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        11-02-2011, 03:03 PM
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    Foal
    I've done a lot with my horse that I'm proud of, but one of my favorite things is his whoa! He has the best brakes. On a lunge line, he can be galloping at full speed, and when I say whoa- he stops so fast, he'll slide in the dirt, or sometimes his butt whips around his shoulders! Kinda hard to explain but it's really cool. He stops just as well under saddle. I'm also proud of how great I've taught him to lunge, all verbal commands and he'll change directions just by me pointing my finger! I think it's pretty awesome.
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        11-02-2011, 06:37 PM
      #12
    Started
    I have to say, I'm most proud of all the trust my Arab put into me. He has been my favorite companion. He went from being unbroken, to me being able to gallop bareback, and bitless (: And also, he lays down on command now... its amazing.
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        11-02-2011, 07:34 PM
      #13
    Foal
    These are great ones! We all have so much to be proud of and thankful for!
         
        11-02-2011, 08:33 PM
      #14
    Trained
    What I am most proud of as a trainer of horses is that any horse I have worked with has accepted & trusted me as herd leader. Rest was just repitition, pressure & release and butt time in the saddle.
         
        11-02-2011, 09:24 PM
      #15
    Showing
    I don't know. To me, every ride is rewarding. There is very little in this world that is quite so satisfying as feeling the instant when a horse realizes "OH!! That's what you wanted" and they start doing what you ask, smoother and smoother every try.

    Just like this little pony I've been using for daywork in the feedlot. On about day 4 up there, I could feel him trying to glue onto those cattle like he was wanting to go to cutting a bit. That feeling turned into a bit of a conversation between me and him:
    Him- "Gah, I know I need to be doing something and pushing that cow somewhere...but I don't know how to get him to the gate....I know that's where he needs to go, I just don't know how to point him there...do I go to his hip or his head?"
    Me- "It's okay, let me show you where to go and how to move...just follow the reins and legs and we'll get it done smoothly."
    Him- "Okay..............wow, that was pretty easy! Can I try it again...on this cow?"
    Me- "No, not that one, this other one over here."
    Him- "Okey-dokey....okay boss, help me a little, I'm not sure what to do"
    Me- "Just go easy, just like this"
    Him- "Yay!! I did it again"
    Me- "Good job, little guy"
    Him- *goofy grin and a happy little spring in his step* "Can we do it again???"

    I know, it sounds a little cheesy, but that's how it felt.
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        11-02-2011, 09:27 PM
      #16
    Showing
    That's so true Jen. You can't beat the lightbulb moments.

    Doesn't sound cheesy at all, sounds like a great day at work to me.
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        11-02-2011, 10:49 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Probably the first time I ever started and trained a horse all by myself - no help. He turned into a reliable children's pony and I couldn't feel happier. The most gratifying feeling in the world was swinging my leg over that extra bit and sitting on him for the first time. It was so surreal. The months I spent training him were like a dream come true. :)
         
        11-02-2011, 11:24 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Gee guys, I realize I don't really have very many things to be proud of. Grateful for, definitely! Proud of, I'm not sure!

    I guess I am proud that I can take my horses out by myself on the trails and be comfortable with them, just them and me. And that I taught both of my current horses to side-pass. And that I don't seem to get as rattled by nervous horses the way some people do. I just sort of go-with-the-flow and ride out their nervousness. But I really don't have any major accomplishments to be proud of. Both of my riding horses were already more-or-less trained.

    Even the yearling that I raised myself is a brat. So I guess I don't have much to be proud of.

    I wish I had a story that I trained a horse and it turned out fantastic.
         
        11-03-2011, 10:24 AM
      #19
    Trained
    Im most proud of my horse gypsy. I got her as a 3yo who didnt know anything. She is now 5 and perfect haha. She is super obedient with out losing her personality. She is great lunging, undersaddle, and over fences. She also ground ties, gives kisses. And gives hugs. I always get compliments on her. Not only is she well behaved, but we are always on the same page and we are best friends =]
         
        11-03-2011, 12:33 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I am super proud of my mare, she came to me at 5 years old a spoiled rotten brat that had gotten away with everything and now she is respectful and although she has her attitude moments will do almost anything I ask. I am also proud of the fact that she jumped 4'3 this summer for the first time. Which might not seem like much to some people but for somebody riding a 14.2HH horse and only been riding english for a couple years I was pretty proud.
         

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