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post #21 of 33 Old 08-30-2009, 04:46 PM
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Not sure if it was the first time or not, but I used to ride bareback everywhere when I was young, and I do remember the horses spooking and riding out the spook at a good gallop. On purpose? probably when I was starting out the old pick up races as a kid - around 7.

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post #22 of 33 Old 08-30-2009, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by xLaurenOscarx View Post
If Oscars Fresh He'll Gallop Lyk A Loony Tune Doing Show Jumping! Lmao! X
Yeah! I KNOW THE FEELING! my horse does the SAME thing! UUUURG!! (secretly i LOVE it! lol)

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post #23 of 33 Old 09-05-2009, 10:49 PM
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Ah lets first gallop...I would love to say it was on my friends pony Lady that I learned to ride on but thats not right...she was too old to really gallop but thats where i learned to canter...

My first actual gallop happened when I learned Romeo actually had some speed. lol

When I got my gelding he was about 5 and way to calm for his own good. I would fall behind on rides because he wouldnt do anything but an easy lope. BUT then my neighbor got a new gelding. Romeo at the time was completely infatuated with my friends mare who he was pastured with and when we went riding with our neighbor and his new gelding romeo must have gotten jelous cause once he lost sight of the other two he actual ran fast to catch them.

The distance wasnt far enough to gallop but he went fast enough that me and my friend got the wacky idea to race him and her mare. Taking to a buddies hay field on afternoon we lined up on one side. I remember digging my heels in once and clicking. Romeo half reared and shot off like a bat out of hell! I gave him rein and clicked some more and he got was amazing...just like flying. Then we needed to lay on the brakes, it gets scary when your horse wont stop and when he does its with the tip of his nose barely touching a tree!

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post #24 of 33 Old 09-05-2009, 11:34 PM
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My first gallop was at around 10:30 at night on our old (now retired and rehomed) Aranian gelding... My friend and I were riding (she was on our now semi-retired old mare) and we'd been told to ride down to a friends house... On the way back, said friends decided to drive their 4-wheeler between the horses and the horses... mine in particular, loved to chace things like that... so they were off like bullets... Didn't stop for almost 2 miles and ran full blast all the way back to my uncles house. I think my friend and I were about... 12, and had only been riding a lot for about a year... we hadn't really progressed to a fast canter yet, but after that wild gallop, we were hooked.

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post #25 of 33 Old 09-07-2009, 11:21 AM
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Ahh Mine was recently... like last month.

I was on a trail with my friend, and I brought my horse over somewhere else in the field and then I decided to canter back towards my friend. And Romeo wantd to be close to my friends mare as soon as possible. So I squeezed him on and WOW can horses run. All I felt was like his muscles getting so tight and the power in his legs pushing him forward!

I screamed... in excitement. And my friend thought I fell off but I was just like " GAH THIS IS AWESOME" and wow. I'll never forget it. Like hes already speedy but like wow. I won't ever forget it. I dunno if I would ever gallop him bareback. At that speed... It'd be scary to fall off.
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post #26 of 33 Old 09-07-2009, 05:52 PM
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My first gallop was on an insane QH named Maverick. I don't have a pic of the first time, but I have a pic of my very first gallop on my horse (acctually, it was my first ride on him too)

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post #27 of 33 Old 09-08-2009, 04:52 PM
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I have never galloped and have absolutely no desire to.
The canter is too fast for me as it is.
As soon as I hear wind in my ears I get freaked and pull back.

.... Its impossible for me to have a good lesson on a windy day! haha.
I get "spooked" so to say.
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post #28 of 33 Old 09-08-2009, 05:18 PM
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I do fast canters on my paso fino, and he's 21 years old but I don't think he's ever galloped so I haven't:)
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post #29 of 33 Old 09-08-2009, 08:31 PM
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My first gallop was on a 13hh Welsh mare named Sugar. We were having a lesson in the field at the bottom of a hill and the barn was at the top of the hill and across another field. Sugar decided she'd take off and bolted up the hill. I wasn't a great rider at the time and lost balance. But the ground flying beneath us looked hard and scary, so I grabbed that mare's neck for dear life and hung on. Luckily she stopped at the top of the hill.

That was like fourteen years ago. Now I gallop intentionally whenever the footing is dry enough to be safe.
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post #30 of 33 Old 09-09-2009, 03:48 PM
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Oh, galloping. How I love it.
My first gallop was in the turnout field at my old barn. On Beau.
My friend Jessie and I, we decided to race her TB Justin against my QH in the turnout field.
Beau won, and I'm assuming the only reason he did was because the distance wasn't long enough for Justin to get up to his full speed. Possibly because Justin was around 17 and Beau was only 7 as well, but I'm thinking it was more the distance thing.
It was probably the most exciting moment of my life. He was in a bitless bridle, which was actually easier to slow him down with at the time, and man my horse can fly.
Galloping bareback.. I've done that too. Almost fell off, lmao. It gets sort of bumpy when they're going top speed. x)

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