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post #21 of 33 Old 05-10-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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That is an Arabian horse talking!
A few weeks ago she DID trot away with me on her back as a humble passenger... nothing to wild, just not in the direction I wanted to go in especially since I was going for "stop" and not "trot"... no harm done though and it taught me a lesson about not jumping on something I'm not ready for yet

I am so sorry to hear that :( I read about him on your journal. It's always hard with any animal but there's something especially traumatic about having to let a horse go.
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post #22 of 33 Old 05-10-2019, 08:57 PM
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My first ride was on a horse named Dusty, an Appaloosa at a public trail ride place in my home town. I rode double with my dad, and sat in front of him on the saddle and just held on to the horn. This place did full hour-long walk, trot, and canter rides, in big groups, too, so I got all the basic gaits on my very first ride!! I was probably... four or five?

My first SOLO ride was a couple of years later, at the same place, on a buckskin mare named Biscuit. I was probably... six or seven?

I can still remember the smell and feel of those rides!

(This was in the mid-to-late 1980s. No helmets, no real rules, and I'm amazed everyone made it out of that place alive, LOL.)
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post #23 of 33 Old 05-10-2019, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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(This was in the mid-to-late 1980s. No helmets, no real rules, and I'm amazed everyone made it out of that place alive, LOL.)
It's still like that a lot around here still lol Lots of people who learn by just jumping on and going and I just couldn't. I did kind of at the beginning with a little guidance, but I needed some additional help so I luckily found it. Just a few weekends ago though my aunt saddled her gelding and said "Do you want to ride him?" (We all love this gelding, he has a very good temperament on the ground and is really the only horse in my aunt's group that really REALLY craves human attention.) I politely declined. Internally I was thinking: "No. No I do not want to ride this horse who has not been ridden since the end of last Summer/early Fall when I've not even seen him under saddle yet."
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post #24 of 33 Old 05-10-2019, 09:29 PM
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I am so sorry to hear that :( I read about him on your journal. It's always hard with any animal but there's something especially traumatic about having to let a horse go.
I think in part it's that they are so big, and everything is therefore amplified. And that you can't put them in a shoebox like a cat, and tuck them under your arm, and bury them under your apple tree.


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(This was in the mid-to-late 1980s. No helmets, no real rules, and I'm amazed everyone made it out of that place alive, LOL.)
Me too! Or wait, maybe I fell off, cracked my head, and am now really a zombie? Like in "Pride And Prejudice With Zombies"!

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post #25 of 33 Old 05-11-2019, 08:39 AM
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My grandfather gave us a Shetland pony, named Nugget, when I was six years old. My father coached us on how to ride while he led us around, and all of it made sense to me. After a few days, it was decided that it was time to ride him on my own. It never occurred to me, that a Shetland pony's stubby little neck was a lot stronger than a six year old boy's arms. I took one rein in each hand, and gave his ribs a good thump with my feet. Nugget took off with that teeth rattling trot that ponies are famous for. About a quarter of the way around the yard, I felt myself leaning to the left. I tried pulling back on the reins without effect. I was still in the saddle, but listing hard to the left. Forsaking the reins, I grabbed the saddle horn. I continued to slide, saddle and all. Nugget trotted one complete circuit of our big front yard with me hanging onto his side. He stopped in front of my dad, who peeled me off of the pony and fixed the saddle. Our household was well versed in cowboy lore, and I knew the saying that you always had to get back in the saddle. So I did. Almost 6 decades later, I'm still in the saddle.
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post #26 of 33 Old 05-11-2019, 09:50 AM
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Aw man that feeling of excitement I miss so much!

As a child I was put on and led around. I actually found it quite boring! My mother was recording it and as I got off I picked out the huge ass wedgie in my pants. All on video and in front of an audience -.- Next time I wore proper attire!

