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post #21 of 27 Old 04-11-2015, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I should have said the way I was taught to ride - idk??? The way my aunts told me to hang on so I wouldn't fall off??? LOL : )

I was a fearless 6yr old that LOVED horses and I still do. When you are 6 and you ride bareback you use what little legs you have to help hold on. That is how I learned to ride - squeezing with both legs.

When I was 7ish I read a book about a girl who rode horses standing on their backs. So of course I had my aunts Appy out in the woods galloping and jumping over small logs while I stood on its back holding a rein in each hand - my aunt almost had a heart attack when she figured that out. Dumb - I know. I wouldn't do it now but what can I say - I was 7 and I was a dumb kid - at the time I thought I was a real cowgirl lol - kids huh? Rest assure, my stunt days are long behind me : )

I've made several replies about leg pressure like - we can learn it together and that it just isn't a requirement. I haven't sworn it off. We all have to start somewhere you know? I have other things that are more important to me like surefootedness, good instincts and good natured. If my horse has theses qualities I have no doubt that we will bond and have a great relationship - even if we are both a little rough around the edges : )

over the years I have been given complements about having a good seat, good posture, good handling skills in general. Maybe like skiafoxmorgan suggested I knew more than I realized. I'm very comfortable on a horse.

I'm sure you can find many things to criticize me for. I subscribe to natural horsemanship and as I develop my skills I will continue in that direction. I have found that the horse world is full of people with their own opinions - it's like religion and politics - I don't tend to discuss it. Instead I thought I would reach out to a forum hoping to cast a broad net and get some helpful advice amongst the judgment - and I have.

So, 'to each their own'. Hope that clears it up for you.
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Sox sounds like a great horse but white socks/hooves are a deal breaker for me.
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post #23 of 27 Old 04-11-2015, 05:18 PM
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Why not get a green horse and have it trained by someone that puts on lots of trail miles and not a show stable?
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post #24 of 27 Old 04-11-2015, 06:34 PM
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^^^don't get a green horse. Get a made horse. Get a horse that has some sense and as others have said, that has been there and done that. Get a horse that's been rode everywhere and done work and knows the value of standing still.
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post #25 of 27 Old 04-15-2015, 12:30 AM
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I guess I should have said the way I was taught to ride - idk??? The way my aunts told me to hang on so I wouldn't fall off??? LOL : )

I was a fearless 6yr old that LOVED horses and I still do. When you are 6 and you ride bareback you use what little legs you have to help hold on. That is how I learned to ride - squeezing with both legs.

When I was 7ish I read a book about a girl who rode horses standing on their backs. So of course I had my aunts Appy out in the woods galloping and jumping over small logs while I stood on its back holding a rein in each hand - my aunt almost had a heart attack when she figured that out. Dumb - I know. I wouldn't do it now but what can I say - I was 7 and I was a dumb kid - at the time I thought I was a real cowgirl lol - kids huh? Rest assure, my stunt days are long behind me : )

I've made several replies about leg pressure like - we can learn it together and that it just isn't a requirement. I haven't sworn it off. We all have to start somewhere you know? I have other things that are more important to me like surefootedness, good instincts and good natured. If my horse has theses qualities I have no doubt that we will bond and have a great relationship - even if we are both a little rough around the edges : )

over the years I have been given complements about having a good seat, good posture, good handling skills in general. Maybe like skiafoxmorgan suggested I knew more than I realized. I'm very comfortable on a horse.

I'm sure you can find many things to criticize me for. I subscribe to natural horsemanship and as I develop my skills I will continue in that direction. I have found that the horse world is full of people with their own opinions - it's like religion and politics - I don't tend to discuss it. Instead I thought I would reach out to a forum hoping to cast a broad net and get some helpful advice amongst the judgment - and I have.

So, 'to each their own'. Hope that clears it up for you.
Again, I was not trying to criticize, only understand.

I too try and use more "natural" methods when training my own horses. Of course, what is natural and what is not is always up for debate with horse people, lol. I grew up never learning how to properly ride, so I actually have a very similar background to you.

I think it's great you are putting things first such as a having a good natured horse over one that maybe knows all the ropes (that'd be great too, but IMHO temperament comes first and foremost.)

I was simply confused - I probably confused myself somewhere in between reading this thread - but I was under the impression you were using ONLY your hands to guide the horse, and in that I only wanted to make sure you understood that a horse that IS well trained should not be trained for that, just as an instructor should not be teaching the rider to use hands only, but rather seat/leg aids.

Hope that clears up where I was coming from! =)
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post #26 of 27 Old 04-15-2015, 08:47 AM
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Sarah2 I learned to ride the way you did except I didn't have the aunt lol. I couldn't afford a saddle and found out way later that I was better off for it. I can feel which direction a horse is going to spook before they even know. I also stopped the stunt riding after I broke my collarbone (no fault of the horse, he slipped). I think what you are asking is what lingo should you be looking for. I would look for words and phrases like "been there, done that" "husband horse" "great trail horse". Be careful with that one. A lot of people think that because a horse is well trained in the show ring that they automatically make great trail horses which isn't the case. I have a mare that is an ex- show horse and the only thing she knew before I got her was her pasture, stall, and show ring. Everything else was scarey and it took work to get her to calm down on the trails. You can probably find a nice trail horse for between 1000. and 2000. You can spend more or less but I think that is about the average.
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post #27 of 27 Old 04-18-2015, 02:11 PM
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Look for an older gelding. 12-14 years old is a great age. I'd recommend a former 4H horse from someone who's turned 18 and is going off to college. I think leg aids are useful, even if just trail riding and keeps the horse on cue with what you're asking it to do. Its a natural communication tool between the two of you.
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