Boost To Your Confidence
I used to be a timid rider. If the horse I was riding bucked or kicked out, I wouldn't want to keep asking them to work and would want to get off. After falling off when the horse I was riding refused a jump, I didn't want to jump anymore.
When I first got Shamrock I was still very timid, which doesn't mix too well when your horse needs training. I would quit asking him for the canter when he kicked out, so for a while we didn't canter. My trainer insisted he was built to be a good jumper and she thought he'd like it, so she encouraged me to teach him to jump, but I would spaz. When we weren't in the arena, I would be a nervous wreck over him tripping and spooking (though he isn't spooky at all).
I've gotta say, Shamrock has taught me HUGE confidence in my riding and here's a few of our greatest accomplishments:
-Teaching him to canter with a rider (he will still buck once when other horses are in the arena & aren't working when he is, but when he does that, I one rein & then ask again.. HUGE deal for me)
-Cantering outside the arena
-Trotting in and out of ditches
-Lunging jumps without riders (Xrails & verticals)
-Teaching him to jump crossrails (this was the biggest milestone so far, seeing as after tripping bad over the jump once, he would refuse every time after)
And finally, the biggest deal to me, we CANTERED over our first jump together on Friday. It was one of the most satisfying things ever. I haven't cantered over jumps since my fall and I'm the only person who's taught Shamrock anything. He actually began to look forward to the jumps, I could feel him speed up once he saw them. Friday was probably my favorite ride since I've had him. :) **I have a video of us cantering the jump, but I'm compiling my videos into one
So, I'd like to here from all of you if you've had that one horse that you've made many accomplishments with, have learned from and taught, and who has boosted your confidence as a rider tremendously. :)