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    11-01-2011, 02:34 PM
  #1
Foal
Tipping over?

I've been taking barrel lessons on a handsome Arabian named CJ. During my most recent lesson, my instructor told me to try and and canter around the barrels instead of the usual jogging. Each time I've tried to do this, I've intentionally slowed CJ down because I'm afraid he's going to tip over when he goes around the barrels. I know horses have great balance, but he loses his footing a few times during each exercise and trips sometimes. I know I can't anticipate falling because then I'll never get up to a canter around these barrels...but I can't help it
I'm too gentle when I pull him around the barrels because Im afraid I'm going to pull him too hard and send him falling over...The instructor keeps telling me to yank him hard around the barrels, though.

Has anyone else experienced this fear? How did you get over it? Has anyone had a horse fall over completely when rounding the barrels?
     
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    11-01-2011, 02:38 PM
  #2
Yearling
Funny, I have this same fear when it comes to everyday riding. My one gelding has awful balance, and trips occasionally. Even when trotting, I am careful when turning. Silly though, since I know in the pasture I have seen him turn on his haunches with front feet in the air to get out of another horses way.
     
    11-01-2011, 07:32 PM
  #3
Trained
Just got to Cowgirl up. It comes with experience. Everything has a risk! The more you do it the more comfortable you'll get with it.
     
    11-01-2011, 07:55 PM
  #4
Weanling
The only way to get over this is to take a deep breath and go for it. Over time, your balance and experience will improve and the fear will probably dissipate some. However, sometimes horses do fall - you need to realize this, especially if you're planning on being involved in speed events.

If you truly are uncomfortable with riding at fast speeds and the fear doesn't ease over time (no shame in this, some people are just genuinely more cautious personalities and the fear can take the enjoyment out of the activity) you may want to consider getting involved with a riding discipline that does not have quite the same risk level involved. You are far less likely to fall, or have a falling accident, in western pleasure or hunters on the flat than you are in speed events.
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    11-01-2011, 08:07 PM
  #5
Foal
Today I had a lesson and I pretty much did what everyone recommended: I just went for it. I LOVE speed, so I knew I just had to get over that "hump." I never expressed my fear to my instructor, but today she asked me if I'd be interested in trying an 'exercise' that HER instructor used to make her do. She didn't say what the purpose of the exercise was, but it definitely got rid of all my reservations.
On the farm is a very, very big wide hill - she told me to ride up the hill as fast I felt comfortable. We ended up going into a full gallop (of course, I DID hold on for dear life for the first try) and it was EXHILARATING. After that, we ran the barrels and I didn't feel any fear :) It was awesome! If I fall, I fall...that's all there is to it! I just have to focus on the task and have fun.
Thanks for your suggestions guys!! <3
     
    11-01-2011, 09:23 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by VACowgirl    
Today I had a lesson and I pretty much did what everyone recommended: I just went for it. I LOVE speed, so I knew I just had to get over that "hump." I never expressed my fear to my instructor, but today she asked me if I'd be interested in trying an 'exercise' that HER instructor used to make her do. She didn't say what the purpose of the exercise was, but it definitely got rid of all my reservations.
On the farm is a very, very big wide hill - she told me to ride up the hill as fast I felt comfortable. We ended up going into a full gallop (of course, I DID hold on for dear life for the first try) and it was EXHILARATING. After that, we ran the barrels and I didn't feel any fear :) It was awesome! If I fall, I fall...that's all there is to it! I just have to focus on the task and have fun.
Thanks for your suggestions guys!! <3

Kind of seems like my first experience when going fast!

Back in like.. '08 I had never cantered through barrels. I've done a trot (which her trot is FASTER than most lopes/canters) but I've never done a canter. I figured I'd just go in there in do it. Well, My horse had a different idea. She decided to teach me what its like to go fast around the barrels. After that..I was TOTALLY hooked on the speed. Everytime I'm in there my adrenaline just starts to flow like crazy! And I ABSOLUTELY love it.

