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post #11 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 09:36 PM
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Highonequine, what I've often done with my beginner students is have them make one request of the horse with the rein and to pay attention to how the horse responds. This helps allay fears of doing something wrong. By the time the lesson is over they have put to memory how the horse responds to three or four requests. They will practise this at the next lesson and then I will introduce using leg with a rein. The horse may not respond to what the rider had in mind but they realize the horse has responded correctly. The rider also practices this "incorrect" movement to put to memory. Children are marvellous with this.
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post #12 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 10:52 PM
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You're just like me.

What comes to mind is a quote from Bruce Lee. "All types of knowledge is ultimately self-knowledge". It was a big shift for me to realize that to go from good to great one has to learn to trust one's own self. This is a common trait of all the great horsemen that I've seen.

Though a teacher helps in lighting the way, the answer/holy grail does not lie with them. It lies with you.
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post #13 of 27 Old 11-24-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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You're just like me.

What comes to mind is a quote from Bruce Lee. "All types of knowledge is ultimately self-knowledge". It was a big shift for me to realize that to go from good to great one has to learn to trust one's own self. This is a common trait of all the great horsemen that I've seen.

Though a teacher helps in lighting the way, the answer/holy grail does not lie with them. It lies with you.
That last part was incredible! Thank you for the wisdom!
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post #14 of 27 Old 11-24-2012, 06:36 PM
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That last part was incredible! Thank you for the wisdom!
No problem! It's cool to meet someone as into this as I am.
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post #15 of 27 Old 11-24-2012, 06:56 PM
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When I bred my mare (about 14 years ago now) I read 3 big books (blessed are the broodmares was one) on breeding and caring for a pregnant mare. I was so excited to learn about it and gain all the knowledge I needed. I had a fourth book that I saved to read after the foal was born. I thought since it was called "blessed are the foals" that it was about after they were born.

So the foal is born happy and healthy with no assistance from me. I sit down to read "blessed are the foals". The whole first half goes into more depth than "blessed are the mares" about all of the horrible things that can happen during development and birth. By the time I finished reading it I was so terrified that I never wanted to breed a horse again!! I was so happy that I hadn't read it before he was born! I know it was important info and it was all realistic scenarios of bad things that could have happened but it would have caused me unbelievable stress to have know it all.

The moral of my long story: I agree that sometimes it's just not best to know everything =)

Keep your drive and thirst to know it all but don't let what you learn prevent you from having fun.

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Most trainers I know.. the best trainers I have seen ride.. probably would not "win" and equitation class. I would not and did not and I tried... but I got the horse trained.

Pretty is not necessarily good riding.. you need more than that and good riding is not always pretty.

I had lots of lessons.. and in the beginning that was good. Basics are pretty universal. At some point it got to be interfering and when that happened, I started really riding..
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post #17 of 27 Old 11-25-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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No problem! It's cool to meet someone as into this as I am.
YES! When I was twelve, I didn't realize the world that I wanted so badly to be thrown into. It is an incredible experience, being around horses. I swear I learn something new every time I ride!
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YES! When I was twelve, I didn't realize the world that I wanted so badly to be thrown into. It is an incredible experience, being around horses. I swear I learn something new every time I ride!
I frequently feel the same way you do and I've been riding since I was a child and now I'm an old lady. The more I learn, the more I do, the more I realize how much more I NEED to learn and do. It's a never ending quest and that's half the fun!

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I frequently feel the same way you do and I've been riding since I was a child and now I'm an old lady. The more I learn, the more I do, the more I realize how much more I NEED to learn and do. It's a never ending quest and that's half the fun!
It definitely is! At one point I thought I was pretty good. Boy was I wrong! My trainer at that time put me on one of her horses who was an incredible animal. Probably the most well trained horse I have ever ridden. He proved to me how little I really knew, and how much there was to learn! Once I learned a few things it was such a blast to be able to communicate so effortlessly!
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It's tough to realize how little we know!

Have you tried filming your riding? It might make it easier for you to realize what you are doing right/wrong. You can also always ask in the critique your riding thread on horseforum. There are so many amazing and helpful people here.
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