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post #1 of 5 Old 07-31-2010, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Leo!

I never thought I'd say this...but I am officially GRATEFUL for everything Leo did for me!

Even though he terrified me for SO long...he did break me of my leaning habit [having him duck out a few times stopped that!] And, a a result of all his little bucking fits/refusals, he helped me get a good seat.

This all came in quite handy yesterday. I rode Scooter, a gelding I haven't been on in over 2 years. In that time, he's gone blind in one eye and been leased by a girl who kind of let him get away with a lot of crap.

I forgot about the whole blind thing when I got on...he ran into a few walls before I figured out how much guidance he needed.

ANYWAYS...my trainer for the day told me that as long as I stayed tall to the jumps and didn't drop him, he'd jump anything from anywhere. Of course, I'm a little worried seeing as Leo always refused because I leaned. BUT...I just pretended I was riding Leo [a little softer though], and guess what - Scooter didn't refuse at all! We went over every jump! We even jumped 2'6" and there were times where Scooter got VERY fast [corners were a little scary cause he'd be flying and wouldn't see the wall...] but for once I didn't turtle and panic and we jumped everything! Even a 2'6" oxar where I swear we were less than a foot from the base, haha. Oh, and once I realized that he WOULD go, I was able to focus on my release a little bit and on 95%of the jumps, I had a real crest release vs the odd floaty thing I tend to do!

I forgot how much I loved riding this horse [and I'm riding him again next week!]

BUT...I really do owe it to Leo. I fell off Scooter [twice, 2 yrs ago] because I leaned and he refused. Not anymore! Leo, through all his antics, taught me that when in doubt, stay tall! [hm. I guess my trainer was right in putting me on him!]

Here's a picture of the speed demon :)


And Leo, the pony that made yesterday's ride so successful. I groomed him up for a lady riding after me [she was running late] so he got lots of pats and thanks


:)

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-31-2010, 08:22 PM
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I adore Leo, he is such a cutie patootie! Great job and glad that you've learnt so much from him :) Horses that teach us, are to be cherrished for eternity!

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-06-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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I adore Leo, he is such a cutie patootie! Great job and glad that you've learnt so much from him :) Horses that teach us, are to be cherrished for eternity!
yeah, he is kinda cute :)

Thank you! I'm quite proud of myself, and I can't wait to ride Scooter again today and hopefully have another successful lesson [with a video to show just how CUTE Scooter is]

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-06-2010, 10:44 AM
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Great story and well done, sounds like you have vastly improved! Leo sure is a cutie and I like the look of Scooter too!

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-12-2010, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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lol in some ways I've improved...in others I'm still the same. I fell off Scooter last Friday...he stopped dead at a jump and I was flung over his shoulder. -_- Totally my fault, haha.

We got around a 2'6"/2'9" course without problems...it was once that morphed into 2'6"/3' that I doubted myself and Scooter started stopping.

Our 2'6" ish course [ignore my failed position on the last jump]

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