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Hello everybody!

I mentioned a few days ago that I will be off to my very first Bedford Hack outside Manhattan. I used my GoPro so I only have videos and I can't share them here for some reason. I have screen shot pics from my hack.

There were tons of streams and we stopped to let the ponies drink. My pony's name is Zengi. He is a gaited horse and I honestly didn't know what that means. The horse owner who was our trail ride lead told me in front of everyone so I got shy and just pretended I knew but I honestly didn't know. Ofcourse as soon as I got home, I googled the heck out of it.

No wonder my pony felt like trotting but not, he was walking fast before a jump. I made him canter but he always went back to fast walking. I was like "He is trotting so fast" No, he is walking fast LOL! :ROFLMAO:

Next time I will just ask and if it made me sound dumb, I shouldn't care anymore. I can always blame it "I trained in Mexico and Argentina" they didn't teach me that!

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He also bobbed his head a lot and I was concern if he did this a lot or if I has too harsh on my hands or my reins too short. I did try to loosen my reins but then he goes fast so I kept it short but not too short. I still think I should have just asked and shouldn't care what people think about me. I mean I am honest to myself that I don't know anything and I can learn so much from them. I was just scared , nervous and just airhead LOL! Next time I will just say it!


Zengi was too cute! I kept telling him he is a good boy while petting his neck/withers and he turned his head around so I pet his head too. My pony in Mexico used to turn around a lot and kinda smelled my boot or nibble on them too. I thought it was weird coz he would do it during my classes. I have to admit this made me really happy coz in my head they're showing they like me too! I could be wrong LOL!

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We had this open space and it was awesome! It felt like I won a million dollar! I just wish we cantered more tho but Zengi did great overall. We tripped after a jump the 1st time and we we're fine but the 2nd time we tripped after a jump, I almost fell but he held me on his neck. I just stayed there like a leech, jajajaja! I was not even scared for some reason then the trail lead told me to sit up. I was laughing afterwards and told them we tripped and it was not his fault. It happens, we trip and that's that. I wore 2 vest to be extra safe (hit airvest and tipperary hard vest) so, I felt extra safe for some reason. I also used my Ophena magnetic stirrups which really helped me not fall.

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Finally uploaded on Youtube some vids but only viewable if you have these links.


https://youtube.com/shorts/l7pURfRbg8c?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/a4LyN-AyDCU?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/aE0Rnq1Y1CE?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/ajQmsfyGxhM?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/4Fq9DGujXnQ?feature=share

https://youtu.be/hDVlJQLrYrk

https://youtu.be/iK8yI8rKpfU


I was at Bedford NY with Manhattan Riding Club group on Instagram.

Thanks for staying tune!!!

I will update you about my trail lessons with Gallop NYC next week!

Any suggestions and criticisms are welcome but don't be too harsh, I might cry!JK! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 

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I only see you have had a new experience and exposed to a breed of horse prior you never had...
Win-win to expand your knowledge of different kinds of animals and that different breeds also offer varied gaits, speed and riding styles.
Your journey has only just begun with this latest ride done...

I know gaited horses can jump, but it is also customary here in the US that more use a non-gaited animal to jump fences and courses as you have also experienced in the other places you've ridden.
I have only ridden Paso Fino's although I have seen other breeds of gaited, never been astride so no idea of how they move, or anything.
Can also say that of the now 6 Paso horses I've ridden no two were the same, similar yes but not the same which is true for most breeds of any horse...similarities but identical....no!
It sounds to me you had a great time and that is what horseback riding is about...fun! :)
Do enjoy those rides and new exposure to riding in areas you've never been before.....be safe!
And when you figure out the video posting thing....can't wait to see the fun you had, the scenery different and your joy of being astride again! ;)
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@dustyk - I totally agree!!! No room for shyness next time!!
@ACinATX - I was able to do it, yay!
@redbadger - I had so much fun even when I almost fell when we tripped after a jump! :ROFLMAO:
@horselovinguy - Totally agree about experiencing different horse breeds. I am also surprised that I was ok with whatever horse was given to me. Once I started trotting and jumping my first log in the trail, I was just over the moon. I can't wait to share my trail lesson this Friday with Gallop NYC and I just signed up for a Clydesdale Hack too with wine tasting after LOL!

Update : I just uploaded some videos on my YouTube account. It is only viewable by people who has the link. I don't want it to be public for the whole world to see but I dont mind sharing them here.

https://youtube.com/shorts/4Fq9DGujXnQ?feature=share

https://youtu.be/hDVlJQLrYrk

https://youtu.be/iK8yI8rKpfU

https://youtube.com/shorts/l7pURfRbg8c?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/a4LyN-AyDCU?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/aE0Rnq1Y1CE?feature=share

https://youtube.com/shorts/ajQmsfyGxhM?feature=share
 

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A good gaited horse is the Cadillac of rides. A four beat gait such as a flat walk, running walk, or rack has one foot up and three on the ground making for a very smooth ride. It flows, and the rider just glides along with very little movement of the rider or the saddle.....very smooth....you can drink from an open cup and never spill a drop.

I have quarter horses as well, and IMO, one quarter horse mile equals two Walking horse miles. Meaning a 20 mile ride on a good Walking horse leaves you with the same workout as a 10 mile ride on a non-gaited horse. They have two or more feet in the air at any one time.
 

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A good gaited horse is the Cadillac of rides. A four beat gait such as a flat walk, running walk, or rack has one foot up and three on the ground making for a very smooth ride. It flows, and the rider just glides along with very little movement of the rider or the saddle.....very smooth....you can drink from an open cup and never spill a drop.

I have quarter horses as well, and IMO, one quarter horse mile equals two Walking horse miles. Meaning a 20 mile ride on a good Walking horse leaves you with the same workout as a 10 mile ride on a non-gaited horse. They have two or more feet in the air at any one time.

I am just so happy I am getting difference experiences on horse riding. If I hadn't join this hack, I wouldn't had known what gaited horse is. However, I wasn't sitting while he was fast walking since I didn't know what gaited means. I was on my rising trot position the whole time and it felt like I was just on my 2 point the whole time. :ROFLMAO: We managed in the end. I was just concerned that he nodded a lot even on a slow walk and I wasn't sure if I was hurting him, if my hands were too strong or the leash was too short. I will ask the owner next time what it was when I see her again.

Thanks for sharing! You must have such a wonderful time with your horses! :love:
 

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The head nodding is what helps the horse balance. It is supposed to do that at certain gaits. Like when you pump your arms when you speed up your walk. There are some gaits in which the head doesn’t nod. Pace, trot, rack (some will do a less noticeable nod during some of these gaits though.)
 

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The head nodding is what helps the horse balance. It is supposed to do that at certain gaits. Like when you pump your arms when you speed up your walk. There are some gaits in which the head doesn’t nod. Pace, trot, rack (some will do a less noticeable nod during some of these gaits though.)

I was worried hurting my four legged friends!!! I am glad I wasn't!
 
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