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post #21 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 12:32 AM
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Oh boy. You guys mean the stuff I just did yesterday? Lol.
With my past horse wed ride double on her at a canter even. Wed jump creeks, stand on her, drag barrels behind her, ride backwards, sideways.. I did ride her bareback and in a halter but I don't find that as crazy. Lol. Now with my new horse he isn't much of a trail horse and I'm in the process of getting him used to it. When I got him he wouldn't even step in a puddle. A PUDDLE. not a creek or a stream. A little tiny wet spot. So now hes over it but still on occasion likes to jump over them. Ive become unseated with these jumps. Lol.I also love to gallop around but I'm more 'smart' about it. I walk the path before I run it and the place I usually run is the hay/extra field, so its been tended to. Before on my old horse wed just full out race on the farm land we were allowed to ride on in the off season. Again, we walked the area to make sure we weren't going to turn up some gophers home. xD but otherwise ive been pretty 'safe' about riding. My instructor has pounded this stuff into my head..
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post #22 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 10:58 AM
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Where to begin? I grew up around it so I was always doing stuff I had no business doing..Especially with my sister, aka partner in crime, now I look back and just shake my head..What the hell were we thinking?

We'd go on a "Moonlight trail ride" together, which consisted of sneaking out of the house and going to get my horse and her pony..We'd ride over to a HUGE cotton field after they had plowed it for planting and just FLY across that field. Bareback or with a saddle..Didn't matter and we didn't care..

One of my favorite things to do on a trail ride or parade would be to sit backwards in my saddle..On Hickory the king of attitude..and thought it was FUNNY when he'd try to get me off or try to run away.. Geez..Not the brightest idea.

We'd jump logs and things..One day I was on one of our old trusty geldings that was a babysitter..I was determined this horse was going to jump this big log..I tried and tried to get him to and he just wouldn't do it..I found myself a stick and MEANT he was going over the log..So he takes off with a little stick encouragement and stops dead in his tracks in front of the log, I fly over his head and land in a heap of bushes on the other side..I was NOT happy..but I was even more embarrassed because it had been in front of Holly and she was literally laughing so hard she was falling out of her saddle.

Holly and I would trail ride and we'd have to cut through the big cotton field to get to the trail..Well..There was a big turn in the field on the way home and we'd race until we got to the turn.. Holly was on her pony so I'd always win and 60% of the time her pony would come around the corner after me riderless..I'd take my gelding around the corner and Holly'd be walking around the corner covered in dirt yelling "I HATE that pony!!" and I'd have to put Holly double on my gelding to ride home and get her pony (Who always just ran home and stood at the gate) and she'd ride right back out to the corner and make Midnight (pony) do what she wanted.

We'd ride double bareback everywhere talking and joking..Trying to jump things that way and racing others that way..

There was this kid that lived about a mile from us and he'd meet us every so often on his bike and we'd race him down the dirt road..Didn't even watch to see if a car was coming or anything like that..I just had to beat that crap talking kid on his bike..

We'd try all kids of trick rider stunts, whatever we saw on movies we had to try it. jumping sidesaddle, standing in our saddles and walking around..A lot of the time it never worked out but that didn't phase us from trying it anyway. I was able to run up behind Holly's pony and jump over her butt to play Roy Rogers..

We'd have ALL kinds of plays with the horses..Complete with stage setup.. We'd write a little script and dress up, along with dressing up the horses.. I was usually the speaker or whatever and Holly and her little friend, Amanda, would dress up as like fairies or something along with the ponies we had and act it out..

This pony put up with more crap from us than any horse I've ever seen.. She would put Holly in the dirt occasionally but other than that she stood there or did whatever we wanted to her and never protested anything.. We ALL cried when she died a few years ago..Our dad called while we were at a horse show and told my stepmom he had seen Midnight lying down so he rode over and she had died that morning after we left for the horse show..Holly had went and gave her loves before pulling out for the horse show..sad day for us..

My laptop is at my dad's..I wish I had it with me, there are a ton of old pictures of our crazy ideas when we were younger..

I'm still guilty of doing a few things I shouldn't be doing..Especially with Hickory because he just lets me do whatever I want with him...I still stand up on Lark bareback..A week or so ago I finally got the guts to try to back flip out of my saddle, which I can now do pretty confidently..I ride around bareback and bridleless.. At least now I'm more confident and know how to handle those situations.. I'm not a reckless kid running around..Most of the time

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post #23 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 11:11 AM
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Thought of more..

