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post #11 of 15 Old 10-22-2013, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Second ride today, about 5-6 miles mostly dirt road, but some wandering through brush & trees. Got up to a bit of trotting. Did very well for a young, supposedly pretty green horse.

Just one problem, though: the creek crossing. This was what I call a slot creek in a meadow: about 18 inches wide & deep, with vertical sides, so it needs to be jumped over instead of waded. Well, I'm used to Ellie's nice little hop over this kind of creek. Nova went about 3 feet up in the air (and I think I went about 5 ), like someone added a rocket booster under her tail. So I think I need to do some work to learn to handle that.
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Hey, James...how you guys doing?????

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
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Hey, James...how you guys doing?????
Just great: I put a note in the Logging Miles thread, but we did about 6 miles yesterday, first time off a lead rope, and she did very well. Only time I had a problem at all (besides falling off, which wasn't her fault ) was one creek crossing, and that's because the when we'd start across, the idiot dog would keep getting in the way so we'd have to stop, and I think that was getting her a little confused.

And she wanted to do more trotting than I did: I'm trying to take things slow, and get her used to doing what I tell her. Which was both the great thing and the problem with Ellie. I never really had to learn how to tell her what to do with hands & legs, it's like I would just think what we wanted to do. So I'm re-learning a lot of things, too.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-28-2013, 12:59 AM
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It's a learning experience with each new partner.
Many years ago I bought the mare I rode endurance with because of a fall. The fall was my fault but I was so impressed with how she handled it (I would have taken her anyway) but the fall cinched it. I took her out for a little ride and when I got back the owners asked how it went. I said, "Oh, great. I fell off. I want her." Their expressions were priceless.

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
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Same with this girl. I got right back up, and she was just standing there, giving me this "What did you do that for, silly human?" look. So got back on and rode her around a bit, just to show her that I didn't intend to make a habit of it
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