Trainer who had never seen me ride before had me put on inch long spurs. I was a little nervous because I'd never worn spurs before and so was being cautious using my leg. Trainer's advice? "Punch a hole in his ribs with them!"
Not a trainer, a veterinarian.... chemical fly sprays cause mad cow disease.
Actually, Jane Honda, there is a subset if European riders that purposely post on the wrong diaganol, particularly on a green horse... somerhing about making the horse step through with it's inside hind...
And back on the 80s I was told that if an event ridercame to look at a sale horse I must hose it off starting with the feet first or they would think I didn't know anything... same reason. they'll foundr...
I just have to keep coming back to this thread, it's fabulous!! a place i used to ride at, one time i was in the outdoor riding, and personally witnessed a person (adult) get off her lovely horse, and proceed to whip it viciously in the chest, legs, and face until the mare reared up and flipped over backwards - onto her western saddle. after watching this once or twice, I went over and asked what she was doing, and why. Her answer? It will make the horse respect me when I ask her to do something.
I had just moved to my trainer's trainer's barn, because my horse was difficult, and he might have been more help when it came time to sell him.
I was walking into the barn,and he says,"I can always tell a rider by the way they walk. And you're not one."
I was a grown woman of about 45 or so. Why didn't I tell him where to get off? I know I would now.
Not from a trainer but from a 16 year old "wanna-be trainer" who is leasing her horse to one of my riders and came to visit.
"You should try skipping Belle, she knows how to skip"
I asked her what she meant.
"You know,....skipping. Like they do in dressage where they change leads every two strides."
I stifled a laugh and asked if she meant a two-tempi.
"No, they call it skipping in dressage."
After having her hang out at the barn for a little while, I have come to realize that she is a know it all that doesn't like to admit that she doesn't know things and doesn't like to admit that she is wrong.
She also had a little bag of stuff that she brought with her and in it was a copy of George Morris' Hunter Seat Equitation. I casually mentioned the book and she proceeded to tell me that it was a rare book and incredibly hard to find.
Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. Bernard M. Baruch
You know, McVilles Mom, it really does have a way of working sometimes! If nothing else it takes the pressure off of overthinking your distance. God bless him, I miss that particular trainer so very much. No one else makes me feel that brave (or crazy? )
"You look like a crow on a garbage can."
"You look like a monkey in a banana tree."
"Be proud your boozies! Boozie up"! (Boozie was his version of "bosom")
[B]"Seet on your Poooozie!" [/B](I was a naive kid and had no idea what a "Poooozie" was until many years later, when I realized what exactly he was saying...)
And one day it just hit you, in the middle of raking the yard or something, like OH MY GOD he was telling me to sit on my P*s*y! LoL!!
Along those same lines....One of my old trainers(back when I used to show, I must've been 12/13 ish) used to tell me I would never keep a man if I didn't learn how to ley my hips follow the motion. Pigs, I tell ya.
My current trainer comes out with some great sayings. Keeps me smiling and if I laugh she knows Im breathing!
My favourite so far was from early on in riding career.
I used to hold my hands right down by the pommel, was a bad habit which she quickly stopped by saying,
"Are you holding a cat up there? No? Well stop stroking your pussy!"
And on the no breathing comments, I find if I am concentrating on bend or leg yield, or while Im doing a round of SJing, I hold my breath.
My trainer gets me to sing nursery rhymes, something with a consistent beat, at different times throughout my lessons. Then she knows Im breathing, not too puffed, relaxing more(cos it usually makes you smile) and the consistent beat helps with rhythm in trot.
I overheard this at the warmup arena at a local dressage schooling show where I was watching a friend warm up her new horse I hadn't seen yet. Her "coach" was giving her some pointers and as being friendly with me. As they were warming up his medium trot, she praised my friend, and then turned to me and said something to the effect of, "He's such a good boy. He's finally learning to flip his toes up." It took everything I had not to actually drop my jaw.