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    09-21-2010, 11:34 PM
LOL. Yep, one of the very first things my Dad told me when I started riding colts as a teenager was "Let them know you're back there and you're piloting this jet. That way, we can go ahead and get the freak out moment out of the way." That is often what gets people in trouble is that they sneak 3 weeks worth of rides on a horse and get complacent because they think 'Well, we've made it this far, he's not going to do anything.' That's when you get hurt the worst is when you have head up anus .
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    09-21-2010, 11:39 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
That's when you get hurt the worst is when you have head up anus .

It's funny, coz it's true.
I was watching a friend jumping at states last year and she knows the horse she was riding was prone to randomly stopping or spooking at a jump for no reason. As soon as she let her guard down, *BAM*, big nasty stop and she goes right into the jump.
Not really related to young horses, but still, goes to show you can't go round with your head up your but on any horse.
    09-21-2010, 11:53 PM
Smrobs, you are one amazing young woman...and you are right on.

I am one all for desenstizing to anything and everything I can, but when it comes down to it, when it comes to getting a horse used to 'stuff' in general, you just have to get on and ride, because doing desensitization from the ground is entirely different than being in the saddle; yes, getting them used to stuff like scarey bags CAN help alot, but it's riding that makes the horse 'broke', trained, what ever you want to call it!

I never 'introduced' my mare to town riding, really, other than just working her in the safety of the 'arena' at the barn, and then going out into the streets when she was relaxed and somewhat 'tired'. And guess what? She has taken to it like she's done it her entire life; you can't get scarier than busy underpasses...both above and below, and she's never flinched. A confident rider, regardless of how green the horse is, is what gets a horse well broke...and of course all those wet saddle blankets!
    09-22-2010, 12:04 AM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
HURRAY! I love you girl, your posts are the best.

The sooner you lay that foundation, the sooner you can get down to real work, real trust and real respect.
I agree!!! I swear you have the best posts Smrobs.

The only way they get broke is with riding time. I don't just do arena work either. I think the best way to get a good quiet horse is to haul them. I started my mare and before she'd even had a full 30 days on her, I hauled her to her first show and competed in the snaffle bit class. I also hauled her to 8 different outdoor arenas, 4 indoor arenas (not including shows, that was just for daily work), had taken her on 2 club trail rides and done road riding and trail riding at a lake with a friend. I even dumped the saddle and rode her bareback in the water at the lake! She's now super quiet and docile and I get soooo many compliments on her. She'll go anywhere and do anything. The only way to get them that way is to put the time into them. Expose them to everything.
    09-22-2010, 12:08 AM
Aw, ya'll make my horns feel all warm and fuzzy .
    09-22-2010, 12:20 AM
Smrobs...great post as always girl. I've been thinking this a lot lately and am glad you opened this up for convo.

I have found myself recently over thinking riding. When I was younger, you know, when I used to bounce instead of break, I just got on and WENT. You say that horse wont go out by himself? Wanna bet? Oh he bucks at the canter, eh? We will just have to see. My confidence has always been the strongest point of my riding. It certainly never was my position! I took a crap-tastic fall a few months back...one of those 'oops...should have been paying attention' falls..no ones fault really...but ever since then, I've been a bit gunshy. I broke myself out just yesterday. I have been wanting to go on a trail by my lonesome forever. I always have to wait until there is a group of us. Barn rules mostly dictated by a bunch of herdbound horses. I walked in that barn like I owned the place, snatched up Scooter, the spookiest of the bunch, tossed tack on him and ran his fat hiney up and over the hill. Had one of the best rides of my life. And amazingly...so did he. While my confidence was just recovering...his doubled. He thinks he is a trail MASTER now.

Sorry to turn that into a novel. I just had to share with the group. I should have said this before.

Hi. My name is Cori. I Ride.
    09-22-2010, 12:21 AM
Hey those horns need nourishment too I know...I have my own set...they hold my tarnished halo up...
    09-22-2010, 12:26 AM
Wonderful story Cori. Glad to hear your getting your confidence back though I can understand the gunshy thing after taking a fall. I still feel that way every time I take a fall.

Mom2, my halo went far past tarnished years ago. It is now fully corroded LOL.
    09-22-2010, 12:35 AM
To your post though...I got a little off track...

I never really did understand those who ground work a horse for months on end, thinking its going to make this huge difference when you are in the saddle. I guess I have just never seen that one play out well. I work on the basics on the ground...but if the horse is of age to be ridden, they may get 2 weeks out of me before its TIME. I just never was any good at ground work. I can't fix any problem you would have under saddle on the ground. I just don't understand how that translates.
    09-22-2010, 12:37 AM
I heart you, smrobs. =]

I haven't started riding my little one yet, but her first experience ever with a blanket was when I just walked up and threw it on her. She learned very quickly that it didn't bite, and I didn't give her a chance to even think that it might. The trick, at least with Gracie, is skipping the "Ohmigod, what is THAT?!?" moment and getting to the, "Oh, okay," moment.
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