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post #31 of 48 Old 04-20-2016, 03:13 PM
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Well, when I was about 16, and wanted saddle horse, having learned to ride on the Percheron we used in the tobacco fields, my stepfather, who had the excuse of being a practical man, versus a real horseman, bought me a spoiled Anglo Arabian stallion, as the horses we had were mares!\Yup, very flashy horse, palomino and one who must have been used in parades at one time, as when he heard music, he would do a high stepping prance ( I rode him in my high school parade , eventually, thus I discovered that fact )
He knew every spoiled trick there was, rearing , going over backwards, running a rider against obstacles, bolting, ect. My poor mother suffered greatly, watching me determined to ride that beast. However, I got smarter, as I got older, knowing I was lucky not to have had my spine crushed, and, as a horsewoman , would not dream of letting any of my kids ,when they were young, on a horse like that
I really don't get it, when people want to ride a horse that they are out horsed by, just because the animal is a certain color and looks like that IMPRINTED IMAGE of a wild stallion!
Me, I love riding a broke horse, and the days of wanting to ride stallions , is in my past!
I have seen a few Freisens here, at open shows, and have no wish to either own one or ride one. One was used in the Mask of Zorro- I believe, although another horse was substituted for various scenes
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Well, when I was about 16, and wanted saddle horse, having learned to ride on the Percheron we used in the tobacco fields, my stepfather, who had the excuse of being a practical man, versus a real horseman, bought me a spoiled Anglo Arabian stallion, as the horses we had were mares!\Yup, very flashy horse, palomino and one who must have been used in parades at one time, as when he heard music, he would do a high stepping prance ( I rode him in my high school parade , eventually, thus I discovered that fact )
He knew every spoiled trick there was, rearing , going over backwards, running a rider against obstacles, bolting, ect. My poor mother suffered greatly, watching me determined to ride that beast. However, I got smarter, as I got older, knowing I was lucky not to have had my spine crushed, and, as a horsewoman , would not dream of letting any of my kids ,when they were young, on a horse like that
I really don't get it, when people want to ride a horse that they are out horsed by, just because the animal is a certain color and looks like that IMPRINTED IMAGE of a wild stallion!
Me, I love riding a broke horse, and the days of wanting to ride stallions , is in my past!
I have seen a few Freisens here, at open shows, and have no wish to either own one or ride one. One was used in the Mask of Zorro- I believe, although another horse was substituted for various scenes
I think the OP has gotten the message and learned her lesson. I think we can lay off rubbing any more salt in this person's wounds.
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I think the OP has gotten the message and learned her lesson. I think we can lay off rubbing any more salt in this person's wounds.
No need to hold back, but I did learn my lesson in 5 seconds flat
I mean, I knew my lesson even before I got onto that horse, I still have no idea what possessed me to climb on that horse. I'm usually over-carefull.
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post #34 of 48 Old 04-20-2016, 05:33 PM
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All it would take is for someone to ask me "Do you want to ride him?" and I would be up there before they changed their mind. Even if they shaved him bald
Me too!! Riding a Friesian is on my bucket list

That one is very, very nicely built. He looks very talented, too. OMG the lift in that canter is amazing...

I don't think the OP was foolish at all to try to ride him. No guts, no glory
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post #35 of 48 Old 04-20-2016, 06:16 PM
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I think the OP has gotten the message and learned her lesson. I think we can lay off rubbing any more salt in this person's wounds.
So the only people who can reply are the ones saying "oh well done, I would love to ride the big black horse as well"?

Sorry forums don't work like that, and all comments like that do is make people like me decide to post on a thread that I had been reading but staying away from.

See it's my opinion that riding the horse was foolhardy, especially as I believe the OP has taken a few tumbles, sorry if I have that wrong. I'm as entitled to express that as anyone saying they would have done it.

I think nervous novice must mean something different in the Op's country, as this nervous person would never have got on, admittedly part of that Isi do 't think I will ever ride a big black horse again.. Not after the last one

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Whoa there- you're pulling an awful lot of meaning out of two sentences there, GH.

The OP has already acknowledged what they did was dumb. I just keep seeing several folks who can't seem to stop mentioning it, in multiple posts, on this thread.

We all do dumb stuff, and it takes a lot of bravery and honesty to not only admit it publicly, but acknowledge a big, big mistake that could have ended even worse than it did.

I'm not applauding or condoning what the OP did. But I am trying to be supportive rather than endlessly shaking my finger at her.
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My point is that rather than harping on the mistake over and over, let's reward the honesty and the bravery that admitting a mistake takes.

Also, I am quite painfully aware of how forums work, especially in terms of the extremely opinionated among us. But that does not mean I have to agree with their approach.
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And I wannnaaa!". Spaghetti for brains, I tell ya :)
That about sums me up! Although I'm not a novice, I am 58, and sometimes I forget things like... I'm not unbreakable. I should, on occasion, be afraid.

The first time I'd ridden in 16 years was on a 16something Spotted Draft who had only been under saddle twice before - and I took him trail riding in the mountains, which wouldn't sound so bad if he didn't normally live in the (flat)desert! He did fine.

I wanted to be the first to back anndankev's Chief.

And now I'm in the process of training a 4 y/o gelding. Who has never been ridden.

(and I'm SO jealous of your opportunity to ride a Friesian!)
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"Spaghetti for brains" reporting in: I went and bought myself a tiny quarter/working horse cross. All I want is a sensible trail horse and that's what I got.

I went on a couple of trail rides with her, traffic, charging dogs, rabid teenagers, farm machinery... Nothing phases her at all. We even surprised a cop car in the bushes, which put their lights and sirens on - not an ear flick. I have no idea what the cop was doing in the bushes - I suspect an indiscretion
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"Spaghetti for brains" reporting in: I went and bought myself a tiny quarter/working horse cross. All I want is a sensible trail horse and that's what I got.

I went on a couple of trail rides with her, traffic, charging dogs, rabid teenagers, farm machinery... Nothing phases her at all. We even surprised a cop car in the bushes, which put their lights and sirens on - not an ear flick. I have no idea what the cop was doing in the bushes - I suspect an indiscretion
She sounds awesome. Good for you!
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