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post #1 of 2 Old 04-22-2011, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Yay Spirit!!! :D

Spirit was saddled and rode for the first time in two whole YEARS. We were prepared for the worse but.......

So we took her out and hooked her to the hitching post. As usual the second she was away from the herd she started acting up. Unfortunatly shes really herdbound still. But our hard works been paying off, and after a couple corrections she started calming right down. We put her bridle on, and Poof! A different horse. She settled right down, like yup I know what to do! They took her into the riding pen and after a few rounds took her off the lead rope and she did awesome! She listened like a champ! She really wanted to just go! go! go! and burn off her energy, but she stayed completely in check and didnt everything her rider asked! We took it slow today, but I can't wait to see them take her out again and put her through the rest of her paces. She's going through a refresher training? I think is what they called it.

Btw I'm saying all this as a learning rider just watching, so I don't know the technical terms of what they were doing lol. Fortunatly everything I learned as a kid is starting to come back to be now that I'm around horses and riding again. I took lessons as a kid and was pretty good, then we moved to the city and I had never rode since. I'm shocked that a little over ten years and I'm back to a beginner again. Lol learning as a kid was soooo much easier.

Woops back to Spirit. But yeah all three of the new rescues are turning out to be really awesome, with a little work we'll have three really good riding horses. The lady claimed they were awesome and great trail horses, but you never know if you can believe people or not. So far its turning out to be true
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-22-2011, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Oh and on a side story:

The owner was by the barn when I got there today with one of his friends who helps train the horses. The horse pasture wraps around the barn, the front being narrower where we take the horses out by the hitching post to saddle them, brush them, whatever. It wraps around behind the barn to the large area where the herds usually stay, unless the come up to say hi.

The owners talking and says, "Yeah we were gonna work with Spirit and Blue today but Blues (hes the leader and they all follow him) still pretty skittish around me and they ran to the other side of the field."

The fields a big slushy, snowy mess right now with the crappy weather weve had, so its a pain to walk across since your boots get stuck lol.

So I was like, "Really? Thats odd of them."

I walk down around the barn to the big pasture and see Blues herd. Theres only four of them in that group, but it's easier to just call it a herd. I walk a little ways in. "Blue, come here! Nevada, Spirit, Ruby! Lets go."

So I come walking back up around the barn with them all following me like little duckys I grab Blues halter and walk him right up the the fence.

The guy goes, "Wait, I thought they said you were new?"

Lol I was so proud of my mini herd. They came in right when I started, so I think its just been easiest for us to bond since were all learning and figuring things out together. I might be a bad rider, but I felt like a horse whisperer in training at that moment. Lol to most people this would seem like a no big deal every day thing, but for me this was a horsey mile stone
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