Do You Ride Horses? V.4

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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby ryan ross. » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:36 am

i see a lot of people ask about spurs on here, many being for the wrong reasons of trying to make a horse more forward.
i've sent this video to several people in the past but this may be a possible training method to try and get your horse more forward?

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i have never been into daily vloggers, and honestly, i only watch one horse channel consistently, but i stared watching Day by Day in the past couple of day, anyone else watch them? i like how exciting it is that they're looking for a horse and a farm (: something i wish i could do, but places with more than an acre near me are hard to find and megabucks! my family are currently looking at a house which is literally next door to a pretty big private yard!

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i rode at the weekend, i was on a horse i hadn't ridden before called river. it was completely by chance that i rode her since i had to switch lessons. she is lovely on the ground and oh man is she amazing under saddle as well, i loved the lesson so much! we basically did a flat course with poles just for turning exercises and such. i have a pic that's quality is so bad i don't even have to blur anything out haha. i was really far away and it was a bit dark.

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this picture was taken either as i was dismounting, or as i was giving her a hug. how often to you hug or give your horse a scratch/encouragement when riding? i'm a bit of a softy and am usually the only one in my lessons who give the horse a big ol' neck scratch after every little trot haha. I was giving her lots of praise after our turns and pole courses, she was great, we work so well together! we hit the middle of all the pole apart from one which we missed due to my bad memory and some last minute turning,
plus not using as much of the school as i could have, she was great tho, star of the show!
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby callum hunt » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:05 am

Luzien wrote:@ callum hunt
romeo sounds interesting, and i love that you got an older horse,not many do this what is sad...., they still can give so much an teach one without being to crazy like young horses, and they deserve a loving home till the end too :D :clap:
and it is nice that you Train him to new things, and try to get out some bad things like the dancing around^^
how does it go in the training, does he learn fast?

      honestly I'm surprised that older horses aren't more commonly adopted, esp for beginners. My aunt bought a green horse for my cousin who has mobility impairments and who was a beginner, which luckily worked out, but still. That being said, I only ended up getting the old man because he was a family friends horse who they were selling because he couldn't be shown. He rarely acts his age though-about 25% of the time hes a very relaxed beginner's horse, but the other 75% he's a wild child. The only age related difficulty he has is his hind legs go lame all the time because he tends to play hard on old man joints.
      As far as training goes, it depends. He catches on pretty fast, but he gets frustrated easily so I often have to take a step back and go back a few steps even though he knows the behavior. So hes a fast learner, but we often have to go back and restart because he's easily annoyed.
Livid-Silver wrote:@callum hunt; Your boy is really pretty! Targeting can be so helpful as well, you can mold heaps of cool behaviors out of it!

      thank you! and you definitely can! I've gotten him to do a lot of things with a target already-a big accomplishment was getting him to cross puddles and come when hes called. Its a really underrated training tool in all animals imo.
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this picture was taken either as i was dismounting, or as i was giving her a hug. how often to you hug or give your horse a scratch/encouragement when riding? i'm a bit of a softy and am usually the only one in my lessons who give the horse a big ol' neck scratch after every little trot haha. I was giving her lots of praise after our turns and pole courses, she was great, we work so well together! we hit the middle of all the pole apart from one which we missed due to my bad memory and some last minute turning,
plus not using as much of the school as i could have, she was great tho, star of the show!

      to answer your question, I use treats a lot while riding. I rarely hug him though because my western saddle has a huge horn on it which doesn't feel good when hugging him or riding out a spook/zoomie/buck. I get made fun of for the treats a little bit but luckily for me my cousin also spends the whole lesson talking to her horse and petting em so I'm not the lone rider doing that.
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby Chocolate Chip. » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:22 am

Wow. Another crazy vegan onto me for saying that using whips and spurs is a-okay.
So, where most equestrians whip the horse— it’s usually not in its sensitive parts, right? I know the racing industry uses whips and spurs a lot, and I’m against over use, but not against use. Is that REASONABLE or what??

I should say, though, the vegan's arguments were really good and, unlike the other time, they actually challenged me :lol:
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby ryukrem » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:49 am

Soul Of Winter wrote:I'm so sorry! I have scoliosis and can still ride, I have pain but manage it with ibeprophen, but I'm so sorry you might have to quit riding! I'm ure you wont have to forever, I'm sure you could go on rides occasionally?

      Depends on the situation because if my spine gets fused, I can't risk falling or my spine will break. I should know by the end of this month or next what my future will hold. My degree is pretty bad and I'm in constant pain. Riding hurts it to no end, but I just love it so much.
Ana the Derp wrote:I have a very bad posture problem and had a curved spine and riding helped me my spine uncurved and I am now the best rier at the stables. I guess it runes in the family. my aunt competed at world championships and my grandmas borther was a world champion and so on.

