of mane and hold on like hell, while standing up in my stirrups, and hauling back on my poor mares mouth just to stay on there. If I didn't canter that way, I would literally just fall out of the saddle if we so much as went around a left hand bend.. what the heck.

Then when I finally mastered that (took some time as I had no trainer, still don't) my confidence sky rocketed and my head got big.. I was 14 ok I decided it was a great idea to get on my horse with just a leadrope around her neck and jump her, where that idea come from I have no idea, I winded myself twice, and bailed 3 times because I couldn't stop or turn her.
Not long after that we were galloping around the paddock with another horse in there following us, with just her cover on, I didn't even have the neck rope. not even a helmet(why, oh why?) I didn't even have proper boots on, but we did it, I didn't bail, I didn't get winded, then after that we did it a lot.

Then I got a new horse, he was newly 7 at the time, and fresh off the track, and HUGE. Well, he's 16.1hh, but when I walked into that stable and saw that big behind swinging sideways in front of me I went oh hell no am I getting on that thing.... I bought him home 8 days later.
I wanted to sell him not even a month later because I found out he bucks. When he bucks, he absolutely goes for gold, he could put some of those saddle broncs to shame. He threw me the first time, and I got a brilliantly coloured bruise on the inside of my knee. Ever since then, he hasn't managed to buck me off. The only other time I've fallen off him was when I decided it was a great idea to jump a pile of branches that had been sawed off the trees... It was the biggest thing both of us had ever jumped, I think we both looked at it like a possum in the headlights and I went oh, well this is gonna hurt. I lost my seat and stirrups and slowly slid to the left, then he bucked. I was literally inches from the ground still holding on before I went oh, well this isn't worth it anymore, and just let go.
Now, I've show jumped him, I've jumped him over a 1m upright, i've ridden him bareback(very slowly at walk and trot mind you)
When I first got Mitch, I was scared of him, extremely scared of him... Now when he's naughty it just gets on my nerves and I get pissy at him.

I also now have a project horse that has a lot of issues, I've had her a year now and she's made a whole lot of progress.

Don't tell yourself you can't do it, because one day you'll do it and go, well why did I think I wasn't ever going to do that?
There was a whoooooole lot of things I thought I would never do, and so far, I've done most of the things I swore I would never do, ever. like the "I can't ever jump a meter, that's huge, it's way to scary!!" -Yeah it was scary the first time, but I've done it.(Still think it's huge though!!)
And I still envy the "you people" who make things look so easy

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post #18 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for everyone that's replied :) I thought my 'you people' comment would get some smiles! And thanks for the encouragement too.
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post #19 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 03:13 PM
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Haha, don't worry pet:) When I was beginning, I thought the look of a 60cm straight pole was gigantic! Even a 30cm cross pole was intimidating for me! Fourteen years later, I'm jumping 1.60m puissances, 1.30 courses, 1.65 spreads and even a 1.40 bareback with just a rope around the 148 pony's neck! At the thoughts of these fourteen years ago- no, actually just ten years ago, I would probably have fainted at the mere mention of them!xD To be honest, right before I did each of those, I thought it almost impossible!! Honey, this took years to lead up to. I remember when I was starting to canter and was bouncing all over the place! You're only learning yet, and don't compare yourself to others who have been doing it for ages. It's like me comparing myself to a supermodel, there's a big gap in there!;) Be comfortable with yourself and be happy up on the pony:)
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post #20 of 29 Old 08-21-2013, 03:14 PM
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And by the way, don't think that all the things I did weren't before falling off about... Well, I lost count of my falls when I got to 20! Everybody falls off now and again, even the 'You People'!
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