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        02-15-2012, 11:20 AM
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    Weanling
    When I Was A Beginner...

    Thought I'd start a thread where people could share their embarrassing/funny/ect. Moments from when they were beginners.

    I'll start off..

    After my second year of riding lessons my mom and instructor thought it was time for my own pony. We were [still are] far from rich, my uncle [local "horse dealer" and nice guy for those who think all horse dealers are horrible people!] had just "rescued" a mare that had been in the family/around the family for 25+yo and 20+yo a fat pony mare that had been in the family with the other horse just as long. So we bought the 14hh fat sassy black mare. She was a champion barrel racer in her day [still has it too!] but had started having signs of arthritis. She was 100% kid safe and an over all gentle mare that takes care of her rider. Anyway, it took me almost a year to really understand how to ride her because she was fast. She wasn't bad, just fast and sensitive to aids. I never fell off her or anything but it took me a while to get in tune with how to ride her.
    Now she is retired [due to the arthritis] but after I got in tune with her we could do anything and everything. I went from using a "harsh" bit to riding her in nothing but a halter and bareback. When I look back now I think it's so funny how I thought my fat mare was difficult, and now I just wish I could ride her the way I used and have a thousand more years with her.

    Ignore how terrible I look; pictures from years ago!


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        02-15-2012, 11:42 AM
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    I remember my first lesson ..lets just say I left crying and didn't learn a thing other than trainers and riders were mean.

    Here it goes :
    I went to the stable and was told to head into the barn to pick up my mount.
    Went inside told a gentlemen and he brought me the horse I was riding. He literally handed me the reins and pointed me in the direction of the arena where the trainer was.
    Get to the door and by myself I look thru the gate/door and start panicking... there are about 10 other riders in there and I had no idea how to lead a horse let alone how to safely get to the middle of the arena... to make things worse I had a tall 16 hand tb calm as could be just tall with me being 12 yo at maybe 4foot something...

    Open door not even half way and get yelled at by a rider. Finally get in the arena and turn to close door and got yelled at for doing it to slowly. (it was a heavy wooden door) went to lead horse to middle got yelled at, was pulling on the reins instead of walking with horse... idk anything about horses!!

    No one took the time to show or teach me anything... then to add on got to the middle of the arena and introduced my self to the 3 trainers in the middle of the ring. One trainer just put me on and said warm up. Then as I start to figure out how to get horse to move another trainer starts yelling at me for not tightening the girth...

    She took me off the horse and started yelling at me how I showed no respect for the horse or the other riders or the trainers safety... I cried and ran out of the lesson and wasn't even there for 20 minutes.

    Never went back to that barn to say the least and now I am in perdicament where this barn is the only one near my apartment.. grrr
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        02-15-2012, 11:51 AM
      #3
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by kait18    
    i remember my first lesson ..lets just say I left crying and didn't learn a thing other than trainers and riders were mean.

    Here it goes :
    I went to the stable and was told to head into the barn to pick up my mount.
    Went inside told a gentlemen and he brought me the horse I was riding. He literally handed me the reins and pointed me in the direction of the arena where the trainer was.
    Get to the door and by myself I look thru the gate/door and start panicking... there are about 10 other riders in there and I had no idea how to lead a horse let alone how to safely get to the middle of the arena... to make things worse I had a tall 16 hand tb calm as could be just tall with me being 12 yo at maybe 4foot something...

    Open door not even half way and get yelled at by a rider. Finally get in the arena and turn to close door and got yelled at for doing it to slowly. (it was a heavy wooden door) went to lead horse to middle got yelled at, was pulling on the reins instead of walking with horse... idk anything about horses!!

    No one took the time to show or teach me anything... then to add on got to the middle of the arena and introduced my self to the 3 trainers in the middle of the ring. One trainer just put me on and said warm up. Then as I start to figure out how to get horse to move another trainer starts yelling at me for not tightening the girth...

    She took me off the horse and started yelling at me how I showed no respect for the horse or the other riders or the trainers safety... I cried and ran out of the lesson and wasn't even there for 20 minutes.

    Never went back to that barn to say the least and now I am in perdicament where this barn is the only one near my apartment.. grrr
    Oh wow, for my first lesson I only rode for half of it. The first half all I the trainer taught me was how to groom and saddle a horse. So glad I had a good trainer now! I would have been so terrified!
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        02-15-2012, 11:55 AM
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    Kait: Wow. I would NEVER go to that barn, nor would I LET anyone else go to it. That is just terrible. *SMH*

    When I was a beginner(still am, but and absolute newbie):
    My first horse was a coming 3 year old High Brow Hickory/Dash For Cash bred filly, who had been loping the barrel pattern for about 4 months. Thank my sister for that bright idea. Seems she thinks a long 2 year old should be able to lope barrels.
    Anyways, this filly was HOT! And I mean hot, hot, hot, hot!
    She was spooky, figity, nervous, easily worked up, the works.
    My sister thought it would be a good idea for her to be my first horse. I cannot believe how stupid I was for agreeing to it.
    Through my own, ignorant, beginner fault, I had taught this filly how to pull back while tied and she still has the problem to this day.
    But one time, I was saddling up to ride and I hadn't learned the trick of putting the halter loosely around her neck while putting the bridle on. After struggling to get the bridle on, she finally got fed up and jerked back as hard as she could, broke the halter, and proceeded to run full speed across our make-shift outdoor arena. I near had a dang heart attack! Needless to say, I got her slowed down and stopped. I got the bridle on her and off we went on our ride.

