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        06-26-2009, 02:45 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I agree with everyone else in the advice they have given you for dealing with a scary situation like that. I'm sorry you had to experience that as a beginner. It's always scary for everyone. The most important thing is to not panic. The horse, who is obviously already scared, will feed off of it and it will make the situation worse. I know it is completely against human instinct but you can train yourself to do that.

    I think it was VERY irresponsible for your trainer to put you on a horse that is so green. You may be able to w/t/c on schoolmasters but being on a green horse is a whole new ballgame.

    Again, sorry it happened to you. Hope you can knock some sense into your coach
         
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        06-26-2009, 05:05 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I was always taught to cross one rein over and pull as hard as possible on it, or to just take one rein and give it a good hard jab and release once the horse has completely stopped.

    On your trainer's part, however, that was completely irresponsible of her to put you on a green horse at your level (walk-trot-canter). You need to have a strong handle on all three gaits, some jumping, and handling difficult situations before even considering getting on a green horse, let alone an OTTB!

    Please either talk to your current trainer or find a new trainer who will not push you past your abilities. That situation was NOT your fault at all!
         
        06-26-2009, 07:53 PM
      #13
    Bia
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by barefoot    
    Sit up and keep your legs still. The big thing on a green horse, though you shouldn't be riding one, is to keep your entire body very still. Sudden movements, as minimal as they are, can scare even a trained horse, depending. Your instructor doesn't really seem very smart having you ride a green horse off the lunge line. Very dangerous at your level. Not to mention it isn't boosting your confidence at all, probably lowering it. And will make you more scared in the long run. My advice, find a new instructor that has patience for a rider at your level.

    It has lowered my confidence a lot. My first fall off one of her horses was my first ever fall and now I'm sort of afraid to ride him. I'm starting to become afraid of horses in general now and I don't want to be this way at all. My parents expect me to be into this since that's all I usually talk about is horses but now the falling off thing is really starting to lower my confidence and scare me. I'm even starting to wonder if I can ride the other horses at the other barn I rode at before. That's the place where I could trot and canter perfectly with no problem. I was there for a couple months and never had any problems there. Now at the new stable where I also work I'm tense all the time now. I'm even starting to hate going there. But I really can't get out of this horse riding thing. I'll disappoint my family and my friend who will probably call me a chicken. She's never fallen off so she doesn't have a clue of what its like. The horses at this barn are just too hard for me to handle at my level but I really don't want to back down in fear of disappointing everyone.

    I'll try to sit up next time. This lesson and my last I had fallen off so I can only imagine what will happen at my next lesson. Probably another fall. When they bolt or break into an unexpected canter I freeze on them and curl up. It's really annoying.
         
        06-26-2009, 07:55 PM
      #14
    Bia
    Foal
    Thanks for everyones advice and support in letting me know it wasn't my fault. It really helps with my nerves right now.
         
        06-26-2009, 08:32 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I'm so sorry you have lost confidence, that was very irresponsible of the instructor and I would find a new one asap. If you can find a good broke horse that you can build your confidence up on that would be great.
         
        06-26-2009, 09:27 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Were you on a green horse at the last lesson where you fell as well? It's just unacceptable for an instructor to put beginners on green horses like that.

    I really hope you don't lose interest in riding! Keep your head up!

    Is it possible to go back to the last barn?
         
        06-26-2009, 09:47 PM
      #17
    Bia
    Foal
    Well the other horse has had more training but he likes to go his own way sometimes and likes to go into a canter and won't listen to my commands to stop, leading me to fall off last time. I was on the lunge line then too but my instructor wanted me to "learn to control the horse better" so she didn't help stop him.

    I can't go back there until the fall because the riding instructor has her own camp she's busy with and her shows she does during the summer. Plus, now that I'm riding at the place where I've fallen twice, my parents don't want to pay the 15 dollars a lesson for the other barn I loved. They'd rather have me work off my lessons which I understand but for all of the things I do there I don't feel I'm getting the quality lesson I deserve.
         
        06-26-2009, 09:52 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Have you tried talking to your parents the way you're talking to us? Maybe let them read this thread so they can understand that a beginner shouldn't be forced to ride advanced horses?

    I hope they are open to your concerns!
         
        06-26-2009, 09:57 PM
      #19
    Bia
    Foal
    My parents are more concerned about their money than anything else. My dad said once I got into riding or started at a place I had to stick with it. Plus he paid for my half chaps, boots, helmet and none of that was cheap. By working off my lessons now I've gotten more respect around the house but I cannot tell my parents I want to back out on this instructor. She was fun in the beginning but now it's getting really old and I'm starting to see how much of a danger it is to be there, me being a beginner and inexperienced. If I tell my parents I want to stop working and riding there, I can almost guarantee they will freak out on me and tell everyone their daughter is a chicken and at family meetings they will bring it up and say "Oh yeah well you didn't want to stick with it, how do we know you'll ever stick to anything?" Or when I try to do something else, this will come into play.
         
        06-27-2009, 12:33 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bia    
    My parents are more concerned about their money than anything else. My dad said once I got into riding or started at a place I had to stick with it. Plus he paid for my half chaps, boots, helmet and none of that was cheap. By working off my lessons now I've gotten more respect around the house but I cannot tell my parents I want to back out on this instructor. She was fun in the beginning but now it's getting really old and I'm starting to see how much of a danger it is to be there, me being a beginner and inexperienced. If I tell my parents I want to stop working and riding there, I can almost guarantee they will freak out on me and tell everyone their daughter is a chicken and at family meetings they will bring it up and say "Oh yeah well you didn't want to stick with it, how do we know you'll ever stick to anything?" Or when I try to do something else, this will come into play.
    That's downright awful your parents won't listen to you even when your safety is at stake. I'm really sorry to hear that. What if you offered to work off lessons at another barn? Even the barn you were at before? Are there more than two near you? I think if you told them it's not working out at the place you're at, but you want to find something else (or already did without telling them) maybe they'll be more willing to listen?

    BTW, sorry if my first post came off like I was more worried about the horse's training than your safety... that's not what I meant, I just wanted to point out that too. I just went back and read it and thought yikes :X.

    Keep us posted... it's a tricky situation you're in, but honestly staying away from this instructor (as she's clearly not willing to take the time to work with you in the beginning stages of your learning) would be the ultimate best for your health and safety, and future love of horses, even at the derision and scorn of your family. Much better that YOU stay intact mentally and physically and able to pick horses back up later when you have more leeway in how your life goes than get seriously injured or scared so bad you don't want to do it anymore now when you aren't being given a fighting chance.
         

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