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post #1 of 9 Old 09-20-2020, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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I love my lesson horse(?)

I can't sleep so I'll probably just ramble on about this, and I genuinely want to know if this has ever happened to anyone. I apologize for my flawed english.

I started taking lessons months ago, and well have ridden four different horses. Theres Romeo (very sweet & funny but I only rode him on my first lesson), Pancho (the grumpy, lazy horse with an incredibly bouncy trot) and one of my favorites, Cheveyo, really old yet incredibly sweet. And then theres Twist, a young, huge quarter horse mare, sometimes she can be a bit sassy. She's that crazy chestnut mare.

I never understood how people knew when they "clicked" with a horse by riding it and imma sound kinda stupid saying this but It was instant love when I rode her. I think she's been pretty much the best horse I've ridden till now. She has a heavenly trot and just everything was amazing. That's the most confident I've ever felt after a riding lesson. I really hope I can get to ride her more often.

I still can't sleep so feel free to tell me your stories, advice, or anything you wanna say really:) Good day/night!
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-20-2020, 07:24 AM
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I wasn't in instant love the first time I rode my Pony (who was not my pony at the time), but I was hooked pretty quickly. He was green, kind of jumpy, and definitely opinionated; but he also, sometimes and on some rides, just seemed to know what I wanted and did it without me really having to ask. I had ridden about half a dozen horses at that same trail-riding place, but I felt like the two of us really clicked.

Two and a half years later, now that he is my Pony, he can still be a little opinionated, but he's an amazing partner. And honestly I'm glad that he has opinions. He's so sensitive and he still often seems to just know what I want and do it. Now, we had a fairly rough road to get here (green owner, green horse), but all of that work really has made for an amazing relationship. So yes, I get what you are saying!

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I was in a very foul mood the first time I rode a particular lesson pony. (They stuck me on the pony because I was the shortest. I had nothing against ponies, but you can probably understand why I was annoyed haha.) And within the first few minutes, CLICK. I was blown away, because he was the best I'd ever ridden. He was old, sure, but not tired or bored; a little skittish, but very enthusiastic. Smooth trot and he loved to jump! They offered me a horse the next time, but no no, I wanted my pony!



Later, I learned that he didn't get along with most people, and they were kind of amazed at how well we worked together. And I saw him with other people, and he could be kind of a bully, not gonna lie. But we were buddies, he and I.


That was years ago. I miss him very much, but I'm looking forward to "clicking" with a new horse. No limit on the number of horsie friends you can have!
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-20-2020, 12:39 PM
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I never understood how people knew when they "clicked" with a horse by riding it and imma sound kinda stupid saying this but It was instant love when I rode her.
I've been that way since I was a kid. I assumed everyone had those kinds of feelings . . . until I started reading Horse Forum. Turns out, I am somewhat unique. I didn't know.

I've never bought a horse that I didn't "click" with, and so far, I've never been wrong. Sometimes I ride 10 horses before one clicks, but when it does, I know it immediately. When I was 56, I started looking for horses on the internet. I wondered if I could tell from a picture, and discovered that I can. All I have to do is look at a picture of a certain horse and know it was meant to be mine. Needless to say, I try not to go on horse sites. One of the times it happened to me, I had been searching for a trailer for a friend. Trailers are cheaper in Florida, and I said I'd see what was out there. I got tired of looking for trailers; it was late; I was sleepy. I decided just to glance at Paso Finos for sale (I love Paso Finos).

The last thing I needed was another horse, but when I saw this certain horse, I knew I wanted him desperately. I told my family that he would probably not work out, but if I could just look at him, I'd get that obsession out of my system. He was a rescue from Horse Protection Association of Florida, and he was free because he had lots of problems and quirks. When I went to ride him, we instantly clicked and I loved him. They offered him to me because we worked out so well, but I turned them down because I thought I had "gotten him out of my system." When I got home, I couldn't eat or sleep, I just kept thinking of him and wanting him so badly. A week later, I asked if they had placed him yet; they hadn't, and I said I would take him after all. They made me come back and ride him 2 more times because he was rather a difficult horse.

Not for me. He was meant to be mine. He and I got along perfectly from the day I brought him home. Most of the things they warned me about never happened. He was a great horse. I kept him all his life and miss him terribly to this day.

I have many more "click" stories including my avatar horse, whom I bought sight unseen from a photograph. I just knew he would work out for me, and he is the best. And Isabeau, who was unrideable when I met her because she reared and came over on her rider. I'm no great rider at all. It's just that these horses just suited me, and that suited them.

