Fear on the ground - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 22 Old 07-27-2009, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 282
• Horses: 1
Fear on the ground

Whenever I'm on the ground grooming a horse I get really nervous and scared. I have no fear riding.. or anything like that.. but when it comes to having to groom and tack up, I get super freaked out. Especially brushing around the back end, and picking hooves, and doing up the girth on the saddle, walking behind the horse ect.

I'm scared I'm going to get kicked. Or in the case of doing up the girth.. bitten (Both the horses I've ridden recently nip and bite in my direction when I tighten the girth)

I don't know how to get over this..
I figured it would just go away after a while.. but its not.
cheply is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 Old 07-27-2009, 08:28 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 198
• Horses: 0
It can be a little nerve racking. (How long have you been riding?)

Just go very slowly. When girthing make sure you are out of reach, or have someone hold his/her head so he/she can't reach around and bite you. You could just walk around the front of your horse(safer anyway). If you are going to walk behind the horse make sure to put your hand on his/her rump first so he/she knows you are there, then you actually want to walk as close as you can behind them.

Most horses really liked to be groomed. So if you can think of it like you are doing something they like (like scratching their back, or brushing their face) maybe it will calm you down. Like I said, go slowly and just take it one step at a time. (It may take you longer, so you may have to get there a little earlier to get to your lesson on time). Good luck...hope this helps!
Ahsisi is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 07-27-2009, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 282
• Horses: 1
Yeah I tack up alone in a stall.. my instructor doesn't actually show up until its lesson time. So I have to walk behind the horse to get to the other side.. and I have to groom by myself >.<

I rode for about 8 months when I was 13
and now I am 19 and I have had 6 or 7 lessons... so about a month of riding.

I figured they like being groomed too..
until after my last lesson Hailey (the horse I ride) lifted her foot and made a little kick at me when I was using the curry comb on her... I thought it was very wierd.

She is supposed to be "the sweetest thing" on the ground..
I specifically asked for a horse with nice ground manners... but I still get scared.

Last edited by cheply; 07-27-2009 at 08:40 PM.
cheply is offline  
post #4 of 22 Old 07-27-2009, 08:49 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Posts: 601
• Horses: 8
The more you do it, the more you will get used to it and you will become better and better at reading the horses, and you'll begin to know before the horse reacts that he will react. It's just a matter of "living, breathing, eating," horses that comes with "time time and more time" being with them.

Agree that you want to walk as close to the rear as possible. If they should kick, it will push you away and you won't get as hurt as if you were a few feet behind the horse at the apex of their kick and getting the full effect of that power.
7Ponies is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 07-28-2009, 09:10 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: In Denial...
Posts: 1,679
• Horses: 1
Is your horse tied up in her stall while you groom and tack up? I'm assuming yes, I only ask because I occasionally just groom mine while he eats his hay. Having her tied may increase your confidence, if she isn't. Just be careful grooming in such an enclosed space, and try to never let her get between you and the door (not to make you more nervous, honest, just another safety tip)

I find that keeping both hands on the horse is helpful. Brush with one hand, and pet or touch with the other. I'm not sure why it helps, but it does.

Lesson horses do have a tendency to be a tad nippy when they're cinched, just a side effect of so many inexperienced riders jerking the cinch tight. I would put my elbow in her way while I gently cinch her up. Don't chase her down and "get her," just let her nose run into your strategically placed elbow when she nips in your direction. You probably won't cure her problem, especially if she's a lesson horse in my understanding of the term, but she might learn that YOU won't accept the nip threats, and that YOU will be gentle. With the little kick, she may be a bit ticklish and you found the "not so sweet spot."

Just stay as close as possible when you groom. Most horses find it comforting, and it's safest for you. If you're still clean when the horse is, you didn't stand close enough . You will gain confidence with time, 6 or 7 lessons and groomings isn't that much. You've gotten a lot of good advice, just give it time.

Good luck and have fun!

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
Scoutrider is offline  
post #6 of 22 Old 07-28-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 282
• Horses: 1
Yeah I didnt tie her up the very first time I groomed her.. because my instructor said I didnt need to with her.. but she walked around wayy too much for me, so I tie her up from now on.
I think next time I might try to use the cross ties. (If I can find them, I havnt seen any there yet :p)
I used them when I was a kid and I remember liking that much better than being boxed into a stall..
cheply is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 07-29-2009, 02:36 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Australia (NSW)
Posts: 693
• Horses: 1
Do you have anywhere you can tie her up outside the stall? I don't have stables where I ride but I would imagine I would feel a bit nervous being in such a confined space. also what do you do when she tries to bite or she kicks out at you, do you discipline her in anyway?

Boxer Diligent, loyal, strong
boxer is offline  
post #8 of 22 Old 07-29-2009, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 282
• Horses: 1
usually when she does that I just yell at her a bit,
like saying
"Don't do that!" or "stop!"
but generally I don't do anything else. I'd be afraid she'd retaliate if I gave her a slap.
cheply is offline  
post #9 of 22 Old 07-29-2009, 11:00 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 198
• Horses: 0
I would try cross ties as well. Sometimes the mares are a little more sensitive to grooming, so just be a little more gentle with the curry comb.

Just take it slow...the more you do it the more confident you will get. Good luck!
Ahsisi is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 07-31-2009, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 282
• Horses: 1
umm a lot of the time after I ride my instructor asks me to spray her down...
When I do that, do I have to groom after?
She seems to get much more upset when I groom her when shes wet.
cheply is offline  
Reply

Tags
fear , grooming , kicked , nervous

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fear of riding? ChexMix1000 Western Riding 26 04-16-2009 05:04 AM
Fear of refusals :/ Duskylove Horse Training 3 11-30-2008 05:17 PM
So proud of him! Gem got over his fear! appylover31803 Horse Training 7 06-08-2008 07:13 PM
unusual fear sempre_cantando Horse Talk 13 05-14-2008 04:59 AM
cantering fear SonnyWimps Horse Riding 11 04-30-2008 11:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome