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post #1 of 7 Old 05-04-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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It was SO worth the fall...

I had such an amazing ride on Apollo today! (for those of you who don't know I'm training him from the ground up and we had our first "real" ride 3 weeks ago). I rode with my friends along side the road with oncoming traffic for the first time to get to a near by field and he did amazing. He followed along behind them and didn't seem to care about the cars...he slowly kept walking as he usually does. He even stepped on a rabbit and it screamed and took off running and it didn't phase him, he just kept on walking.

He was in a very good mood and we did lots of trotting, the most we have done on any of our rides. My friends were having fun cantering around in the field and we followed behind at an extended trot because I hadn't worked on cantering with him at all yet...but I said what the heck, its worth a shot. So I made a little kissy noise and he picked up his canter for the first time, the first time I asked him!!! No refusal, ear pinning, teeth grinding, taking off, bucking ect...he picked it up softly and we kept a very slow steady canter (on the correct lead too!). I transitioned him back to the trot and to the walk and gave him a long pat and let him have a breather. He is incredibly comfortable too...his trot is very smooth and his canter is to die for.

We went back to our boarding facility and played around in our empty pastures and cantered a few more times with the same great results. But I like to push the limits, so I wanted to canter ONE more time before calling it a day. He picked up his canter perfectly, and we were passing an open gate and at the last second he tried to turn through it and the momentum threw me right off. He stopped instantly and just stared at me confused lol. I'm happy he didn't take off given we were in a big pasture and he could have if he wanted too. I got right back up and led him into the arena and got back on him and walked for a few seconds and got back off. I didn't want him to think falling means the ride is over...especially since he is so incredibly green (plus my back was killing me). I was kind of expecting him to be a little nervous of me getting back on because of the fall, but he stood at the mounting block patiently and let me back on without hesitation :)

Our amazing ride today was SO worth the fall...even if it means having a sore back for a couple days. I'm so proud of him.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-04-2013, 08:03 PM
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That's great that you had such a good ride, though I'm sorry about the fall! Take some painkillers and take it easy for the next few days! Take care of yourself first!
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That's great that you had such a good ride, though I'm sorry about the fall! Take some painkillers and take it easy for the next few days! Take care of yourself first!
Thanks! I took some when I got home but they didn't help much. I hope I'm not too sore tomorrow, I really want to ride
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-05-2013, 02:18 AM
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Congratulations on your progress!

Oh, and I just have to ask...what does a screaming rabbit sound like?
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-05-2013, 06:32 AM
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The bit about the rabbit made me laugh - and I thought my horse didn't pay attention to where his feet went!!

I can only imagine how proud of him you were. Also, I love that bridle!

A quick tip though - try taking some anti-inflammatories. If you want something a bit stronger, take regular iboprufen on top of it. Should work wonders, as will a nice hot bath. I'm the queen of back pain :P
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A tubby soak with 1/2 cup of salt in the water soothes sore muscles. Glad you had a good ride. When you play in the pasture it helps if you say well away from the exit. You'll feel the horse want to drift in that direction and you can discourage it by pushing him on. It seems to eliminate those sudden stops.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-05-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the kind words and advice!

I had my friend take a video today! I know he's on the wrong lead...we need to work on that but right now I'm just happy he instantly picks up his canter when I ask. Plus this is only day 2 of him cantering under saddle so dont be too harsh on us :)

Click on the photo to watch ^^

And here is a video still that I really liked.
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