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"Shut up and ride" I get it now!

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  • #41
    As a long time western trail rider, I can assure you that under trail riding circumstances, there is no deep, intrinsic meaning behind the t-shirt with the saying on it. It means exactly what it says, and is usually worn by someone who doesn't want to spend the day listening to someone else in the group running their mouth ad infinitum about crap no one wants to hear about. It is also the last attempt to convey the message to the anyone before the t-shirt wearer gets ticked off enough to get in someone's face about it, or drop the offender from any future trail riding. For whatever reason, they just don't want to hear the crap, so shut the h*ll up and ride. Whatever else you want to glean from that is up your own personal alley, not theirs. I will say, that if you see it at a western event, it may be because their good western shirt/t-shirt is in the wash, but it still means what it says anyway.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

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    • #42
      Originally posted by ThreeFigs View Post
      "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar". And sometimes "Shut up and ride" means just that.

      OK, I just spewed my wine all over my keyboard. Which is a waste of wine, but nevertheless, thanks for the concise summation, Three Figs.
      They don't call me frugal for nothing.
      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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      • #43
        You're welcome. Sorry about the wine.

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        • #44
          Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
          That's not the epiphany I got from Rick's explanation. I guess a thread can easily take on a life of its own. Personally I see that some people work things out verbally and others do not. When I see/hear someone constantly talking in that way while riding I assume they're processing something -like nerves. I would never tell them to STHU and ride. It might make the ride quieter, but IMO, it didn't help them with their issues.

          This thread wasn't meant to be about people who talk too much, people who have too much theory but no seat time, etc. It was simply about my finally understanding the rationale behind the sentiment and sharing it with others who might have the same issues with processing figurative speech.

          Paula
          Well what ever you meant, I took it literally.

          And yes, after 6 years with riding with her, almost every weekend lots of camping trips and her going through good horse like toilet tissue, and when you say "Personally I see that some people work things out verbally and others do not. When I see/hear someone constantly talking in that way while riding I assume they're processing something -like nerves." well, she has had many years to work through whatever it is that she was "processing".

          But you are welcome to assume away, she talked the. entire. trial. ride. For hours, nagging nagging the poor horses. Hollering while going down the trail. Just no fun, so I told her to just stop talking and ride and after that I just stopped trail riding with her. Though that trail ride was actually a nice one, and her horse wasn't so nervous one the chatter and picking stopped.
          I want a signature but I have nothing original to say except: "STHU and RIDE!!!

          Wonderful COTHER's I've met: belleellis, stefffic, snkstacres and janedoe726.

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            #45
            Went out and rode today. My first CCWC (Carroll County Western Circuit) show -barrels, plug, poles, versatility and figure 8. It was the first time for Fella too. He did very well, fun was had by all.

            Paula
            He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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            • #46
              Originally posted by frugalannie View Post
              OK, I just spewed my wine all over my keyboard. Which is a waste of wine, but nevertheless, thanks for the concise summation, Three Figs.
              I just snorted Bud through my nose S'Okay - it was warm and cheap-18 oz. for $1. WOOT.

              3F, thumbs up.

              ETA: Paula, I'm glad you had a great day. Thumbs up to you, too

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              • #47
                Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
                Went out and rode today. My first CCWC (Carroll County Western Circuit) show -barrels, plug, poles, versatility and figure 8. It was the first time for Fella too. He did very well, fun was had by all.

                Paula
                How about that.

                Hope you and your horse had a great time there, even if you had to quit talking.

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                • #48
                  I love the expression, "Shut Up And Ride", but too many people take it the wrong way so you have to be careful about to whom and how you say it.

                  It's kinda like, "Hang Ten" to surfers, or "Break A Leg" to thespians. Basically, let's go and stop waisting time with the chit-chat.

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                  • #49
                    There is a horsey page on FB that features merchandise with the saying "Ride like you mean it". Along these same lines. What a light bulb moment that was for me. I never knew when to apply all the things I've learned and once applied, if they didn't work I didn't know what to do. I was often confused and disappointed in myself and in my horse.

                    Then last time I rode, I rode like I meant it. The response I got back was "I don't know what a half halt means". I was stunned. I thought all horses knew that and that I was not catching on. So instead of putting up with his jiggy walk and ineffective half halts, I went to complete halts. Gently but firmly. Then walk off. If he started to get jiggy again...he did...another halt. By the time we were done he was keeping his relaxed walk longer and *beginning* to be sensitive to a half halt.

                    Instead of whining "why is he DOING this" I shut up and rode like I meant it. I felt strong, confident and in charge. It was great!
                    Ride like you mean it.

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                    • #50
                      Originally posted by ezduzit View Post
                      There is a horsey page on FB that features merchandise with the saying "Ride like you mean it". Along these same lines. What a light bulb moment that was for me. I never knew when to apply all the things I've learned and once applied, if they didn't work I didn't know what to do. I was often confused and disappointed in myself and in my horse.

                      Then last time I rode, I rode like I meant it. The response I got back was "I don't know what a half halt means". I was stunned. I thought all horses knew that and that I was not catching on. So instead of putting up with his jiggy walk and ineffective half halts, I went to complete halts. Gently but firmly. Then walk off. If he started to get jiggy again...he did...another halt. By the time we were done he was keeping his relaxed walk longer and *beginning* to be sensitive to a half halt.

                      Instead of whining "why is he DOING this" I shut up and rode like I meant it. I felt strong, confident and in charge. It was great!
                      I wonder, how long have you been riding?

                      I think that those that start riding when very young just ride and then it comes naturally.
                      Even if they never learn the technical aspects of riding, even if they don't even know what leads are, they still can get a horse to do so much, because they have "just ridden" and made it work, whatever way it was working, even on the wrong lead.
                      Add some education to that and the sky is the limit, or we are ourselves if it comes to that.

