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    The "Best Advice" thread reminded me of this one, an idea I'm steal, er, borrowing from Lobito (Tex) who did it on the E-search board a while back and it was quite successful. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] Anyways --

    What are your favorite sayings from your trainers over the years? Those phrases that either ring in your head while you're riding even when that trainer is no where around, or that were so unique they'll stay with you forever?

    To start off, here are a few from my mine:

    1. LEG LEG LEG LEG!

    2. Same same same same same same (said every stride while approaching fence)

    3. "Reach for his ears."

    4. "Think!"

    5. "You give that horse a big pat right now and thank him for saving your butt."

    6. Ooooohhhhh, he was VERY good to you.

    7. "I'm going to pretend I didn't see that." (said after particularly stupid misses)

    8. "That horse is a saint." (often said soon after nos. 5, 6, and 7 above)

    8. "Very well wagoned." (don't ask me -- she's English; best I can figure it means you did a good job getting around a difficult course)

    10. "Let me just have a little sit on him." (what the horses don't want to hear)

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    "I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?" Dave Barry



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    The "Best Advice" thread reminded me of this one, an idea I'm steal, er, borrowing from Lobito (Tex) who did it on the E-search board a while back and it was quite successful. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] Anyways --

    What are your favorite sayings from your trainers over the years? Those phrases that either ring in your head while you're riding even when that trainer is no where around, or that were so unique they'll stay with you forever?

    To start off, here are a few from my mine:

    1. LEG LEG LEG LEG!

    2. Same same same same same same (said every stride while approaching fence)

    3. "Reach for his ears."

    4. "Think!"

    5. "You give that horse a big pat right now and thank him for saving your butt."

    6. Ooooohhhhh, he was VERY good to you.

    7. "I'm going to pretend I didn't see that." (said after particularly stupid misses)

    8. "That horse is a saint." (often said soon after nos. 5, 6, and 7 above)

    8. "Very well wagoned." (don't ask me -- she's English; best I can figure it means you did a good job getting around a difficult course)

    10. "Let me just have a little sit on him." (what the horses don't want to hear)

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    "I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?" Dave Barry



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    - "Leg, leg, leg!"

    - "What were you thinking?!"

    - "How are you going to ride that line?"

    And the most said phrase...
    - "Let's do that ONE more time." [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]



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    I've been with her for quite a few years, let's see. . . .

    1. Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm (you get the idea)

    2. Keep him in front of your leg!

    3. When in doubt, stay the same (i.e. don't pull on the reins. . .)

    4. the same as Portia's: THINK!

    5. Watch your left hand

    6. Stay back in your tack (I tend to start leaning up his neck when I think I have to move up to a distance - i.e. I get excited when I see one at all)

    7. He was a VERY good boy! (i.e. I probably wasn't)

    8. Come to that again. (i.e. not the same way I did the time before)

    9. What did you SEE on that one? (i.e. I've made a huge move to an imaginary spot I thought I saw)

    10. Did you see Anything to that one? (i.e. at least I maybe stayed the same?)
    \"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.\" -- Ralph Waldo E



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    Oh my, I've heard these sooooo many times http://www.chronofhorse.com/ubb/tongue.gif

    Don't loose you leg!

    Keep him forward!

    Gallop the line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't be scared, he has nowhere to go!

    I told you so!

    Stop crying and do it!

    I could think of so many more to [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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    My trainer's would go something like this

    "if you chip you're WALKING home"
    (said at shows)

    "would you please, please relax?"
    (before the aforementioned show)

    "Do you know what you did wrong?"
    (after messing up at the aforementioned show)

    "your horse is *such* a good boy"
    (same show, you screwed up but the horse got you around)

    "keep your eyes up!" (or you'll end up whereever it is you're looking)

    "come to that again" (meaning differently)

    "That was nice. What did you do different?" meaning remember that for next time.

    "It was a learning experience" meaning it's okay - you'll do better next time, I'm not mad at you and you shouldn't get to PO'ed at yourself.

    "i'm so PROUD of you" {hug} after you finally get that impossible thing right...

    Sarah
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    what doesn't kill you makes you stronger -
    unless it breaks your heart first



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    *My personal favorite: Lets quit with that.

    *Just how many strides did you get? How many did I tell you to get (After I leave out 2 and forget to count.....)

    *If you pick up the wrong lead again I'm going to pull you off that horse.

    *Sit still for the lead change, he's automatic.

    *Stick your chest out, shoulders back, back arched.

    *Look up!

    *Let the horse do its 50%!

    *Sit still!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *Turn your hands over, lower them, pull in your elbows, and shorten your reins.

    *Why do you always have to adjust in front of the jump?

    *You ate a big CHOCOLATE CHIP SANDWICH over that one.

    * He just laughs as I gasp over a really bad spot, usually a huge chip.

