The Average Horse – Making You A Better Rider

Few of us get to ride that “Dream Horse.”

It comes with a with a steep price tag.  Most would get bounced out of the saddle down the first diagonal anyway.

Some are lucky to get a “Good All Around” horse, and with the right training-help they can get really nice results.

Lurking somewhere between “The Gimp”, “The Beast”, “The Blimp”, and “The Demonizer”, the rest of us get the privilege of training with something even more challenging:  “The Average horse.”

becoming a better rider

Gray Mare, looking much better than “just average” here.

The average horse does not automatically get with the training program.  It doesn’t necessarily want to work very much at all in your chosen discipline.  Of course it doesn’t easily stay forward, take instruction, remain calm, or move strong yet supple.

You ride it in a way similar to herding a toddler down the isles of Target after hours; cautiously, with lots of negotiation, ignoring anything but just the basics, and not exactly swaggering proud for being there.

Most of the time The Average Horse seems to forget the good stuff practiced during yesterday’s ride.  Only remembering  “- There was a new jacket hanging in that corner yesterday!!!”.  Or “- We take frequent walk-breaks after short bursts of lackluster work, look, here’s a break coming up right now!”

Learning to ride The Average Horse well takes a lot of work, a sense of humor, and complete ignorance of sort of piggy gaits.  Putting things together and creating something presentable is a bit more difficult.

Harder work.  Just to get a fraction of the effort back.

Sounds like the perfect recipe for creating a better rider!

Today is a day of patting your self on the back for making it to this point, wherever you are.  And a day of appreciating those moments when things come together to be half-dreamy.

riding an average horse

A day for the NOT so special horse.

Gray Mare doesn’t have that magical, Aaahcan’t-look-away-while-this-horse-trots allure to her.  Just in case anyone missed it.

This is why this is all so much more fun!  It’s an average horse.  With an average rider.  Working on making her, just a bit special.

a better trot on an average horse

Thank you for coming along with us while we geek out, train, and yes, get a little better each week.

20 thoughts on “The Average Horse – Making You A Better Rider

  1. Dream horse – $50K minimum. Good, all around horse – $10-20K. Average horse – $5-10K.

    In show jumping, being a good, all-around rider is important. They are the riders who rides a syndicate horse, only meeting the day before a horse show and having minimal get-acquainted time, practice may be twice, then ride a full schedule. My daughters have done that when they were juniors, and occasionally since with their own horses. It’s a good way to gain experience, plus to develop strong riding skills.

    Our absence is due to lots going on for us.

    Have fun with the Christmas countdown. 🙂

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    1. Definitely having fun, although busy, these days before Christmas!
      My boys last day in school today. Topped it off with working until early evening, and then a concert at my youngest’s school. Tomorrow, both seem committed to coming out to the barn, yay! Bribing with late afternoon Mexican lunch, of course. Making French Meringue in the evening.
      Few more days to go, but riding and running every day. Nothing to complain about – hoping all will line up just great for all of you as well these next several days!!

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  2. The other issue is that many of us cannot ride the ‘fancy’ horse until we’ve learned how to really ride on the average horse. I love my average horse (although I think she’s not so average and neither is yours). 🙂

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  3. I am enjoying the ride with you and the grey mare. I don’t really see that she is so average but if you insist…..you are doing a lovely job with her. If I had not have a good average horse before Biasini I would not be able to ride a horse like him. That “average” fellow took me up the levels and so many people just used to say ” oh….well he’s cute.” and that was all he was to most people. But he was a great little guy and we learned a lot together. and MOST importantly he gave me confidence. That is a key ingredient when you ride. Anyway….I look forward to your continuing journey!

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    1. Aw, thank you Anne! She IS special. To me. Each and every of hundreds of pictures of her, is the ridiculous proof. To most though, she’s just, well, cute, is the comment we get the most haha!
      That said, taking her from not really even handwalking from the ground, to trail riding, a little jumping, and the basics of dressage has been a fabulous blast. Mostly just because it’s been so ridiculously difficult.
      Lately we’ve had some comments that her trot is looking really nice. SO rewarding! Can’t wait to see what we’ll do together this year. I have no idea how to truly “make” a second level horse. But we’re going to try!

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  4. Ooo, I love this post! It’s so true that riding less than perfect horses forces us to improve. Which only feels fair and right, because I’m kind of less than perfect myself, and truly appreciate a forgiving horse. Thanks for an awesome post!

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    1. Humbly accepting your appreciation for this! Thank you!
      I don’t think we’ll ever be perfect. And neither will our horses. Beautiful when it all works out so we can grow together, while also having fun, right!?
      Enjoy! And thank you so much for stopping by and joining the blog!

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        1. I saw your last post. Finding a good companion again is not easy. Sometimes SO much harder when we’ve got something to compare it too…
          Hoping 2018 will bring something neat for you!!
          God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

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    1. Aw, thank you Alexis!! Miss you too!
      Telling you, there’s been SO much more running going on. Joints are not entirely happy about this, so hurry up and come out again before I’m laid up with injury again 🙂 Next race, January 6th, Roseville.

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