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        07-09-2010, 01:52 PM
      #41
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by payette    
    This sounds FUN. I could see my daughter learning to do galloping flips like this!
    I think they use that method training for circus acts. I also think I saw it used in the movie Wild Hearts can't be Broken.
         
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        07-09-2010, 11:36 PM
      #42
    Green Broke
    This is one upside to living in Canada - there's nothing like 4 feet of snow in winter to take the vinegar out of a frisky youngster! And if you fall - YAY SNOWBANK!

    The only issue I have with this is if your horse panics, you're in serious danger. The theory SOUNDS good, but realistically, a horse has much longer legs then you and they're going to be much more agile in water then you are - once you're in past your knees, you can't move quick at all, meanwhile the horse is only in up to his knees and he can still throw one helluva fit if he decides he doesn't like what's going on.

    I agree with the others - if you have THAT much on the line, water isn't going to be your magical factor. You can't ride her in water for the next four years, and in fact, it's the FIRST rides that are usually easiest - they're too unsure of themselves to really boogey. I didn't get snot from Jynx until about the 3rd or 4th ride.

    Just don't do it - I know it sucks, but you're a smarter person then to be surviving something that horrific just to "prove something" to others by getting yourself crippled on a young horse. Nobody is going to think any less of you for getting some help at the initial stages. You're not an average rider, you have a LOT on the line, so please think about it carefully!
         
        07-09-2010, 11:56 PM
      #43
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    This is one upside to living in Canada - there's nothing like 4 feet of snow in winter to take the vinegar out of a frisky youngster! And if you fall - YAY SNOWBANK!
    Hey, we had 6 feet this passed winter in Maryland! I didn't ride mine though.
         
        07-10-2010, 12:00 AM
      #44
    Green Broke
    ^

    How can you NOT? I absolutely LOVE a warm winter day with a big open field full of snow! Great workout for the horse, no bugs, absolutely blissful! We actually got barely any snow this past winter, it was very disappointing!
         
        07-10-2010, 12:07 AM
      #45
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    ^

    How can you NOT? I absolutely LOVE a warm winter day with a big open field full of snow! Great workout for the horse, no bugs, absolutely blissful! We actually got barely any snow this past winter, it was very disappointing!
    He-he.... You need to find the field first. I have only neighbor's ring (and with all that junk there I'd be really afraid to ride in snow). For the fields and trails I have to trailer them unfortunately.
         
        07-10-2010, 04:28 AM
      #46
    Yearling
    Yikes, that's a touch situation. I think that my advice would be like several others to have someone else ride the first few in your presence.

    Honestly, if I had that much at stake I probably would find myself a nice, quiet and trained horse and not mess around with spooky youngsters. Gotta admire the passion though!

    I agree with the others though that there isn't going to be a magical safety net in water or anything else. I'd tire the horse out on the ground really well and get on in a safe, enclosed arena.

    Water is stressful enough (at least for horses in my area) to get accustomed to without throwing first mounting / rides in the mix.

    Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly the first few times and beyond! My seven year old likes to throw excited bucks sometimes (he's a greenie and in training) and while I've never fallen off him I wouldn't think of riding him if I had a similar situation. Just be careful!!!!!
         

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