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    01-24-2011, 03:49 AM
just had to get it off my chest

This thread has no importance I know I just needed to get it off my chest. I have a bay mare that is 8 yrs old. She is 15.2 hands and pretty thick. Anyway where that comes into perspective is this. I have trained her to be really light to cueing. By light I mean really light. I can do a lot with this mare. Open close gates, slide off her but and jump on, crawl under her and camp out there, ride her with no bridle or halter bareback, rope off her, pack her etc. Anyway those people that I would called experienced riders just love her and wish she was theirs. In fact I get asked to breed her quite often. On the flip side some people get on and start squeezing her to stay on. That in turn starts pushing her buttons and she gets really confused and starts prancing around. Well because of this some people have started saying a lot and being quite rude about what a horrible devil horse she is. Well anyway theres my story and I don't know why but it just seems to get at me. In fact the other day to prove a point to one of them while riding in the hills I set her reins on the halter strap behind her ears (oh yeah I only ride with a halter) turned around backwards and rode her home sitting on her but. While I was talking to them there horse just out of nowhere started bucking. Long story short my bay is still a POS according to them and a few others.

Well now for some reason I feel a little better. Thanks for listening. Heres a few pics of her.
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    01-24-2011, 08:56 AM
Green Broke
You know you have to take their criticism with a grain of salt. How wonderful that you have formed such a trusting and close bond with her that you can practically do anything with her. Its a great feeling isn't it? If someone doesn't know her push buttons don't let em ride her! I wouldn't , but that's just me.

As for the comments on breeding her, just because you get a baby out of her doesn't mean that baby will come out like mom. It takes soooo much time and patience to get a horse like your mare. If people would take that time and put forth the training they also would have a horse like that! I'm happy for you that you and your horse mesh well! Keep your chin up and let it go in one ear and out the other!!
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    01-24-2011, 09:31 AM
Sounds like you did a great job training her. Some people don't know how to be light with their aides when riding, so I would say just don't let those people ride her. Especially if they can't appreciate what a great horse she sounds like she is..They are probably just jealous because they don't have the bond with their horse the way you and your horse do..
    01-24-2011, 04:02 PM
Green Broke
If I were you I would be carefull about who I let ride her. I wouldn't let people who were less than experianced on her. That way you wouldn't have people who don't know how to handle her stressing her out and giving her (and you) a bad name.
    01-24-2011, 07:26 PM
Also, keep in mind, they very well could be jealous. As much as we like to think it does, not much actually changes when we leave junior high school and step into the real world. ;)
    01-24-2011, 07:37 PM
My daughter can ride her horse totally off her legs with no bridle, halter or rope. Sheldon is also very well trained but is not a horse for anyone as a novice rider would really confuse him. Madison just doesn't let anyone else ride him except for my best friend, who she takes lessons from.
    01-24-2011, 07:48 PM
My instructor has a roan mare who is sweet and will do anything he asks of her. SHe will do reining, sorting, trails, WP, and some roping. THey make an amazing team. But when somebody else gets on her, she can be a bit of a brat. She is so bonded to my instructor that she doesn't quite know how to handle other riders. It has nothing to do with her training, it just how she is wired.

Beautiful horse, btw.

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