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        12-08-2011, 01:58 PM
    Was told "showjumpers can't do dressage", got 3rd in prelim at the national dressage championships, on a showjumper.
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        12-08-2011, 02:26 PM
    Was told our "dingy arabs" would never be cut out for a rodeo drill team. This was thier first rodeo last summer.
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        12-08-2011, 02:35 PM
    I love to prove people wrong. It's great fuel. There have been plenty over the years but my proudest

    "That one will kill you before you ever get the chance to ride him." Not only is he rideable, he's a solid citizen and was a great help in my weight loss goals (I'm 40 lbs lighter than photo now) -he was actual work
        12-08-2011, 04:06 PM
    Mhfoundationqh...BEAUTIFUL boy [:
        12-08-2011, 04:07 PM
    Thank you! I'd tell him but he's already a bit of an ego-maniac ;)
        12-09-2011, 03:30 AM
    Can't is a word I heard a lot while learning to ride.

    I have heard you can't:
    Ride bareback
    Overcome my timidness
    Barrel race on a Thoroughbred
    And more

    Well guess what? I have now not only ridden bareback at the walk, trot and canter but also ridden tackless over a jump and around a barrel. I have galloped full out on an ex-race trained horse. I have jumped up to 3'3". I have gone to many shows on many different horses and brought home some nice ribbons. I have overcame a lot of my timidness and have branched out to riding not only my horse but a Clydesdale, a Gypsy Vanner that is still in training, a stubborn Paint and many others. I may still be timid on a new horse but I am more willing to try now than I was before. I also barrel raced by Thoroughbred at a show and we did just fine. Being told I can't used to hurt me in the past but now I just look at people and say oh really, watch me.

    For me all it took was that one special horse to show me I can.
        12-09-2011, 06:40 AM
    MHFQ what a beautiful horse!!

    I was told by an old instructor 'there are people who can ride who don't have money (me) and people who have money and can't ride. You are the first, and you will never do anything on that old horse of yours.' This was my 16yo WB I'd just bought/removed from a friend's lack of care.

    In May, when I sold him, I'd done up to L level, not competing because I didn't have my tests. But L! (we go E, A, A*, A**, L, M, S, PSG) so you can imagine how chuffed I was!

    With Duffy... you will never ride her in an outline, you will spend a year getting any weight on her, she's too big, she's dangerous.

    I was riding her within a month, gently, she comes in to a lovely outline and is holding it herself now rather than relying on me, and she has never once shown an ounce of being dangerous.
        12-09-2011, 07:48 AM
    "You'll never get that horse to jump anything" - with my first horse, a Standardbred gelding. Well we did 2'2" training at home and would have gone higher but he went unsound.

    "You'll never be able to make that pony canter more than three strides" - with my old pony, who I was showing 2'6" and training 3' on before I outgrew him.

    "You'll never be able to control that horse and you will NEVER have a good show season, and there's no way you'll ever get him on a horse trailer" - one of the area's top coaches told me this of Monty in May of this year!! I am now able to stop him within two strides from a forward canter to a dead halt, trot to halt, canter to walk (sometimes, he usually puts in two or three trot strides), I can MAKE him listen when he doesn't want to. I'm riding him in a lovely frame at walk and trot, and 2012 will be our year. We will show! He loads easy onto the trailer and the only problem is that he scrambles turning left.
        12-09-2011, 09:27 AM
    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    MHFQ what a beautiful horse!!
    Thanks Duffy!

    This is a great thread. Love everyone's stories!
        12-09-2011, 09:39 AM
    When I was teaching kids, one of my barn rules was if someone said "can't" the penalty was stall cleaning. I grew up in a city full of people telling me "You can't do this, you can't that". Someone always trying to control someone by curbing their enthusiasm. That's why my barn rule, to show the kids they "can".

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