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        04-30-2012, 05:52 PM
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    Foal
    Hi! Extremely new, but extremely excited.

    Hi everyone, my name is Katie and I'm new to this forum and also to horses. Although some might say that I'm not so new to horses, since I have a 3.5yo great dane...I get really tired of hearing that!!! :) I'm a dog walker in my city and am apprenticing to become a dog trainer. Clicker training is my fave and I'm excited to practice it with horses too, when I get the chance to let my inner geek hang out.

    My friend who is learning dressage (and just bought her own horse) knew that I was really interested in taking lessons and bought me two lessons for Christmas. I'm now taking private lessons at least twice a month at a really nice barn and am loving it. I wish I could go more often but it's about 3hrs of driving round trip for a lesson. The horse I ride is a great school horse, but he really makes you earn every bit, and I love that about him. I look forward to seeing him at every lesson! My coach says I am a quick learner and seems impressed with my progress, although I've only had a few lessons and she is probably just saying that! It's a great confidence booster for sure. At our last lesson we worked on posting around the arena, off the lunge line. So much fun!

    Riding is definitely going to be a part of my life from now on and I'm excited to be a part of this forum and learn as much as I can about good horsemanship and care. Thanks for having me. :)
         
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        04-30-2012, 06:36 PM
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    Green Broke
    Welcome! It's definitely a great place to learn, here. You always read little tidbits of information that you never knew, even if you've been around horses a long time. Never hesitate to ask quiestions!
         
        05-06-2012, 01:44 AM
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    Foal
    It sucks you have to drive so far away. Where are you located?
         
        05-06-2012, 01:48 AM
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    Trained
    Welcome to the forum
    Nice to meet you
         
        05-06-2012, 01:50 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Well welcome and congrats on lessons and your progress so far! :)
         
        05-06-2012, 02:17 AM
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    Super Moderator
    Your enthusiasum is a tonic to the ears of any horse person who might not be appreciating their good fortune to be around horses all they want.
         
        05-06-2012, 02:25 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Hi guys, thanks for the welcome. :)

    I live in Toronto, and my barn is about an hour away in Brantford. Coming back into the city usually takes a little longer, so I look at about three hours of driving. My coach is highly recommended so it's worth the drive but I do wish her barn was closer!

    Had my first two(!) falls today. First time, the horse spooked at his own poop in the arena and obviously I wasn't expecting it, since he's trotted past his own poop in every lesson. Second time, it turns out my girth wasn't tight enough so my saddle slid off. My butt is bruised, but my ego is still intact. It was a great lesson otherwise and I'm excited for my next one! Sadly I have to wait until the 19th.
         
        05-06-2012, 02:29 AM
      #8
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Meatos    

    Had my first two(!) falls today. First time, the horse spooked at his own poop in the arena and obviously I wasn't expecting it, since he's trotted past his own poop in every lesson. Second time, it turns out my girth wasn't tight enough so my saddle slid off. My butt is bruised, but my ego is still intact. It was a great lesson otherwise and I'm excited for my next one! Sadly I have to wait until the 19th.
    I'm glad you're okay!

    Don't you know, poop can be VERY scary. It changes the colour of their coats and it appears without warning! They never see it coming.. it creeps up on them. One moment they are rounding a corner, the next time there's this big ol pile there! How did it get there?? Ohh the boogey monsters of course..

    Welcome to horses, they are goofy like that. And I was kidding above, haha.

    Hugs, falling is a part of riding. No worries, just make sure to triple check all your tack :)
         
        05-06-2012, 04:31 AM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the forum!!
         
        05-06-2012, 10:01 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    I'm glad you're okay!

    Don't you know, poop can be VERY scary. It changes the colour of their coats and it appears without warning! They never see it coming.. it creeps up on them. One moment they are rounding a corner, the next time there's this big ol pile there! How did it get there?? Ohh the boogey monsters of course..

    Welcome to horses, they are goofy like that. And I was kidding above, haha.

    Hugs, falling is a part of riding. No worries, just make sure to triple check all your tack :)
    Oh yeah, all good! Landed on my bum the second time, which knocked the wind out of me and I was sore for awhile, but no worse for the wear. I didn't even think the saddle sliding off would be a possibility - lesson learned!!!

    You're right, poop is so scary...it cannot be trusted!!! I'll never look at a poop the same way again...
         

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