Thursday, August 13, 2015

Redeeming herself


So my last post wasn't very positive and then I disappeared for a while, which might have left a person or two wondering about my little mare. If you were worried, don't be, she isn't going anywhere.

After I wrote that I decided that I needed to make a real effort to work with her a lot more. When her hoof healed I rode her every day for a week and she didn't put a foot wrong. She really does have a heart of gold.

Recently, I found a local trainer who not only uses Classical techniques but is willing to make house calls! She also has her own collection of redheaded mares (OTTBs) so she's very comfortable working with horses that might be labeled as "hot."

Today, for the first time ever, I had a lunge line lesson riding Gwen. She trotted up and down a hill, in a circle, with me on her back trying to fix my posting position- and she was a rockstar! Unfortunately I started out as a nervous mess, so the real point of the lesson turned into getting me to let go of the fear and actually trust my girl. That is hard to lose but after our experience today my fear level dropped about 25% and the trainer had only good things to say about my girl.

So yeah, we're doing okay!

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  1. Very positive things - good to hear! More people should work on their position/confidence on the lunge - it's a great technique for learning.

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    1. It did amazing things for my confidence, I never would have thought my girl was ready for that but she was!

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  2. Fantastic news and thanks for the update!

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    1. You're welcome, glad to hear from you too!

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  3. Lunge lessons are a great way to get the confidence you need and let go of your fear. It's good for both horse and rider to work out so many things. I'm glad you and Gwen had such a positive experience!

    Love your header too.

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  4. I'd give anything to get some lunge lessons! Good to hear form you again - glad all is well.

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  5. Ugh, sorry ladies, blogger won't let me reply under your comments for some reason. So yes, I'm feeling very lucky right now to have found this trainer, hopefully I get to keep her for a while!

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  6. A good trainer is hard to find--especially that does house calls! I'm looking for one, too. Building trust is what it's all about, and it helps to have someone there with you while that happens.

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  7. How are you doing? It's been a while since you posted.

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    1. I'm still here! Got pregnant again so I'm probably not going to be returning to blogging anytime soon. The Quarters are doing well though, and I bought a little Arabian, he's only two and a bit of a snot but he should grow out of that.

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