      Riding makes my curve worse. Much worse.
Livid-Silver wrote:@Ryukrem; If you do have to quiet riding, you could always look into driving :) There's heaps of stuff to do in that, from dressage to marathons and combined driving! Take a look at Boyd Exell if you're not sure what I'm taking about. I really hope you don't have to quit riding, but if the worst comes to worst there are plenty of other things you can do with horses. Don't let your condition stop you from doing what you love :)

      We don't have any driving resources or competitions around here, but I certainly plan on keeping horses in my life. Alice's owner told me I can spend as much time with her as I want, so that will make me happy.
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby Albino_ » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:33 am

ryukrem wrote:
Soul Of Winter wrote:I'm so sorry! I have scoliosis and can still ride, I have pain but manage it with ibeprophen, but I'm so sorry you might have to quit riding! I'm ure you wont have to forever, I'm sure you could go on rides occasionally?

[list][list][size=85]Depends on the situation because if my spine gets fused, I can't risk falling or my spine will break. I should know by the end of this month or next what my future will hold. My degree is pretty bad and I'm in constant pain. Riding hurts it to no end, but I just love it -snip-



Yikes! My spine degree is 52 degrees, it hurts for me to bend over and constant moving but im use to the pain. But i am wishing you goodluck!
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby pills » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:59 pm

Luzien wrote:
pills wrote:does anyone know of some really soft, preferably affordable spurs?

why? and for what? what level are you at?


I ride jumper, occasionally hunter or xc and some beginner dressage for lessons. Outside of lessons just trails, different gaits for when I’m excersizing or doing rehab for a horse (walk to gallop). some jumping courses where a maintained and consistent speed is definitely needed, also they would come in handy for when I ride that pony digger, as he will ignore my leg and crop to the extreme. I consider my self a pretty soft rider, and I’m very careful with mouth pressure, and how I use the crop (just small flicks and taps). I’m at a crossroad of riding sort of between intermediate and advanced, and I’ve surprisingly never needed to own spurs up until now. I’ve never owned my own horse, only leased or ridden someone else’s, sometimes for pay as a excersize rider. Spurs still aren’t necessary but would be a aid for my riding. Whenever I’ve needed spurs, I’ve always used my coach’s or someone else’s. I believe my legs to be strong enough without.
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby Kestrell » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:24 am

ahhh it's been so long since I've posted,,, whoops :lol:

@Pills
My Prince of Wales are usually my "go to" in the spur world. They come in a variety of lengths (like most spurs) and do not have a sharp edge like disk spurs or points like rowel spurs . If you really want soft, there are rubber spurs out there as well. Although, I find those pretty unnecessary because if a horse really needs spurs,,, well you get it.

@Scoliosis
I'm so sorry to hear that! I am lucky enough to have had minor enough scoliosis that I grew out of it during childhood, but I know how sore you must get :(

@My question for you guys
Now that show season seems to be just around the corner (for those of you that DO show) and summer seems to be coming up fast, what is everyone doing to get ready? Do you have any showing plans coming up? What are you guys excited about?!

Update?:
wooooow so much has changed since I gave my last update- but I'll keep it short and sweet. I've switched instructors, leaving my coach that has known me since I was 10 to join one of the top eventing coaches in the area as well as taking extra lessons from my farrier! I've had to revamp basically everything with my riding and I've come out the other side so much more confident to the fences and my flatwork is just way better :lol: I hope I can get my hands on some pictures to compare because it's like night and day... I'm really looking forward for this summer because I'm working for an eventing coach in exchange for rides (which I'm excited about! Because i'd really like to take advantage of all the riding I can possibly get before school comes again). My main coach has her hopes up that we can possibly spend time up in Wisconsin or Kentucky showing- which is super cool because due to difficulties in the past I haven't shown in over 4 years :shock:
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby APH Italy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:01 am

Kestrell wrote:@My question for you guys
Now that show season seems to be just around the corner (for those of you that DO show) and summer seems to be coming up fast, what is everyone doing to get ready? Do you have any showing plans coming up? What are you guys excited about?!


I'm so excited for show season!! It'll be my first year showing so I've been putting in a lot of hard work with my lease horse. She's a great horse to start with. I've been taking lessons and working on my own (trying to learn to make sure im on the right diagonal without someone telling me, checking my legs, that kinda thing)

I still need to get show clothes, but im looking into buying off of stateline tack since they seem to be much cheaper than dover-

If y'all have any pointers I would love to hear them? We'll be doing basic walk/trot classes, probably adding canter in a little later
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby cacticollie » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:03 pm

i brought home my first (technically) horse on yesterday
ive been riding since i was a little kid but just got back into it last year
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i team sort with him next Sunday and im so excited to see how he does
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Re: Do You Ride Horses? V.4

Postby SilverTongue_11 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:33 pm

I go riding every Saturday and I love it soooo much. Horses are my favourite animal and my friends call me horse obsessed/crazy haha. I wish I owned a horse or a pony, it would be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
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