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post #1 of 18 Old 09-22-2007, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!!!!! Afraid to GALLOP!!

Yes, you red it well (I had no idea in which topic to put it in!) I'm still in a learning phase to ride horses, but I'm still VERY afraid to gallop right! Everytime when the instructor tells us to gallop, then I have the feeling that I'm slipping out of the saddle. Possibly I can't get my balance right, and it's only in the right gallop (not the left, left is going smoothly!)

What can I do to gallop correctly and how do I lose the fear not sliding out of the saddle? (I'm been falling out of the saddle several times by now!) If someone there to help me, then I'm very happy!!!!

SO: How can I stay in the saddle and how can I improve my balance!? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-22-2007, 07:08 PM
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Never be afraid to hold mane, remember, but you should be in a position that allows you balance. Do plenty of practice in jumping position at trot & canter, that should help, with your heels right down, legs glued on & your weight central. I'm not sure why it's harder for you to gallop on the right rein..are your stirrups even?
& tell your instructor as well, if you're having trouble..they're there to help you. =) Good luck!
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-22-2007, 07:22 PM
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Maybe you need to have a talk with your instructor to let her/him know that you are afraid. It may be as simple as your sturrups need adjusted or your saddle may be too big for you.
Are you riding english? if so you may need to get some breeches with a full seat. If western maybe you need a rough out seat. I ride western with a rough out seat and full seat breeches so I am really glued to the saddle,
It really helps to keep your butt from slipping out of the saddle.
Another suggestion is getting an exercise ball for doing some balancing exercises at home.
Its tough to get that courage to go fast and gaining the trust in a horse to not hurt you. It will come in time, and don't be afraid to talk to your instructor about your anxietys. As John Wayne said "courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway"
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-22-2007, 07:54 PM
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I'm assuming you mean a canter. If your slipping around alot, make sure you're not putting all your weight in your stirrups. You want you weight on your rear end. Tilt you pelvis forward and relax your hips. The biggest challenged I faced when learning to ride was not to bounce when I cantered. You just have to learn how to absorb the horse's movements and to move with them. You also need to learn which muscles to grip with, and which to keep loose. Maybe you could ask you're instructor to give you a lesson on a lunge line. So you can focus on your body position, and not have to worry about where the horse is going.
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-23-2007, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Can I need more tips? The one's posted are very good, thank you guys!!!!!!!!!!

O yes... today I fell off my horse again... :(

But eeeeeeeehhhhhmmmmm.... are you sure this question is in the right spot on this forum???

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post #6 of 18 Old 09-23-2007, 05:21 PM
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Well, when I first learned to really ride horses.....I started out bareback for three months. I learned to lope and it was really fun. To me, once you learn to run you love it! I've helped work racehorses, they are so fast and its awesome. I have a need for speed and I am pretty happy that Blu can run pretty fast. Anyways, I just let myself go when I learned to run. Loping and running bareback is a little bit harder than English running. I grasp the mane and just hold on as I urge my horse on. I know this isn't much help but its all I have.....

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post #7 of 18 Old 09-23-2007, 07:45 PM
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this applied to me too, so this is my advice for you: the more you do it, the better you get at it and the more you love it. the next scary thing though is speed, but don't worry about that right now
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post #8 of 18 Old 09-24-2007, 10:19 PM
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although already said, riding bareback can be invaluable help. if you can walk along quietly bareback, close your eyes (obviously in a controlled environment), relax your hips into your horses back and feel him move. feel the way everything is and whats bits move and dont move. even if you do this on the lunge.

when you canter you need to feel this same movement. every movement should go with him. if you can feel your horse and use it to your advantage, you will become much steadier in your seat. its all about being one with your horse. getting to know your horse and how he moves.

above all relax. if you have a pre-concieved notion that you are going to slip out of the saddle and fall off, you probably will for two reasons: a) you get on the horse as nervous as you could be. this makes you tense and stiff. this in turn makes the horse tense and stiff, b) you are spending so much of your time worrying about cantering on the right side that you forget to think about what you are doing. you need to be focused and you cant be focused when your position or seat is wrong causing you to worry about falling off.

as already mentioned as well, check your stirrup length, saddle size and talk to your instructor. horse riding is fun and rewarding. relax and enjoy it :)
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post #9 of 18 Old 09-24-2007, 10:44 PM
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You can try holding onto the saddle. Try adjusting your stirrup a bit. Maybe it's because of your girth isn't tight enough? Try doing all those things and tell me what you think.
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-24-2007, 11:14 PM
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i was there at one point... i had a good wipe out and the other problem was when i was learning to canter my instuctor put me on a horse that bucked all the time, so yes at one point i got to be afraid of it, ask if you can have a sturip leather for around the horses neck so you can hold on
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