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post #21 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 01:43 AM
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Maybe they want to include you. Maybe they don't want you to feel left out.

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post #22 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 01:54 AM
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I just read an article how trail riding is like cross training. How a runner will play soccer (or something like that) to improve areas that can help in the main sport. I suppose it works the same.
I'm glad you've decided to go for it. You can still do your leg yeilds and what not when out and about, and it would probably be far more interesting, and make doing it on a flat arena surface so much easier!
Anyhow, I'm not a fan of riding on roads if there are trails around. I'd rather stay away from drivers if possible. Especially since most do not know how to drive around a horse.
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post #23 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 03:23 AM
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Only one thing to add don't let it bother you just say well maybe I actully like my horse enough to care about her and treat her like a friend instead of you guys who treat em like toys or machines but also one thing once in a while I love to let my horse go she loves running all horses do so maybe they think your no fun or some thing but I know what you mean girl but once in a while take you girl for a big run may be then they'll respect you for some one who just love dressage and ring riding but also has fun just an idea

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post #24 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 05:56 AM
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I'm kind of like you Jubliee. I enjoy the arena a lot, and I like just doing what I normally do. I know what affect it has on my horses, but I just don't want to go for a ride through a forest or on the beach or even on the roads... I used to love road riding, but not now.
I guess an element for me is that I'm too comfortable where I am... and don't wanna get out of it. I have mates who say they're just going to load my horse onto a float, drag me along to the beach and then stick me up there once I've seen how my horse reacts. I just don't have enthusiasm for that.
Do what you wanna do. I'm trying to get back into road riding, to help my horses out... well when I can ride again anyways. I don't want them to get sour, but it will be forcing myself to do it. And I'm worried that forcing myself will make my nerves worse.
I'm the type of person that if I don't want to do it, I have plenty of friends who are horseless who would love to. As bad as that seems, at least my horse is getting out and about and not being held back because Mummy doesn't want to gallop down a beach or whatever lol.
People don't understand me either. They can't believe I don't have any interest or curiosity on trying new things out. They leave it down to me being scared, and I guess to a point I am, simply cos I've never done it before. But at the end of the day, if I don't want to, then no one can make me do it.
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post #25 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 08:16 AM
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Hey guys, sorry it took me long to reply back. You all brought up some great points, thank you. I think I might just have to find a happy medium. I do agree with what you are saying about it being a good experience... so maybe I should be a bit more open-minded. Jubilee did seem to enjoy ridng on the road once she got going. Maybe I'll try taking her out a few times this summer and see how it goes.

And sometimes the invitations from people are genuine and kind, but other times I get snippy, argumentative comments from other boarders. That's the kind of "pressure" I don't like.

Anyway... Thanks again!
For sure I would tell them NO! I'm like you, I don't appreciate being told what I should and shouldn't be doing as far as riding discipline. That's like someone who is into rodeo telling me (with attitude) I should do some cattle penning or barrel racing with my horse. I would have the same reaction.


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post #26 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 08:19 AM
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-gasp- YOU ONLY LIKE RIDING IN THE RING?! -western horses everywhere stare in shock-


Hehe, I can't stand being confined anywhere when I ride. I get bored to fast. I NEED to be out, I need something different and new otherwise I get...bored. The ring is like a death sentence for me. Trails I like though, it's relaxing, it's fun :)

I absolutely love training and working with my horses for this reason. Always something new, always something to advance on and improve.

Especially Loki, it's always something new (granted, also sometimes dangerous) with him. Sam and I are working on trot at the moment as well. GREAT fun!

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post #27 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 06:48 PM
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I think a good point to add that often people may forget is how much more dangerous it can riding on roads or trails. Yes, it's good to let horses have breaks, but if your horse is trail nervous AND you're trail nervous, it's simply not a good combination.

It can be good for horses to be exposed to new things, but there really isn't any reason for a horse to be accustomed to trail experiences if you do strictly ring riding. Trail riding doesn't make any horse I've seen any less spooky when it sees a weird jump for example. And unless you do trail riding and only trail riding, most horses will be prone to spook at things such as a tarp flying across an arena OR trail, or an animal running across.

Unless you dedicate a certain amount of time to strictly riding trails, trail riding can be an extremely unhappy experience for both horse and rider, and really isn't going to benefit either for any higher purpose. If it's not your thing, it's simply not your thing.

I just thought I'd add that, since I've seen a LOT of bad things happen from people being pushed to trail ride when they aren't into it, and their horse isn't into it.
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I think a good point to add that often people may forget is how much more dangerous it can riding on roads or trails. Yes, it's good to let horses have breaks, but if your horse is trail nervous AND you're trail nervous, it's simply not a good combination.

It can be good for horses to be exposed to new things, but there really isn't any reason for a horse to be accustomed to trail experiences if you do strictly ring riding. Trail riding doesn't make any horse I've seen any less spooky when it sees a weird jump for example. And unless you do trail riding and only trail riding, most horses will be prone to spook at things such as a tarp flying across an arena OR trail, or an animal running across.

Unless you dedicate a certain amount of time to strictly riding trails, trail riding can be an extremely unhappy experience for both horse and rider, and really isn't going to benefit either for any higher purpose. If it's not your thing, it's simply not your thing.

I just thought I'd add that, since I've seen a LOT of bad things happen from people being pushed to trail ride when they aren't into it, and their horse isn't into it.
I agree completely, thank you. As well, if I have to correct behavioral issues, I'd much rather do it in the ring. Trying to correct a horse on the road is asking for trouble. There are cars going by and ditches on either side. Jubilee doesn't buck or rear, but I really have to fight with her sometimes.

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post #29 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 11:31 PM
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I think it depends on the horse. Most of my horses will get bored working in the ring constantly - they will get sour in the ring, and then misbehave simply for the fun of it.
I've experienced this as well, my horse gets bored out of her mind, but that's just her. She's the adventurous type, one who craves to get out and see new stuff. I've worked with several horses who are perfectly content doing ring-work, nothing wrong with that!

It all comes down to what makes you and your horse happy and what the both of you enjoy together.

But maybe someday you could ride a horse who enjoys the trails and doesn't get fussy on the road, just to see what it's like.

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post #30 of 49 Old 05-19-2009, 11:39 PM
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I think a good point to add that often people may forget is how much more dangerous it can riding on roads or trails. Yes, it's good to let horses have breaks, but if your horse is trail nervous AND you're trail nervous, it's simply not a good combination.

It can be good for horses to be exposed to new things, but there really isn't any reason for a horse to be accustomed to trail experiences if you do strictly ring riding. Trail riding doesn't make any horse I've seen any less spooky when it sees a weird jump for example. And unless you do trail riding and only trail riding, most horses will be prone to spook at things such as a tarp flying across an arena OR trail, or an animal running across.

Unless you dedicate a certain amount of time to strictly riding trails, trail riding can be an extremely unhappy experience for both horse and rider, and really isn't going to benefit either for any higher purpose. If it's not your thing, it's simply not your thing.

I just thought I'd add that, since I've seen a LOT of bad things happen from people being pushed to trail ride when they aren't into it, and their horse isn't into it.


I disagree with this. But I've already given my opinion so i'll leave it at that!

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