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post #1 of 13 Old 09-27-2011, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Nervous about trotting

So I've been riding about 2-3 years but then had a 9 month break and its time to get back in the saddle for me. I've been doing walking for a while, taking my time but the horse Im used to riding is a 15.3 standardbred and I'm not allowed to ride him now because he stumbles too much.
And now Im buying my own horse, he's 16.1hh thoroughbred and im hoping to do some trotting tomorrow. But I'm worried about it because i've only trotted once since last year and that was in a stock saddle which kept me in and on a 15.1hh. The thoroughbred is pretty lazy but im a bit worried about trotting in a wintec 2000, has anyone got any tips. I know the best thing is to stay relaxed. But is there anything else I can do? I really want to start getting back into doing things like trotting and cantering etc, I just need a boost in my confidence of restarting.

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-27-2011, 09:39 AM
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Let me say this. I had a break of over 10 years in riding still I was able to trot as long as I started over. It's like riding a bike - your muscles remember. Be prepared for some pain afterwords though (if you'll ride too much). :)
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I bought a TN walker, so don't have to worry about trotting, Hated it. I could get my appy into a smooth slow lope, can't really see any useful reason to trot, seams like too much work to me.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-27-2011, 10:01 AM
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Don't rush yourself, if you're not happy don't do it is best advice. Things come with time, and if you don't feel too sure about trotting the TB, don't worry about it! Wintecs are generally very comfy saddles, I bought a second hand one as my mare is changing shape at the moment.

Just make it an aim. Say, you ride this horse, you do figures in the school, increase the walking pace, decrease it. And do lots of halting. I find this settles down my nervous riders who are just that wee bit worried about going up a pace. If you can stop, halt, slow down, speed up, you can stop if you feel unhappy and nervous in a trot.

But take your time, the horse will wait for you too :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-27-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys. I really want to start trotting, Im just worried that I wont remember how to trot or canter or that I will just randomly fall off. I've been doing walking on the thoroughbred for about 2 weeks now and its been good, he halts really easily and sometimes needs a kick to even start walking, i'm just hoping that I don't forget how to trot and end up making the horse canter instead and forgetting how to canter and falling off :/ that's my worst fear lol

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Update: I rode mustard today and did some trotting in the tiny cattle yard, it's so small that it was awkward to trot but I did a few times and it felt great, though as someone said to me once I defiently felt like a sack of potatoes up their. Then we went to their arena and I have a massive fear of riding horses in large areas that im still trying to get over. It all started when I was walking my friends horse and he suddenly began cantering and wouldnt stop, so I kinda got nervous in there so I ended up jumping off as he wanted to go faster then a walk and me pulling back the reins revved him up a little(not really revved, if you know what I mean) but I got off and just started walking around the arena with him which made me feel better, then when my friend finished we went back to the little yards and I went back to the tiny cattle yard and did a tiny bit more trotting then finished up.So I think I need to work on my fear of open spaces..

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Well done you though!! Try singing, it'll make you take deeper breaths to relax, and give you something else to concentrate on. I have a fear of hacking out, so you can hear me singing all over the place and I swear it really helps! But you got more than what you wanted to achieve in the first place, and a bit more... was the canter smooth? ;) I'll never forget my dad's horse tanking off with me... I fell, but all I could remember was how smooth it was!

Also, when in open spaces try using circles if you feel he's going too fast. Just turn him on a quick 10m circle. It'll give you chance to calm down and assess the situation.
Good luck and keep updating! :)
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Update: I rode mustard today and did some trotting in the tiny cattle yard, it's so small that it was awkward to trot but I did a few times and it felt great, though as someone said to me once I defiently felt like a sack of potatoes up their. Then we went to their arena and I have a massive fear of riding horses in large areas that im still trying to get over. It all started when I was walking my friends horse and he suddenly began cantering and wouldnt stop, so I kinda got nervous in there so I ended up jumping off as he wanted to go faster then a walk and me pulling back the reins revved him up a little(not really revved, if you know what I mean) but I got off and just started walking around the arena with him which made me feel better, then when my friend finished we went back to the little yards and I went back to the tiny cattle yard and did a tiny bit more trotting then finished up.So I think I need to work on my fear of open spaces..
Sounds great! Just keep working on trot/canter. It'll all come back in no time. Good luck!
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Thanks I had a bad day today, rode a horse at my pony club and it was great, was getting used to trotting again, then I got on my own horse, total different environment, bigger arena and it was a disaster :/
I tried to trot but kept getting nervous and even yanked on his mouth once which I felt awful about. Im never rough with my hands, I always use my body language so I felt so bad but bless his heart he forgave me and it got better after that.

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