I totally believe that a person should wait until they get that special feeling about a horse --that it was meant to be theirs. But I have learned from the thoughtful people on Horse Forum that not many people get that feeling. If you are one, consider yourself fortunate. As far as I can tell, you will never go wrong.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-21-2020, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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The last thing I needed was another horse, but when I saw this certain horse, I knew I wanted him desperately. I told my family that he would probably not work out, but if I could just look at him, I'd get that obsession out of my system. He was a rescue from Horse Protection Association of Florida, and he was free because he had lots of problems and quirks. When I went to ride him, we instantly clicked and I loved him. They offered him to me because we worked out so well, but I turned them down because I thought I had "gotten him out of my system." When I got home, I couldn't eat or sleep, I just kept thinking of him and wanting him so badly. A week later, I asked if they had placed him yet; they hadn't, and I said I would take him after all. They made me come back and ride him 2 more times because he was rather a difficult horse.

I totally believe that a person should wait until they get that special feeling about a horse --that it was meant to be theirs. But I have learned from the thoughtful people on Horse Forum that not many people get that feeling. If you are one, consider yourself fortunate. As far as I can tell, you will never go wrong.
That's interesting, that was kind of how I felt when I got home after riding her. I was all day thinking about her, and before going to bed too. It was honestly something I've never felt with another horse, not even with my mare (and I've ridden her). I still think about her every now and then, and it kind of saddens me that its pretty much impossible for me to ever own her but I'm really hoping I get to ride her on my next lesson. Its funny cause I would sometimes see her around all crazy and hoped to never ride her but as soon as I rid her it felt like she was my dream horse hah. Also, I'm really sorry for your loss.

I honestly thought it was something that happened to pretty much anyone, that's amazing! Maybe that's probably what happened to me.
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I've been there, not a lesson horse but a red mare that I put time into for the owners. I adored that mare and when I had to move, they offered her to me. Unfortunately I was not in a position to purchase and I still think of her regularly. She took everything with ease and could go from barrels one night, sorting the next and then they could take and team rope off of her. Just a genuine all around awesome mare.

I have a habit of going with my gut. I have bought 3 horses now site unseen. Each one has definitely held their place. My last gelding being the most quirky, sensitive thing but he still held a special place. It was hard accepting I wasn't the one to take him on. But him and his new girl are going to go places. My 2 yr old is one I knew I had to have and I bought her 1 week before I underwent shoulder surgery. She has been a total peach, I've started her completely on my own and she is a literal sponge. On rough days I can go out swing up on her bareback no halter and just lay on her. I have every intention of her being a forever horse. My most recent purchase being my most gutsy, I had been sort of looking for something to fill the shoes of my gelding. I had looked at the page of the girl I purchased him from a couple times but didn't see anything. Then one day a Red Dun mare popped up from her page, she'd been posted weeks before and I somehow missed her. I instantly thought, I need her. I sent my trainer her videos and pictures and she said the same thing "I have a feeling about that mare". I talked with my boyfriend whom I live with, and he said the same thing, just trust your gut it has never steered you wrong when it comes to a prospect. The girl selling her had a lady ready to come get her cash in hand and she messaged me saying I would rather she go to you. So here we are :] haha
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I went out to the track to look at a whole bunch of horses a trainer was selling. I walked into all their stalls, picked up feet, checked pressure points and interacted with them. Something drew me to my now heart horse, even though she wasn't the most interested in interacting with me, there was something in her eyes when she looked at me. The day I went to pick her up she was waiting to be tacked to race. I was giving her scratches along her neck and she was loving on me so bad. From the moment we got home and I put her in her stall I knew I had picked the right one. Theres never a moment she doesn't make me smile!
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I have loved a lot of lesson horses as well! Come to think of it, I've never ridden one I didn't like, though there were a few I really "clicked" with extremely well.

In fact, I'm currently riding one I click with well. It took a couple of lessons to get used to him and I was intimidated by him at first, but now that I've figured him out, he's a really fun ride! He takes a calm rider who knows how to ask him what to do rather than just expecting it from him (something that's easy to get into the habit of with school horses who know the drill and will take care of you, especially if you're not the most confident rider like I can be at times), and has already built up my confidence.

I have two others that really stick out, and I don't know how else to explain it other than that we just "clicked". I was so sad when the first passed away and the second retired.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-21-2020, 03:09 PM
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I have loved quite a few lesson horses. Even some I leased, & I am a true believer in you can have more than one 'heart' horse. The horse I own now, I am definitely her person & she is my heart, but I never forget the past heart horses I loved, even though I didn't actually 'own' them. <3

I think that's wonderful! :) I hope you can continue to ride her and learn on her. Nothing wrong with that at all, nothing stupid or silly about it. You can definitely click with a horse right away. :)
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