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6/25/14 8:25 A

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Trail riding; just wonderful to be outdoors!

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5/8/14 2:17 P

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I love trail riding! We are going to set up an extreme trail course in our riding arena also :)

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8/20/11 9:59 A

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Racing :) I am Hoping to loose enough weight to excessive racehorses again as i miss it :(

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4/13/11 7:14 P

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I would like to drive too and my pony is the perfect build for it. I just can't justify buying a cart and harness. I often saddle up with my stable friend who drives with her gypsy vanner. Looks like so much fun. Anyway, I am trying to be a limited distance rider and always am a trail rider. I also do dressage and have dabbled in eventing. I ride to have fun and relax and feel very ambivalent about showing and racing.

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4/8/11 12:33 P

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I wish I could tell you it's a do it yourself project... unfortunately it isn't.. find a good trainer which is easier said than done, LOL! let them do their training and take lots of lessons. If you don't ride on the bit, (most casual riders don't) then you'll have a lot to learn about driving. you have only 3 aids when driving, your hands, your voice and a whip... Lose contact with your horses mouth, and you can easily lose your horse and your carriage and likely get very seriously hurt... it's not like riding where you can take a tumble and try again, if you wreck a carriage, you've likely ruined your horses mind for driving.

I've been driving for 5 years, my horses are rock solid, but there are still times things get hairy, luckly they default back to their early training... A good foundation is essential, and it's hard to give them that if you aren't already an experienced driver. green and green defintely equal black and blue... and BROKEN when you are driving.

I don't know what the trainers in your area run, but I have an exception one in Southern Pines NC... $750 a month and worth every cent!

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4/8/11 9:27 A

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I've been a trail rider for years. Happily my husband started riding a few years ago, and now I have company. I live in FL where driving is very popular, and I've watched a few of their competitions this spring. I'm thinking of starting my horse in driving. We have access to lots of carriage trails. Does anyone have any input on how to get started? The trainers here cost more than my wallet can afford these days. I haven't heard about any beginner clinics...

Missy

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways on a Harley, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"


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4/4/11 12:27 P

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I drive my horses... and have been planning on doing some ACTHA rides... took a clinic and enjoyed it a lot and realized i still have lots of work to do with my horses to be competitive!

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1/16/11 8:50 P

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I've shown hunter, western pleasure, halter, and ran barrels. Last year we started doing Ranch Shows and doing local sortings. I'm wanting to do more Ranch and cow work this year, and return to running barrels as well, thus the reason for being on here! LOL



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1/13/11 4:44 A

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I've ridden basically everything you can think of at one point or another. I've showed western and english, from pleasure to jumping. I've ran barrels, roped, did reining, team-penning, cutting, driving, trail riding, from being a rodeo queen to dressage. Right now, while I live in Germany, I'm learning their style of dressage and am working towards getting my German certification in jumping. I love riding of all sorts and miss my horses back home immensely! Had I been stationed here longer, they would have definitely came with me!

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7/12/10 10:47 P

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I started riding in high school,and did eventing. When I went to college I discovered my love of Dressage. I've only had my own horse once. I've leased horses, taken lessons, competed with the IDA in college, helped others with their horses, etc.

I currently am horseless :(. I had to sell my mare last April after being laid off from my job, and two weeks later finding out I was pregnant. Luckily after having my daughter a friend needed me to work one of her horses for her, so I was able to get some riding in, but that ended in May (I was only needed temporarily), and I haven't been on a horse since.

It's very depressing not being able to ride, but unfortunately I am still without a job, and can't spend the money to lease or take lessons right now. I'm going back to school (again) this fall, to get my nursing degree. I need job security so I can get a dressage prospect in a few years :D.

So until then...I dream :)

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12/29/09 5:19 P

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I try to do dressage, but I think my horse is not convinced that is what it is. Trying to get to second level this year. I think it would be more satisfying to bang my head against the wall. I am sure Justin (the horse) would prefer that.

