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post #31 of 36 Old 07-10-2019, 09:48 AM
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You probably are already aware of this place. My friend spent a week there and had a wonderful time. She said all the horses were fabulous and she had so much fun.

https://www.icelandichorses.com/aboutus.php

YES! I have friends who have ridden there, and had a blast. They have a good reputation for making their treks a fun experience for horse people and non-horse people alike (my old riding buddy and her daughter have had horses for years and loved riding there, and took their non-horsey husband/father/son and the guys also enjoyed it). I've never gotten up there but it's a bucket list sort of thing. @IRideaHippogriff - if you decide to go up there for a trail ride, let me know and maybe we can have a mini Horse Forum meet-up as I've been looking for an excuse to check it out


I used to volunteer at a therapeutic riding program in North Carolina, and the physical therapist there had an Icelandic as her personal riding horse but also used him in hippotherapy lessons. He was a real character- personality plus, but also very trustworthy with young riders who had physical disabilities.
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post #32 of 36 Old 07-11-2019, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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YES! I have friends who have ridden there, and had a blast. They have a good reputation for making their treks a fun experience for horse people and non-horse people alike (my old riding buddy and her daughter have had horses for years and loved riding there, and took their non-horsey husband/father/son and the guys also enjoyed it). I've never gotten up there but it's a bucket list sort of thing. @IRideaHippogriff - if you decide to go up there for a trail ride, let me know and maybe we can have a mini Horse Forum meet-up as I've been looking for an excuse to check it out


I used to volunteer at a therapeutic riding program in North Carolina, and the physical therapist there had an Icelandic as her personal riding horse but also used him in hippotherapy lessons. He was a real character- personality plus, but also very trustworthy with young riders who had physical disabilities.
Thanks for sharing that your friends enjoyed riding there - that's definitely sold me on making it up there for a ride. It's about a 4-hour drive for me without traffic and pit stops, but I could do a long day trip; maybe with the aim for early Fall or there could be value in waiting for the Fall foliage. (Even though I'm from New England I'm still blown away by the Fall colors every year.)

So - I'll let you know if we decide to make it up there! (We typically camp in Vermont at least once a summer, but my dog comes along and we wouldn't have anything to do with him while riding, so it'd have to be on a different trip.)
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post #33 of 36 Old 07-12-2019, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Back to reality for a bit. Iíve put my dreams of owning an Icelandic horse aside for now - recognizing that this tumultuous time in my life of major transitions including my promotion at work is not the best time to be making major life decisions. Grad school and horse ownership are still both on the table for my upcoming path. Iíll continue to admire Icelandic horses through some Facebook groups Iíve joined, and - as discussed above - hope to make it up to Vermont for an Icelandic trail ride within the next couple of months.

Iím going to be brief on my lesson update from yesterday. It was great to get back to the barn and Sundae, but Sundae got a big bite out of my arm while I was trying to slowly girth her. This was the worst of the total of 3 bites Iíve had from her in the few years Iíve ridden her because she got my bare skin since I was wearing short sleeves. I think I naively believed slowly girthing her on the cross-ties would prevent any major outbursts, and let my guard down.

Iíve never heard she shows this extreme girthiness with other riders, and my trainer is also a professional saddle fitter. While she regularly comments my saddle isnít great for me, she approved it for use on Sundae. Since pain seems to be off the table as the issue, I now honestly have been letting it get to my head that maybe this is personal - maybe Sundae legitimately doesnít want me to ride her. Anyway - in the moment it happened I thought I was going to end up in the ER with a chunk out of my arm, but she thank goodness didnít break the skin - just scraped and bruised it. The mark takes up about half of my arm and hurts like aÖ

I still forced myself to enjoy my lesson. We did the same exercise I outlined a month or so ago - leg yielding from quarter line to wall at trot, pick up canter at wall. It was overall decent but not particularly memorable. I think Iím craving more lately...more than just this one short lesson a week with somewhat repetitive exercises. I may need to change things up a bit, but Iím not sure how without breaking the bank.
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I don't see it that way as a horse isn't going to make anything personal. What they will do is put you in your place which is beneath them if you haven't established it is ahead of them in the pecking order. I see this as a challenge of authority. You let your guard down and she took advantage. While I do agree with taking time to girth and not just jerking a girth up one can take too much time and drag it out. Be aware, attentive and diligent about the task at hand and get it over and done. When I have a horse that threatens when being girthed. I'll place my hand closest to the head on the saddle and use that hand to lift the flap, elbow in position (out to the side parallel to the ground) so if the head comes around all I have to do is drop the flap and slide it toward the face. They effectively run into it and correct themselves.
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post #35 of 36 Old 07-12-2019, 11:39 AM
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Yes, this is not personal, it's the horse trying to test you.
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post #36 of 36 Old 07-12-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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I don't see it that way as a horse isn't going to make anything personal. What they will do is put you in your place which is beneath them if you haven't established it is ahead of them in the pecking order. I see this as a challenge of authority. You let your guard down and she took advantage. While I do agree with taking time to girth and not just jerking a girth up one can take too much time and drag it out. Be aware, attentive and diligent about the task at hand and get it over and done. When I have a horse that threatens when being girthed. I'll place my hand closest to the head on the saddle and use that hand to lift the flap, elbow in position (out to the side parallel to the ground) so if the head comes around all I have to do is drop the flap and slide it toward the face. They effectively run into it and correct themselves.
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Yes, this is not personal, it's the horse trying to test you.
Thank you so much for the reminder that it isn't personal - both of you. I logically know not to anthropomorphize, but let my emotions get the better of me. It was helpful to hear it.

I'll improve and work on the way I girth to make sure she can't take advantage of the situation. I've come a long way from the complete hesitant pushover I used to be, but still have a lot to learn!
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