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        09-04-2013, 02:47 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by AZRJ    
    My husband says I should be on the horse by now, but I'm perfectly comfortable going at this pace.

    Going slowly really pays off. I had my horse for a year before we re-started her under saddle. For a full year, we did ground-work.

    Then almost another year doing lunge-line lessons.

    Only recently are we riding on our own & I am certain my confidence comes from the fact that we took our time & didn't rush. She had been rushed before & that's not the right route for her (she's a big draft horse---slow & steady is her "thing")

    Nothing wrong with taking all the time you feel you (& the horse) need!

    Enjoy every minute of it!
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        09-04-2013, 03:28 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Great for you! I teach beginners, long time 'bad' riders & fear riders. The fear riders are my favorite because of the "Oh wow" moments like yours. Keep up the good work & positive thoughts.
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        09-04-2013, 08:09 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Oh gosh, I felt so nervous reading that. I understand that level of fear. I couldn't even stand near the pen at first. I've just been bucked off - over the horses head down into a ravine! I don't know what a bolt would feel like, and I don't want to know! My instructor says I should be on the horse later this month. I do not want to do that until I can groom the horse all by myself and handle him getting spirited on the ground.

    What do you think about geldings vs. mares as far as being more calm?
         
        09-05-2013, 08:34 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Hmm, I can only speak from my own experiences with my own horses about the gelding vs mare thing.

    First horse was a gelding, but cut late. I ended up selling him back to original owner because I knew he was going to kill me some day. He has reared up and flipped over onto an experienced rider on him, he would rather walk backwards a mile, then take that one step forward, he would open mouth and come at me like he wanted to take a chunk out of my body, he would charge me in the field while trying to lunge him. Those were some of the issues I had with him.

    Now my gelding pony is the opposite of that. He is just the cutest and calmest puppy dog kind of pony.

    I had one mare pony that was your biotch of a mare. Could be the combination of her being a mare and pony. We even named her Queen B (the b standing for b*tch). She was just aweful.

    Now I have this haflinger mare. She is super calm also and in your face puppy dog personality. For the most part she is great even in the saddle. But she has her moments (uppity, very forward on trails, bolting). This horse will do whatever you ask of her. So I think she and I just need to become connected and I need to get over the fear of the bolt. At least if I know that I can handle it I will be ok.

    Here are a couple of pics of her. You can see the mare glare in the one with her ears pinned back. And one you can see hot round(fat) she is, and the other one is just because. LOL
    Please no critizism about not wearing a helmet please.
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        09-05-2013, 08:35 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I have my lesson in one hour and I am now getting nervous.
         
        09-05-2013, 11:33 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Well some parts went ok, and others did not. I did get the mare out of the back pasture while keeping the gelding in the back. Got her into the arena, groomed, saddled, and lunged. Did the back end move in both directons and also the front end, (disengage the front and hind quarters?) and made her back. All went very well. Then I got the bridle on and even managed to get on with the help of the mounting block. She stood still for that, which shocked me, I thought we would have a problem right there, but nope. Then I walked her completely around the areana. Did a couple circles at the walk and then this is where it doesn't go so good. I tried to get her into a trot. Managed to do it for a few steps and that was all.

    So the trainer came over and we put her back on the lunge line and I rode the trot. I felt kind of sick to my stomach after that. I was wearing my helmet and I always get too over heated and sick from the heat. So the trainer took over and wanted to lunge her at the canter. Well we discussed this and I happened to mention that she was suppose to be trained as a driving pony. So the trainer hooked her up with the lunge line on both sides and ground drove her all over the arena! She is a great pony! She did much better at the driving then she does in the saddle.

    Have I mentioned how much I just love this mare. LOL
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        09-05-2013, 03:33 PM
      #17
    Foal
    For Blossom

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    Originally Posted by Blossom in Srping    
    Well some parts went ok, and others did not. I did get the mare out of the back pasture while keeping the gelding in the back. Got her into the arena, groomed, saddled, and lunged. Did the back end move in both directons and also the front end, (disengage the front and hind quarters?) and made her back. All went very well. Then I got the bridle on and even managed to get on with the help of the mounting block. She stood still for that, which shocked me, I thought we would have a problem right there, but nope. Then I walked her completely around the areana. Did a couple circles at the walk and then this is where it doesn't go so good. I tried to get her into a trot. Managed to do it for a few steps and that was all.

    So the trainer came over and we put her back on the lunge line and I rode the trot. I felt kind of sick to my stomach after that. I was wearing my helmet and I always get too over heated and sick from the heat. So the trainer took over and wanted to lunge her at the canter. Well we discussed this and I happened to mention that she was suppose to be trained as a driving pony. So the trainer hooked her up with the lunge line on both sides and ground drove her all over the arena! She is a great pony! She did much better at the driving then she does in the saddle.

    Have I mentioned how much I just love this mare. LOL

    First of all, your animals are beautiful! I'm so proud of you. It sounds like it was a very productive lesson! I go so much slower than that. Good job! Which state are you in that it's so hot. I'm in Arizona and it's in the triple digits and humid. I usually book my lessons at 7 or 8 in the mornings. I'll be shopping for a helmet this weekend.
         
        09-05-2013, 03:42 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Have you tried a vaulting surcingle while on the lunge? That helped me a lot. It's bareback, you can feel the movement of the horse better, but you have the handles to hold onto.
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        09-05-2013, 04:46 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I am on the Eastern Shore of Va. It in the 80's lately, near 90's. TMI I am also going thru change of live time, so even temps in the 70's turn me into a soaking wet mess. I have been able to deal with temps in the 60's, so I can't wait for real fall weather.

    Thanks about doing good at the lesson. You will too! I started a little bit before you, so you will get there! I also push myself outside of the box, then come back inside the box. Each and every lesson we do something outside of my comfort zone. I have to or I will never do it.

    I have a soft saddle by cashel, that I normally use, and just got the Black Forrest treeless saddle. So both that I use are close contact, I can feel her movements very well. Love those saddles. I have tried treed saddles, lots of them and I just can't stand them. I feel like I am riding a big block of wood. I do sometimes ride bareback also. I want to feel the horse.

    Next week's lesson we are taking the hafie out of the arena. I think we will just work around the yard, and across the street in a field. In Oct we are going to take her on a trail and to the beach.

    I am (once I can tolerate the temperatures) going to start working on the little pinto pony.

    When is your next lesson?
         
        09-05-2013, 07:03 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blossom in Srping    
    I have a soft saddle by cashel, that I normally use, and just got the Black Forrest treeless saddle. So both that I use are close contact, I can feel her movements very well. Love those saddles. I have tried treed saddles, lots of them and I just can't stand them. I feel like I am riding a big block of wood. I do sometimes ride bareback also. I want to feel the horse. When is your next lesson?
    Oooohhhh, good info! Thanks. I normally have my lessons on Saturday morning, but my instructor called today and we may move it to tomorrow evening. It would be nice to see how the horses are at sunset.
         

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