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Redux out of the past -- that special feeling

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  • Redux out of the past -- that special feeling

    I'm old now, in my 60's. My ambitions are gone. I ride at a local stable for the exercise.

    I'm currently riding a 14 hand Fjord pony whose usual gig is trotting in circles with kids on his back, mostly ignoring their flailing legs and jabby hands. He's pretty good at ignoring anything that comes from the saddle.

    I've been riding him 2X week for about a year now. A few weeks ago, we began working on his canter transitions, making him step thru from behind, something he hasn't done in years. And last time out, we began work on half pass.

    No one else but you folks would understand the lovely feeling of getting on a horse that used to say, "You again? Puleeze. Leave me alone." and now says "Hello? What would you like me to try today?"

    I remember when I got him to stretch FDO. Such a accomplishment, and yet I immediately reversed myself thinking, "Oh, no, he's going to do this with some kid, and they're going to punish the heck out of his mouth "correcting him". " I had the same thoughts sharpening him to the leg aids. So satisfying when he heard the slighter pressures and responded, and yet you know that may make him a harder ride for the youngsters.

    Of course, the good news is, horses know who is riding them. He can continue to ignore the mish mosh of confusion coming from the saddle with the kids on board, and still pay attention on our days.

    It really feels good to improve on something.

  • #2
    I'll bet he's tickled to be doing something new and challenging with you. Huge props for 'sensitizing' a hardened kids pony, that's quite an accomplishment! He'll be looking forward to your rides for sure. These fellows are so intelligent but often sooo.. bored.

    You guys have your own personal gig going on now. Sweet!
    One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
    William Shakespeare


    • #3
      I agree. Congratulations and kudos for taking a school pony and making him remember that he has so much more to offer and enjoy. I love ponies and at 56 am looking at my last hurrah with my home bred 14.2 hand welsh cob. It's truthfully the journey and those light bulb moments that make the thrill still palpable. I sometimes wonder where I'll go from here but I also love competitive trail so once I'm done with dressage, I hope I still can have those great moments where the light bulb for one or both gets to go off. You are an inspiration.
      Ranch of Last Resort


      • #4
        I’m 62 and my husband recently asked if I ever imagined I’d still be showing at that age. My biggest change is that I always use a mounting block. I’m a little creakier but nothing serious.

        I envy you your pony, he sounds like a blast!


        • #5
          Originally posted by aregard View Post
          I'm old now, in my 60's. My ambitions are gone....

          It really feels good to improve on something.
          I prefer to think of it as, "I'm content with my accomplishments." Glad you are enjoying the little guy.


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            I'm always amazed at how good a horse's memory is. I ride school horses and they all remember me because I always take time to introduce myself and rub their favourite spots before I ride them. It feeds through into how hard they are willing to work for me, achieving rythmn, impulsion, balance, straightness and even contact which is pretty amazing when children have previously been bouncing around on them. Their brains switch on and they seem to enjoy the work, apparent in their demeanour. It is very rewarding for us both.

            How lovely OP, to have that connection with the horse!
            "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths


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              Originally posted by Willesdon View Post
              I'm always amazed at how good a horse's memory is. I ride school horses and they all remember me because I always take time to introduce myself and rub their favourite spots before I ride them. It feeds through into how hard they are willing to work for me, achieving rythmn, impulsion, balance, straightness and even contact which is pretty amazing when children have previously been bouncing around on them. Their brains switch on and they seem to enjoy the work, apparent in their demeanour. It is very rewarding for us both.

              How lovely OP, to have that connection with the horse!
              Oh, yes. I almost never bring treats, because these ponies don't need any encouragement to nip. But I do know mr. Fjord loves to have the insides of his ears brushed, and I'm sure none of the kids do that for him. Maybe that's another reason he's predisposed to be a nice ride.