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post #1 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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First Ride on Mocha...

Tonight was my first real ride on Mocha, it was amazing!! I have been worried since I had a bad fall a couple months ago off of another horse, and didn't sleep at all last night worrying about it. The trainer has done a fantastic job and I just couldn't be more pleased. We worked on the ground first for a bit, tacked up, worked more on the ground and then mounted. He's been taught to fence mount so I climbed up and he just slid right over to me easily. He can also be mounted from the ground too. We did some walk, trot and lope. He crow hopped once but moved out nicely long and low, and what a nice lope and great stop on him. I felt confident on him and he was responsive with very little leg. After the arena work we then went out for a short road and trail ride. What a great experience and I just love what the trainer has done with him!! I might try to stay there with him for another 2 weeks just to get more rides on him myself then it is time to come home and hit the trail for the summer. Come fall I want to have him back at the facility that my trainer is at so I can continue riding throughout the fall and winter in the indoor and also take some lessons on their horses to learn some reining and maybe some barrel. Thank god for good trainers....So happy!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 12:45 AM
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Good for you! Having participated in a few spills myself I understand how hard it can be to get back in the saddle. I've been lucky enough to never be injured too severely, but the emotional scars some accidents can leave are sometimes just as bad as the physical ones. Sounds like your trainer is doing a wonderful job for the both of you. I know when I started riding the horse I got thrown from a few times a good trainer made all the difference. I was so scared it took me a whole year of lessons with mostly ground work, then more in the saddle, and each year since then I've gained a gait, and now I'm working on canter. Sometimes you have to just go to it, I know if I dwell on something, or have a trail ride or a clinic planned, I lose sleep and sweat over it. But the trail rides where I just get on and go, ones that are just a call away, are the best. Now I'm finding the shakiness goes away, and I have more time to enjoy my riding and not get tangled up in the details. Props to you - I wish you a great summer full of good riding!
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Butt. Yeah, I decided that I did not want to give up riding so I had no other option but to muster it up and to push myself to do it. I had taken a few lesson at my trainers barn with some well trained horses and then one that was 4 to get my confidence back. I trust this trainer and the work he did with Mocha, and my horse deserved me giving him a chance. At the beginning of the training I thought I would sell him. Now not a chance, I am very happy and feel great about our future. :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 03:59 AM
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That's awesome congrats! It's such an awesome feeling having these milestones!
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 04:10 AM
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I think one of the hardest things to do is to get back on a horse once you've fallen off and hurt yourself so congratulations. Its a huge achievement and to do it with confidence is even better!

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