A decade later I had my first adult lesson as a private one on one. Like riding a bike I knew how to ride but my body was a whole other matter. When my instructor saw me change to the correct diagonal in trot (considered a basic must-have when learning to trot over here in BHS yards) she shouted out "RIGHT, ITS OBVIOUS YOU CAN RIDE. GET ON WITH IT. CANTER!" in that confident shouty instructors tone that brings comfort when things are going to pot, lol. In the space of half an hour I was cantering (losing both stirrups ofc) and going into cardiac arrest with the amount of effort it took. There was a traffic jam on the hour drive home and every time I had to use my clutch my leg shook.

I love having lessons and I equally love working things at my own pace. Some push is needed and I always get a little excited when instructor comes out with ".. so.. wanna try something fun?" xD
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post #27 of 33 Old 05-12-2019, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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@Kalraii A few weeks ago I told one of my instructors, "I'm sorry I look horrified all the time. I am horrified, but just know I'm ok. We get done every week and then I'm ready to come do it again." She just laughed and said that's good.

I am still at the point of learning to trot confidently, although I've done decently enough that we have started trail riding a bit too, because that is another barrier I need to push past if my eventual goal is trail riding... I feel the opposite of claustrophobic when I take a horse outside the round pen. Which, on the instructors' horses isn't all that logical because they are actually easier to control outside of the pen. They're used to trail riding and very responsive, whereas they get bored in the round pen.

The first time her husband pushed me into a trot it felt like the world was coming out from under me. My mouth went so dry I could barely speak but I knew if I didn't push through it I would forever be fighting that fear and that urge to say "I'm not ready for this." So every time they decide I'm ready for something new I just go with it and try to pay attention to what they say That first trot left me so sore... with a mysterious bruise from I don't even know what on the inside of my thigh just from bouncing so hard in the saddle. The next time, even though we had to skip a week for work reasons, was much easier.

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I like reading this thread! My first ride I don’t remember, but I do remember some memorable rides from when I was little.

I used to go ride for work with my father. I rode a fat bay middle aged mare called Darcell until I was probably six. One day I was loping around some cows and my stirrup broke off of my saddle. I remember my dad tying it back together telling me all about what “Mickey Mousing” something meant.

I also remember one day, during that same little girl time frame, I was riding a horse called Buck. He was a younger buckskin gelding, and my dad would ask me every morning I rode him, “Is Buck going to buck you off today?” We had finished for the day and were trotting back towards where we would find a trailer.

My uncles were talking about racing their horses, but I was little and not really understanding. They took off and Buck took off with them. He was winning right from the start (of course as he was running away), and they pulled up as soon as realizing their mistake. It took me quite a while to get Buck shut down. I remember getting back and bragging that I won the race, while my father yelled at his brothers about their lack of intelligence for at least a mile. Lol

I will include a picture of my first ride with one of my uncles. I don’t remember this horse.
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I like reading this thread! My first ride I don’t remember, but I do remember some memorable rides from when I was little.

I used to go ride for work with my father. I rode a fat bay middle aged mare called Darcell until I was probably six. One day I was loping around some cows and my stirrup broke off of my saddle. I remember my dad tying it back together telling me all about what “Mickey Mousing” something meant.

I also remember one day, during that same little girl time frame, I was riding a horse called Buck. He was a younger buckskin gelding, and my dad would ask me every morning I rode him, “Is Buck going to buck you off today?” We had finished for the day and were trotting back towards where we would find a trailer.

My uncles were talking about racing their horses, but I was little and not really understanding. They took off and Buck took off with them. He was winning right from the start (of course as he was running away), and they pulled up as soon as realizing their mistake. It took me quite a while to get Buck shut down. I remember getting back and bragging that I won the race, while my father yelled at his brothers about their lack of intelligence for at least a mile. Lol

I will include a picture of my first ride with one of my uncles. I don’t remember this horse.
That's so cute, love it!
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post #30 of 33 Old 05-12-2019, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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@Knave I have wished many times in the past months that I could have started much younger. My instructors' kids ride with a total lack of fear.
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