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                      • #51
                        I've always assumed the "shut up and ride" phrase was about the same as "just do it".
                        Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.

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                          #52
                          Oh my goodness, last night I was just stupid-tired. Our debut was brilliant. Funny thing about shut up and ride; I talk alot, like all the time. Except yesterday when I was warming up, thinking about my patterns, etc. I didn't talk at all. In fact other people's chatter got on my nerves. Isn't that funny? Of all the people to be put off by chatter I wouldn't have expected it to be me. Of course when were were done I was right back to my talkative self. So how's that?

                          Gestalt, "just do it" was another of those phrases that held no meaning for me beyond a Nike ad. Now I understand it. But, as a few of us were saying earlier, some of us are just literal.

                          Paula
                          He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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                          • #53
                            A couple of years. I started when I was 30...just trail riding; or, "slopping down the road" as I called it. Then I went to a carriage showing career. So when I started riding again over 30 years later, I could stay on a horse (most of the time ;-) ) but hadn't a clue how to ride "right" or make my horse show off his show gaits. I consider myself a beginner when it comes to equitation.

                            Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                            I wonder, how long have you been riding?

                            I think that those that start riding when very young just ride and then it comes naturally.
                            Even if they never learn the technical aspects of riding, even if they don't even know what leads are, they still can get a horse to do so much, because they have "just ridden" and made it work, whatever way it was working, even on the wrong lead.
                            Add some education to that and the sky is the limit, or we are ourselves if it comes to that.
                            Ride like you mean it.

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                            • #54
                              Originally posted by ezduzit View Post
                              A couple of years. I started when I was 30...just trail riding; or, "slopping down the road" as I called it. Then I went to a carriage showing career. So when I started riding again over 30 years later, I could stay on a horse (most of the time ;-) ) but hadn't a clue how to ride "right" or make my horse show off his show gaits. I consider myself a beginner when it comes to equitation.
                              It is much easier to acquire motor memory when very young.
                              Later, it takes more work, more practice and the right kind of practice to become good at anything physical, as we are not growing new paths, but fighting old ones also.

                              That doesn't mean we can't do much, it is maybe thru other ways than the real simple "just ride", although that is of course part of that learning curve also.

                              When learning to become a serious, professional riding instructor, we had kids camps and the kids learned so much in a handful of days, it was incredible.

                              I wish we had camps for adults also.
                              I think it would have been very interesting what differences there were in the teaching and learning and how best to advance with adult students in that setting.
                              The problem, few adults then could take a whole week from life, family and work, to participate in such camps.
                              Today life is somewhat different and more adults may just be able to manage that.

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                              • #55
                                "Shut up and ride!"

                                Translated could mean:

                                1. Stop posting and reading on an internet BB and GET OUT AND RIDE.

                                2. Stop saying "I want to do this discipline. I want to do that discipline." all teh while collecting 10 saddles for one horse that you never ride. You have to ride to learn ANY discipline well.

                                3. Stop auditing clinics and ride in them instead.

                                4. Stop making excuses for yourself, your horse, your barn, your tack, your arena, your trails or a lack of arena or trails.

                                5. When the horse gives you what you ask, leave him alone. Is he going well on the buckle down the long side? JUST RIDE!!! Stop nagging him.

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                                • #56
                                  Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                  I wonder, how long have you been riding?

                                  I think that those that start riding when very young just ride and then it comes naturally.
                                  Even if they never learn the technical aspects of riding, even if they don't even know what leads are, they still can get a horse to do so much, because they have "just ridden" and made it work, whatever way it was working, even on the wrong lead.
                                  Add some education to that and the sky is the limit, or we are ourselves if it comes to that.
                                  I rode and had my own horses growing up, but never took a lesson. Once I was an adult and started taking lessons, suddenly I felt like I couldn't ride anymore. I literally went so far backwards I lost all confidence and natural feel and went through a couple or more years of crazy ANALlitical time-wasting . It didn't help that I had the wrong horses....but it took me years to get out of that rut.

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                                  • #57
                                    Originally posted by AlterN8tive View Post
                                    "Shut up and ride!"

                                    Translated could mean:

                                    1. Stop posting and reading on an internet BB and GET OUT AND RIDE.

                                    2. Stop saying "I want to do this discipline. I want to do that discipline." all teh while collecting 10 saddles for one horse that you never ride. You have to ride to learn ANY discipline well.

                                    3. Stop auditing clinics and ride in them instead.

                                    4. Stop making excuses for yourself, your horse, your barn, your tack, your arena, your trails or a lack of arena or trails.

                                    5. When the horse gives you what you ask, leave him alone. Is he going well on the buckle down the long side? JUST RIDE!!! Stop nagging him.
                                    I like this description. For myself, I often think of it like "sit up and ride" but when thinking of others, I think I'd go with "shut up and ride!" (especially point 1 above) This phrase is about the mentality of riding (for me, anyway) - I need a good warmup before I'm mentally in the game and when I am, my rides are so much better. It is about focus, determination, plugging your ass into the saddle and doing it (whatever IT is for you). Heck, some days it is about just riding if I'm tired or not feeling it. Stop making excuses and just DO IT already, PoPo. Or some days it is about being firmer and clearer in my expectations so that I don't say, "well, that was good enough, I guess." Some days it is about "puckering up" and riding by sucking my butt cheeks into the saddle if it is a particularly spooky-ride type of day.

                                    Actually, sometimes the opposite of shutting up works - especially in jumping lessons, I've had my instructor purposefully make me answer questions as I'm riding to a jump in order to take my mind off whatever it is that is making me ride like an idiot and let my body just take over.

                                    I don't think anyone has ever told me to shut up, because I'm not much of a talker to begin with!
                                    "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran

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