Hi, new here from Holland...owning a Haflinger, doing westernriding and TREC....like to watch some nice movies, like the awesome trailer loading movie from Barbara F....it's becoming very popular in Holland (for people having trouble loading their horsies...what is in that van?????)
At noon, I brought Mora into the barn and saddled her. My husband, who usually does not help me, agreed to hold the lead rope while I worked with Mora. Mora was perfect standing quietly while saddled which surprised me. It has been a long time since she has been saddled and she sometimes steps around even though I tighten the girth a little, stop for a couple of minutes, continue as before. She stood quietly until I put weight on the stirrup and she stepped sideways away from me which she has done in the past. I cued her to move back in place and we did this a few times until she stood still for me. She was then rewarded with a small cookie. I did a series of putting weight in the stirrup and releasing weight, gradually increasing the time in the stirrup until I stood in the stirrup completely for a couple of minutes. Again, she was rewarded with a cookie for each time she stood completely still for this lesson. I am excited that Mora behaved very well and I will continue to progress her lesson tomorrow. Mora and I are close and she tries to please me which is always good in training. Thank you for your support.
It takes a village and you have become an important part of my village. Thank you. Several years ago, my sister, Rose Marie, sent me this. "Fear plus Action equals Courage." I keep that in my heart when I face a challenge. I also belong to a supportive dressage group, Jane Savoie's Dressage Mentors. With this village of support, I will take my baby step. Talk to you later.
Jackie, I have to admit that I have been told by good friends to take baby steps but I would like baby steps to mean walking around the arena. You gave me great advice! I will mount, sit, and then dismount. I can be my own worst enemy at times. I will let you know on Monday if I succeed. I know that I have strong will power and determination, I just need to use it in the right direction. I will succeed. Thank you.
Jackie, my first Arabian and my best friend, Ky, saved my bacon several times during his lifetime with me. When I had my accident with Mora, I was unconscious for about ten minutes. Mora was frightened when I fell off. It would have been normal for a green horse to be scared or panic with the accident and run away to the farthest point in the arena, My husband told me that Mora trotted a short distance, turned around and returned to me standing with her head over me. She whinnies from the pasture when she sees me or she will come running to the fence to see me. So what is stopping me from mounting her? I have fallen many times so that doesn't worry me. But falling and not being able to ride for another nine years worries me. But, after reading your posts, I realize how silly I am to worry about what hasn't yet happened and may not happen. I realize that I am wasting energy and time worrying. Without knowing me, you have given me a terrific KITA (kick in the *@%). Thank you.
Jackie, I totally agree with about many of today's Arabians. Glennloch Farms had Egyptian Arabians imported from Egypt yet they not only showed their horses in all classes, they also worked on the ranch moving cattle, etc. They were doing horses, not pasture ornaments. A good Arabian is a tough athletic horse as are other good examples of various breeds. They are not simply a pretty face. As I mentioned earlier, I love all horses but I am passionate about Arabians.
I ride in a dressage saddle although I started in forward seat saddles. I have ridden some endurance, trail riding, a little jumping, and dressage. I currently concentrate on dressage which I love. I had an horse related accident about nine years ago and I am shamed to say this to you but I have had a fear of falling off and not being able to get back on for another nine years. I am worrying about something in the future which probably won't happen to me. Although It took me quite a while to recover, part of that is due to a misdiagnosis for four years until I saw a neurologist. This is why I asked if you could be my mentor because I can learn from your courage and determination. A friend suggested that I take my collie, Sean, with me to the barn when I work with my mare, Mora, and that does help me. Sean is there to be with me and not to criticize me, a true friend. I will let everyone know when I am riding Mora again. There may be fireworks. Just kidding.