Sounds weird eh? I mean we all know that riding is fun, that's why we do it, right?  I love my Maggie, always have.  I've had her for 5 1/2 years.  She's had some 'training issues' during that time.  Okay, when I first got her, you picked up the reins and she'd start kicking and bucking.  She actually has a move called the Maggie, it's a buck, leap, rear sort of thing.  She's willful.  She had some really bad training early on, I got her as a 5 year old.  Anyway, we'd made some progress when we started training with my current trainer, Jen.  And we worked and worked.  Finally, in August last year, she said okay, let's make a deal.  I had to go off and work on me (I'm fat, let's not pussy foot around here), and she'd train my horse. 

 

Fast forward... I've been able to ride her a bit in 2012, now I'm back in the saddle twice a week.  And holy crap, it's a hoot!  No fighting and nagging and pushing and prodding ...  I just LOVE riding this horse!  I know she's not perfect, she never will be, and she will always have ... tendencies, I can deal with that.  But it's FUN riding again.  I have better control of my own body thanks to the gym, and she's more responsive.

 

I am so thankful.  So very thankful for Jen.  I have a lovely horse who I enjoy greatly. 

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Comment by Jackie Cochran on February 26, 2012 at 11:22am

Stay on your horses' backs, ladies.

Isn't progress wonderful!  I'm lucky, my horses did not do those antics, I don't know if I could have stayed on.

Comment by MagsNMe on February 25, 2012 at 10:14pm
Maggie isn't quite that predictable in her sillies. She basically says NO. She learned when she was very young that she could scare people and get them off. And since she's kinda lazy...she uses it!!! Oh but she moves like an angel and jumps like the Cor de la Bryere great great grandaughter she is. Love is not sensible!

You keep yourself safe on those spring rides missy! And tell him to cut that out!
Comment by Marlene Thoms on February 25, 2012 at 10:03pm

Yes, my guy has that little buckie-rearie tendency for the first couple of rides after an extended vacation like winter. Those first few spring rides are, well interesting. A little like riding a coiled spring, which I am trying to prevent from suddenly going into BOING mode. Then he will stop. Just stop. And I know he is thinking,  I could ditch her right now, or I could maybe not. Hmmm. My goal is just to get past those first spring rides of freshness, and then keep him riding often enough that we don't have to deal with it.Then we are having fun.I'm glad you are having happier rides with Mags now. Keep safe.

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