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post #1 of 5 Old 04-01-2010, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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1st ride in a mont 1/2!! :D [long]

Im still glowing from todays ride! Since the farrier said to get her right back into work I decided to test the waters and get on Chance today! Sorry if this is all over the place, so many thoughts to write down!

Lets just say my confidence in ridng in general has gone up A LOT since the last time I rode her! I think its because I've been working with other peoples horses that really had some issues and it was where I need to be firm and demand to be listened to, where before I just wanted to be friends with the horses. Now its like.. okay once you behave and listen to me and not be a threat to my safety we can be friends. Now that goes with any horse I ride. I need to be the leader, its what they look for.

I got on her and kinda moseyed around, and started to be like my old self, then my 'training' side kicked in and I was ready to make sure this first ride was going to have a impact. When she started to try stuff I immediatly said no, thats not what I asked, I want this. Her WHOLE attitude changed for teh better. We had a great forward walk and a nice moving trot, instead of her ughh lazy.. i dont want to type gaits. The canter she got a bit testy. She threw a few bucks, but I just asked her to move her butt and to comply with what I wanted. After that she was cantering great in both directions around the whole arena, not even trying to take off!!!

A month ago I would back down, or ask her to stop the second she would speed up on the long side because I didnt want her to take off... but I just rode it and slowed her down when needed, nothing phased me today. I was ready to take her on, and I guess it showed because she didnt try very much after the first few things she pulled.

I know how important the relationship is, but the saftey of myself, and her.. is what needs to come first... the relationship will come naturally. We already have a great bond anyways.

Now that I found what was wrong with ME when riding her, and I've over come a lot of things related with her I think everything will click into place. I think the whole working with other horses for people is what helped me a lot, it was a big confidence booster when people were impressed with what I was doing. :) I never had the confidence to really tell her what was bad, because I was afraid of being thrown. Now that I really DO, I can admit to it and say I wasn't then and it was me who was causing her problems.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-01-2010, 10:42 PM
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congralations on the ride sounds like you have finely proven to her your boss :)are you keeping her then?
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I'm so glad your ride went well!

I am learning the same thing, to be assertive and firm. Before that, I was always afraid of making the horse mad. Now I am trying to be like The Dog Whisperer and be calm and assertive and the leader of our little "pack."

What also boosted my confidence was reading an article in a horse magazine that came out recently. It was Clinton Anderson, I believe, and the gist of the article was that when he first started training, he was working with a mare with a crappy attitude and not making progress with her. So the guy he was training for, told him to be more assertive and tell her what to do, not just ask hoping not to make her mad. So he started being more assertive with her and she started responding a whole lot better. (I might be off of the details, but I think that was the idea of the article). So anyway, between that article and watching a lot of the Dog Whisperer, I am really getting into this "leadership" thing. Before that, I was just always wanting to be friends, which I still do, but now I know that a horse really wants leader to follow, and that might as well be me, lol!

I also found out riding other people's horses gave me lots of confidence too, because they all handle a little bit differently, and when you get the hang of how different horses respond and it feels good to get the response you are asking for, it is a big confidence booster!

So is Chance feeling pretty sound at the moment? I hope so!
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That is great , it is an amazing feeling when things click and fall into place. I am hoping you and Chance are able to overcome all the hurdles that have been placed in front of you and continue to progress , and I hope that her health continues to improve!

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Trailhorserider - Sounds like me and you are right on the same page! I watched the dog whisperer once, has some good things you can apply to horses with a bit of adjustment! Chance is 100% sound at the moment, for how long... thats the question. But im hoping it will stay untill we have a back up plan! :) Thanks btw.

Redtree - I deffinately think I gave her something to think about! Right now the sale thing is on hold cause I want to be 100% sure she can stay into work and not getting hurt worse with someone else. But if she CAN jump in time, and we stay on the path we are both on now I think we can stick together. A instructor at my barn thinks I put to much time into her to sell her but idk, we'll see! :)

RadHenry - Thanks! Im really looking forward to keep working with her and fix some of those bad habits and turn things around.
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