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post #1 of 9 Old 09-20-2009, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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New Accomplishment!

Time for some positivity in the NH board!

Tonight when I rode Arie I had a plan of working on our Freestyle riding pattern Weave. I warmed up with our Freestyle Follow The Rail pattern at w/t/c and working on stopping without touching my reins. He was listening really well, had a couple lazy moments where I had to wake him up but nothing big. I then got my carrot stick and worked on riding Freestyle with using my cs as one of my Phases. If I was turning it was eyes/belly button, leg, stick, rein. He was SO good! Freestyle is Arie's hardest savvy (right now) because he was micromanaged so much in his 'past life' and was never allowed to express himself. So for him to offer this much is really good for him. Then I started the Weave pattern at the walk and he was really understanding it, but at the trot he got the attitude "What will you do if I try to duck out at the last minute??" *sigh* He has to test me somehow, but that's just him. I really focused on not using my reins to get him back with me, especially to keep my independent seat. It didn't take long for him to give it up and we were trotting the Weave pattern with my reins over my saddle horn and me barely having to use my stick! It felt so harmonious and he really understoond, we were having a conversation. He did brilliantly!
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-20-2009, 10:39 PM
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That is awesome! So glad that you are Arie are having so much fun! I actually just got the Patterns set, I found it on ebay for a really low price (brand new)

: ) I was a proud mommy today , I allowed another girl to ride Radar on a trail ride and he was a champ! Up and down hills, on the road, cars passing, dog barking etc.. it is amazing how far he has come in the last 3 yrs . I know that I am the one having the confidence issues with him but I havent given up hope. I rode Henry and he was Henry ..lol not much fazes him.

Thanks so much for the positive post : )

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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You will LOVE the patterns! They are so powerful, I love them!

Congrats on your success today! Don't beat up on yourself about having confidence issues, I've been there, too. Just take it one step at a time, one day at a time, and as long as you progress a little at a time you will reach your ultimate goal.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-21-2009, 09:22 PM
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Well, I am really excited ....I played with Radar on the ground and he was listening really well and very calm so I was thinking to myself ..he looks rideable so I got on and we walked around half of the ring both ways and went over some ground poles..it wasnt a long ride but he did very well and I feel like I am on the road to riding my horse again...it felt great and I really wanted to share it with you!! : )

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-21-2009, 09:28 PM
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keep the positive tales coming! I have been making baby steps with my new boy too, and a big thanks to spirithorse for helping me get moving in the right direction. Since we started playing more, he has become better on the ground. Really tuned in and respectful when we play, gives in easier when we work on his problem areas (standing still when tied/ in cross ties, not running me over when he sees something he wants) and undersaddle we are really starting to have a connection. My confidence when riding him is sky high thanks to a little play time and not taking everything so seriously!
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-21-2009, 09:31 PM
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YAY Awesome ...That is great to hear! : )

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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That's great you guys!! Sounds like a lot of success! RadHenry, I'm SO proud of how you handled things! Great job on setting the ride up for success. It doesn't matter how long you rode for, even 5 minutes would have been a success! Keep it up. Tealamutt, glad to hear your horse is starting to come out of his shell a little more. That's really the ultimate goal, to have our horse freely express who they truly are and to WANT to play :) Sounds like you are on the right track...keep going!
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Thank you for the compliment , Spirithorse : )

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-22-2009, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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You're very welcome :)

Had another great ride tonight! Barely using my reins or stick, he was listening so well and was very very soft. I'm lovin the Freestyle patterns!
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