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12/3/09 4:13 P

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You could refer to me as a "Hacker" as I do pleasure and aggresive trail riding. I have never done competitive riding as I basically bought the horse THEN learned to ride. It has been an exciting 16 years...and with the same horse. There isn't anything I won't do with him. That includes coming into contact with bear, moose and even wild turkeys which he does not like.

Donna

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8/19/09 12:20 P

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Trot- I did Arabian breed shows all the while I was growing up. Funny part was my parents actually didn't like horses and never rode - they tolerated them just for me. LOL I was very blessed to have parents willing to haul me and my horse all over Wisconsin and northern Illinois every weekend all summer long just so I could show. And I had to do halter because if my dad was going to get up at 4:00 in the morning on Sunday to haul me to a show, I was going to show in every class I was qualified for by golly. LOL Which is why I actually showed huntseat, saddleseat, western pleasure, halter... You get the idea. I was in every class for my age group except jumping. That was the one thing Dad didn't really want to see me do. Now that I am older I wish I had, but my mare was a western horse and that is where she excelled. We did okay in hunt, but STUNK at saddleseat. LOL She was too laid back and didn't like to trot faster than a slow jog. AAhhhhh - the memories. :-) I wouldn't change it for the world. I loved showing.

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8/18/09 11:13 P

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I'm not doing the western pleasure team at my school just because I know I won't have that much fun and it'll cost me A LOT!!!! The western coach loves my riding, while the hunt seat coach thinks my heels are down far enough. Point and case your heels should not be jammed down, since they are shock absorbers, help balance you, and need to move so your leg may 'scrub the side of the horse'. She thinks they should never move. She doesn't like my riding on other aspects either, but I'm over it because she doesn't know how to teach. Yelling relax your back does not magically relax your back. Tends it tighten it actually. She's really backwards though...

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

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8/16/09 6:58 P

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My background is dressage and carriage driving/driven dressage.

Like I said, I'm not good enough at western to be bored. And fortunately, being the grownup I get to make my own entries and don't have to show in any class I don't want to. That's a plus!

My goal is to loose enough weight to look okay in western show clothes and ride reasonably well. I'm going to compete in the 50 and over Master's Class. And probably a little AOTS. But, nothing before 10 in the morning. I 'don't do' early mornings and only 1 class a day. We go to Morgan breed shows that last several days, usually at least 3 sometimes 5.

I also want to back on my dressage horse and get cantering on him. That's the one thing I haven't done with him yet. I REALLY need to lose weight if I want to post!

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8/16/09 12:10 P

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Western pleasure can be kind of boring, even though I showed it for years. LOL I actually liked to do more reining type classes. There is always at least one foot on the ground but it is fast paced. Now to me halter classes are like watching paint dry. BORING!!! I hated that I HAD to show in halter classes. The day I was able to retire my halter outfit I threw it on the floor of the trailer and jumped all over it. LOL I was 18 at the time and had been showing halter since I was 8... I had a grand champion halter horse, but hated every minute of showing her. I also loved trail classes. They are slow paced, but your horse has to be really well trained to go over and through all the objects. Now I just like trail riding with my horse.

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8/16/09 10:11 A

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I misunderstood when you said: My mom is now dealing with not being able to do as much because of her age.

I bow to anyone of any age who jumps. My only jumping was a bale of straw and my horse learned the jump cue perfectly. I'd canter around (years ago on a different horse) and come around the corner seeing the bale of straw up ahead and scream "Oh, sh**"

We gave up jumping about as fast as we started. emoticon

I think your mom would find Western to be quite boring. So far, I'm not good enough at it to be bored!

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8/15/09 9:47 P

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My mom is 56. I don't know how she'd feel about going over to western. Its not as much of a problem now because she's becoming a lot more bold. She's jumping higher stuff as she becomes comfortable with our young horse. He's for sale, but it looks like he might just work out fine for us.

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

Truth is a mass appeal to something.


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8/15/09 9:30 P

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I'm learning how to ride Western. I've ridden dressage, never competed though. I've driven and competed a lot at pleasure shows. I did one CDE years ago and found it wasn't for me.

