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post #1 of 31 Old 11-04-2008, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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Your most horrible riding lesson/time.

Okay guys! I stole an idea of this topic from other forum.

So tell about your most horrible riding lesson or if you have a horse of your own, the most horrible riding time. What happened?

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Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
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Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
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My worst lesson was when my old instructor sat us all down and said we were going to work on show practice because she wanted to bring us to the local fair to show the horses. Well she said we are going to be working on neck-reining, keeping the head low, stopping quick, slow gaits, etc.
So we went into the arena...I was riding Sonny and we were going fairly well, but the head low concept he didn't really get because I was originally teaching him to keep his neck up high because I wanted to do dressage with him (never worked out lol)
Anyways, the instructor kept yelling at me to get his head down, but try as I might, he would not.
Then we started working on slow gaits....well since Sonny had some grain before I rode, he waws crazzzy and did not want to go slow. I circled him, I halt halted, I stopped him and backed him up....but he still wanted to go. The instructor started yelling at me for going too fast.
So the day ended with the instructor yelling at me because my horse did nothing correct besides stopping quickly. At the end she brought all the girls again and explained how to get the horse's head down low, and to get a slow trot/canter.
In all, she said the only way to get the horse's head down was to force it down with a really tight training fork....and the only way to get a slow trot was to see-saw their mouth until they do

Yeah I ended up just saying I'm going to the pasture to ride and I left lol.

The worst ride I had with Sonny was probably the one day that he spooked at everything. He spooked at his shadow...the horse, Star, behind me snorting. A horse cantering passed him. The evil blood sucking bird that was dying. Everything lol
Yeah he was a spooker
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post #3 of 31 Old 11-05-2008, 11:34 AM
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i rode this horse one time for a customer at a show...

well he was a 5 gaited saddlebred (walk, trot, slow-gait, rack, canter)

he didn't steer going the first way of the ring (to the left). I ended up making little doughnut loops around the juding booth in the middle of the arena the entire first way at the rack and slow-gait.

i was mortified.

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Worst riding lesson, huh? There are two that pop into my mind.

One was really bad. It was at a stable where they would only let the lesson horses out for lessons -no pasture, nothing! Box or lesson, that was it... Needless to say i wasn't there for very long. Anyway, so we had a lesson with a group (as always). One of the horses was somewhat on the high strung side that day (can you blame him?). We all went around in a line and the high strung horse (large horse too with a small girl on it) spooked at something in the corner. It ran down full speed to the middle of the arena and did a full-stop. The little girl flipped over the head, did a salto and landed on her back-FLAT! Needless to say that lesson was no good.

On a better note, this was a bad lesson too, given , but somehow I still find some humor in it. It was at a different stable and they had a decent trainer. I had a 10-lesson trial thing going and for my last lesson she wasn't there (pregnancy. They didn't let her come back, even though she really wanted to ). So for the last lesson there we got a new trainer. The trainers always sit behind a glass window there. So up until then all the classes had gone fine. Then that class with the new trainer EVERY horse (like 10 or so) went nuts and ran across the arena at least twice. Nobody was hurt, the horses just kept running around and weren't controllable. Mark: same horses as in all the other lessons... Guess the trainer really matters, even if behind a window
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I have 2 stories of bad lessons.

1. It was me, and the 2 other girls I used to ride with. My horse at the time was a 22 YO appy who acted like he was 3. So I'm stopped at the corner of the areana waiting so I can canter. Well I got him going and all of a sudden two 13 year old girls carrying pitch forks, knowing lessons were going on but didnt know how to approach the barn, spooked him and I started a side step canter oh god that wasnt fun at all!

2. We were doing a pasture lesson. Well my old instructor kept telling me to slow my breathing so I would calm down and I started crying, I dislike yelling at it made me upset. Sooooooo then I started to trot, well my horse didnt like that and started to canter up the hill and into the barn!!!!
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So I was having my lesson, and I was jumping horribly... I kept getting left behind or just generally messing up. Then I tried a line and Ricky refused and I fell off in front of all these people who were watching me for some reason. Then they all just stood there and watched me try to get him to jump it... it took us like 10 tries and it was embarrassing. I was near tears. I finally got him to jump it and I got wayy popped out of the saddle. It was awful.

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Jumping a STBD and being whacked in the face by his huge boof head, and passing out as we landed from the jump, and having a killer concussion!!!!
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post #8 of 31 Old 11-09-2008, 04:32 PM
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well i was riding a really slow schoolhorse that hated jumping (20yo) named Rölli, and we were jumping a small coarse and he would refuse every single jump! i was soooo annoyed! lol

and another one was when i was riding a pony named Masi and there was jump that he just would not jump because it was in a weird angle ! He was being such a pig and my teacher got on him and rode the rest of the lesson xD haha

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This happened just last year:

After about 3 years out of riding, i decided to take some refresher courses. My search for a riding school was a long and arduous one!

Generally, i couldn't get over the horses. I appreciate that riding school horses need to be quiet and bomb-proof, but - I swear - these animals had no life in them at all. You could literally see them switch off.

The worst case was my assessment lesson. The horse I got put on had just had three back-to-back half our lessons for novices... the guy before me couldn't even maintain a trot or keep the horse in one direction. By the time I got on him, I couldn't even get the horse to trot (we did stay straight)...
I've been riding for over 20 years, and have definitely mastered the walk/trot transition!!

Moreover, i felt so sorry for the horses, they looked like life just wasn't up to much.
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bleh , mine started out great, and my trainer sent me alone to go for a short trail ride.
That's when it all went wrong. The horse was suddenly stubborn and barnsour. I was basically stuck there, and she would go all over the place, into these little forests, almost into the lake...
And the worst thing about it was that it did not get better for such a long time.
It was really my fault, I was all stressed out at the time because of these huuuuuge tests coming up. I couldn't quite focus enough and all that jazz
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