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post #1 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Today is the day!

It's been two months since I finally finding a wonderful trainer for dressage lessons at spacious, clean barn with sweet, beautiful horses. I've been taking 3-4 lessons a week and, while I'm still definitely a beginner, my trainer agrees it might be time for me to look for my own horse to learn on (under a training program for the horse herself, of course). And today is the day I'm going to look at one to buy!
Somehow we both came across the same ad, and horse fits all of my "dream" requirements: she's early/mid teens and has lots of experience, her previous owner was a girl around my age (I'm 18, her owner is a college freshman), she knows 2nd and third level movements, she has a calm temperament and is very sweet, she's sound, she has GORGEOUS movement, and she's the exact build I want: slim, beautiful long long legs, a very fine pretty head (she's half Arabian), lovely dark bay color. She is honestly my dream!
The good news is the the horse's trainer talked to both my mom and my trainer and she liked them both -- in fact, many other people called just after the ad was listed as well, but she's giving us first dibs. She knows of my trainer's reputation (my trainer is phenomenal and her stable and horses are extremely well cared for) and she'd be completely happy to have the horse here for that reason alone IF I'm a good match. My trainer said there's a lot about the horse she really liked, but she's worried that, due to the horse's breeding (half Arabian and half Trakehner), she'll be too sensitive and "too much horse" for me.
That's what worries me -- I want to be this horse's match SO BADLY!!! I'm nervous I'll look like a complete fool and mess up things or scare the horse ... my mom tries to remind that I'm very gentle and animals tend to like me (dogs and cats and such) ... but I'm so nervous! Extremely excited, but nervous.
Anyways, thanks for reading this!
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 08:34 AM
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Oh, she sounds perfect! A dream horse for sure. Good luck with the meeting, and keep us posted, yeah? What is her name? Oh, and if it works out, we will require pictures.
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 08:39 AM
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Ahhhh that is SUPER exciting! I hope the horse and you are a good 'match', I don't think you will mess it up. It'll be exciting! Need to see pictures of her, I'm sure she's gorgeous.

HOWEVER...if this horse doesn't workout, do not sell yourself short. The horse for you is out there! Just have to keep looking. Don't be discouraged, it's sorta like dating...have to find the one that's just right for you! It'll happen.
Good luck & keep us posted!

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post #4 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 10:17 AM
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So exciting!

Remember: you are where you are. Now, that sounds like a very obvious thing to say but it applies to so much. You are where you are in your riding and you have worked hard to get there. There is no shame in being exactly where you are. Own it! Be proud of how far you have come. With that mindset, it makes it a lot easier to not worry about messing up, because you should never apologize for where you are at...in riding and in life.

Some butterflies are normal. But it should be excitement, not worry. Keeping you calm will also keep the horse calm.

Best of luck, can't wait to hear how it goes!
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post #5 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 10:19 AM
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it's sorta like dating...have to find the one that's just right for you!
Accurate analogy...but let's be honest: Horses are way better than dating ;)

You either make progress or you make excuses. Your choice.
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post #6 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 11:06 AM
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Just remember to breath. Relax and be confident. Fake it if you have to.
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post #7 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 11:10 AM
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Good luck! My only word of advice is don't be so excited (I know it's hard not to be) that you overlook any faults the horse may have. Is your trainer going with you?

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post #8 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Her name is Bella, and I'll definitely keep you posted. I hope this works out!
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post #9 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, my trainer is coming. We're on the road right now!
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post #10 of 24 Old 11-30-2016, 03:28 PM
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Ahhh good luck!!!!!! Fingers crossed for you! :)

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