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post #31 of 38 Old 02-20-2014, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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She was pretty far ahead at that point, already through the gate and as soon as it happened I yelled and she dismounted, I'm not sure what else they did but when I went back to get my hat she was just letting him graze.
The other horse was calm at that point in the ride. 20 minutes before then, not so much, which is why we had her switch to the front and tah-dah calm horse, they had to face their fears instead of hiding behind.
The part of the video that shows it all happening is in the last part, my camera automatically segments the video so I just included the whole last part instead of editing out a minute of the good stuff, which I'm guessing is why people are confused/see nothing happening.
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Very interesting it makes you dizzy sarahfromsc, camera is in the front clip on my saddle and the video shakes or rocks around with the step of the leg, so its in rhythm, but presented in a different way that perhaps is a little disorienting. I have a few other videos of horses galloping with cameras on them that are definitely disorienting, shaking, loud sounds.
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post #33 of 38 Old 02-20-2014, 10:01 PM
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I had a little more insight today on the situation. The lady who feeds the horses has been warning me for a few months about the rider I was out with, saying no one else wants to ride with her because they all think it is dangerous. I understood what she was saying and took it with a grain of salt as well.
I think her horse is lovely but I wish she could control him better (I think shes also the type of person where a little something is missing, like common sense or inner strength). I talked with another lady at the barn today who was there when my horse got loose and knows both horses and the other rider. I told her I feel like I'm having to babysit the other horse and rider a lot when we go out and my horse got fed up. She said that's how a lot of people feel about the rider and why no one goes riding with her. It makes me a little sad to hear this and put some other pieces together, I guess shes caused enough drama there already and no one likes her. Other boarders have literally thanked me for going riding with her so they don't have to, and I thought it was silly at first, but after 3 emotional rides I understand why I am drained too. I still think its a bad position for me to put my horse and me in, and somehow now, I'm going to have to break that to her. I should be glad though because she had a nervous breakdown on the trail that day just getting her horse to do a circle and I had to tell her that she should do it again the right way so her horse knows instead of just half assin it, and while I can be there to support her quite a lot its just been hard on my horse and I.
I took my horse in the arena today to jump and he was perfect. I am thankful no one got hurt and that my horse hasn't had any bad karma from this, everything seems to be working out and there are a lot of people at the barn who support me and still think m horse is great. Just acted a little out of character the other day as they would say.

On a 2nd note I also ride other horses, most of which are green out on the trail, I can totally understand where some are coming from with the blame game, because green horses do things wrong so its easy to blame them for it.
Though the rider having experience is important too because the horse will have more confidence and feel better doing its job, not nervous or hesitant which the other horses can pick up on.
I still don't blame her or her horse for my tack malfunctioning. However I do hold her responsible for her actions on her horse and any other horse she may choose to ride.
No one "has to" ride with this lady. If someone doesn't want to ride with her, they should just say no when she asks.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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post #34 of 38 Old 02-20-2014, 10:18 PM
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I am glad you both got home safe, and would also be double (and triple!) checking that bridle to make sure it never happens again.

I suppose it's all about what you want to get out of your ride. I enjoy taking green horses and riders out (though hopefully only one or the other at a time) because my guy is happy to lead, follow, pony and go through or over everything. BUT that is because I like helping people get out of the arena and showing them a big world, and I have spent hundreds of hours working with him to get him 'dead broke' because I think it's fun to be able to help newbies gain some experience and confidence. He is NOT allowed to act up or out no matter how many hundreds of times we stop and stand waiting for someone else on a ride, or just because I want to look at a pretty view, or drink water, or whatever.

A ride gets bonus points if I like the person and like chatting with them. If I LIKE the person and hanging out with them, I am more apt to put up with riding quirks (horse or human) which would otherwise irritate me. Generally the only things that I really can't/wont deal with are people who are hard on their horses (yanking, kicking, fighting rather than training, etc).

If my horse does ANYTHING, that is my responsibility, and other horse's are the other riders' responsibility. That said, I try to make sure everyone's okay with the activities we're doing and am not going to gallop off an leave someone if I know their horse may have a fit or act up in a way they aren't comfortable with or wanting to school their horse on. I like to run and jump and go through streams or hills or whatever for 25 miles, alone or not makes no difference to me. I also like to go for a nice horseback walk in the woods with good people too, one of the best times you can spend with friends, IMO.

If riding with this other person or any other person is not rewarding and doesn't make you smile, don't do it. For most of us hobby folks horses and riding are supposed to be fun. If it's not, at least on average, you're doing it wrong.
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post #35 of 38 Old 02-21-2014, 05:08 PM
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If I ever use a bridle or a bit and I have a major wreck, I assume that it is not working out and use something else. The only horses that I have had luck using a bosal with are ones that are so dead broke that they really don't need much guidance from their rider.

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I still say it is your responsibility to train your horse to handle any situation that may come along.

To state here that this woman is "missing something" just hit me wrong. Really? And to top it off by admitting that you and all the other women at the barn are talking about it, feeds into the stereotypical barn divas. Ugh. We women have to fight the image that we are catty, gossipy hot messes all the time. Thanks.

If anything is missing, it is some horse training.

Don't blame others, or your horse, or equipment failure for lack of training.
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post #37 of 38 Old 02-21-2014, 11:01 PM
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I have lost my bridle a couple of times recently. It is a beautiful western bridle, with just one ear loop and no throatlatch. The first time, we were going through water, and it just slipped off. My sweet mare just stopped and bent around to look at me like "what is happening?" I was able to put it back on with not injury or drama. Same with the next time, after getting very wet, and my mare was itching her head on her leg. Again, she just stopped and waited for me to fix it, but she has been taught to stop if her saddle slips or anything falls off her saddle too.

I have since switched to a more practical, though not nearly as lovely, bridle.

Maybe, OP, you have discovered a little hole in your horses training that you should work on. Tack accidents can be deadly if your horse panics and runs, so you may want to teach your horse to stop and wait for you to fix it.
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I would like to add that tack that is appropriate for the training ring, arena, or show ring, is not necessarily appropriate for trail riding. I always use a browband headstall of very sturdy leather that fits very well. I have learned the hard way not to use anything that is loose, any one-ear headstalls or anything new that I am trying out. I would never try any new equipment on a trail ride, especially with someone else along. There are just so many variables out on the trail, and you can't have your tack being one of them. Having said that, I made those kind of mistakes when I was younger, and by the grace of God I survived and got to be old and wise.
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