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post #11 of 48 Old 04-17-2016, 11:34 AM
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Yeah, I'd have been on him in a heartbeat. It's literally on my bucket list to ride a Friesian.
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post #13 of 48 Old 04-17-2016, 08:25 PM
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Me too! I love my little calm gelding, but that's one gorgeous hunk of horse!
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I grew up at a barn and when I moved away, I started getting calls to come back and help every now and then. One of those times I was asked to put the first ride on a friesian stud colt.

Oh man. It was the first time I'd ridden one. The massive movement and power was breathtaking. Didn't get much done admittedly because I was too busy thinking how easy this thing could eject me. Walked and trotted and got off.

They are incredible animals. I am glad you managed to stay on yours in one piece!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Not me. Any horse dropped behind the vertical like that, is a poor choice.
That child has almost no place left to go, far as rein contact, and once a horse gets that far behind the vertical, esp a stud with a powerful cresty neck-well you are waiting for a wreak to happen!
That instructor is an idiot to put a child or a novice on that horse
I see nothing stunning or beautiful!
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post #16 of 48 Old 04-17-2016, 11:07 PM
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Novice riders ride stallions all of the time, just not so much in the United States, or the United Kingdom and apparently New Zealand either. Young ones may be a different story. My mare gave me a nice little rodeo the first time I rode her at a little over four years old. Just hang on and bail when you can.
That being said, it's usually a good idea to analyze the situation before getting on. Glad to see you kept your sense of humor about it.
Novices might ride well broke stallions, who are trained and maintained by a good professional, making those stallions very broke-often more so then mares or geldings not professionally trained, BUT a stallion that bucks going down the arena, is not well broke, and that professional is the one that should have made an educated choice, based on that fact.
When I observe as to how badly that horse has his face behind the vertical, I sure am not impressed by who ever trained him, nor that horse himself
I don't know why so many people that see a black horse, and then add lots of hair, consider those horses the epitome of equine beauty Gypsy Vanners also get that type of reaction. They were pulling horses in the countries they originated in
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Not me. Any horse dropped behind the vertical like that, is a poor choice.
That child has almost no place left to go, far as rein contact, and once a horse gets that far behind the vertical, esp a stud with a powerful cresty neck-well you are waiting for a wreak to happen!
That instructor is an idiot to put a child or a novice on that horse
I see nothing stunning or beautiful!
I think we were having a Disney moment, not an intelligent equestrian conversation

I agree with everything you said (I don't want to slander an unsuspecting horse owner who was gracious enough to let me try his horse) but me agreeing with common sense didn't stop me from going "squeeeeeeee". Lesson learned
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If I was younger, oh yeah, I would throw caution to the wind and get on that ebony beast. Now, nope, the words of sensible Smilie run through my head. Aaah to be young and bouncy again, instead of old and "splatty".

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I grew up at a barn and when I moved away, I started getting calls to come back and help every now and then. One of those times I was asked to put the first ride on a friesian stud colt.

Oh man. It was the first time I'd ridden one. The massive movement and power was breathtaking. Didn't get much done admittedly because I was too busy thinking how easy this thing could eject me. Walked and trotted and got off.

They are incredible animals. I am glad you managed to stay on yours in one piece!
Even when I managed to get him under control, the trott felt like I was riding a coiled spring for a rocket launcher (if such a thing exists). Incredible power. Amazing horses, but back to Subaru for me.
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post #20 of 48 Old 04-18-2016, 02:34 AM
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We can perhaps all relate to the 'disney moment' (love the analogy) but the trainers decision is questionable. Put it this way. . . how would you feel if it was your child, not you that was put in this potentially dangerous situation.
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