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post #21 of 26 Old 03-12-2017, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by brightspot View Post
First ride was a success! We just walked around with some turns and stops. Lacey was responsive and nice and bendy. She was a little distracted by the horses a few fields over and didn't give me all her attention We didn't ride for long because I wanted to keep it positive and on the down-low. Yippee!
Awesome! You did the right thing keeping it positive!
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post #22 of 26 Old 03-12-2017, 12:43 PM
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congrats on the new horse and a positive first experience. She is beautiful and will look even more stunning when she's in better shape. Glad you had a good first ride. Keep us updated on how she (and you) are doing together.
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post #23 of 26 Old 03-12-2017, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by brightspot View Post
I have ridden her a little, just bareback. She hasn't been ridden in a while and has been a pasture ornament. We'll need to work on our communication skills, for sure. I rode my gelding the first day I got him 20 years ago, but I didn't know if sensibilities had changed since then. My saddle "should" fit, but I haven't tried it on her yet. (I ride western. Just puttsing around the neighborhood and trail rides.) I definitely will just hang with her. That's just as fun as riding!

YES, "Sensibilities had changed since then." They sure have 30 years ago I got my first horse, he was 7 years old. Got him to the boarding barn, and hopped on the next day, bareback because I did not have a saddle yet, I was 29. I JUST got a rescue horse, he's 20, I've had him for several weeks now, have not ridden him yet, part of it is weather related, and part of it is he does need to settle in and get used to the routine. I've saddled him up, taken him for walk, we both need to get back into shape. He is MUCH better than when he first got here, he is a 'true' rescue. I'll be hopping onto him this afternoon for a nice walk.
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post #24 of 26 Old 03-13-2017, 10:32 AM
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She's a pretty girl! A big girl but a pretty girl! She will get in better shape once you keep working with her & whatnot. I am so glad you had a good ride! Yay!!!
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post #25 of 26 Old 03-13-2017, 03:16 PM
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I love her! Congrats on a nice horse and a non- dramatic first ride!
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-13-2017, 05:28 PM
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She is Beautiful , I would say go with your gut instinct, If she's relaxed with her surroundings (and you) then why not hop on. You don't seem like the type of person to push her the first day. Its so exciting getting a new friend good luck & happy trails
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