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post #1 of 7 Old 07-04-2014, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, had to share, proud of my mare and I. :)

So I am sure some of you who know who I am will remember a bit that I am a fairly green rider, by definition, and own and ride a 5 year old mare, green too I suppose. But very level headed usually.

So today we all went out for a ride, me, DH, and a couple of friends, one who has been riding since before she was born, as she likes to put it; almost 50 years. And she knows a lot and is a great rider. I use her info frequently. :)

Fast forward in the story... this friend and I decided to trade horses today, as she was on a different horse anyhow, as her sorta wild child was home lame. Oh, and she wanted to sit in my super comfy endurance saddle, which she loved.
So I was game for a trade. I wanted to see what she thought of little miss Snoty pants. As I worry that even though I seem to do so great with her most times, maybe some trainer type person would tell me I have her all messed up, you know?

So she rode Sonata... and had many compliments for how soft and responsive she is! I have been very careful on keeping off her face, since I know that is a major issue with new riders.
And she also tested out her leg pressure too and her start of neck reining. She said that was awesome and light on her. Which I find to be so cool, since I am the one who taught her that!! I got her as a just broke 3 year old.
And that Snoty is super smart, which I knew already. lol

Anyhoo. I was just super happy for our ride today, and having a much more knowledgeable person reinforce that I haven't messed up my horse, that to the contrary, I have actually improved on her. :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-04-2014, 11:27 PM
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Good for you! It must be a nice feeling.

To ride or not to ride.....What a silly question!
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I think so, yes. :) :P
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Well done!
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Awesome! I once heard a great trainer say that the true test of your horse is to have someone else ride them. It also helps you learn a lot about your horse.
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Nice to be validated by fellow horsepeople! How did the horse you switched her for handle?

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Awesome! I once heard a great trainer say that the true test of your horse is to have someone else ride them. It also helps you learn a lot about your horse.
I have heard similar to that as well!
See that is the thing that would make me wonder! MY DH will ride her, and she will listen fairly well, but definitely gets away with things faster under him than a more knowledgeable horse person, who can catch the behavior before my mare even gets half a thought about it out. lol
Case in point- the reason we traded was that Snoty had taken to snacking on the trail. The grass is chest high, so one would think she could snack and walk.. no, she was stumbling all over not paying attention to terrain, and no matter what I did, I was getting so frustrated because no matter how quick I was, I couldn't get her to stop before she had a chunk in her mouth.
5 minutes under my friend, she didn't even try it again. :)

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Nice to be validated by fellow horsepeople! How did the horse you switched her for handle?
:) Yes it is Wares. :) It is a worry of mine, since we are/were both green when i got her. :) But the switch has made me see how much I have taught her- good and bad, lol- and how far we have come together. :)

The other horse is a very good boy, but is very green in knowing how to move himself. We went up and down some hills, and he got going too quickly, and I had a hard time getting him to slow down without peeving him due to having to pull on his face going downhill. (This is a bad thing of mine- even with my own mare, if she gets too fast on a hill, it pushes me forward and causes me to mess up her balance, then I end up reeling too much on the reins and take her head away from her. She and I both very quickly learned how to fix this, but the new horse not doing the hill well messed me up at first lol).
I HATED the way he moved!! Snoty is a fairly compact horse- no real barrel to speak of, just at 14.2 hands tall, no huge muscles, fairly short neck.
The gelding is 15.2+ and built like a tank. I felt like someone was yanking my legs apart at the hips!! And I couldn't even reach his head!
Snoty has fairly compact movement that is quite floaty and nice. Yeah, not this guy, thunk thunk thunk... okay, let's quit trotting now, I think I have a concussion. lol

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