Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Doubt?!

I didn't think the antics from Sunday were going to affect me but I guess subconsciously they did..



Tacked up and lunged- he was dead despite me trying to get him run around. Got on and headed down and of course he lit up when I got into the big arena. He was looking and spooking at who knows what- seriously there was nothing there sometimes. One time he slammed on the brakes and then went backwards a bunch- ummm Henry there is nothing there! Stressed me out!

Trainer told me to go gallop him and then do some half halts and stops to make sure I had his brain- I was SO not stoked about this. I defiantly didn't let him fully gallop, not going to lie.

Once we jumped his brain was back in working order... Praise the Lord!






Warmed up over 1 to 2.. then did a course 1 to 2 (in 5), right turn to 3, left turn to 4. Did this a couple times and he was good.

Then we did 4 on a figure 8, left turn then right turn then left turn and right.. you get it.

Cooled out, untacked, cleaned up, grained, kissed and put away.





Off today, lesson tomorrow, lunge Friday and lesson Saturday.

21 comments:

  1. Hate it when they get intimidating like that. You're doing a great job with him!

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    1. Yes me too! I didn't feel like it was going to get to me but when in the saddle it totally did ugh! Thanks for the encouragement :)

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  2. It happens, hopefully you can move on.

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  3. Ha, you know our loving trainer won't let you sit and worry when you ride with her lol. He's come a long way, you just have to remind him who's the boss every once in awhile apparently lol

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    1. Yeah no time to worry that's for sure! Well i worry but that doesn't get me out of anything lol :)

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  4. Just went back and read about Sunday... what a butt.

    We all have moments like you had today, especially with those darn greenies! Glad you were able to push through it and get a nice, productive ride. Eventually he will figure out it's useless not to pull those stunts because you won't let him get away with it! :)

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    1. Yep that is my hope, even if I am just pretending that I am ok lol!

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  5. Just keep riding, just keep riding, just keep riding, riding, riding... :) They always know what buttons to push... So keep relabeling your buttons!

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    1. haha just keep riding just keep riding...

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  6. It sucks when that happens, but at least you got his butt moving and moved right on past it. Great job :-)

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    1. Thanks.. my trainer helps cause i often want to chicken out :) lol

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  7. I agree with everyone else. The worst part is the mental aspect - on both ends. You remembering what happened, and him thinking that he can get away with it again. I'm glad to hear that you were able to work through it. They tire and move on to their next antic - or at least that's been my experience, lol!

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    1. Totally! I need memory loss for that incident ;)

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  8. Hope you can get past it. I obviously understand the mental blocks that can come from a bad ride.

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    1. me too! don't like feeling shaken!

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  9. Yep, it is totally mental. It happens to me also. I get shaken about something and start thinking about worse case scenario. Sometimes it helps to remember that our horses are animals and we would get bored if they behaved all of the time (well...I think we would?!?).

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  10. Are you allowed to longe in that arena where he gets crazy? Might encourage him to actually get his friskies out beforehand. Yeah the mental block is the hardest to overcome, but good job that you balanced following instructions with your own sense of self preservation and safety!

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    1. Nope but he gets run around in our large round pen to blow off steam. He is just being rude, there is nothing to spook at and we ride in the arena all-the-freaking-time lol :)

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  11. Oh the greenies... I think half the battle with them is getting them to do what you've asked correctly, and the other half is learning to overcome anything they throw at you. Definitely can knock your confidence down quick. But just remember that you WERE able to stop him. And once you realize that, and remember it when he feels like hes speeding up, I think it won't be such an issue. :-) These horse...

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    1. Yeah I was able to stop him and didn't fall off. I should have stopped him sooner but I can't dwell on that... so odd to have a horse that taking off wasn't anything that crossed my mind that he would do, do it!

      Thanks :)

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