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post #1 of 7 Old 06-14-2008, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Great ride!

Great ride with Willy today. We took a day trail ride with two other girls, one who has a 1.5 year old Belgian, and the other who has a 7 year old buckskin. Well, the buckskin was out with the herd, and the Belgian isn't ridden yet, so both girls were on the ground hiking while I was aboard good ol' William. We figured if we ran into the bucksin (Opie), my friend could just ride bareback with me, while my other friend hiked along with the Belgian (Autumn).

When we got to the top (amazing view) my friend let Autumn go, to graze and such, and I hung on to Willy while we took a break and chilled. Well, Autumn decided to go find her friends, and left us at the top of the mountain-! So, of course Willy became very antzy, being left behind and all. I thought we were bound for a terrible ride back! But! I chose to walk him back, and after I was so frustrated with him invading my space since he was so eager to get home, my friend (who'll be doing ground work with Willy and I) handed me her whip and showed me how to keep him behind while walking him, and emphasized to reward him each time he gave me my space. Willy immediately calmed down and paid such great attention to me, and seemed quite happy moseying on home...

It was a great moment for us because I've never done ground work with him in the 9 months I've owned him, and this one simple test made me feel closer to him. My friend regretted letting Autumn go, but I didn't even mind because Willy and I got to work on something new. When we finally made it to the bottom, the herd was there waiting for us, and both Opie and Autumn were standing together as if to say - "Huh? We missed the whole ride?"

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-14-2008, 01:12 AM
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lol Sounds like you had fun anyway!!! :)

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-14-2008, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it was great, and he got a tremendous work out going up those mountains! He's at a new barn, and this was his first day ride, so everything was new to him. He met so many new horses and new smells- and he was able to pay attention to me during a new exercise- I'm proud of that fool!

By the way CR, your name cracks me up, and your signature is awesome.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-14-2008, 02:59 AM
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Haha awesome! ;) LOL that's funny though.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-15-2008, 08:59 AM
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By the way CR, your name cracks me up, and your signature is awesome
:roll: LOL thanks

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-15-2008, 03:10 PM
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Sounds like you had lots of fun! :)

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-15-2008, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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The best part about it was working with Willy on the ground. We have a great riding relationship, but sometimes when I'm on the ground with him, we don't see eye to eye, and have trouble communicating.

Aaron, me, the dogs, and Willy, all went for a hike yesterday. I just hooked Willy to a lead rope and brought the long, stiff whip I had used the day before. He stayed right behind me, about 2 feet away, and seemed so relaxed and happy to be out and about without me fighting him to give me some space. I think it was way more enjoyable for him! After a while, I gave the whip to Aaron and Willy remained civilized!

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