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Groundwork for both horse and rider
Hi all:

For those of you that know my story as a new horseowner, I am making progress, and have no intention of quitting. I am currently going through the school of hard knocks in learning to be a horseowner among some pretty judgemental riders. Recently, on one of the rides they invited me to go on, I took a fall from a terribly advanced trail and fractured my hand in three places - Ha! pain is a great way to gain experience! The other riders that got me in that predicament now ignore me completely, and are entertained as they watch me struggle doing two-handed tasks with only one while they sit in the shade and drink beer. In making a true promise with my doctor (it was more of a threat to me!) to abstain from riding for two weeks, I wasn't about to let that stop me, no way! I went to the bookstore and got armed with information. With continuing disappointments in trying to secure a trainer for my horse, or more importantly, a trainer to teach me how to ride, I have Craig Cameron advising me in his book "Ride Smart" (duh!. He's my secured teacher via print - thank goodness for sharing his knowledge! I am currently reading all his words or wisdom and attempting to train myself how to ride. Newt and I have succedded in building a fantastic foundation of "bonding" in the round pen - I free-lunge Newt, no ropes. Now, not only does he walk, slow-trot, faster trot, lope, and complete inside turns in both directions with ease (I work him at least 10 laps each way), he also knows all commands by voice, sounds, and hand signs in addition to the standard body language. Why, his lips even show a smile when we work out, his whole personality has changed as we've grown closer to each other and he is a sweetheart - like a 1300 lb. puppy. We are getting along SO WELL after two weeks, and three days ago I couldn't stand being out of the saddle any longer and completely saddled him with my left hand (try THAT sometime!) The doberman gang sat, watched us, and drank beer. I think they are actually quite impressed. We've had fantastic solo arena rides every day - he hasn't thrown his head once, and we are both loving each other's company. I try to do something new everyday, and we've become great friends, and it's such a wonderful, heartwarming sensation to see the change in him - all because I had that riding accident. Wow! With my dog, we've ventured out to ride the prairie and our communication is so much better - there is a black and white comparison between now and a little over two weeks ago. We are becoming quite the team together, and riding is becoming FUN, and not so much work for us. I wish there were others to hang out with at the stable, but apparently my quarterhorse and I are boarding in Arabian territory and they make it a point we are not real welcome there. (I have nothing against any breed!) Too bad for us, but it's the only stable for 30 miles and we're kinda stuck in the run we are currently using.

A tough way to learn, but it's been helpful experience gained, I am seeking the good in a very challenging situation, and am for sure falling deeper in love with my horse, Newt, the tall dark handsome grulla guy in my life.

Though I can't wait for this cast to come off, I do know for sure that getting a horse was the best thing I ever did! Thanks for your encouragement and support, you've made a lot of difference to days when I really needed a splash of color! By the way, my left arm is stronger than it has ever been! For cool!
"Too bad for us, but it's the only stable for 30 miles and we're kinda stuck in the run we are currently using."

Until I read the above, I was going to suggest that what your really need to do is find another place to board. The people that got you hurt, then left you for dead, now sit back and drink beer and laugh at you???
These are not horse people. In fact I don't even think they're people. They are rude scum.

I'm glad you're making some headway, but if I were you, I'd do whatever is necessary to get out of that situation. We travel 55 miles to our lessons once a week -- 30 miles is not that far. If you could get to a barn that has helpful, friendly people, it would make world of difference for you.

"You learn a thing a day, you store up smart" - Festus Haggen

"A man’s soul can’t be hidden,
From the creatures in his care." -
Hard Candy Cowboy by Debra Meyer

Oh my, i did not know you fractured your wrist,I hope you are doing better. It sounds like you are doing a good job reaquainting your time with newt, i love that book "ride smart" by craig cameron. He also has some videos out to go along with the book, you can get them on his website. It's amazing the bond you can get with a horse by quality groundwork time, sometimes i prefer that to riding my 2 year old.
The doberman gang(your former trail mates?) sounds like they are really a real piece of work, find new friends.
You were free lunging your guy, now i am really impressed. Keep up the good work.
What kind of rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate dolts do you ride with? I have ridden with many, many different people, and every single one of them has been concerned and careful about making sure the group (whether it's 2 people or 20) ONLY rides into areas the least experience rider can handle. I would tell those self sanctimonious boobs in no uncertain terms that in any group of REAL horsepeople, THEY would be the objects of scorn and ridicule for their childish behaviour not you. I would point out that you may be inexperienced at riding difficult trails, but they, sadlly are inexperienced in things tht are MUCH MUCH more important--kindness, consideration, and manners. I don't think anything makes me madder than people like that. There is a word for people like that, but forum rules (and manners) prevents me from posting it. [sangry][sangry][sangry]

"I'm a man. I can change. If I have to. I guess."
The Man's Prayer from the Red Green Show
Good for you! You will be successful in spite of those nasty people. Way to make lemonade out of lemons!
Keep up the good work!
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Nancy (and Tag & Rocky)
Free & easy down the trail I go......
I was wondering how you were getting along. Sounds like you're doing really well. YA! I'm really sorry that you have to put up with those "donkeymiddleofthedonuts". It's hard to imagine people treating you that way and considering themselves horse people.

Congrats on the work you've done with Newt! [Image: 7.gif]

I'm afraid while trying to nuke a duplicate post, I managed to delete an extra post and I have no idea whose it was!
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Karen ~ Trails  
Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."
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Way to go, meadwinds[clap][clap][clap]! It's just such a shame that you had to learn all this AFTER your accident. The reason I say this is I've been injured more times than I wish to admit by horses and had to learn from it, too. I so did not want you to have to go through this like I did. This is one of the main reasons I try to help novices and beginners on DE as much as I can.

You also sound like you are way more patient with those idiots in your boarding barn than I would be. People like that get others hurt from their rudeness and lack of manners. If they don't care about people, how much do you think they care about their horses? I sure as heck wouldn't sell them a horse, and I'd warn all my friend not to do so either... if they were looking for a horse. Gee, did that make sense? LOL

I'm so glad you have found help even if he's not there in person[thumbsup]. Craig Cameron definitely knows what he's talking about(understatement of the year)[Wink]. Just wondering if you've been able to find a better bit for Newt and ride without the tie-down yet? And how on Earth do you saddle a horse one handed[confused]??? I've been in that position a few times, myself, and couldn't figure it out for the life of me. I had to have someone else do it, or I didn't ride... much to my husband's relief. He made sure I followed doctor's orders, darn it[Sad!].

Again, sorry that you had to learn the hard way, but, hopefully, that's all behind you, now[Wink]. I also agree with hmeyer. Even if you have to drive a little farther, surely you can find a barn with better people to help you and board Newt in.

Good luck, my friend[Smile].
"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown
Geez Meadowinds......those people sound pretty ingnorant at that!!! Making you feel not welcome because they are Arabian horse people!! Get a grip!!! I do not know where you live but if you were anywhere here close to Maine you could bring your quarter horse here to board and be very happy and content. Stay away from those people....if you are paying board tell them plain and simple to stay away from you. I just worry that if they are that ingnorant what they could be doing to Newt when you are not around? I do not want to alarm you but from the way they sound they very well could be aggrivating him and making him uncomfortable being Arabian people. ( That just pisses me off ). Take the advise given and start to look for a new place to board Newt. He is your baby now and you need to make sure he is being treated respectful even when you are not there. Glad to hear you are progressing....good for you and Newt. So where are you located anyway?

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