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post #1 of 10 Old 03-02-2016, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Proud moments and riding progress

I think this will be a great thread where everyone can share their proud moments and/or riding progress!

I've been in lessons for a few years but because of my panic disorder, I've progressed very slowly. Now, I'm at the point where I'm getting comfortable cantering my massive lesson horse (he's 17.2 lol). I know I may be "behind" but I'm having fun and I'm proud of how far I've come!

I made a video of my progress, but you can share pictures or just your stories!

The first clip is from 2013 and the last is from a week ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLomGcYgSdM

c'est la vie
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-02-2016, 10:31 AM
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Enjoy those moments.

Let's see. I didn't play much polo last year. And barely had a chance to practice my swings. But, I did get called in to fill a spot three times in the late summer and managed to help the team and score some goals, too.

The best one was when I just kept the opposing team's hitter from getting anywhere near the ball. Everyone was surprised, including my horses and me! The poor guy even congratulated me, like a good sport should.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-02-2016, 05:18 PM
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That video is gorgeous! I got choked up watching it--so proud of you!

My story is kind of long, but I'll try to make it short. In my life, I had been broken in every way. My husband of 21 years had left me for a girl young enough to be our daughter. My mentally unstable boss decided to harass me to the point of trying to get me fired, and I ruptured a disc in my back so that the doctors insisted I needed back surgery. It was a ghastly time for me.

For years I had been performing joust shows at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and I postponed the surgery until after the festival. Every festival day, before the jousts, we jousters participated in games on horseback for the audience. I was never very good at the games, which was always disappointing to the crowds who wanted me, the only girl, to win. I usually didn't, in fact, I often did rather poorly.

On this one special day, my friends with Fresians brought their horses to participate in the games, and the head jouster put us in teams for the performance. The crowd was extra large and extra fired up because of the Fresians.

It was a great day for me, and I was delighted to get a perfect score when it was my time to perform. My jousting partner, who usually did really well in the games, was only so so that day. At the end of the games, the two teams were tied.

Since I was the only one with a perfect score, the joust master (who also had a perfect score) asked me would I do the ride-off, or choose someone else from my team to do the ride-off. What a decision! I knew my joust partner was more skilled than I was, but I was having a good day, and he was not. I took a chance and chose myself.

We had to do the ride-off with the blunt end of the lance, which is very difficult. I had to spear 3 rings in succession, bump an apple off a post, and then spear a very small ring. The joust master went first and MISSED ONE! Then it was my turn. Could I do it? Should I have chosen someone more skilled? The crowd was SCREAMING, they were so pumped.

I headed my horse down the list, aiming for those rings with the big thick part of the lance. I got all 3! I got the apple! I got the tiny ring! Another perfect score! My team won! Everyone was cheering and yelling for me.

My life was a complete shambles, physically, emotionally, professionally, but I took a chance on myself and won!
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You guys should be proud of yourselves !! Classical you looked so gorgeous in that video!
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-02-2016, 09:16 PM
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Most recently, I've had two accomplishments. I took my (at the time) 18 month old daughter for her first trail ride. We jumped in my big 18in western saddle, she sat in front of me, and we went waking and trotting around on the trails. She loved it abd I was so proud :)

Then there's little ove. I got him two and a half months ago, abd he was a scared, shy little thing. He's gone from barely being able to be touched, to leading, being able to handle and trim his feet, loading, abd lunging. He recently was a part if our annual military truck rally, and did amazing. He had kids petting him and giving him treats, abd sat by his first bonfire. I'm so proud of him.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-02-2016, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for your kind comments (:
I love reading these! You all should be so proud!
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-03-2016, 12:56 AM
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I started riding in December after a 10 year break due to falling off a horse and breaking both my wrists . It changed my life. Had to go back to school and change careers. Now in my lessons I'm able to do w,t,c. I'm working on my hand, feet and body position. All this stuff was 2nd nature to me in my teens. I'm 34 and feel like I'm a beginner all over again argh. also want to be more supple and seat deeper in the saddle.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-03-2016, 11:48 AM
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I loved your video! Wonderful progress!!

I have one - I've been terrified/terrible at jumping for basically my whole life, and I felt like I've been stuck at permanent beginner because of it. It was super frustrating because I love jumping so much. So last year, I decided I was going to do something about it, so I've been taking hunter lessons for a year now, working hard at it, and this last week I jumped a grid that ended in this (huge to me) oxer - definitely the biggest jump we've ever jumped.



It was thrilling, and I'm so proud of my horse, who even though she's green to jumping, she was so honest, and took care of me. And I'm pleased with myself for staying on, and riding through... the grid was only part of the course!

I hope this doesn't sound over the top, but it feels like a huge accomplishment - like I finally moved up and advanced my skills! I see into the future, and I see lots of hunter derbies and hunter paces...this time doing the jumping option. Heck yeah!

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post #9 of 10 Old 03-03-2016, 01:19 PM
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I hope this doesn't sound over the top, but it feels like a huge accomplishment - like I finally moved up and advanced my skills! I see into the future, and I see lots of hunter derbies and hunter paces...this time doing the jumping option. Heck yeah![/QUOTE]

It IS a huge accomplishment! I am loving these stories!
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-04-2016, 04:18 PM
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One proud moment this year was taking my Arab mare out of retirement and into competition in a BIG way last month by doing the Super Horse Challenge at the Horse Expo. (I detailed our experience at in this post.) While we didn't place as well as I would have hoped to, I was proud that she, as always, gave me her best under the circumstances. My new avatar pix (<----) is right before the finals.

On the Pi, front, she made me proud last weekend when we worked a buffalo for the first time. She took a good hard look at it, but when I asked her to work it, she was like, "ALL RIGHT!!" Some of the other horses were not too sure about it, LOL.
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