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        07-06-2011, 07:48 PM
      #41
    Foal
    Love it. As a novice I tell myself this everytime I get in the saddle. In the beginning I was just like you described... A spoiler and far too soft. But after going to training when I thought there was somethig wrong with my horse... I was set straight. The problem was ME!! My horse wasn't confused, she knew how to confuse me! Now we aren't world champions but when I am in the saddle I always tell myself the same thing you stated over and over. I'm in charge. She maybe my bestie but this two legged alpha calls the shots. Amen!!
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        07-06-2011, 08:20 PM
      #42
    Weanling
    Awesome post!
         
        07-07-2011, 12:23 AM
      #43
    Green Broke
    Awesome! I neer reall thoughof it that way until I read a post by courtney king-dye of how, if you let the horse do something wrong 80% of the time then the horse learns that that is he right way. Its not their fault, they don't know any better! Its all on us. Great post!
         
        08-23-2011, 02:15 AM
      #44
    Yearling
    U sound like my horse/human trainer, lol... so I completely agree with all of this! Im a green rider and my horse is green, but we work at everything together, and sometimes I make mistakes, but I fix them! She actually just did the whole turning back and going back to the gate thing yesterday, and I turned her back (BUT) I only did whichever way was easiest for me! So now, I know that I have to hit the rewind button, and make her turn back the opposite. No circles! I know ay to many people tho that doesnt do this, they expect the horse to do what they want all the time,and don't put the work that needs done into that horse!
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        08-24-2011, 04:30 PM
      #45
    Weanling
    I really enjoyed your post...i am a novice rider. I however thought I knew more then I did. (have just last yr got back into riding) my horse who is trained informed me quickly I really need more training..i think admitting that is some "Horse People's" biggest problem, not their horse.
         
        10-11-2011, 02:26 PM
      #46
    dee
    Started
    Does it count when you are a not-so-great rider that just won't put up with BS from her horse? Dancer never refused an obstacle on the trail (for which I am forever greatful as my riding skills have seriously deteriorated!)

    My heart horse, Sugar (long since gone) was great on the trails as long as she was in the mood. The first time she refused to cross a wooden bridge, it became a battle of wills. Sugar would try to turn for home, and I just kept making her complete her little spin so that she wound up facing the bridge all over again. After about a dozen spins (I think we were both getting dizzy) she decided to cross the bridge. There were several other wooden bridges on the road that day, but she gamely walked on across. She hesitated only slightly at crossing the overpass on busy I-40 - but responded well to a firm nudge (maybe she remembered the first bridge?) She barely twitched an ear when the semis driving under us honked their loud airhorns.

    She flat refused to walk through the underpass that goes under I-40. Traffic didn't seem to bother her - I think it was the inky darkness and the echos that worried her. The spinning her back around trick didn't work. After half an hour, I couldn't take another spin. I got down (aka chickened out?) and led her through the underpass. Then turned her around and led her right back through to the same side we started out on. She was not going to get out of carrying me under the highway! I guess she figured out there was indeed light at the end of the tunnel, and no monsters in the tunnel after all, because she didn't balk there again.
         
        10-12-2011, 12:38 PM
      #47
    Weanling
    Lol yes it does dee..... I think being even just a little more stubborn then your horse is the ticket, every win counts!!!! My friends gelding liked to get 1/2 way across bridge and then jump off...we spent the better part of our day going over, back over, over, back over ect....tell mr. Rowdy did it without attempting to bale or go sidways the whole way lol but stubborness won and now she and rowdy x without a problem...neither one of us are "pros" just stubborn hehe
         
        10-12-2011, 01:33 PM
      #48
    Weanling
    Lol yes it does dee..... I think being even just a little more stubborn then your horse is the ticket, every win counts!!!! My friends gelding liked to get 1/2 way across bridge and then jump off...we spent the better part of our day going over, back over, over, back over ect....tell mr. Rowdy did it without attempting to bale or go sidways the whole way lol but stubborness won and now she and rowdy x without a problem...neither one of us are "pros" just stubborn hehe
         
        10-15-2011, 11:00 PM
      #49
    Foal
    Thank you, I also found this post to be very helpful. My horse and I are still training with each other and everything you said makes so much sense to me and gives me insight into how she has been behaving lately. Thank you!!!
         
        10-15-2011, 11:06 PM
      #50
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nworkman82    
    Love it. As a novice I tell myself this everytime I get in the saddle. In the beginning I was just like you described... A spoiler and far too soft. But after going to training when I thought there was somethig wrong with my horse... I was set straight. The problem was ME!! My horse wasn't confused, she knew how to confuse me! Now we aren't world champions but when I am in the saddle I always tell myself the same thing you stated over and over. I'm in charge. She maybe my bestie but this two legged alpha calls the shots. Amen!!
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one going thru this. I realized today that my horse (that I love and adore) is taking total advantage of me. Not anymore! Good luck!
         

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