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post #1 of 3 Old 07-24-2012, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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A wee bit excited

So I've managed to free up some cash and put it in a safe hidey hole so Brock doesn't absorb it lol. I could buy a pair of shoes or a blouse... NOPE! Gonna spend it on a ride on one of the school horses with my former instructor

I haven't been on a non-green horse in about a year now - Brock and Star have had my butt to themselves - so it'll be fun riding a horse that isn't planning a gruesome death for me (unlike Brock) and knows things (unlike Star). I admit, Star is a deal of fun to ride but she's also very small and I prefer bigger horses (despite being munchkin sized). So hoping to ride either my favourite 16.2hh OTTB or the 17.1hh giant thingy (think he's a WB but he's an odd looker). Both are hot enough to keep me from being bored but they know their stuff.

So pretty excited - not sure I remember what it's like to ride a horse with solid training behind it, but last time I got on the OTTB after mths of riding Brock it was like "Omg yay, he's not trying to kill me" and I realised how much riding Brock had improved my seat and aids, because he's so unforgiving and you have to really 'listen' to him with your body for the slightest resistance. School horses just don't punish you physically when you forget to pay full attention or ask something the wrong way...

So yay! Can't wait to just go for a nice breezy canter in company!
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Tell that to Rocket! Rocket was a school horse who, if he even felt one seatbone shift the wrong way, would buck your butt off and leave you in the dirt. He was the best school horse ever. Everyone was afraid to ride him free because he would put you in the dirt every time.

I had been working with Rocket for 3 months. This one time I remember panicking because my seatbone shifted to the outside. I knew I was gonna hit the ground. Instead of bucking me of, he moved under me and put me on the correct seat bone for me. Break through!

That horse was as sensitive as a bronco. He could feel your weight, knew how to gage that weight shift, and knew what direction he needed to twist and buck to put you in the dirt. It made you uber aware of what your body was doing at all times. The day he shifted me back on my seatbone for me was amazing. Mercy from Rocket! And a sign that said "I'm with you. Get back in balance and lets keep working"

Best lesson horse ever!

Anyways, enough about Rocket. Unsenstive lesson horses are for beginners. The sensitive ones will put you in the dirt and teach you how to ride. I'm glad you have the opportunity to ride both types. Its good to be on those horses who will teach you balance and correct timing. Its also nice to be able to relax on a horse that doesn't require so much attention, too.
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Naww! I like the sound of Rocket! Brock, but with a lot more training under his belt. Although frankly I could do without broncing - my neck is a little dodgy as it is and I can't keep forking out on new helmets LOL.

Ah these ones certainly aren't beginner horses - they prance, spook, buck and bolt like the best of them, and the OTTB still has a racehorse brain, but both know a fair bit more (turn on the haunches, extension etc), and they don't throw in a proper bronc (more just pigrooting or crowhops). I don't lesson on either though, moved past them a good while back onto other school horses, but they're good for a hack!
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