    Crazy, crazy day that was. Makes me laugh though. Lol.

    I'd give anything to have that filly back because she was a NICE looking horse with great lines. I'm sure I could handle her now knowing what I know.
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        02-15-2012, 11:56 AM
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    I had really bad chair seat. Wait... I still have really bad chair seat.

    I also had a habit of turning my toes out until I started riding pigeon-toed on purpose. That fixed it. At least now I don't look like a total loser.



    See? Toes are straight, but look at that chair seat! Aussie saddles force your legs forward. That is my excuse for today.
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        02-15-2012, 12:07 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    I guess I got lucky. My first horse was a little bay mare, named Angel. To call her lazy was an understatement, but she was a ok first horse. The only lessons that I had, was my uncle telling me to get on, sit down, and shut up. And my mom was fine with that, I however wasn't. Angel, was a Tardy Too mare out of a Pokey ****. She was bred for western pleasure, and that is what my uncle found for me knowing that I wanted to run barrels. Needless to say, she never done very well, but it wasn't for lack of her trying, once she got over the laziness. Another down fall of her, was the fact that she was only green broke. She never tried anything, but would buck if you had spurs on and they barely touched her. With my uncles help, I blew that little mare up. She was definantely alley/arena soured. But I didn't know any better than to follow my uncles directions. Luckily my best friend's father took pity on me and actually taught me to ride. I also had riding lessons from another friend along the way, she always thought it was funny to see me coming up her driveway bareback and in halter and lead rope just draped over my horses neck, on a horse that before I got him had a reputation for rearing up and tossing himself over backwards. Between those two people, we eventually fixed his problem, but he still wasn't an ideal second horse for a 14 year old.

    But, he's the horse that taught me to never say "I'll never ride that horse!" At the final show of one year, I saw him rear up and jump. If he would have jumped up and to the side, his back feet would have cleared the arena fencing, which is 6.5 feet tall. When I saw him do that, I made the comment "I'll never ride that horse!" And who was I riding at the first horse show, the very next year? Him, and I had only had him about a week, but I was expected to RUN him in barrels and poles that night.

    I know this kinda sounds like a horror story, but it really isn't. Once we got him out of the habit of rearing, he was a great horse to ride. I rode him everywhere, including at shows bareback with only a halter, and his running boots. He was a great trail horse, and I also rode him in some WP classes, and reining classes. But those were just to further his training.

    I still love that horse, and miss him daily.
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        02-15-2012, 01:05 PM
      #7
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by PaintedFury    
    I guess I got lucky. My first horse was a little bay mare, named Angel. To call her lazy was an understatement, but she was a ok first horse. The only lessons that I had, was my uncle telling me to get on, sit down, and shut up. And my mom was fine with that, I however wasn't. Angel, was a Tardy Too mare out of a Pokey ****. She was bred for western pleasure, and that is what my uncle found for me knowing that I wanted to run barrels. Needless to say, she never done very well, but it wasn't for lack of her trying, once she got over the laziness. Another down fall of her, was the fact that she was only green broke. She never tried anything, but would buck if you had spurs on and they barely touched her. With my uncles help, I blew that little mare up. She was definantely alley/arena soured. But I didn't know any better than to follow my uncles directions. Luckily my best friend's father took pity on me and actually taught me to ride. I also had riding lessons from another friend along the way, she always thought it was funny to see me coming up her driveway bareback and in halter and lead rope just draped over my horses neck, on a horse that before I got him had a reputation for rearing up and tossing himself over backwards. Between those two people, we eventually fixed his problem, but he still wasn't an ideal second horse for a 14 year old.

    But, he's the horse that taught me to never say "I'll never ride that horse!" At the final show of one year, I saw him rear up and jump. If he would have jumped up and to the side, his back feet would have cleared the arena fencing, which is 6.5 feet tall. When I saw him do that, I made the comment "I'll never ride that horse!" And who was I riding at the first horse show, the very next year? Him, and I had only had him about a week, but I was expected to RUN him in barrels and poles that night.

    I know this kinda sounds like a horror story, but it really isn't. Once we got him out of the habit of rearing, he was a great horse to ride. I rode him everywhere, including at shows bareback with only a halter, and his running boots. He was a great trail horse, and I also rode him in some WP classes, and reining classes. But those were just to further his training.

    I still love that horse, and miss him daily.
    I'm glad I was lucky enough to have been able to take lessons for a few years, I think it really helped me get good basics for the horse world. That and having a family that had some horse experience.
         

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