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post #1 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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That moment when...

Everyone has those moments in their riding career I am sure where they realize something or another about their situation.

For me I had two of those realizations today...

First, that moment when you realize that the horse you are riding is way more trained than you are so he makes you look like a complete noob.

Second, that moment when you realize that the horse that is your heart and soul, the one you thought was so perfect, was actually kind of a horrible riding partner but you love him all the same anyway.

I started riding Junior when I was 16 years old and I thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. He was always so well behaved and I thought he was so well trained. Don't get me wrong, he was a great horse to learn on and no horse will ever replace him for me but man he was not trained as well as I made him out to be :]

I started riding a new lease horse that is extremely well trained. Today he made me feel like a complete beginner trying to learn how to ride him. The slightest shift in your seat and he moves over. The slightest turn of your hip and he turns. You have to open your inside rein and bump with your outside rein so he will bend through the turns. He will turn on his shoulder or his haunches depending on how you cue him. Junior turned one way, by pulling the rein and pushing with your heel. I could never get him to bend and didn't even know there was different ways to turn. The new lease horse, John, wants contact on the reins and will seek it out. To get him to trot all you do is lift up your pelvis slightly in the front, sit deep in the back and barely squeeze. Same with the canter. He puts himself into a frame. He was doing things that I didn't even realize I was asking him to do.

John is, I think, trained to third level dressage. It is an interesting feeling when you get on a horse that is better trained than you. It humbles you to realize that you can't make him go straight or turn correctly because you are sending him accidental cues and he is simply listening to what you don't realize you are telling him. I never would have thought that riding a horse that was better trained than Junior might actually be harder.

On the bright side I am going to learn a ton from John! So I am excited for that.

But yeah, making new steps in my riding is definitely teaching me some new things!

Me and John from today!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 11:12 AM
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Yep, I've had that "this horse makes me feel/look like a beginner" thing before. When I first started riding my lease horse, it was a bit difficult for me because I was used to riding a different level of horse.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 11:31 AM
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Once you learn the cues, the riding becomes like a dance & it's so fun!
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 11:48 AM
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I love riding a horse that is so balanced and cues off of legs and seat. I rode a Cleveland Bay H/J this summer and he was so amazing. Perfect 20m circles at a canter, steering with just my seat and legs. If he got stubborn and tried to test me, all I had to do was lay an indirect rein against his neck to correct his path and off we went. I've ridden 31 horses, and only 2 could do that, and only 1 of those 2 with extreme precision. And I mean precision. I was mind blown. I've never ridden so effortlessly (not to say I didn't put out an effort, he kicked my butt that lesson and I was sore for DAYS), just look and go. Riding him took no extra thought process, no hand guidance. I didn't even touch the bit, riding with a loose rein, just guiding him with my seat.

It was like an "Ahhhhhh!" (heavenly singing song type noise) moment. Hallelujah, I have seen the light moment.

I have ridden horses that have used seat guidance to steer, but it took so much effort it seemed to do it, like I had to forcefully drive with my seat. This guy was just the epitome of bio-mechanical riding. The slightest shift and turn of the hips got a response.

How do I get a horse to that point?
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Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 02:48 PM
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Funny, but both my horse, and my wife, make me feel like the most special guy on earth.

That said, they've both taught me more than I've taught them.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 06:34 PM
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It's good to make realizations.
I recently realized that I'm being too nice to my horse sometimes. Anotherwards, not laying down the rules enough.

God bless, englishaqh (:
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Glad I am not alone on the whole riding a horse that far out classes me lol.

I have to keep reminding myself that riding him is a great learning experience and with some time I will do just fine on him. I needed to move onto a more challenging horse. I just had no idea that moving onto a more trained horse would be more challenging :]
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The first time I rode a horse like that, I thought he was reading my mind. I thought canter, and he did. I thought turn, and he did. He was reading my subtle moves as I simply thought about the cue I was about to give him.

Carpe Diem!
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 08:05 PM
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It makes you feel like goober at first, but after that is the best feeling when you are able to match his abilities and training!

I remember interviewing with a top trainer and he requested to see me ride. I was way out of my league and felt like a complete dude riding a top horse and making him look like crap wiggling down the center of the arena from me over cueing. But I lucked out and got the job, and the best feeling came months and even years down the road when I could take those same horses, make them look good and even help them improve.

You are on the road for learning and great improvement. Take advantage of it!
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