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0.0 I'm sure you guys have all heard of my..erm...issues with Leo before. I hated riding him. I leaned at jumps and took my leg off right before, so he would duck out (sometimes quite nastily) and it completely demolished my confidence to the point that I began to dread riding.

Today 80% of the barn was at a show...Brooke included. SO...I had to ride Leo. I *kind* of knew it was coming, so it wasn't such a surprise, but I was still kinda scared. I've ridden Brooke pretty much since last summer. BUT...I tried to stay positive while tacking up and while mounting up. BOY was it weird to see over my pony's back while grooming! And to be able to mount normally, instead of having to leeaaap onto their back.

While we were trotting, I really focused on getting him bending through the corners (and straight on the long side) which was...interesting. He takes much more leg than Brooke, and if I took my leg off for too long we'd start drifting into the middle of the arena bahaha. I also forgot just how much I looooove his canter - it's SO much easier to sit than Brookes!

Jumping was the area where we really had our difficulties. I used to lean at jumps and take my leg off, and Leo would duck out like a nasty little snot. Trotting up to the first fence, my heart really was kind of in my throat. but...all that time spent on Brooke has paid off because we had ONE refusal all lesson. And that was because I felt him backing off and reacted too late. It was amazing - he jumped! He JUMPED!!! I think I praised him about 1000000x that lesson, bahahaha.

Unfortunately my mom didn't record any of this miracle lesson...but here are pictures and stuff from previous rides.













Aaaand...basically how EVERY lesson was with him. Refusal after refusal after refusal, sometimes with a jump thrown in.


I am SO happy right now - this horse has been the one thing holding me back for so long...I always thought, "No, I can't ride Leo," or, "if I ride Leo, it'll be a horrible lesson." The third time I rode with my trainer, I broke down into TEARS because she had me scheduled to ride this horse (nice bonding experience, eh?). I finally did it! I had a GOOD lesson on Leo! We CAN get over the jumps, and I CAN ride this crazy appaloosa. :D
 

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That's seriously so amazing! I had a similar experience with my past gelding, and it was such a downer... but it's so great that you're getting past it with Leo! Congrats :D

PS: he is seriously beautiful!
 

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Brooke was a great confidence boost - she really took care of me. She didn't refuse a jump for the first 6 months I rode her, even through funky distances and scary jumps. I really think I owe Brooke a LOT, because she finally broke me of my leaning habit and she's the horse (along with my trainer) who taught me to start riding instead of just being a passenger.

Thanks everyone :) I think he's adorable, too.
 

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That is great!

I just adore him! ME WANTY!!
Lol! But I agree, he's a cutie! And congratulations, I know what it's like to dread riding because if one horse, and you convince yourself that you absolutely "can't" ride that horse! But you got over it, so good for you!
 

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Congratulations! He's a total cutie!

Kim- you can haz his left side, I'll take the right. ^.^
 

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Lol! But I agree, he's a cutie! And congratulations, I know what it's like to dread riding because if one horse, and you convince yourself that you absolutely "can't" ride that horse! But you got over it, so good for you!
thanks ^-^

Congratulations! He's a total cutie!

Kim- you can haz his left side, I'll take the right. ^.^
HEY - his left side is the cool side - we found a little itty bitty spot of brown among all the black and white. :D

aand...I don't want him going anywhere, cause I rode him again yesterday and didn't die.

Here's the thread (dunno why I put it in pictures, lol)
http://www.horseforum.com/horse-pictures/i-rode-crazy-appaloosa-again-55047/
 

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thats how my horse Jupiter is he taught me how to trust my horse and how to fall. here is my story...

i switched barns and i was put on a horse named Cutter, he was a mad man. after he successfully bucked me off i swore i would stop riding but then i was put on a horse named Jupiter and went from a kid who freaked when the teacher asked for a canter to the obsessively cantering.

Then it was a really hot June day and Jupiter was lame so i was going to ride a horse named cloud who ended up being used unexpectedly in the lesson before us. so i had to ride cutter. it took my friends a half hour to convince me to tack him up. I got on and i was shaking uncontrollably and then it turned out to be my best lesson. now he is my Baby
 

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Good job!

That's one te reasons w bought my peruvian gelding Rico.....confidence builder. After I took my nasty fall off of Jester I was shaking everytime I got on him and Jeste ris one who will get jittery if you are jittery, and when he's jittery I was jitter yon top of being jittery anyway.....Eh. You see where that went.

But Rico was one of those you could do anything to and he would just say "Yes Mom." and do what you wanted. Like I have no hesitation using my reins or crop or spurs, and I will admit I can be a little bit too wicked sometimes. But being afraid to spur Jester after that I could ge ton Rico and spur sur spur all I want and if he was being a jerk I could slap him on the butt with my reins wit hno problem. He turned me into an automatic robot as far as ridng goes, so when I finally did get on Jester I would instinctively just cowboy him and then it was "Mom's back to normal I better start listening now...." and I never hae had to cowboy him since. I don't like to cowboy any hors eunless deserved, which is rare.

Good job on getting your confidence back. It' a great feeling and I know you and Leo an keep it going :D

Oh, and if you get sick of him.....send me a message. He's such a cutie :D
 

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Some horses are great for boosting your confidence and reducing stress. i think it's amazing how sme horses have such a big heart to take care of you and want to please you. I have a little old mare like that and I wouldn't trade her for the world. P.S. That spotted horse is extremely flashy and pretty!
 

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thanks, guys :) I didn't ride him last Friday cause he was stiff in his....RH? BUT I'm going out tomorrow and I might have to ride him.

The lesson after this one though, I jumped him 2'6"! That's the highest I've EVER gotten him over. At all.


^the confetti jump is 2'6"
 
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