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post #41 of 72 Old 02-20-2012, 07:46 PM
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So agree with Mildot!!! I think I saw a slogan that said "COURAGE IS BEING SCARED TO DEATH AND STILL SADDLING UP"
I say that to myself everytime I go and get my tack. I had a bad throw, not on my horse. It really pisses me off that this horse that I did not even care if I rode or not shook my confidence so bad. Now it is my job to get it back up so I can enjoy this magnificent horse that has captured my heart!

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post #42 of 72 Old 02-20-2012, 07:47 PM
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Wish you were nearer to NW MO, I would introduce you to Houdini, he is the kindest soul, and would make someone a great horse for trails. He's had WP training too.

Anyway...one thing that I think is happening with many of us "older riders" is all the "oh, don't do that, wear a helmet, wear a protective vest, don't duck under horse's neck, don't stand behind your horse to work on tail, never ride alone" things we hear and read. I know that has taken a toll on me in some way.

And too, the older we get? The more we realize "Hey...I could be laid up for 4 months here!" instead of "oh, no biggie, went down 50 foot cliff, bouncing like a tennis ball, I'll get back on and finish the ride, then go roof the house and cook supper" like we would have done 20 years ago.

But what you are feeling is very real, and I hope you find a horse that is more chilled out.

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post #43 of 72 Old 02-20-2012, 07:48 PM
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Hey!!!! I did not realize you were so close to me!!!! You are about the next county over!!! I am in Oakland County. What city are you in? I saw an advertisement in Saddle Up for this trainer that works with confidence issues. She was at the Birch Run Expo two weeks ago. I can hunt her down if you are interested.

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post #44 of 72 Old 02-20-2012, 07:54 PM
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I think I saw a slogan that said "COURAGE IS BEING SCARED TO DEATH AND STILL SADDLING UP"
Funny you should say that, this sign hangs on the tackroom wall where I board.

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post #45 of 72 Old 02-20-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hey!!!! I did not realize you were so close to me!!!! You are about the next county over!!! I am in Oakland County. What city are you in? I saw an advertisement in Saddle Up for this trainer that works with confidence issues. She was at the Birch Run Expo two weeks ago. I can hunt her down if you are interested.
Hello neighbor!!!

We are in Genesee Twp... Just outside of Flint. If you do have the info handy I would gladly take it. I'm actually going to meet with a trainer Sunday. It does sound very promising but doesn't hurt to have more info or options available. I truly appreciate it. This group is so great. I'm so happy I posted my issues... its nice to know others care and are supportive and that I'm not alone.
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OH I love that quote!!!! I will have to post it someplace so I can always remember. Thanks to you all I am going to give me and Mac another try... Meeting with the trainer Sunday and see if its a good fit and will go from there. I can't say for sure I'm up to it... but at the same time I can't say I'm giving up either. One day at a time. In the mean time I'm going to continue to work with him and ride my husbands QH which will help me build confidence again.

Thank you all again... this is such a wonderful group with amazing people!!!
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post #47 of 72 Old 02-20-2012, 11:35 PM
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OH I love that quote!!!! I will have to post it someplace so I can always remember. Thanks to you all I am going to give me and Mac another try... Meeting with the trainer Sunday and see if its a good fit and will go from there. I can't say for sure I'm up to it... but at the same time I can't say I'm giving up either.

I hope it all works out great! Whatever you do, don't give up.....

Honestly and truly: it's not how many times you fall, but how many times you get up!

Many years from now, would you rather look back on the wonderful years you have shared with a dear four-legged companion/partner or would you rather look back on the years that passed after you gave up? The time that I get so spend with my dear Quarter Horse is special beyond my ability to express. I think I appreciate him even more due to the fact that I was away from horses for a long time. Truly, if I could go back in time and do it again, I would give up whatever I would have had to give up in order to keep the horse I had as a teenager....

Stick with it! And you are indeed not alone....
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Hello neighbor!!!

We are in Genesee Twp... Just outside of Flint. If you do have the info handy I would gladly take it. I'm actually going to meet with a trainer Sunday. It does sound very promising but doesn't hurt to have more info or options available. I truly appreciate it. This group is so great. I'm so happy I posted my issues... its nice to know others care and are supportive and that I'm not alone.

Who are you meeting with if you do not mind me asking? I am going to Vegas today but if I can find the info I will send before I go. There is a man who just moved to that area from the Burton area that works with people(he said most of his clients are 40 plus women who have lost their confidence). I will see if I can find his info too.
SO GLAD YOU ARE GIVING IT ANOTHER GO!!!! Baby steps.....ride for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes etc....
That is what I have been doing. I am up to a half hour and only stop because we are both bored of the big arena.

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Really interesting site and yes very local. But it is more about dealing with life issues using horses.. my horse is my issue lolol... thanks though some good information on the site for sure. Getting the news letter as well.
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