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post #11 of 12 Old 01-28-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys so much. She rides English and we put her on different horses. We have a total of 34 school horses, probably about 12 of which are appropriate for her right now. I rotate them because each one has something to teach her. Coming up with goals is a great idea, thank you so much.

If you guys could check out my latest question, that would be great. I have been challenged with another girl with asperger's and although I know her well, I am not trained to do this more than as a volunteer at a hippotherapy place. I am just the only trainer in our barn with the patience and, to be honest, I'm the only one who will say yes to helping. Thanks again.
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-28-2013, 01:48 PM
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I had a TON of anxiety as a new re-rider, to the point I couldn't pick feet, trotting scared me, heck everything scared me. When I was in group lessons, I spent most of my lesson sitting in the middle watching the others ride - zero progress. My instructor had me move to private lessons, and every time I got scared or nervous, she would ask me what exactly was I worried would happen? Then she'd teach how to deal with whatever I was nervous about.

People with anxiety are big on "what if's", there's no changing that. It's a way of thinking that is deeply engrained. By giving the student a toolbox to deal with the scary situations, she'll gain confidence in her riding. Instead of "omg what if ___ happens, what will I do????", she thinks "if ____ happens, I'll do _____".
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