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    09-20-2010, 09:18 PM
  #21
Yearling
How far are you from Russell County? I'm from the Cleveland/Lebanon area. If you're close enough, I could probably find...or help find you somebody to take lessons. I have a friend that I rode with for years in Dickenson County. If I don't know someone, I'm sure she will. PM me if you don't want to say openly how far away you are.
     
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    09-20-2010, 10:42 PM
  #22
Weanling
Can you go riding with anyone else? I find that having a riding partner can help with her and your confidence. Once your confidence is built up she'll probably respond to you better and you'll feel like your more in control.
IMO miles make the horse and rider.
Another thing to try is get her to work really well for you with ground work and that may also give you more confidence.
     
    09-20-2010, 11:44 PM
  #23
Foal
What exactly do you mean by ground work? Like I said I am pretty green when it comes to horses lol.
Yes my sister-in-law is getting a horse soon and she and I plan to trail ride together, I am more comfortable with asking her questions and being critiqued by her.
Thanks.
     
    09-20-2010, 11:57 PM
  #24
Showing
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Originally Posted by dutchessgoldengirl    
What exactly do you mean by ground work? Like I said I am pretty green when it comes to horses lol.
Yes my sister-in-law is getting a horse soon and she and I plan to trail ride together, I am more comfortable with asking her questions and being critiqued by her.
Thanks.
Working on ground. :) Lunging the horse, back up, lead, move hindquarters, etc. While I don't like much to advise that, but if trainer is out of question get some ground work (and may be riding) DVDs (say, Clinton Anderson, Buck Buchannan, Stacy Westfall).
     
    09-20-2010, 11:59 PM
  #25
Showing
OK. Since you are in VA... This is a pretty good resource for VA equestrian stuff. I don't know your zip code, but you may look up the trainers - there are over 200 ads there.

Virginia Equestrian.com - Instructions and Training Classifieds
     
    09-21-2010, 12:36 AM
  #26
Foal
Thanks, kitten_Val. I will look into the DVDs and I will work on some lunging and things with her as well. Hopefully I can find a trainer nearby that can work with me.
Is there any books that will help me? I know someone posted earlier about some, any other suggestions?
     
    09-21-2010, 01:55 AM
  #27
Foal
Your confidence is going to come from experience with your horse. Always remember to stay calm, think rationally, and BREATHE when you are faced with a tense situation.Try not to tense up- your horse will pick up on it and tense up as well. Remember that alot of the bad behavior that is demonstrated by a good horse is because you're mixing cues and he doesn't understand. Just approach each new situation slow and steady, and with the confidence that you are going to handle it the right way. Keep your focus on the horse's body language and you will rarely be taken by surprise. I have been training/ riding for 20 years and this is the advice that has brought me through all my fears and uncertainties. You have to remember to be confident. Don't let panic take over because a cool head is going to keep you safer!! Good luck!
     
    09-21-2010, 03:33 AM
  #28
Foal
I do agree with the lunging. If she's young (well...she is young) then she may need to get rid of some energy before you get on her.
     
    09-21-2010, 11:24 AM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jodylynn509    
Your confidence is going to come from experience with your horse. Always remember to stay calm, think rationally, and BREATHE when you are faced with a tense situation.Try not to tense up- your horse will pick up on it and tense up as well. Remember that alot of the bad behavior that is demonstrated by a good horse is because you're mixing cues and he doesn't understand. Just approach each new situation slow and steady, and with the confidence that you are going to handle it the right way. Keep your focus on the horse's body language and you will rarely be taken by surprise. I have been training/ riding for 20 years and this is the advice that has brought me through all my fears and uncertainties. You have to remember to be confident. Don't let panic take over because a cool head is going to keep you safer!! Good luck!

This is great advice.

What I meant by ground work is
Getting her to lead with you between her head and shoulders
Getting her to move her front end away when you ask
Move her hind end away when you ask
Getting her to lift her feet well for you (this is a trust thing as well)
One trainers website I like for ground work is Jay OJay. Check out the videos on this site, he goes through the steps in an easy to follow way. I know he's training a young horse but take away ideas that you would feel comfortable doing with your horse. 'Playing' with her is a great way to build a bond and confidence in eachother.
Successful horse training - DVDs, how to videos, advice, and tack
     
    09-21-2010, 12:04 PM
  #30
Foal
JodyLynn, that is really great advice :)) I have been working with leading her around, brushing her, getting her trust basically, she is beginning to trust me and like me. She now comes up to me and nuzzles me wanting me to love on her.
When I get on her the biggest thing I try to remember is remain calm, I don't want her to panic, when she kinda got away from me I didn't panic, but I also forgot to pull back and say woah lol, so it was really my fault.
Thanks everyone :))
     

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