Just like the old days.....

Discussion in 'Horse Riding' started by Zahira, May 19, 2003.

  1. Zahira

    Zahira Well-known Member

    As usual on Saturday i went to go for my ride, planning my ride before, yep i will work on this and this, and if he does this i will attempt this.....

    Anyway on my way over to Riverside PC, I noticed a lot of floats, there must have been a rally on or something, and not a lot more room for me to ride.....Okay i will go out on the sand tracks...

    Well along the sand tracks i thought to myself 'Wonder what else is out here?'....'I think i might explore...' So off i went looking around through creeks, through bush, over open grassed areas, through the mud....etc, etc, etc. I tell you it felt great, reminded me of the old days and just jumping on your horse and exploring, nothing to worry about.

    I know it may sound silly to some of you, but to me it was a wake up to. You can sometimes forget that there is more to riding your horse and only training. Jonty loved it too, this was a great bonding experience, just him and me. (i admit it too, i was chatting away to him!) hehehe

    Also found some great creeks that looked like water jumps/complexes.... for the long eared dumb blood baby to build her confidence up on.

  2. The Old Grey Mare

    The Old Grey Mare Active Member

    sounds like a great day out. it is nice to go for a ride purely for fun & just enjoy being outdoors & with the one you love (your horse).....
  3. dressage2003

    dressage2003 New Member

    Im with you there!! You really do get caught up in all the training when you are always working towards that next competition or clinic or whatever.
    You dont always realise just how beneficial it for both you and the horses just to go for a plonky around the bush and not have to strain the brain.
    You made me think about my 1st horse and all the adventures we used to have.
  4. Denny

    Denny Well-known Member

    Sounds like a great ride!!!! We all need time out from continual training like that sometimes...

    I have to go to Sydney latter this week, so the YDB is going to a friend's place who is a dressage/event rider to do some cross training. He's going gallopping and jumping and xcountry jumping!!! He'll have a ball! And so will my friend I think!
  5. Zahira

    Zahira Well-known Member

    He will have a ball Den!

    Yeah, the ride really made me realise that there has to be a balance between the two. We usually go down the sand tracks once or twice a week, but that is now seen as training to as we use the sand tracks as a fitness thing and this is how the horse sees it. I am now going to make an effort to at least once a week take him on a plodder/explore ride. This can not only be used as a training tool (ie relaxation and confidence in strange surroudings) but also to just chill!

    And it is great to reminise on the old days, i remember just jumping on the pony or the appy and just going for it, be gone for the entire day just riding around, finding this to jump, see if we can ride all the way into town (buying ice-cream and lollies - the nags tied up outa the front of the fish & chip/deli shop and the owners bringing out buckets of water for them) , ride to a mates house, etc, etc. And building cross-country jumps outa anything.

  6. widgelli

    widgelli Well-known Member

    We used to do this a lot , as we had a lot of hills around us on the large farm that my hubbie worked on , so it was a great training ground , as well as a terrific place just to chill out on.
    The horses loved to chase the roos if we came across any , and it would really be great fun.
    I really miss the bush rides and moving the cattle and the sheep. I think that I miss that more than the competition.

  7. Zahira

    Zahira Well-known Member

    Well if you are ever over W.A. way Jo, you are more than welcome to join me on a trail ride, there is an oldie but a special goodie horse out the back that loves a good trail ride to.

    Ness <img src=http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/div290.gif>
  8. Arnie

    Arnie Gold Member

    I loved the old days. Today I was watching two kids getting a lesson on the ponies...They both were a mixture of me when I was a young begginer...one a lil nervous but willing to do and the other a perfect lil rider that everyone talked about...As I walked away to put Arnie out and I looked at him in the eye and their voices seemed to drain away in the distance...I suddenly got real emotional and wondered how could I go from that to where I am now...weird but the old days are painful memories for me...

  9. widgelli

    widgelli Well-known Member

    Thanks for the offer Ness, and if that ever comes off I most certainly will take it up.
    I cant see me going anywhere too much for a long time , so will just have to come in here and read what you lot are all up to.

  10. beccy

    beccy Well-known Member

    up at the farm, after training, i always take the horses out the back for a play (my reward for not bucking me off) [​IMG] where they can play in the creek, up and down banks, bit of a canter up the hills, a few jumps, explore to see if any new trees have fallen down, or if any banks have come with the new rain. i dont know if i could now do just a flatwork session.

  11. Arnie

    Arnie Gold Member

    I miss those times when I used go and jump anything on my horse in the bush but soon people hated us riding in there and would put bundles of barb wire on the other side of all our little jumps so it just wasn't safe to ride there anymore...

  12. crave

    crave Well-known Member

    I suppose its the reverse for me. Thses days I only ride for pleasure and nothing else. We always explore new places and travel to different rides that I may have seen driving around. I take my 2 young daughters out on their ponies and hope that they just have the same sheer pleasure from these animals that I have had for over 35 years

  13. Naomi

    Naomi Well-known Member

    I've done my fair share of schooling, lessons and shows but with my latest horse, bushriding is just so tempting. He's not a school horse.

    We get in the arena and how can I expect him to work whole heartedly when he can tell im thinking about those grassy tracks???

    I'd much prefer to go out on a ride and work on our canter here, then our trot there. This way we are still improving, but its more fun than going around in circles. Despite what my friends think, i dont just hoon my horse! Although its good to do here and there...Why? Coz we can! hehehe

    "It is often said that if a dog is a man's best friend, then a horse is a man's best slave."

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