Actually I already knew I liked speed but the competing part just adds to it. I have a big field near my arena so I used to take my current horse and just go down the field as fast as we wanted to go. WE loved it (yes he loved it too!) It also taught me how to control my horse better since my horse gets a little out of hand when he goes fast. It taught me how to calm him down faster/better and walk him back to the arena. (Which is towards the barn so its even more difficult!
     
    11-03-2011, 11:50 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by VACowgirl    
Today I had a lesson and I pretty much did what everyone recommended: I just went for it. I LOVE speed, so I knew I just had to get over that "hump." I never expressed my fear to my instructor, but today she asked me if I'd be interested in trying an 'exercise' that HER instructor used to make her do. She didn't say what the purpose of the exercise was, but it definitely got rid of all my reservations.
On the farm is a very, very big wide hill - she told me to ride up the hill as fast I felt comfortable. We ended up going into a full gallop (of course, I DID hold on for dear life for the first try) and it was EXHILARATING. After that, we ran the barrels and I didn't feel any fear :) It was awesome! If I fall, I fall...that's all there is to it! I just have to focus on the task and have fun.
Thanks for your suggestions guys!! <3

Glad you got past your this. Now you can get more enjoyment and exhileration. Yes, sometimes horses fall, but in my experiences, it is not very common.
     
    11-03-2011, 02:29 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Thats why I ride short horses, the ground is closer
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    11-04-2011, 01:25 AM
  #9
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Originally Posted by VACowgirl    
I've been taking barrel lessons on a handsome Arabian named CJ. During my most recent lesson, my instructor told me to try and and canter around the barrels instead of the usual jogging. Each time I've tried to do this, I've intentionally slowed CJ down because I'm afraid he's going to tip over when he goes around the barrels. I know horses have great balance, but he loses his footing a few times during each exercise and trips sometimes.
If the horse is tripping that often, I wonder if he has a soundness problem like navicular....which means that falling, even when not running barrels, is a possibility. Occasional tripping is normal. Frequent tripping is a symptom of a problem, whether badly balanced feet, lack of collection, or poor ground in the arena, etc.

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I know I can't anticipate falling because then I'll never get up to a canter around these barrels...but I can't help it
Actually it is a good thing to keep in mind at higher speeds. If you don't set your horse up right for the turn, or if you lean, you can pull your horse down on top of you.


Proper riding, shoeing, veterinary care, and footing will prevent most of these accidents.

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I'm too gentle when I pull him around the barrels because Im afraid I'm going to pull him too hard and send him falling over...The instructor keeps telling me to yank him hard around the barrels, though.
Your concerns are legitimate. Your instructor's advice--to "yank"--is terrible, and amounts to bad horsemanship and frankly abuse.

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Has anyone else experienced this fear? How did you get over it? Has anyone had a horse fall over completely when rounding the barrels?
Never had one go completely down, but I've had plenty of near-misses and knee-bumps.

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Today I had a lesson and I pretty much did what everyone recommended: I just went for it. I LOVE speed, so I knew I just had to get over that "hump." I never expressed my fear to my instructor, but today she asked me if I'd be interested in trying an 'exercise' that HER instructor used to make her do. She didn't say what the purpose of the exercise was, but it definitely got rid of all my reservations.
On the farm is a very, very big wide hill - she told me to ride up the hill as fast I felt comfortable. We ended up going into a full gallop (of course, I DID hold on for dear life for the first try) and it was EXHILARATING. After that, we ran the barrels and I didn't feel any fear :) It was awesome! If I fall, I fall...that's all there is to it! I just have to focus on the task and have fun.
Thanks for your suggestions guys!! <3
This is fun. But it's also not something that should be done all the time. Teaches horses really bad habits.
     
    11-07-2011, 11:01 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by VACowgirl    
I'm too gentle when I pull him around the barrels because Im afraid I'm going to pull him too hard and send him falling over...The instructor keeps telling me to yank him hard around the barrels, though.
UHHH.
If your instructor is telling you that, she is teaching you wrong......
Kinda scares me.
     

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