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        05-23-2012, 04:55 PM
      #2891
    Trained
    It is cool where I am
    I just want it to warm up
         
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        05-23-2012, 05:50 PM
      #2892
    Yearling
    So chilly here...did we skip summer and go into November?

    Susan - congrats on your gorgeous little grandson, you must be so thrilled!

    Lost - Thanks! I do adore my mare, and she is on the mend. Was thinking about your confidence issue, and I can relate. The TB mare I used to lease (Grace) is the "Queen of Spooking." Every time I rode, I knew she would spook at something. If it snowed, she was spooky. Windy, spooky. Raining, spooky. Sees a mule at a horse show, spooky. After the first few, I began to regain confidence, because although she spooked, jumped, and bolted, I didn't fall off. I learned how to ride the spooks. I am a much stronger rider today that I would be had I not leased Grace and learn how to manage a spooky horse. Don't give up on Nugs, he has already forgotten he spooked with you.
         
        05-23-2012, 05:53 PM
      #2893
    Yearling
    Went to the barn this morning. Kes was a little Mareish with me, kept turning her head away from me, then trying to get some love from me. I lunged her a bit today, she did fine, her fetlock wasnt swollen when I got there and it seemed fine when I left. Going to lunge a few more days before riding.
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        05-23-2012, 07:02 PM
      #2894
    Foal
    I think we all can relate to the "uneasiness, uncertainty" we have all experienced while riding. My age, weight gain and my mobility have all made me a wee bit wary. I can't afford to get hurt; only one paying the bills. I try to work my horse on the ground if I feel unsure, even if I am already riding. I just step off and let him work around me at a quiet walk or jog. It not only works the horse and keeps him moving, settling him but gives me a chance to rethink, relax, reassure, and remain safe. My two geldings are not big spookers but they still can have their moments. My second gelding, Moses, the gray, was very abused around his head and he tends to get nervous if you raise your hand to wave or swat a fly. He is much better and I have never regretted buying him unexpectedly at a sale barn. He won me over with his loving eye and willing heart.
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        05-23-2012, 07:14 PM
      #2895
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WeatheredtheStorm    
    I think we all can relate to the "uneasiness, uncertainty" we have all experienced while riding. My age, weight gain and my mobility have all made me a wee bit wary. I can't afford to get hurt; only one paying the bills. I try to work my horse on the ground if I feel unsure, even if I am already riding. I just step off and let him work around me at a quiet walk or jog. It not only works the horse and keeps him moving, settling him but gives me a chance to rethink, relax, reassure, and remain safe. My two geldings are not big spookers but they still can have their moments. My second gelding, Moses, the gray, was very abused around his head and he tends to get nervous if you raise your hand to wave or swat a fly. He is much better and I have never regretted buying him unexpectedly at a sale barn. He won me over with his loving eye and willing heart.
    Very good point - when feeling unsure, get off and work on the ground. This has not failed me yet. I even got off in the middle of a lesson, letting my trainer know I was feeling uneasy and that it wasn't a good day to ride. He's such a supportive trainer, telling me to trust my women's intuition.
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        05-23-2012, 10:05 PM
      #2896
    Foal
    I had a success of a sort this week. I was cantering and asked Louie, the old thoroughbred, to circle left. Somehow he managed to trip and early fell to his knees. I was thrown forward and must have lost my right rein because when he lurched up and set off, it was across his face and on the left.

    I sat back and told poor Louie to take it easy, reached my right hand forward to the left & tossed the rein back over his head. Then we stopped so he could be checked over.

    Of course, my first thought was "what did I do to make that happen?" but my instructor said it was just Louie, that he gets his feet tangled sometimes. Said I was doing some really fancy riding. I'm just glad that I kept my head and resolved the situation.

    A scare that you handle builds confidence. Coming back from a scare that you didn't handle is a bigger accomplishment though.
         
        05-23-2012, 10:59 PM
      #2897
    Yearling


    Country Woman is offline and has left their carrot sack containing 395 carrots unattended!
    Would you like to try to take some of Country Woman's carrots?
         
        05-23-2012, 11:24 PM
      #2898
    Trained
    Hello everyone
    I went to see Belle today and Marc cleaned the stall I groomed her and then
    Took her to eat some green grass
    It was cool and windy
    Am going back tomorrow
         
        05-23-2012, 11:41 PM
      #2899
    Weanling
    Hello fellow 40 plus people. Had a really good ride on the trail with my APHA gelding "Hawk" tonight just before sunset. It was a good day all around as I was able to ride 2 of my horses tonight. Have been on vacation for the past 12 days and the weather has been really co-operating. Happy riding all...
         
        05-24-2012, 01:30 AM
      #2900
    Trained
    I wish it warm up some here
         

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