Originally Posted by Corporal
SO happy for You!! Glad to know that you're thinking ahead, too. It should be a GREAT summer! =D
Thanks. Yeah if I didn't do something with him training wise I might just give up on him as a lost cause, poor boy he tries but can be very explosive. This summer will be amazing!
Originally Posted by Walkamile
A wise person gave me a nice tidbit of advice after my accident with Walka. I needed to "visualize" the next ride how I wanted it to go. Every step, calmly breathing, and Walka responding. I also needed to be aware, but not put to much energy and effort into the "if this should
happen, this is what I will do" scenario. If you know any body builders, they have "visualized" the muscle they are working getting larger and more defined as they work out. It truly works, though sounds a bit new age-ish .
Try this before you ride him again. Visualize the ride and how you want
it to go. Believe it or not, your reflexes and muscles will respond without you being aware, but he will feel the difference. The sureness on your part will give him confidence.
Okay, I'll stop before someone comes to lock me up for sounding nuts. Keep us posted on his and your progress. It gives someone else experiencing similar issues a feeling of validation. No one likes thinking that only they feel that way.
That's a good plan actually. On this last ride after he had spooked I gave him a little pep talk, basically I said "i believe in you, you can do it!" I think the pep talk was more for me, but he was great after that. On the way up the hill too (where he has issues) I talked to him through that, more to keep myself calm I think. But it works! On the next ride i'll try the visualization thing, i'll see our ride going great, no rushing, no bucking and no problems with hills. I'll keep you updated, I like posting when it's something good. It feels good to brag about my good boy instead of complaining about him.
Originally Posted by Darrin
If you're doing it right, not long. In other words you are working his butt off trail riding because it's so **** much fun!
Yeah, I figure it'll be clean for a few weeks and then look like he's had it for years. I can live with that! It is fun, I really want him to see how much fun he can have going out and exploring with his buddies, not everything is scary.
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
Handsome horse, love the tack too!
Lovely to hear you had a great trail ride!! I hope they continue to rock your socks off! :)
Thanks. I got it from long riders gear (it's a web store in California), they're really nice and have great customer service. When I got the breast collar it was way too small but regular horse size, apparently my horse needs warmblood size tack; luckily I have a great sewing machine at work so I altered it but they were offering all kinds of help to get me a new one.
Yup, with the trainers help and my friends going on our "old lady booze cruise" style slow trails we'll get to a good trail riding place.