    *What happened? What can you do to fix that?

    *Fix your wraps/hairnet/bridle/girth etc.

    *Why is your tack not clean/horse not wrapped?

    Hmm there are so many more but I would hate to embarass myself further! Hehe! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]



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    Now that you've shown me how not to do it. show me how to do it the way I asked you.



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    boobs up, you both don't have to jump flat



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    Hmmm... my coach is fairly hard to please, but here are a few of the nicer things that are occasionally found to utter out of his mouth [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    -Shoulders back
    -Outside/inside leg
    -sit back
    -don't be such a city kid (aka weakling [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img])
    -you're a suck
    -toughen up!
    -no pain, no gain

    and when you do something *right*...

    -that'll do
    -good enough
    -finish off on that
    -all right, get outta here

    LOL - reading over that, it sounds like my coach is a cruel old man... really, he's not. He's super. He's just not one of those people who gives compliments when they're not due. And when you can weasel a compliment out of him, it's really rewarding!!

    Here are a few of the things he likes to say about my horse...

    -the biggest mistake of my life was letting you buy that horse (aka he wants Tequila for himself <G> )
    -he's got perfect feet!
    -Some days he really is a stubborn *!&(@#*$


    Hmmm... that's about all I can think of right now!!



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    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] Jane you are by far the coolest trainer!



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    Love your saying Jane.

    Reminds me of when I first started jumping my horse and didn't bend over enough my trainer would tell me to lean over and 'bruise your boobs' - which is another fun saying.

    ~S.
    Sarah ( & Regal)

    what doesn't kill you makes you stronger -
    unless it breaks your heart first



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    There's always the one my old (as in EX, she was bad) trainer said that all my show friends mock.

    "Soften your pelvis, open your hip. Haaands, darling, haaands."

    I don't even think she knew what she was talking about. Probably thought it mad her sound good, or something.

    ~Erin
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    \"I am fairly agile, I can bend and not break. Or I can break and take it with a smile. I am so resilient. I recover quickly. I\'ll convince you soon that I am fine.\" (\'Bend and Not Break\', DC)



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    "Don't be a bump on a log!"



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    Oh, good one, thanks Portia.

    Let's see:

    1. Inside leg, outside rein: inside leg, outside rein.

    2. Shoulders back

    3. Forward, get that horse forward!!!

    4. Relax your neck, relax your arms, relax your back, relax your legs -- now -- do it all over again!!!

    5. Don't look down, look where you're going.

    6. Forward, get that horse forward!!!

    7. Right hand down.

    8. That circle wasn't perfectly round, do it again.

    9. Forward, get that horse forward!!!

    10. Push him into the bit, get him going from behind. Use your leg.

    11. Sit deep.

    and the one I hear most often

    12. I DON'T SEE THAT HORSE ON THE BIT!!!
    Originally Posted by Alagirl
    We just love to shame poor people...when in reality, we are all just peasants.



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    LOL Jane! The very German, very male owner of our barn, a dressage master, gets his dressage students to open their chests by saying: "point your headlights left and right."
    "I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?" Dave Barry



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    my old trainer used to say..

    *EYES UP!!

    *You should always take a weapon to war even if you aren't going to use it. (it means you should always carry a crop)



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    Okay, for any of you who know Chuck, these will amuse you vastly... the rest of you might just be confused!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    Before I go in the ring for an impotant class, I always get the "you represent a nation" speech. I think it's supposed to be motivational, but it actually does something even better: it makes me laugh, and then I'm not nervous going in the ring. The speech goes as follows:

    "Emily, you represent a nation; not necessarily an English-speaking nation... not necessarily a nation with indoor plumbing... but a nation nonetheless."

    *Don't ask* [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Here are some more Chuckisms:
    ~he calls everyone "Birdie"
    ~"Too slow, Mo!"
    ~when he wants to make sure I understand something, he always says, "You know what I mean, Emily Jean?"
    ~the first jump of every course is called the "Mexican Jump"... no one is quite sure why, but that's just Chuck for ya.
    ~none of my horses actually have names... War Paint is "the paint horse", Twist is the "grey mare", and Chaska is "the bay horse"
    ~When I ride bad, he calls me "Coconut Head"
    ~If I make the same mistake too many times in a row, he writes it on my forehead in Sharpie (ie "I will not jump the high side of the Swedish oxer" was tatooed on my head in green for three whole days at Catskills one year)

    Well, I could go on for hours with Chuck's random sayings, but I think you get the point!



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    - Wait Wait Wait Wait Wait Wait Wait
    - Stop him! Stop him! I SAID STOP HIM!!!
    - You're on a horse, not a bicycle

    and,... yes, the best thing to hear -- this is when you know you've gotten 'it' :

    "Let's quit with that"



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