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    03-02-2012, 10:59 PM
  #11
Trained
Books are a little different. Seriously-find a good trainer to work with both of you. Best money I ever spent. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and soaked it up like a sponge.
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    03-02-2012, 11:01 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Uh oh....I think I know where this is headed.....

Hope you're all right...????
Yes, I'm just tired and have a sore shoulder and knee. If I had to fall at all, it's good that it happened the way it did. No head injury, no broken bones... (yet).
     
    03-02-2012, 11:08 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Books are a little different. Seriously-find a good trainer to work with both of you. Best money I ever spent. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and soaked it up like a sponge.
That is an excellent idea. And one of the biggest lessons that I learned today (other than I'm an awful rider) was that even though he was a top-notch show horse at one time, he can still make connections with people.

While I was grooming him before the fall, he put his nose up to my ear and started making the sweetest little sounds in his throat when I was scratching his neck. Like a cat purring or something. And I knew I loved him already.
     
    03-06-2012, 11:04 PM
  #14
Foal
Mr. Sensitive (aka T.J.)

Okay, so I had the pleasure of talking to Mission's original trainer. She also had him for several years, showed him successfully, and was very much attached to him. She had a lot of excellent advice for me about his personality. As it turns out, the big guy is not just sensitive, but supercharged Corvette sensitive. He's NOT spooky. He feeds off human emotions, more than most horses. She is a professional trainer and has worked with a lot of horses. She said that he is the most sensitive horse she's seen when it comes to reflecting the emotions of a handler or rider. If I'm nervous, he will be nervous. If I'm relaxed, he will be relaxed.

This is actually a plus for me personally. I have the ability to be the calmest person in the room during an emergency. I don't know how it happens. I just know that I can do it. Mission needs a confident leader. I'm going to do everything I can to be that for him.

I will keep you all updated. And thank you for reading and for your support!
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    03-07-2012, 09:04 AM
  #15
Green Broke
To me he sounds wonderful-I just love a horse that is tuned into it's rider. Hope you can get back on him soon.
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    03-07-2012, 09:18 AM
  #16
Yearling
I have enjoyed your story very much.
Waiting for updates...
     
    03-07-2012, 07:33 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Me too. Keep us updated please.
     
    03-07-2012, 08:29 PM
  #18
Foal
My five year old son has the flu, so I haven't made it to the barn since Sunday. Hopefully I can get back out there in a few days. Thanks for the encouragement!
     
    03-26-2012, 12:47 AM
  #19
Foal
My 17-year-old son rode Mission bareback today. The kid has ridden only a handful of times. Being out there and trying to tell him what to do and what not to do felt like the blind leading the blind. Luckily, Mission was very calm and forgiving to both of us. Before Devan got on, I worked Mission at a trot/gait around the round pen for about ten minutes, changing directions. He definitely listens well to me when I ask him to move (cluck and wave of the lead rope). Getting him to change directions was easier than the last time. He tried to eat the grass in the round pen a few times, but I clucked to him and he stopped.

Despite Devan climbing up onto him two different times, I still couldn't make myself get up there. Maybe the fall I took in the arena had more of an effect than I first thought. I'm desperately lacking basic self confidence anyway, so it's not much of a stretch to lose it in regards to riding.

I had a great lesson with an excellent trainer two weeks ago. She's experienced with gaited horses and was very patient with me. I did get into the saddle for that, but we only moved around the round pen at a walk. A day later, I got a call from the barn owner saying that outside trainers are not allowed on their property. It was news to me. I thought maybe it was a part of the boarding contract that I didn't read or something, but when I went back to check, there was nothing in the contract about that at all.

So now I'm looking into getting lessons locally. One thing I can say is that I am so much more comfortable with Mission than when he first got here. I am starting to figure out his little quirks and trying to be the leader on the ground. If I could only do that in the saddle....
     
    03-26-2012, 08:23 AM
  #20
Trained
You need to continue your lessons on your horse to regain your confidence. If it is NOT in your boarding contract I would have a discussion with the BO. Why do they not allow outside trainers? In most cases, that is because they themselves give lessons and want you to take lessons from them, in other cases it is a liability/insurance issue. You may need to move to another barn so that you can learn to enjoy your beautiful boy again. Good luck!
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