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  • Why can i hear my horse'a teeth click when im riding?

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    08-04-2013, 06:05 PM
  #1
Foal
When it clicks.

The lightbulb moment, we all have it! I've decided to share my riding lightbulb moment with you here, and would love to hear some of yours!!


At the time, Sawyer had been under saddle for about two months. I had never had much confidence as a rider, and was trying out a clinic at my new barn that was meant to help improve rider and horse confidence and communication.

I was excited when I got there and tacking up, but got nervous as I headed down to the arena. There were A LOT of riders, all cantering around the arena every which way to warm up. Sawyer had never been around that many people and instantly started acting up and getting really hot. This was my first ride without my trainer/mentor, who couldn't make it, I was alone and nervous.

I psyched myself out. My nerves got the best of me and I began walking my horse back to the stall in tears. Just then, our barn manager saw me. I call him our resident cowboy, he is never without his hat and boots, and speaks in the classic western drawl.

He asked me what was wrong, and I told him I was nervous. He asked me why, and I told him my horse had only been under saddle a few months and I didn't think I had the skill ride him in a situation like this. He asked me what the worst thing that could happen was. I looked at him, dumbfounded. I didn't have an answer.

'The worst that can happen is you'll fall. You will fall down on the ground.' He told me. I nodded. 'And until you are down on that arena floor, I don't want to see any more tears from you.'

I did the clinic that day, and Sawyer and I did wonderfully. A year later, I continue to work with Sawyer and we push ourselves every day. I am a very confident rider today, and whenever I feel the nerves kick in, I remember 'the worst that can happen, is you will fall.' I still see the resident cowboy daily, and he comments how my riding improves every time he sees me. He tells me I went from being a girl with a horse, to a true horsewoman.



What was your lightbulb moment with your horse?
     
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    08-04-2013, 06:41 PM
  #2
Showing
We were all alone at 11pm at night. I had just gotten off of work, drove to the barn, fed him and got him all tacked up. The indoor arena was huge. It was originally built for playing Polo.

I got on him and he was very calm until we worked up to a trot. At the trot he was very strung out, head up, taking off like no one could stop him.

At first I was scared because he was travelling very jaggedly and quick.. nothing smooth or rhythmic about it. I wanted him to slow down till he was at a pace I was comfortable with.. but he just couldn't do it.

So finally I thought "Screw this, I'll just try to keep up with him" and I did. And eventually I could keep up with his large trot stride, his pops over ground poles, anything.

Eventually he found a steady rhythm and since that day I have so much confidence on that horse.
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    08-04-2013, 08:01 PM
  #3
Trained
Your story almost made me cry. That is the best thing I've heard in ages. What might have been your worst day turned into your biggest light bulb moment!

My light bulb moment actually came before I have my horse and is the reason I have him. I was taking a lesson on a school horse who had long toes and bad balance. He tripped over a jump, went down on his knees and came up bucking. I decided to bail and hit the ground hard. My leg swelled up to the point where the muscles stopped working. It was just a useless stump for 6 weeks. It took a good year to fully regain use of it, and I was just about to turn 40. I had always loved horses, but had always struggled financially and figured it would just never be in the cards for me. The accident showed me that I was only 1 fall away from never being able to ride again. That was my light bulb moment.

I bought my first horse a few months later and never looked back. Best thing I ever did.
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    08-04-2013, 10:41 PM
  #4
Weanling
What a great story. :)

My lightbulb moment came on a friend's horse a couple years before I even thought I'd have a horse of my own. It was my first time riding and I was really nervous. The horse was only a 14 hand Arab but when I was on her she seemed SO TALL. I was asking a ton of questions about how to steer, stop, keep my feet etc. My friend was very patient and explained everything. I still couldn't get over the fear that I would screw something up and hurt myself or the horse. About halfway through our ride she turned around and told me "Just trust Breezy, she will take care of you."

Now fast forward 3 years and I have my own horse and he can be a handful at times. Sometimes when I feel myself tensing up and getting frustrated I hear her voice in my head again "Trust the horse, he will take care of you". It instantly calms me down and gets me back into a teamwork mode with Rio instead of staying in a fighting mode. I have never fallen or been hurt and I attribute that solely to being able to calm myself down when I get nervous.
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    08-04-2013, 11:31 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Your story almost made me cry. That is the best thing I've heard in ages. What might have been your worst day turned into your biggest light bulb moment!

My light bulb moment actually came before I have my horse and is the reason I have him. I was taking a lesson on a school horse who had long toes and bad balance. He tripped over a jump, went down on his knees and came up bucking. I decided to bail and hit the ground hard. My leg swelled up to the point where the muscles stopped working. It was just a useless stump for 6 weeks. It took a good year to fully regain use of it, and I was just about to turn 40. I had always loved horses, but had always struggled financially and figured it would just never be in the cards for me. The accident showed me that I was only 1 fall away from never being able to ride again. That was my light bulb moment.


I bought my first horse a few months later and never looked back. Best thing I ever did.


