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post #11 of 21 Old 05-16-2013, 09:56 PM
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All I know is, there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness, and the horse will always gladly oblige the latter.
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post #12 of 21 Old 05-16-2013, 10:11 PM
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SweetRide, it could of went one of two ways. You could of still been "cocky" and a "know it all" and blame the horse or the way you decided to see it....I think your headed in the right way :)

(I'm 30+ yrs. old and still get reminded that I am not as good as I would like to think..LOL)
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post #13 of 21 Old 05-16-2013, 10:49 PM
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See..I know a few know-it-alls that I've confidently knocked down because I have the confidence in what I DO know, but the desire to learn what I do not.

I know I won't feel a bit bad when I see K faceplant into the dirt from a dead run again because he let his horse go full out and didn't know what was on the other side of a hill..and didn't have his heels down or a balanced seat.

But personally..I'm confident and egotistical, not a know-it-all. I love to tell someone right if they're wrong, and I'll act better than them if they try and do the same to me. But, if I don't know something..you can bet your whole ranch and the animals on it that I'll ask someone, be it someone at the barn or someone (well..everyone lol) on here.

But, I have an ego and love to show it, which can get me into trouble sometimes, lol. But, I'm confident I can get my horse to stop, go, and turn..but that's it, lol. If I fly off and faceplant, I'll take the blame for not sitting right and laugh along with everyone...And then I'll ask if anyone saw what happened so I can learn from it. (:
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post #14 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 02:24 AM
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I used to be a know-it-all with an opinion in everything. Started out at a NH barn which taught their students the opinion that all "traditional" horsemanship methods are bad, bits are by default cruel, and so on. So I was never too short on words to share about how everyone was ignorant or too hard on their horses, except, of course, those who followed the NH principles. Oh my. I still blush remembering that phase.

After things started going wrong in that barn, I bought a horse from them and moved away to a different barn, where people with NH and "traditional" backgrounds lived and trained together in harmony. That opened my eyes and I learned to receive every piece of information with gratitude, as I understood how actually little I knew and how narrowly I was taught. Now I'm trying to catch up, but it will always be a reminder to me - never assume you're completely right. And, if you feel very confident that you are, think it over. Twice. With an honest and humble attitude.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #15 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 02:40 AM
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Almost everyone in the teenage phase is full of bravado. I know I am still, but I'm also not as much as others because I tend to be afraid of most things and know when I'm going to get hurt. That just came from me learning on the school of hard knocks, and I know I have a lot to learn. That is why I am doing all I can at my apprentice position, and watch and ride in lessons.

However, I think that is why teenagers are GREAT tools for difficult horses. I tend to be the one who gets put on the buckers, or does the groundwork with the horses who kick and rear. Mainly because since I am still in the fearless teenage phase, if a horse jumps at me, I'm probably gonna fly at him like a crazy crack lady and make him wish he hadn't. When you get older, that gets harder. I did a lot of it because my trainer had a major shoulder injury and couldn't, so the job just stuck with me.

I do, however, feel my body wearing down fast. Even though I'm barely within reaching distance of being an adult, I find myself getting sore easier, hurting more, and realizing i know less and less.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #16 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 02:45 AM
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I get "cocky" when I'm terrified.

Honestly I do! I listen really well when I can listen, but when I'm scared I'm an absolute nightmare to teach because I alternate between "I know!" and "I am!". If I can't 'get' something I work myself up into such a state... my coach is incredibly patient and puts up with so much crap from me because I'm quite a nervous rider so my default setting tends to be 'scared'!

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post #17 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 04:35 AM
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its always the way! when people watch...u could say oh my horse doesnt kick when playing with his tail..asoon as ppl watch ur horse kicks u to prove u wrong.

ive always said miover can understand english LOL
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post #18 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 04:45 AM
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My new horse doesn't let me get cocky

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think,
The wise reject what they think, not what they see.
-Huang Po
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post #19 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 04:46 AM
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horse riding world is full of know it alls..even though there is not just 1 training method..ppli lived with before always thought NH doesnt work and called it natural horsemansh*t

there world was all about blue ribbens,

is why i dont want to show, as i dont want my horse world to be about blue ribbens
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post #20 of 21 Old 05-17-2013, 09:01 AM
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For me, ribbons were just a bonus. First and foremost, it was about the camaraderie. I loved hanging out with a bunch of people who love their horses as much as I do, who have talent and drive, and who are so willing to help you overcome a horse-related problem. I would not trade my showing years for anything.

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