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post #11 of 26 Old 01-12-2010, 11:23 PM
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my horse has taught me that even at the worst of times a good gallop will cheer up anyone.

And that winning isnt everything, and if people look down on you, show them you can be just as good or better as them, and if you can't? Kick mud in their face and show them how much of a good time you have NOT being fancy.

They have also taught me not to care what people think, and that there are times when you can be fullish, and silly, but when someone needs you, you better dangwell be there for them.

:) and they definitely helped me build charactor with all the little evil things they have done.

Haha the main lesson they still continue to teach me today is PATIENCE

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post #12 of 26 Old 07-05-2010, 05:54 PM
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The horse that taught me the most about training, riding and myself was Hope. We bonded and trusted each other more than anything.

She was abused by a farrier at one point in her life and was scared to death of everything. She was a lesson horse that I was assigned to work with.
So I started on ground work with her and she came through that within two weeks, my riding instructor noticed the connection that this horse and I had so she proposed that I try to ride her.
She told me that Hope was dangerous, and her owner had gotten hurt on her. And when it came time for me to ride her, she was fairly calm but she danced around, swung her hip around hard and fast and almost made me tumble to the ground. About the 3rd week of extra riding and ground work, she was docile and let me ride with no dancing around, no turning fast circles or anything. She was 99% better, but then I was the only one who could ride her. She would act up for other people, but not for me.
She got sold a little over 1 month ago, but she taught me that I could handle a really big challenge and handle a hard headed, tough as nails, terrified abused horse that wouldn't trust anyone.
And she made me the fearless rider I am today, and she helped me move on to retraining other abused horses, or horses that have just been left out in the pasture and aren't used to people. I wouldn't be at this point right now if it weren't for Hope. Needless to say, I'll always be grateful for what she gave me.
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post #13 of 26 Old 07-05-2010, 07:19 PM
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My horse has taught me strength of character. I'm generally a timid, passive person but with my horse, if I'm like that she will walk all over me, she developed a few issues because I let her get away with things when the problem was small until it grew into something much bigger, so I have learned to be strong with her, not let her get away with things and to be the leader. She has taught me about how horses think (well how she thinks anyway) and she has taught me about developing a relationship with her based on trust and respect. She has taught me to relax into the canter because if I don't she gets short and choppy and chucks her head in the air. She has given me much more confidence in riding as I have learnt to ride through some of her naughtiness. The strength of character and confidence has spilled over into other areas of life and I'm much more likely to confront people and not let them walk all over me. Great thread Kevin!

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post #14 of 26 Old 07-05-2010, 09:19 PM
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My both mares taught me almost everything I know about the horses. Well, yes I rode before, but I never really CARED for the horse until I got them unhandled and abused in one case. With them came responsibility to learn about how to teach ground manners (including brushing, picking feet, etc.), feed (hay and grain), deworming, shots, teeth, bits, saddles, and so on and so on. And I'm still learning every day.
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post #15 of 26 Old 07-05-2010, 09:23 PM
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I was responding to another thread and got to thinking about all the horses that have helped me learn. Very few were good gentle horses. Many were spoiled or broncy or just plain scared but each one taught me something that benefitted the ones that came after.
Great thread Kevin! I believ that all those lives that we encounter throughout our paths, are meant to be there to teach us something, some life lesson so that we can grow, mature and become "that much better" of a person.

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My horse has taught me that you have to deal with what you're faced with at any given time, not how it's "supposed" to be. Manage the situation at hand and move on.
Great lesson MyBoyPuck! I LOVE IT!!!

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Horses have taught me to believe in myself, and to never doubt my my first instincts.

I've learnt to be a defensive rider, a quick thinking rider and to beable to handle any situation that arises, just like MyBoyPuck.

And Horses have taught me to stop and look at myself first, before placing the blame on them - to correct myself, in order to correct my horse, and to educate myself, to educate my horse.

If I eat dirt, dust myself off, and get back on and try, try again.

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My horse has taught me strength of character. I'm generally a timid, passive person but with my horse, if I'm like that she will walk all over me, she developed a few issues because I let her get away with things when the problem was small until it grew into something much bigger, so I have learned to be strong with her, not let her get away with things and to be the leader. She has taught me about how horses think (well how she thinks anyway) and she has taught me about developing a relationship with her based on trust and respect. She has taught me to relax into the canter because if I don't she gets short and choppy and chucks her head in the air. She has given me much more confidence in riding as I have learnt to ride through some of her naughtiness. The strength of character and confidence has spilled over into other areas of life and I'm much more likely to confront people and not let them walk all over me.
Great lesson Boxer! I love yours too <3

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post #16 of 26 Old 07-05-2010, 09:40 PM
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My first horse, Calvin was well trained, calm, had no vices and was the perfect horse for a teenager to learn on. He was EASY. He built up my confidence and taught me that I could handle a horse and build a relationship with one.