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    08-05-2013, 12:12 PM
  #6
Foal
I love hearing everyone's stories! It is amazing what horses can teach us, and how many of those lessons can also be translated into other life situation.

MyBoyPuck, your story in particular touched me, because I feel like a lot of people would think 'one fall could end it, so I won't ride', and play it safe. I love that you used that as your reason to ride. It is truly touching :)

Again, I feel like all of these story's messages can be related to general life situations. Keep them coming if anyone has more. Thank you for sharing everyone!
     
    08-10-2013, 07:05 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by oliveoats    
because I feel like a lot of people would think 'one fall could end it, so I won't ride', and play it safe. I love that you used that as your reason to ride. It is truly touching :)
Wow, until you wrote that, I never really saw it from the other perspective. To this day, the only reason I worry about falling off, getting into a car crash, or break my leg skiing is because it might injure me in such a way that I couldn't ride. I guess I am truly seated in the horse addict section.
     
    08-11-2013, 02:56 AM
  #8
Banned
I have grown up riding and taking lessons, but my biggest lightbulb moment happened recently. I purchased my horse Drifter at a horse sale from a woman I worked with. I wanted him to be my next eventing horse. It has been almost a year and a half that we have been together now. I am away at school, but I have stayed in almost daily contact with my trainer from back home.

I called her crying one evening after I had spent time out at the barn because it was becoming obvious to me that Drifter did not want to be an event horse. The more I tried to make him become one, the more he tensed up and resented (okay. Im emotionalizing him I know, but he was very grouchy, unwilling to work, etc) me and the more frustrated I got with him. My trainer asked me "do you want to sale him?" point blank. I immediately said "No, but I am tired of fighting with him because I am riding a horse that is so different from what is in my head". She got quiet for about 10 seconds and then told me "Well then ride the horse you have"

She kind of woke me up with that. Since then I have begun to see Drifter in a new light. We go on trails (his favorite thing ever), work cows, practice agility courses and just fool around. Drifter didnt want to event. As soon as I faced that and "rode the horse I had" and played up to his strengths, our relationship improved once again! Drifter is fantastic and will ALWAYS have a home with me. I have a new boy who would rather event and goes 50 shades of cray if he sees a barrel pattern or a cow .. so it worked out in the end for all 3 of us :)
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    08-11-2013, 03:52 AM
  #9
Yearling
I like this thread already!!! Lol

I work for a lady who when she was my riding instructor taught me everything from western to english to driving and learning to sit a bucking horse and now training. She trained my moms horse who was abused and skittish when we got him and for years after that he set as a pasture ornament while my mom recovered from a horrific fall on him and I matured into an older model! I was debating about beginning to ride him again and get him into dressage for the sheer pleasure of it (he loves it to death and I didn't have the heart to ride him in a discipline he didn't like anymore) and brought up my concerns with her. I thought I would ruin him if I did anything wrong. She looked flat at me and (as one of the training horses ran around us in the roundpen) said: "As long as you do your best, and have the best intentions you can never mess up a good horse." I started him back the next day. A few years later I was cantering him in an english saddle when my brand new girth broke, the metal buckles snapped in half and after a valiant attempt to stay on I fell, rolled and got up just in time to see him plow through her fencing, rip up my stirrups and shatter my pride. (My boss and her husband who are both old cowboy types were standing right at the gate watching me.) I stood up and dusted myself off and my boss came up to me. She looked me up and down, nodded once and made me look for the missing stirrups while she got my horse. She brought him back up, got me a new girth from her stash and tacked him up while I held him. After that she stood aside and said: "Anywhere your hurt's a long way from your heart, get up, act like nothing happened, and try again. Crap happens get over it, both of you."

As compensation she did take me out for ice cream afterwards and tell me embarrassing stories of her young horsey days...

Also as a side one: When I took lessons she rode my mare (who doesn't take leg and will go bronco on any adult who tries) and when because she refused to canter kicked her once. My horse went fine for about four strides and then took off in a huge indoor arena at a gallop, rearing, bucking, sliding stops and got my boss off (only horse I've seen do it). My boss landed on her butt, watched as my horse snorted once and walked to the other end of the arena and then stood up and dusted herself off. She looked at me, motioned to my horse and said: "Go get your nag." When I asked if she wanted back on she growled out: "Rule number one of horse training/riding is know when you're beat!" (She did forgive me for forgetting to tell her about my mare's hatred of leg eventually! In my defense I was like nine.)
     
    08-11-2013, 05:09 AM
  #10
Foal
I don't think I could pin it down to just one! I have been taking lessons for 15 years now, mainly from one trainer but a few others sprinkled in here and there and a clinic or six. That being said, there are a few one-liners that have stuck in my head.

On nerves - "You might as well breathe through it, because otherwise, no matter what you do, you'll end up on the ground."

On horses that spook - To tell the horse that they "are a good survivor," and "good job avoiding the threat," then show the horse that they would have survived either way with you there.

On posture - "Shoulders like a queen, hips like a harlot."

On training - "If the horse knows you only have 10 minutes to do something, it will take all day. Act like you have all day and it will take 10 minutes."
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