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post #1 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Share your little victories!

We all have those moments. You have a little breakthrough, one of those that makes you fist pump- but, you have nobody to tell that'll care. Or it seems really too insignificant compared to some other things you hear about to share. Or nobody shares your interests that would understand why it's such a happy moment.

So, here's your thread to share them! I love hearing about those little moments, they always make me smile. About anything- doesn't have to do with your pony to count!

Mine happened Wednesday. Clem stood in the middle of the arena for 45 minutes with other horses running around. She didn't need one single correction- she just stood there like I told her to. Even when I left to go get her brush, I came back and she was in the same spot, looking over her shoulder at me, not at the door pining for her friends. I was so proud of her, especially after her screaming monster incident on Monday! Such a little thing, but it made my whole week. Unfortunately, it's one of those things where I tell someone and they look at me blankly and say ".....okay. your horse stood there. Congrats?"

So what are yours?
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 03:11 PM
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After struggling for 3 years with Belle's headshaking each summer I have now have found a way to stop it
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 03:46 PM
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Just yesterday! I had my first proper jumping lesson with my gelding and a jumping trainer in more than a years' time. We had our basics down, but still a lot missing in the technique department, so I wasn't expecting much, besides, I fell the day before during a run-out in gridwork, so my confidence was lacking as well. But, as the lesson progressed, we were jumping a grid with a 80cm high oxer as the last jump, and nor Snickers, nor me had ever jumped oxers of such height before! It was a blast, we learned a lot, I got my confidence back and understood the mistakes that had lead me to falling off the day before. And, what's more, I really appreciated the trainer for making me go beyond my self-set limits and helping me become a more focused rider. Will definitely get more lessons from her, it was worth every penny!
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 04:09 PM
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I finally got my gelding a proper fly sheet for the summer and he just let me pick up all four feet to clean out
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-08-2013, 04:19 PM
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This morning. I was playing keep away at the polo field on a new-to-us pony. I finally figured out that when under pressure I lean over/down too far. Like I'm going for the heels in a cattle doctoring situation.

The horse I was riding was even happy, because when you slam the ground with the head of a mallet your body stiffens and interferes with their forward movement. Not that you jerk the reins, just sets you back a split second. It's also hard on your wrist.

Hooking a higher goal player was pretty fun, too. (Interfered with his shot by blocking his mallet with mine. Completely legal and safe.) I used to not be bold enough to try that often.

Nobody made a big deal of it, but I feel pretty good.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 11:12 AM
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My new horse cantered without bucking for the first time saturday. for a horse who used to rear at the sight of a bridle, IM SO PROUD OF HIM!
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 12:47 PM
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Last Monday.

I mounted a horse at the barn and the second my butt hit the saddle, before I could even think about collecting my stirrups, he erupted into an enormous bucking fit.

I tried pulling his head up but he had taken the bit and I couldn't get any leverage, so I just had to hang on until he tired enough for me to pull his head out from between his knees. He simply just went buck wild crazy. Iseul and another girl ran to the arena to watch and after a full loop of wild bronking, he was done.

Iseul told me to do it again so she could record lol but thankfully it never happened again. He's been fine since, he was just testing the waters.

Victory was mine :)
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 05:59 PM
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About a week and a half ago, my 8 y/o, recently purchased OTTB gelding had his inside ear facing me and his outside ear forward while I was lunging him.
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 06:13 PM
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on my lease horse this past saturday, i was working with him to carry himself better, bring his back up, etc, as he has never been taught to carry himself properly under rider - he's always been hollow, nose poked out, trailing his hind end. after quite a bit of encouragement, i felt that back go up! :)
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-10-2013, 07:46 PM
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Yesterday, Parker finally walked into the wash stall without having a fit! Friday he had almost wrenched my arm out of the socket trying to get away.
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