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    06-27-2009, 01:02 AM
$15 a lesson is expensive? Woah! I'm paying $30, and that's the cheapest in the area!

If your safety is at stake, you really need to talk to your instructor and your parents. You are much better off learning on progressively faster horses-- not put on a green horse. Though insurance policies are pretty tight, most do not cover negligence, and your barn could be sued if she knows the horse to be dangerous.

Say that you want to 'stick with' your old barn. I'm sure that your parents would agree that a child who is flip-floppy is MUCH better than a child who is dead or stuck in a wheelchair!
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    06-27-2009, 01:49 AM
I can't believe your trainer asked you to go faster when you were going downhill - that's a really bad idea (like trying to stop a car ) . If your trainer asks you to do this again refuse ( be nice but don't do it )

If the instructor is not the owner of the barn I would suggest talking to them.
If you are being overhorsed then it is bad for you, bad for the horse, and as with the above thread a lawsuit happens it will be the owner of the barn that will take the fall, so bad for them.
    06-27-2009, 03:57 AM
That sounds horrible, what happened to you. And I must say, a VERY irrisponsable instructor!
In the long run, it would be best to go back to the barn that you KNOW is going to look after you, and that you KNOW has horses which are more suited to your level. $15 isn't that expensive, I'm paying $35 for a group lesson, and $45 for an individual. Talk to your parents, save up those $$$$ and spend your money in a place which is worthwhile and is going to ultimately nurture your riding skills/love of horses, rather than waste $15 on a lesson that's going to a) hurt your confidence and b) be potentially dangerous, and not just to you, either! It's dangerous for anyone to be placed on a horse which is outside their skill and confidence level, no matter how long they've been riding.
    06-27-2009, 08:56 AM
I wish my lessons would cost $15! I would be able to ride a few times a week. Mine cost about 38€ (group lessons) ! :(

It would really be best if you talked to your parents. It really is dangerous for a beginner to be riding green horses/ponies.
    06-27-2009, 12:24 PM
What a sticky spot to be in. It can be so difficult talking to parents who think you're just trying to get out of it (*remembers high school days*).
    06-27-2009, 01:22 PM
I was at a beginner eventing show last year. One girl's horse bolted during cross country. The rider panicked and reached forward to grab mane. In unison, about 10 trainers within earshot all yelled "sit back!" I agree with others that no way should be on a green horse. Dead broke Quarter Horse is how most people learn. I doubt you have the balance required to do a one rein stop. If do keep taking lessons on this horse, wear a grab strap (bucking strap) on the saddle so you don't have to lean forward to stay on. When he does this again, sit tall and lean slightly back, anchor your legs down like they have 2 ton weights on them, and try to bring the horse onto a circle. If you've ever had a kid on your shoulders and he leans back and suddenly feels like he weighs 100 lbs, that's the feeling you're trying to give to your horse. Good luck.
    06-29-2009, 12:28 AM
If your parents are worried about the expense now, ask them how they are going to feel about the expense from the medical bills when you get hurt.

You are in a dangerous situation. No ifs, or buts about it. You a green rider, on a green horse. Green + Green = Black and Blue. I would have a talk with your parents, and have a talk with your instructor. You are riding a different, TRAINED and SAFE horse, or you are taking your money elsewhere. (If it were me, I'd leave already. But, if your parents really want you to stay, that way would be easier to convince them)

You can't put a price on safety, and there is a more than likely chance you're going to get seriously hurt if you keep going the way you're going.

As it stands, here's a really good video explaining the one rein stop (aka the emergency brake or the "Oh s*** stop"):
    06-29-2009, 10:39 AM
I know exactly what your going through. I rode with a crazy trainer for 2 years. 2 lessons a week for 2 years and I only DIDN'T fall off 3 lessons. Truthfully, the key is going to be a really quiet horse. When I moved to my new trainer, I was clutching the reins on his well-behaved pony for dear life and was super tense. He started laughing and was like, "what are you doing? He's not going anywhere!" That was a new concept for me :)

$15 really is quite cheap (I pay $55 for a half hour private), but I understand your worries. Are there any experienced riders that you know? You need to have someone explain to your parents that changing trainers and barns is very normal. A trainer once told me that most people change trainers and/or barns about every 2 years. Not everyone does, but you being afraid of horses is just bad. The more afraid you are, the more likely you are to get hurt.

By the way, your trainers a moron, just thought I'd add that.

You have to talk to your trainer. It's really scary, I no. I used to cry before I talked to them because I was so worried they would think I was a baby or a wimp, but its necessary. Ask her if you can go back to the basics. Tell her that the falls have effected your confidence and you want to get it back up high so you can move forward in the sport. The trainer will respect you for being honest and will understand that falling can bruise more than just your butt :) everyone has been afraid after a fall, don't think you're alone. Be strong and good luck.
    06-29-2009, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
1.) A one reign stop is your answer. I've never actually used it but in my situations I wasnt able to (on a very tight trail.) I usually try to pull back, and run them into a fence.
2.) Your instructor needs some sense knocked into her.
3.) For a confidence builder, I suggest 3 nice rides on a fat slow happy pony. They helped my confidence.
4.) MAKE your parents understand this is a safety issue. You need a safer place.

Sorry I don't have a lot of words for you but I hope you are well.

Good Luck riding,
    06-29-2009, 04:46 PM
$15 is expensive to my family. I take semi-private lessons with my friend. It was originally $25 for half an hour private. This is at the old barn. The one where I'm having problems at I work off my lessons. I'll try to learn the one-rein stop. I don't know if the horses know what to do when the action is being performed though, it might spook them more. I'll see how my next lesson goes but if it's not good, I'm going to call it quits there. If my friend doesn't like it then she can keep working there and getting riding lessons. She hasn't fallen off yet because my instructor actually helps stop the horse in her lessons.

I really appreciate all of the advice you guys. I have a lot of good tips and I'm going to try to regain confidence. I'm already looking at another barn.

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