Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Well, i don't know of one person, professional trainers included, that have not come off a horse, riding enough different horses.. Ride enough different horses,esp colts, and sooner or later you come off. Thus, I think the expression comes to denote someone that has ridden many different horses, versus just a few broke ones
of course, one learns to minimize the chances of coming off,,through training horses in such a way that the horse is not likely to resort to fear bucking, ect, plus one does gain some degree of skill in both diffusing a buck and also in staying on
One can be a technically great rider, winning awards on a well broke horse, and one that is also maintained by the trainer. This is a very common scenario esp with amateurs on the breed circuit. Many of these same people are afraid to ride a horse out, and I really don't consider them 'good riders'
Good riders a re able to communicate with a horse, suing light aids, able to give that horse confidence riding out, and have that horse performing relaxed and happy