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Is this asking too much of a horse?

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        12-02-2012, 07:11 PM
    I didnt read all of the posts' so sorry if I repeat. That's just crazy! Have you been at this barn for two years? If so, ask to ride the horse you are most comfortable with and try to stay behind anyway... your the one riding the horse not the BO.. im sorry if that sounds snobby... If you get too nervous just get off and walk the horse and don't worry about what your friends will say. Also, is it possible you could go out with only one other person untill your comfortable?
    My mare LOVES to run, and when she's hyped up, boyyyy is she hyped up! Sometimes im stuck riding bareback; I only have one saddle & most of the time the person on my other mare is less experianced so they get the saddle. If the group wants to run and jerseys hyped up, and im bareback you better believe she'll stay behind! That is NOT to much to ask. Before we were to this point I either told them not to run, or stayed behind and she had a hissy fit, eventually I started asking them to run off so I could work with her. Now she just walks alittle faster than normal. Don't be afraid (not saying that you are) to ask them not to run, or too get off the horse to stay behind; that would be good practice for the horse also, without you being in danger. If they are your friends they will understand.
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        12-06-2012, 10:00 AM
    Your horse should stay behind, but they don't always do what they're supposed to. A lot of it depends on the rider's confidence and skill level. The horse you're riding may throw a hissy fit or bolt after the other riders (which I'm thinking is the case, since the bo said it was too much to expect). You should be prepared to deal with that before you ride off with the mad gallopers.

    I'm not saying you shouldn't go on a trail ride with these folks, or that you shouldn't expect your horse to behave. But if your horse doesn't behave, you'll need to be prepared to deal with it. That's all.
        12-06-2012, 08:36 PM
    I don't think it should be too much to ask. I am still getting used to my horse and working on her gaits so we arn't going fast so I just keep her slowed down while everyone else takes off which I think is actually making me a better rider and also making my horse better by teaching her that we are a team and the others can do whatever they want listen to me

    What I am curious about and I hope others can answer: what about building up a buffer zone? You know when the others will take off so let them get 40, 60, 100 yards out so they are out of sight when they start their canter.

    Another one of the first things my trainer taught me, the horse can't run too well if their nose is in your knee. So be confident, relax, and don't be affraid to be authoratative if you need to be

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