I was trying to show off once day while giving a lesson (I was probably 20?) and Hickory is just short enough that I could lean over and pick the barrel up if it had fallen over..So I'm thinking I'm hot stuff and I lean over to pick up the barrel.. I tip if up with my boot and grab it while gripping HIckory with my legs so I don't fall off..I had on bumper spurs (That I wasn't supposed to have on Hickory, but hey? I wouldn't use them..Right?) and he moved off my spur like it had shocked him. I went off the side..Dislocated and broke my elbow..In a full arm cast and no riding.. I cut the thumb part off of my cast and was riding a week later..

Holly had went on a trail ride with Sierra one day and had found a kitten that she stuffed in her shirt and brought it home..While hiding it in her room for a week without anyone knowing..

Holly and I were trail riding and her horse, Tucker, spooked at something and ran through the powerpoles, the yellow things that hold the power pole up? Tucker ran Holly's FACE into one..Broke her nose and gave her two black eyes..She fell off and Tucker ran home..She's rolling around on the ground screaming while I jump off of Hickory..Blood everywhere, I throw her up on Hickory and head for the house..I remember being FURIOUS because she bled all over my saddle and the stains stayed there forever..They faded but you can still see them on my saddle.. I retired it MANY years ago..

There will probably be more as I remember but that's all I can think of right now..

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I used to ride horses at the local riding stable and we rode on the beach
and we had races with the other riders. I one time rode a horse I was not used
the horse decided to go one way and I wanted to go another
so as I won we went over a log and I slipped and fell off
I got my stomach muscels pulled, that hurt for a few days

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post #25 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 11:24 AM
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I'll help your image out. 14hh quarter pony (wp pony) and 15.3 appendix hunt seat mare. It went great until I asked for more speed than a walk, I got wp jog on one side and hunter trot on the other. Didn't work out so well. I would have been fine if I'd done a better job of picking which horses to pair up!

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[QUOTE=DrumRunner;1723315]Thought of more..

Holly had went on a trail ride with Sierra one day and had found a kitten that she stuffed in her shirt and brought it home..While hiding it in her room for a week without anyone knowing..


have pretty much done all of yours but this one stuck out the most... way to many times to count. sneaking in small animals to our rooms and our parents not finidng them for weeks and only found them because of days we went to clean everything...

keep in mind this particular event was the 4th time we were caught in a month, we snuck in one of our friends pet rats. we were watching while they went on vacation. we were cleaning his cage and he someone got out of our room..still not sure how he did it. anywho we realized he was missing when we heard a death scream from our mom..
she was chasing him with a broom trying to get him to the door when my sister jumped on him and caught him. my mom was not pleased with us that day.

we then had our rooms checked for pets once a week. for months until they realized we had moved our hiding spoke to the basement :P haha
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post #27 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 11:38 AM
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I love it Kait!! It's one of those moment's where the kids are looking for something, hear the scream, and look at each other with terrified faces because taking off.. lol We've been there a few times..
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post #28 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 12:01 PM
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These are great!! XD
I think my worst are probably riding bareback, bridless, and barefoot :P haha I always do that in the summer XP

My older brother decided to stand up on my 4 yo, next to a fence and with no helmet....:P he's fine, but it could have ended badly!!!!!!
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post #29 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 12:11 PM
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Dont yell at me for this! I know better now!

My friend and are were both horse crazy as kids (i still im, she got more interested in boys). But we would go to random feilds with horses, boost each other up and sit on the horses while they grazed. Or, we'd "borrow" a halter from the barn i was taking lessons at, put it on any horse that it fit. Then get on and kick the horse into a trot. We'd use the lead rope to do a one rein stop if we needed.

I ended up working for someone whose horse i had trotted around on before, and she was telling me about how said horse was 3 years old, and hadnt been ridden yet because she had a bucking problem. Oops...

For without a horse, i could not fly.
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post #30 of 54 Old 10-18-2012, 12:25 PM
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Standing up on my pony while riding bareback and in a halter - I thought I was so great - my mother had been told about it by the time I got home and she wasn't impressed
Also did the sitting backwards jumping thing - that didn't end well
I was embarrassingly older when I convinced myself that a hedge I was going to jump didn't have a ditch on the other side - and it did and it was full of water and me and the horse ended up in it, Thankfully unhurt but had to ride home soaking wet with boots full of disgusting smelly water. My biggest fear at the time once I knew the horse was OK was that it was full of frogs
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