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  • The situation knocked the wind out of me but didn't killed me

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    07-06-2012, 12:59 PM
  #11
Yearling
My dear, I'm in your boots & I'm twice you age!. All I can sugest is a GOOD trainer & possibally lessons. That's what I'm doing. Already at my age, I don't bounce, I fall down & go splat!
     
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    07-06-2012, 04:47 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Iseul    
I can't say I've ever felt that way..Since I started riding, I was put on the problem horses almost right away, occasionally riding my friend's "perfect pony". I was always told that as long as I was confident I could do it. I've been put in a few positions where I was told that I shouldn't take the horse somewhere because he got too excited and reared..I didn't listen, but when I came off (emergency dismount after I sat down behind the saddle and lost stirrups/reins), it didn't knock my confidence at all, even when BO told me "I told ya so". I knew personally that I could handle just about anything that horse could throw at me, and he never once got me off doing something naughty. While everyone else thought that horse was a waste of time, I put him on barrels, fixed his rearing issue (never reared again from what I've heard), and got him running 19-20s on a 17-18 second pattern at shows.
I know quite a few people talk about how I waste time on horses and how I shouldn't be riding half of them, let alone showing them. But I truthfully couldn't care less. I know that the horses I ride and train will be successful and competitive (or child-safe), and everyone who's said something about me wasting time or not being a good enough trainer will see what I can do at some point or another. I've seen the looks on a few of their faces after I've placed above them at shows and had a better behaved horse than them both in and out of the arena. It's a good feeling when you see them realise you proved them wrong, at least I think it is. I know my best friend (who owns the "perfect pony") tells them good things abou me whenever they say something, and all I have to do is keep doing what I'm doing; nothing more, nothing less.

If you can handle it, don't listen to anything people have bad to say about you or your horse. They'll eventually see, and you can feel 10x better about how far you've come when they realize they were wrong the whole time.
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That's me to a T. I've never been put on a "perfect" horse. I've always had to make my "perfect" horses. My first barrel horse bucked and hated his job. My second barrel horse did not have a "whoa." (Guess how many times I nearly got into accidents?? Oh, wait, I couldn't tell you. I lost count lol ) My third barrel horse had a fragile mind... My fourth one was blown up and I had to bring her back. Lets just say that I've had quite a few experiences... I trained one barrel horse, but my aunt ended up "stealing" her. (Yes, she stole her own horse from me.) This summer I'm tuning another up (he's pretty much blown up, too.) and starting a 3, almost 4 year old... wish me luck! lol

Sorry, ^^ that's my style of horrid humor.. I blame the family tree. I really won't need luck. It'll be fairly easy for both of them.
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    07-06-2012, 05:31 PM
  #13
Foal
I started riding at 4 years old, but my first horse (that was mine) was a total PITA lol. I got him when I was 8 and he was 5. Looking back he was probably way too much for me but I stuck with him. I can't count how many times I came off of him. Not only did he make be a better rider, but he made me tough too!
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    07-06-2012, 08:18 PM
  #14
Foal
(: I knew I loved horseforum for more then one reason!

My horse will soon be my back yard buddy, Im getting property and ill see him EVERY DAY!! The person who is currently helping me with my horse isnt the best.

- When in the round pen to make my horse go the guy throws rocks at Cowboy's rump!! Couple days ago he missed and it bounced off the nose piece of the bit!!!! I decided then and there I needed some one a WHOLE lot better then a rock throwing, do it all him self, man. Don't get me wrong, he can do some things right with horses but I don't exactly appreciate 80% of what he does. Im so ready to get my horse OUTA THERE!!

Thanks guys, Im glad to know you all are supportive by the way(:
     
    07-06-2012, 08:19 PM
  #15
Showing
Jazzy try a broken bag tied to a stick?
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    07-06-2012, 08:24 PM
  #16
Trained
There is only one horse that I've felt like that. He was a gorgeous six year old Impressive/Sheiks Whim bred gelding that I rescued.
He always had his issues, but he got to the point where I could jump on him in the pasture in the halter and lead rope and he was fine.
One day he lost his mind and flipped over backwards on me, and **** near killed me. I was out of riding for three months, when I finally got back on him, I was nervous as heck (after starting colts in the meantime) and he knew it.
I couldn't ride him without knowing I would never be comfortable again, and he was sold.
I'm not out to play heroics because in the end it'll bit you in the a$$. I know when to say enough's enough, and that's a lesson EVERYONE should learn.
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    07-06-2012, 08:39 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Jazzy try a broken bag tied to a stick?
I was accutally going to do that(:

WS- Im sorry you experienced that. My horse has bucked me off twice. First time - minor cuncusion. Second time - Just the wind knocked out of me.

I don't blame my horse for what happen, my inexperience-ness lead to it. I wear a helmet now and am more cautious with what I do with him.
     
    07-06-2012, 08:51 PM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by JazzyGirl    
I was accutally going to do that(:

WS- Im sorry you experienced that. My horse has bucked me off twice. First time - minor cuncusion. Second time - Just the wind knocked out of me.

I don't blame my horse for what happen, my inexperience-ness lead to it. I wear a helmet now and am more cautious with what I do with him.
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Thanks. I haven't given up training, I just watch what I ride (due to being thrown off and ran over numerous times, I've already developed arthritis in my back). There's too many good horses out there to waste time on a bad one.

Not that I'm saying you are in my position - but there will come a time when we all have to say that's enough. It's not giving up, it's just being sensible.
What I would suggest is finding a repliable trainer to give you a hand - the one you had was obviously not working but I would still look into this idea. I trained for quite awhile one my own but when I started with a trainer, I learned a whole lot real quick, it just took me time to find her.
There is nothing that's going to benefit you better then having a good, solid trainer.

And just as an FYI, if someone jacka$$ was throwing rocks at my horse, I'd get off and beat the ever living sh*t out of him. Probably twice. Maybe once again for good luck.
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    07-06-2012, 08:54 PM
  #19
Started
In my small book, there is a difference between being over confident (nothing can throw me ever), being right confident and being under confident. A first horse is a great thing and you think you can fix whatever those that came before you could not fix. Sometimes you can and sometimes you can't. There is wisdom in knowing when to bow out of a situation. I would second or third the opinion that you find a good trainer you trust and have them look at and evaluate your horse and you. Get their honest opinion and listen to it. If you are dealing with issues that this expert feels you can't handle that listen and don't get pressured into playing the hero. Sometimes, you heart overrules your brain. Sometimes your heart needs to listen to your brain.
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    07-06-2012, 09:42 PM
  #20
Foal
I guess I'm going to be your failure story... I felt like that with my horse, Ryan. I had help from the ground while I broke him, so I had the instruction since I'd never done it before. Then as we progressed and I wasn't having help anymore, I got bored. I've taught him everything he needs to be a great saddle horse, so I wanted to do more. I thought I could teach him western pleasure by myself since I'd done it before and wanted to prove that you can treat a horse with kindness to get the good results, but it didn't happen. I just got way too frustrated and found myself taking my temper out on my horse. Then I tried having eyes from the ground again by taking WP lessons two or three times a week and that did help, but I still just didn't have the talent. I've remained determined that I'm the only one that ever trains him, so I just quit western pleasure:) So I guess I wasn't a complete failure. I'm looking for some form of competition to get into that doesn't require all the refinement of WP.

I'm kind of under the impression that getting help from other people can only be a good thing. So why not? I'm very willing to take lessons that teach me how to train my horse. But I'm still stubborn and no one else is going to do his training!
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