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post #31 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 04:57 PM
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My dressage coach, who sadly passed away last summer. He was firm when he needed to be, and explained things that were easy to understand, and when I wasn't getting something he would make me off and he would get on to show me what he wanted me to do. I can hear him in my head when I make a mistake, or when I wrap polos (which is something I struggled with for a long time). If it wasn't for him, I don't think I would be able to ride as well as I do today.

Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine, yeah we'll be fine.
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post #32 of 42 Old 04-15-2013, 12:22 PM
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My father and grandfather. My grandfather was an old horse trader, as well. He would buy horses at the sale barn that other people gave up on. He would break them to ride, and then usually he would train them to be very valuable roping horses. Sometimes he would train them to be kid's horses. Then he would either sell them or trade them with somebody for an even better horse. Sometimes he kept horses that he trained for my dad or my aunt when they were kids.
Once my dad grew up, he took over from there. He also broke horses to ride, and even broke one of Secretariat's daughters to ride.
My dad went on to win the Team Roping State Championship in 1995. Then he quit, because I was born. They taught me everything that I know about horses, and then some. I love these guys. <3
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post #33 of 42 Old 04-21-2013, 01:46 AM
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My trainer aka my MOM <3 :P
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post #34 of 42 Old 04-24-2013, 12:59 AM
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My horse, of course!

While others have taught me things, he has taught me the most. I am who I am because of him. He's inspired me, motivated me, challenged me, and rewarded me.

None of my family understands my passion. Most of my friends don't really get it either, even if they ride horses themselves.

I've had so many trainers from a young age to now, that none have really hit home with me.

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post #35 of 42 Old 04-24-2013, 02:01 AM
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I guess the cops at the Mounted Police stables who let me sit on their horses after they'd been bathed, while the horses dried. I'm sure they could have gotten in trouble, but they let me anyway. A big thank you to them!

Them and the very tolerant vendors who used horse drawn wagons who let me "hold" their horses while they sold things to housewives or sharpened their scissors. They also let me brush their cart horses for hours at the end of a day.

Those were the earliest influences for a lucky city girl. Since then, I've been lucky and sometimes picky about who I worked with and took advice from. People who were able to do things that I, too, wanted to know how to do. Many, many good horsemen.
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post #36 of 42 Old 04-25-2013, 05:30 AM
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Tough question ;)

I can attribute some to my first "trainer" (who now, looking back, was nothing more than a horse loving free spirit). She rode endurance and would let me tag along on her endurance hacks on my fat appy mare as a kid. She was my biggest fan for a while, and for that I thank her.

My current trainer, and good friend, whose 'had' me since 13. She is, probably, my biggest influence. She introduced me to eventing, both a curse and a blessing! Not a big name herself, but being in the "in" crowd gives me both the desire to compete and be competitive and also the realization that there is no way I can afford the money or time to really get into it.

Finally, Monroe. My OTTB who has been the biggest challenge of all, but also the most rewarding. He was way too much horse for me (and probably still is), but my stubborn teenage self would not give up on him. We completed events together and he has taught me more than any $25,000 push button could. He may be a senior citizen now but is still bucking my a$$ off. He has given me the experience and tenderness to be confident on different horses.

Thank you B, M, and Monroe.

I wouldn't be the horseperson I am today without your advice.
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post #37 of 42 Old 04-25-2013, 01:28 PM
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Charles Redfern, may he rest in peace, was my mom's boyfriend when I was growing up. He taught me how to read a horse and anticipate problems before they happened. "If you see something that needs to be done, do it." He taught me how to halter break the babies, ride the greenies, and never leave a gate open. He taught me to pull a trailer (and more importantly, how to back one up) and how to change a tire. Through him, I met people who taught me more about green horses and a racehorse trainer who taught me how to care for legs.

Carol Tracy, who we refer to as Mama Carol, taught me so much. She was my only trainer my first year as an all around. She helped me find the perfect horse, and then she taught me how to ride him. She taught me the value trail riding or gathering cattle for my competition horses. She is excellent at explaining things so that I can understand them. She has also taught me a lot about management and health.

And my mother. She instilled in me a love for horses, and more specifically, appaloosas. She financed my show career, got me great trainers and awesome horses. She is still trying to give me her adventurous spirit, but I'll only go so far, LOL. I swear, that woman is fearless.

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post #38 of 42 Old 04-25-2013, 06:36 PM
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My biggest influences (can't choose just one :) have been the horses I've worked with.
When I first started riding, I was given gentle, quiet horses who wouldn't act out if there was a nuclear war going on behind them. They taught me to be confident and unafraid of the unknown.
Then I started volunteering at another barn, and the horses there knocked most of the confidence right out of me :) I had come with, I'm ashamed to say, the pride of a person who can stay on a well-trained horse. This motley crew of grumpy old horses, unpredictable newbies, and everything inbetween quickly showed me I knew absolutely nothing about horses. And continue to prove that I still don't.
I can't really say who my biggest influence is because each one has influenced me in different ways that are all very important. Some have taught me persistence, some taught me when to give in. Some have taught me to either be in charge or be put in charge of, and some have taught me that the lightest touch can convey more than yanking or kicking. Some have taught me the taste the of the dirt, others have taught me how to fly :)
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post #39 of 42 Old 04-27-2013, 02:25 PM
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My sister had to be one of my biggest influences along with the pony cross I grew up riding. My sister lost her arm while fighting overseas, she come right back home and started to ride again. It was like nothing had ever changed, it was like the good old days when her horse was young(er). Then there was my pony cross who taught me how to stay alert and to stay on board. Oh and how to dodge teeth and hooves.
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post #40 of 42 Old 04-27-2013, 08:57 PM
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A handsome standardbred I used to lease, Boss. <3

So, it all began with a frightened 9 year old kid climbing up on a huge thoroughbred mare. First time, may I tell you. (yes, the people at the barn werent the smartest)

Well, I was thrown off. Hard. The horse stepped on my leg afterwards (as it was bolting away)

I vowed to never ride again. Ever. But this where that handsome gelding came along...

I was 11, small and shy and sprang back whenever the poor horse moved. I mounted- and he immedetly pumped my spirit with such confidence I refused to get off the saddle. And then next, and the day after that, and until I had been riding him for a solid year.

It was then I had realized, I had changed so **** much. I was proud of myself, from a small meek child to a strong riding young woman. It was then I decided to take it to the next level.

My mother gave me a rescue horse on my 13th birthday. I stunning, sweet mare, named Cricket. She was a standardbred as well. But there was one problem- she wasnt saddle trained.

I'm still 13. Cricket is doing lovely and we are entering our first show May 19.

I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for that handsome standardbred gelding- Boss.

- and her hooves lifted from the ground, as if wings stretched from her velvety back
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