I'm having a lot of trouble riding western. It doesn't help that my new western horse...only had him 16 months emoticon ,,,He's the type that makes his rider EARN his respect. He was great during the demo when I first looked at him. I didn't ride him at that time. I could see what I wanted from the ground. Daughter picked him up a month later (he was located 12 hours from his new home) and she rode him. He was a little bit of a butt-head but safe and fine.

He came from a farm where he'd lived all his life...6 years. He'd never left the farm except for shows and was trained on the farm. So he comes to our barn with the attitude "You're not my real mom, I don't have too".

Long story short: daughter started riding him for me, showed him this spring. She did very well with him and he was a perfect western pleasure gentleman with her.

Now I'm riding him and trying to learn western. He has no respect for me and makes me work really hard for the lope. I love this horse. He's so friendly, loves people and is neat in his stall.

I've been working him walk/jog from the beginning last year. Only HE hasn't been working. He can do that in his sleep. I realised today that he's not paying a bit of attention to me. So next time I ride, we're going to lope FIRST. He's going to have to earn his turn at jogging and walking. He's wonderfully safe and after swapping his butt with the rommel rein he gives up and lopes as if to say "Alright, if you insist". I tried for about 15 minutes this morning and when he finally loped, I hollered to daughter "He's on the wrong lead isn't he" Yep! Details, details. We kept going. When we reversed he loped right away on the same lead. At least it was correct in THAT direction.

So I'm having lots of fun, learning a lot (like BREATHE while you're riding) and loving every minute of it.

BTW, TEMS, how old is your mom? I'm 62, had cardiac bypass 4 years ago and 2 years ago came off my big dressage horse and broke my arm. Maybe your mom could ride Western! It's what all the grandmothers are doing!

So, that's my project.

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8/6/09 8:58 A

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Awesome!

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

Truth is a mass appeal to something.


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8/5/09 7:55 P

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Well, at the end of this month I may be getting a yearling Rocky Mountain horse in. My friend wants her desensitized and some ground manners so in trade for my working with the youngster I will get an Aussie saddle. How cool is that??

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8/4/09 10:27 P

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I'm sorry you can't do more, but that's great you can still do some! My mom is now dealing with not being able to do as much because of her age.

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

Truth is a mass appeal to something.


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8/4/09 9:15 A

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Hi! I am a little bit of everything here too! I don't have so much time to ride these days, so I mostly just hit the trails and really enjoy being out there. Sometimes I just like to go out side with a pitchfork to get away from it all! I used to event and do jumpers, but my horse broke his foot a # of years ago so dressage and trails it is!

☀ ☀ Jennifer ☀ ☀



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7/28/09 9:22 A

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I'm happy you're getting away to relax! I understand what you mean about trying anything you can. I do the exact same thing. That's how I got to ride side-saddle.

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

Truth is a mass appeal to something.


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7/28/09 9:19 A

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I showed mainly western pleasure and halter (YUCK!!!), but I also did some saddleseat and huntseat. I also did a little reining and some barrel racing. Basically if I found the opportunity to try something different, I gave it a go. The one thing I never did and I want to find an instructor for when I can afford it is dressage. Our draft cross would make an awesome dressage horse. But no matter what - camping and trail riding with the horses has been my favorite all around activity. Matter of fact I might be going camping this weekend with a friend and her horses. I'm looking forward to getting away.

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7/27/09 5:22 P

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What did you show in?

I am doing jumpers with my horse, but I have done everything except tetrathalon in USPC. I've also riding side saddle and I enjoy driving my pony. Growing up I was an avid games player and before that when I was even younger I played polo (though I never got to play in a real match, too little). Right before I moved I played polocross on my good horse. I do combined training with him as well, but just haven't done it this year much. I've mostly been getting myself back into riding. At school I have been learning to ride western pleasure.

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

Truth is a mass appeal to something.


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7/27/09 2:58 P

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After having done years of showing, I have "retired" to camping and trail riding with my horse.

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7/26/09 8:46 P

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Do you go on trail rides, command at dressage, spray dirt in barrels, or fly over jumps?

Tell us what you like to do with your horse and some of the awesome times you have had!

Crazy people don't really loose their mind, it just becomes something more entertaining!

Truth is a mass appeal to something.


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