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post #11 of 17 Old 10-17-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Rum4, I kept the ride at a walk and for a short time (for me anyways). Theory was to keep them wanting more, and hubby gets uncomfortable riding at a trot. Hopefully as he becomes more relaxed and confident, he will figure it out how to position himself (?). Would love to pick up the pace a bit, but am so over the top happy that he wants to ride, I'll stay at the walk to have him with me. Hoping to do some camping (I've done it without him) as a couple. That , I think, would be my "heaven". To ride good horses with the man I love, sleeping under the stars and listening to the horses snort and all.

PaintedHorseMares, yes you are so right. I kept my mouth shut. Don is not a show off, and not a child. He let me know earlier before the ride, that if he needed any help he would ask. That was my warning to zip it. I actually was able to! LOL! He did superbly on my mare, who can be a bit of a wench when close to home and not wanting to stand and wait for others to catch up (my horses really walk out, so we do have to occasionally wait for the rest to catch up). He figured out what to do, and she gave up giving her opinion to him. I was so proud of both of them!

ChevyPrincess, that is fantastic! Get him hooked! LOL! I'm having fun looking around for a more comfy and larger saddle for Don. It will be a western, and so far I like the feel and quality of the Crates. After I find one, then it'll be up to Don on how it feels to him. I'll just do the "shopping around" for him. It is just too much fun! **** that we are coming into hunting season here. That will give us only Sundays to ride. But looking forward to next spring. Riding after work almost everyday with him will be wonderful!

Can you tell that I'm still so stoked! LOL!

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-18-2010, 11:08 AM
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My hubby had never seen a horse up close until he met me 7 years ago. Now he is a trail riding nut! LOL! He LOVES to ride. We bought him a 4yo MFT mare 6 years ago. Larue taught him how to ride, taught him patience, and taught him to trust her instincts. She is still his main ride but he takes every opportunity he can to ride different horses to hone his "feel." Rick is such a relaxed rider. His RMH mare, Mesa, and Lare love their daddy. Here is a pic of Rick and Mesa taken yesterday on a mountain trail in VA. We have THE BEST time riding together. There is nothing like riding your best horse with your best friend on beautiful trails across the country. I'm a very lucky girl!
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-19-2010, 09:00 AM
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WalkaMile I am glad you are stoked and I can understand it. I was happy when my wife wanted to ride and now she is the one asking when can we go riding. We do day trips and camping. My wife and I bought a LQ trailer so we can ride and she likes camping so we get to do both together. Most times even now I let her decide how long we ride and at what pace, she is still not completely comfortable with the gallop but ever time we do she brags about how her and her horse were galloping and it puts a smile on my face every time. Keep up the good work and hopefully, your "heaven", of riding good horses with the man you love, sleeping under the stars and listening to the horses snort and all", will come true......
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-21-2010, 11:34 PM
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Aw I'm so jealous!
After nearly 6 years I STILL can't get my fiance to come ride with me. It's hard enough to get him to come and interact with my horse...
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-22-2010, 12:43 AM
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I am so pleased for you, how fantastic to be able to share your love for horses and riding with him, and for him to like it.
My hub is a monster of a man, at about 300lbs and I would love for him to ride but there is no way that I could ask my super skinny TB to do that, and I cannot afford a 2nd horse. I would love to take him somewhere so we could both ride together, but I would want to wrap him in bubble wrap AND cotton wool, he is big but he is a softie. I would have to have a lead rope attached to his horses bit, as I would not know the horse and while I am one third of him, I would be scared to death.

I am so pleased for you that it went well, but if your guy is anything like mine, don't push too hard to do it again or often. They take time, and like to think on things and mine does not like to be pushed. Men are funny things even if they had fun!
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-22-2010, 06:29 AM
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That sounded like you had a lot of fun. I'm too young for a husband but I want to take my dad on a trail ride. He hasn't had much experience with horses but it makes me curious if he'll respond the same way. My dad isn't much of a listener so he doesn't like to be told how things are done. This makes me want to go on the trail ride much earlier.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-22-2010, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Amir, Don and I have been married over 25 yrs. Don't want to discourage you, but it may take yours a while. LOL! Don't give up hope, think of me and mine, it could happen.

AlexS, I am trying to let him suggest riding. In the past, he would go for 1 ride a year (on our anniversary, his gift to me) and it couldn't be over 30 mins (not really worth saddling up for). The past 2 or 3 years I told him that it was okay not to go, knew he didn't really want to anyways. I'm not sure what changed, could be seeing me go through chemo, could be me coming back from a ride beaming and not wanting to bore him with details. Whatever the reason, I'm so grateful. So, yes , good advice about not pushing, and I am trying hard to control that impulse. Not easy!

Gothic Melodies I remember my Dad going riding with me a couple of times when I was a teenager. I think I was on cloud nine and felt so very safe. Of course, even now at my ripe ole age I'm still a daddies girl. I think all girls should be if at all possible. As far as your dad not being much of a listener, most men can fall into that category. They hear just fine, but don't like to be told! My Dad could never say he was sorry, but I knew he was because he would go to the store and by me a fudgecicle (my favorite). I learned to "read between the lines" with him, and most men.

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