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post #1 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Talking First Ride!!!! OMG!!! -spazflail-

Ok, so I've had this horse for a few months (please look for the other articles!) and finally got around to really training hm. I've worked with him for 3 weeks on and off due to me having a full time job, and the trainer I tried to get for him just kept falling through, so it's all in my hands.

Well, He's had a few explosions when the trainer worked with him. On small things like getting a saddle put on him, or girthing him up. He's literally gone into a bucking fit, ran off and tore up the pasture (beating the crap out of my saddle on trees and such). However with me he's MUCH better. Funny thing is is that the trainer doesn't do anything that I wouldn't do.

Anyway, The last few tries of putting the saddle on and girthing it up has been VERY successful. So today I get him fully tacked up, bit, bridal, saddle, and all, take him to the round pen and make him stand (another issue of his is standing still so I was VERY worried this would fail if only because he just wouldn't stand still lol).

To my AMAZMENT he stood pretty dang solid! I didn't just jump on though. I'm short and overwight and probably not the best person to train. So I have a laddar that I put next to him. I get on the first step, slap all over the saddle, push, pull on it, lean on it. Then repeat from the second step. Then I get on the top step, do all of that, then carefully just belly over him and hang on his back. He stand VERY still, then decides to take a step away from the laddar. A firm 'HO!' and he stops, so I get off, lead him back to the laddar, and do it again, hanging on for longer because this time he doesn't move! I do this several more times, even bouncing and slapping and kicking all over. He just stands there! I couldn't believe it!!!

Now for the time to have balls of iron...I put my foot in the stirrup, lean, slowly pull up, and slowly sit down. He didn't move a muscle! Until got my balance and he decided to walk forward a bit lol. I freaked out a bit (I'm NOT a trainer x.x) but another firm "HO!" and a firm pull on the reigns, and he stops and stands while I get my other foot into the other stirrup! We stood there for a good while longer until finally I was calm enough have hm move. I can't believe a horse that has standing issues stood for THAT long! But he did! I'm SO proud of him for that!

Now, he doesn't really know how to go forward or his directions, and while he was a little nervous, he was paying attention, and remained calm. (rather unlike him really lol) His way of not going forward however, is going backwards. If he got confused or frustrated, he'd just keep backing up! I didn't loose it though (BIG improvement to a few years ago where I'd flip out if a horse so much as rested it's hind leg while I was on it x.x). Eventually I got him going forward. He had issues stopping, but he didn't ONCE go faster than a walk, or buck, or rear, or rub me on the panels. Other than he liked backing, he was an angel!

The final chapter...Dismounting. Again I was expecting him to do something. Either go forward, step away from the side I was getting off on, buck, spin, something. Did he? Nope!!!! Again he stood solid while I sloooowly got off, hanging off the side for a moment before sliding down his side to land safely on the ground. Then...he was his normal self again lol. Dancing just a bit, pawing when I was making him stand still, so on. It's AMAZING the difference in this horse!

There was ONE tiney hickup in the whole ride however. That was when another boarder drove up the driveway and got out of her car. was on him at the time and his butt was to the driveway so he spooked a bit. I was expecting him to start running around frantically or buck. But all he did was a little "OH MY!" hop in place and spun around to see what was behind him. Once he saw it was nothing (or maybe trusted me no to let it get hm?) he calmed right back down again and we started walking again. Since he had done SO good during the little sesson, and during the 'spook' I got off, oved on him, gave hm treats, sprayed him off, and let run off to be with his horse buddies lol.
I'm now TOTALLY overjoyed that it went SO well! I can't wait for our next session!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 11:02 AM
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Thats pretty cool! Just a quick question did the trainer feed him grain? and do you? Thats what might have gotten him all excited and hyped up at the trainers. Just a thought. Good job on the training!

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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The trainer came out to my place. i really don't trust sending horses off around here...just...not 'safe' and to find the good ones is too hard after finding all the bad ones x.x

She's a good one though. And no, he wasn't fed grain before. I RARELY feed him grain because he's turned out 24/7 on 20 acres with a few other horses. He'll get a handful or so AFTER he's done working, or some horse treats. I really just think that he's one of those horses that is a 'one owner' type horse. Though...he gets on fine with my mom...and other people I've had out to fuss over him lol. It might just be her, as sad as that is. She's really nice, and as mentioned doesn't do anything I wouldn't do, so it's not that she's too rough on him or anything...he just FREAKS OUT when she does things with him. Or even if she's just standing around....he's odd....but I can live with that so long as he's good lol. After all, I'm training him to be MINE, not the trainer's lol.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 01:06 PM
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That's incredible! just... be careful. :=)

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 02:10 PM
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Yay! That sounds like a terrific experience for both of you!! Congratulations on your nerve, by the way...or what we'd call "huevos" in Texas. :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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I try to be as careful as I can. But there's only so much you can prep for before just...doing it...

This is just SUCH a mile stone for me personally because I broke my back a few years ago and still have some fear in riding. But I'm getting over it. Can't fear the 'worst' every time after all. Then you never get to enjoy the best!
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 08:41 PM
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That is wonderful! I remember the first time I saddled and finally rode my gelding. It feels AMAZING! I bet you have a great relationship after doing all the work with him to get here, and that makes all the difference. He doesn't trust the trainer because the trainer didn't take the time to get a relationship with him (my assumption), but you DO have a relationship, and he trusts you. With a horse, that's the best thing to have.

Take the rest of the training one step at a time. and don't forget that they WILL have off days when they are just pain in the butts! Those are the days I just do lots of groundwork, lunging and leadline work. THat way, he still does the work, maybe even MORE, but your feet are on solid ground when he decides to throw a tantrum! ;)

Have fun, and ENJOY! It sounds like you have a good horse on your hands!
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-03-2011, 08:46 PM
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Congratulations on him doing so well for your first ride. I would like to mention, however, that you should really be careful to not get overconfident in his temperament. Do not let your guard down because he may not act the same way next time.

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Yeah, I realize he won't be an angel every time lol. I'm not overconfident that all of a sudden he's broke and a perfect ride lol. There's still ALOT of work to be done and things to learn. I'm just so proud of his first ride for doing SO well and can only hope he keeps up the good streak lol.
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WOW. I am in awe at your perserverance and patience; Well done to both of you! I know it must of been really hard for you and I hope you have many more achievements[:

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