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post #21 of 27 Old 11-13-2013, 12:20 AM
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My friend does embarrass me because when people ask her how long she's been riding, she'll say ten years. Buuuuut it's more like maybe a few weeks here or there, with push button horses at a dude ranch. She doesn't understand the rhythm of a posting trot, and told me that she never learned to jog, though she learned 'western'.

When my dad got on my friend's horse after not getting on a horse for twenty years, I was so immensely proud and ecstatic! Even though he looked pretty silly c;
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post #22 of 27 Old 11-13-2013, 03:59 AM
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Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952 View Post
I used to have a boyfriend, he was in his 40's and never ridden before. He wanted to go riding with me, so someone loaned him a horse. He got on, and sat WAY back in the saddle, shoulders slumped way over with a rein held high in each hand, and would use the reins to pull the horse each way. We all tried to correct him, but he didn't want to hear it, no, he was going to ride his way. I was so embarrassed to be seen riding with him, and everyone was laughing at him.
Personally, I find my self respect and lack of embarrassment in me, and who I am. I don't think I pass that onto others. So for example if I am with someone who is disabled, my friends wouldn't laugh at them, or me. Nor would I feel uncomfortable.

I am very happily married to a 300lb man, and I love every inch of him. He has no interest in horses, other than supporting me in my interest.

If I had a Draft horse, I would never be embarrassed by him, ever, he is twice the man of those judging him, both in character and literally. And I tell you what, not one person viewing him would judge him or snicker twice, I can promise you that.

You are you, no? Or do you take your self worth from mean girls and the most miserable person you are around?
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post #23 of 27 Old 11-13-2013, 10:46 PM
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I had people try to make me feel embarrassed by the way my husband rode my mare. He has only ever ridden trail ride ponies that just follow the leader, so my green broke filly was an enormous step up. He only ever rode at the end when she was worn out and he was basically just cooling her out, so position didn't matter much to me other than heels down. He did take over riding her for me after my accident though, and asked me to actually give him lessons so his rides were productive too. He's turning into a decent rider that I sure wouldn't be embarrassed to take anyone ;) My thought is, is that he wanted NOTHING to do with horses before me. I did not force/bribe/etc him into horses. He picked it up just because I enjoyed it so much.

Now I have been embarrassed about knowing someone who thought they knew how to train. He told my husband to get on my mare, yank her head to the left, kick her in a circle, yank her head to the right, kick in a circle, and she'd give you no trouble. I would be incredibly embarrassed if I ever rode with him. And thankfully my husband (after we left that dinner shortly after that comment) turned to me and said he would rather continue how we were with my mare (who we hadn't even sat on yet).
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post #24 of 27 Old 11-14-2013, 12:41 AM
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post #25 of 27 Old 11-14-2013, 05:45 AM
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I'm sure I embarrass my daughter relatively frequently when we ride together, either in the ring, or out hacking. Despite being only 13, she's been riding many years (coming up on 5 years of hunter jumper lessons) and has become a far more advanced rider than I'll likely ever be.

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post #26 of 27 Old 11-14-2013, 05:41 PM
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The people I use to ride with I guess would sort of embarrass me. First off I hate telling people I've ridden on and off for 13 years, I don't have the skills or confidence of someone that has. But I am fully aware of my serious faults, knee gripping, puppy paws, unstable hands, staring at the ground etc, and do not think I am better in any way than them.

But the people think they are ready to train the next national champ in anything, but can't place at the county fair, because their horse was green, the shadow scared them, didn't practise cantering, needs a different (fill in the blank) etc. Some people though that it might wake them up and realize that they have a lot of work ahead of them, but they are still under a rock.
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post #27 of 27 Old 11-14-2013, 06:14 PM
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No, I am not embarrassed by anyone who is new to learning how to ride. I am not embarrassed by anyone less skilled. I would be embarrassed if I were stupid enough to be friends with anyone who was abusive or neglectful of their horses but not someone who simply doesn't know better.
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