11 years later, my second horse, Cookie (in my avatar) was green broke when I got her, knew next to nothing and the first week I had her she brought my confidence with horses crashing down. She made me second guess myself a lot.

She would not lead properly, would not tie, pulled back something horrible, would not GO when I rode her, would not step into the wash stall, did NOT stand still for a bath and reared up when being wormed.

She was a hot mess and I remember thinking how much I missed Calvin and that maybe Cookie and I were not a match. I bought her from an auction, she was slaughter bound before I drove from SC to NJ to pick her up and bring her home. The fact that I had gone to such lengths to get her made me stick it through and see if we could make progress.

3 months later, I have realized that we've made huge progress. She has ground manners. She will stand tied, she walked right into the wash rack, she leads, she is still for her bath and she ground ties like a dream, GOES when I ride her, and she will put her head down for her wormer. She is close to being a horse that no longer has any vices.

I didn't actually realize how much we've accomplished together until I read this thread and thought about it.

Cookie has taught me better paitence, how to be a more confident leader, how to gently insist a 1200 lb animal do something and not back down, and how to admit that I didn't really know as much about horses and their behavior as I thought I did before I got her.

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This is such an amazing idea for a thread. And there are so many amazing lessons that horses have taught so many of you!

The most important lesson that I've learned from my horse, just recently, is that patience truly is a virtue.

For my 15th birthday, I was given a 2 yr old filly. I was so ecstatic because I'd wanted a horse since I was 5. My trainer bought the horse for me, and told me that I would train her and teach her everything she needed to know. Now all of us in the horse world know that a green horse and a green rider aren't exactly the best match. Not that I was exactly a green rider, but I wasn't ready to break a horse. Not even a little bit. I struggled with this filly for the first two years of having her. I couldn't understand why I wasn't good enough to train her, or why she wasn't listening to me. But then I realized that she wasn't listening to me because I wasn't listening to her. I was just expecting her to do everything that I told her to do, and when she wouldn't do it I would get so frustrated. I almost quit riding because of that. But i'm proud to say that today, she's an amazing little four year old with the best attitude. And i'm also proud to say that I've done most of her training on my own.

Here's to horses teaching us some of the most important lessons in life!
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post #18 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 03:25 AM
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My horse has taught me an incredible amount, apart from the obvious being how to ride his taught me an amazing amount in life. Patience, relaxation and also not too take things for granted.

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post #19 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 03:42 AM
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My childhood pony taught me to be bold, and how to fall off
The horses I rode in my teens taught me to love speed and jumping.

Willow is teaching me . . A lot:
Kindness, patience, strength and consistancy. The ability to be kind yet firm. To remain calm in the face of her trying to pick an argument with me. She is teaching me strength of charactor. Also to put the animal's needs and natural abilities before my own ambitions. She has taught me how to read subtle moods and has fine tuned my responses and "feel" - still a waaaaay to go there.
She taught me that a day long, slow ride, exporing is as satisfying as galloping on a TB in a different way. She showed me how beautiful our countryside is and the peace that resides there.

When I first got her she was a frightened, angry, unhappy pony and I showed her how to be cheerful.
When she first got me I was a frightened, angry, unhappy woman and she showed me how to be cheerful
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post #20 of 26 Old 07-06-2010, 06:04 AM
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My childhood pony taught me to be bold, and how to fall off
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Kindness, patience, strength and consistancy. The ability to be kind yet firm. To remain calm in the face of her trying to pick an argument with me. She is teaching me strength of charactor. Also to put the animal's needs and natural abilities before my own ambitions. She has taught me how to read subtle moods and has fine tuned my responses and "feel" - still a waaaaay to go there.
She taught me that a day long, slow ride, exporing is as satisfying as galloping on a TB in a different way. She showed me how beautiful our countryside is and the peace that resides there.
These are thing I have learnt with Pumpkin. These are things that I will take with me for the rest of my life, and I will be able to thank him for what he has taught me

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
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