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post #1 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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So proud

Raina was given to me because she reared, flipped over when tied, bucked when she cantered and mowed you over when you led her.

Last December I was part of another forum. If you weren't in the "click", you had no abilities. I wasn't in the click. When I introduced Raina, they told me I was downright stupid and didn't have the knowledge or experience to work with her.

Fast forward to today.

I don't ride Raina as much as I wish I did. I'm a working single mother and lots of other things come first. I do ride her once a week, or try to, and I was s proud of her today.

After our ride, a girl came over to me. I usually ride alone so I can concentrate, but the barn was packed. The girl started petting her and asked me what her name was. I told her, and she exclaims "Raina?!" and even scoped the pasture to see if it was true. She went around to the other boarders and pointed at her, and they had the same reaction. No one could believe she was Raina, the terror everyone had been warned about. Apparently she looked a lot different from what they remembered.

I am just so proud of her. I mean, so proud. She has a long way to go still, but she doesn't buck at the canter. She doesn't flip over backwards. She doesn't mow you over, and she doesn't rear anymore. I haven't been able to work with her as much as I'd like so she is a tad hefty, but her attitude has improved so much that no one recognized her.

She showed them there was more inside than just a monster. I mean, she can be stubborn and resilient at times, but that's why I like her so much. If you keep her mind focused, she will work until her heart stops. I'm so encouraged. I knew she had improved but seeing the reaction at the barn today made me beam with pride for her. What a good girl
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 08:28 PM
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That's an amazing thing! You apparently were Raina's 'person' :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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It's been a long, hard year and I'm crossing my fingers that it wil get better soon. I struggled with keeping her through this past year, and I'm so glad I did. Days like today make me think I made the right choice.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 09:07 PM
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 09:10 PM
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Oh definitely! Those horses go through a lot and it won't change overnight.. a year is just a blip in the pond but LOOK at how much better she's doing! Just keep it up :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've actually only been riding her on and off through the past 2 or 3 months. I've struggled to keep her financially since I spent last Christmas in a domestic violence shelter and have just been able to come "home" 3 months ago. The improvement was during the last 2 or 3 months. I haven't been able to ride before then, even when I got her!

I had a scare last year when my ex tried to steal her from the barn when I first left him. Lucky that didn't happen but I would have been furious! Like I said, it's been a long, hard year...but I'm so happy I clung onto her. I can't wait to keep improving us!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-27-2012, 09:29 PM
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Wow thats great to hear. It looks like raina found the right person, someone to work with her and use her abilities. Rather than run from her. It seems to have paid off people have noticed!
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-28-2012, 07:25 AM
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It is absolutely amazing how some horses can be turned around when the right person invests time and interest in them. Sometimes it's impossible to predict who that right person will be.

It sounds like you've had a rough year. Congratulations to both of you!

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-28-2012, 10:02 AM
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Yes, you should be proud of yourself! You've turned a horse around,& survived a tough year. Hoping things continue to improve for you!
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-28-2012, 10:23 AM
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Uou eserve a big pat on the back! Great job! Doesn't that make you feel good!
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