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        08-11-2011, 11:02 AM
      #31
    Yearling
    Oh god, where to start...

    Anything to do with hauling scares. Loading, driving, stopping, turning, unloading... I have to bubblewrap any horse I move.

    Of course being dragged. I see people with their feet shoved all the way in the stirrups and I cringe. People that ride in tennis shoes gives me the same effect. I ride with my tippy tip toes in and if I feel my foot go farther in, I don't care what gait I'm in, I'll pull it all the way out if I have to. It's SUCH an impacted fear.

    Going downhill, even slightly, with speed. A fear I'll have to overcome if I plan on doing eventing (which I do). A horse getting injured with me on its back is also a fear.
         
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        08-11-2011, 11:05 AM
      #32
    Trained
    The being dragged thing is one of the reasons I ride bareback during the spring "re-training" sessions. Soda likes to rear/spin/bolt sometimes and I'd rather be able to either get the heck off quickly or even fall off cleanly then get stuck in a stirrup.
         
        08-11-2011, 10:11 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    I am a fool, in that when I'm ON the horse, I don't really have a particular fear.

    The thing that gets me weak in the knees and the butterflies in my stomach going is the thought that I am going to ruin one of my horses, or teach them bad habits. I know, I'm an idiot, but I am so anal about manners and behaviour, and whenever something goes wrong, I always beat myself up for so long afterwards and wonder how I could have prevented it, or what I can do to stop it. I mean, I guess it's better that than blaming the horse, but seriously...it's damaging

    One thing that scares me is getting your head stepped on or kicked by a horse. Head injuries in general just...ugh. Broken bones will mend, at least. A head or neck injury can kill you or worse, make you a vegetable for the rest of your life.
         
        08-11-2011, 11:18 PM
      #34
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Equilove    
    Going downhill, even slightly, with speed. A fear I'll have to overcome if I plan on doing eventing (which I do). A horse getting injured with me on its back is also a fear.
    ^^^THIS!!! I hate going downhill. The steeper it is the worse it gets. I always picture my horse tripping and then rolling head over heels down the hill, crushing me in the process.
         
        08-12-2011, 08:02 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by A knack for horses    
    ^^^THIS!!! I hate going downhill. The steeper it is the worse it gets. I always picture my horse tripping and then rolling head over heels down the hill, crushing me in the process.
    I always have the urge to pull the reins like I'm "slowing down" the horse but I know it's best to give them their head. It just scares me so bad.

    Also, I am not a fan of jump-bucking. (You know, that overexaggerated "HELL NO" buck the horse does, mostly young horses, that we refer to as "blowing up"?)
         
        08-12-2011, 12:10 PM
      #36
    Yearling
    I'd rather be dragged any day of the week then catapulted over, land on my neck and break it putting me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Next to death, ending up paralyzed should be #1 on the list of worst things that can go wrong. Too bad there wasn't some device of sorts that attaches to your helmet and back to prevent the neck from snapping ... all without looking stupid, lol.
         
        08-12-2011, 01:55 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    I also get really scared at the thought of a horse in the trailer breaking through the floorboards (while the trailer is moving). I've heard of this happening and the only reason the horse survived and escaped relatively unharmed was because the guy's daughter was driving behind him and stopped him as soon as she saw it. If she hadn't been there, well...we all know what would have happened.
         
        08-12-2011, 02:25 PM
      #38
    Foal
    Two winters ago I got kicked while at a canter and got a compound fracture. My riding is better than ever but I automatically flinch away when a horse canters by me. Another fear of mine is having a horse flip over on top of me while rearing
         
        08-12-2011, 03:01 PM
      #39
    Foal
    Getting dragged or fallen on D:
         
        08-13-2011, 01:05 AM
      #40
    Yearling
    I have had my foot stuck in a stirrup, when my horse took a sharp turn in a freak accident two years ago... landed all on my right leg - shattered both bones. Let me tell you, its taken a very long time for me to feel comfortable to ride again but I'm -so- glad I am.

    For me, due to my partially damaged leg, I naturally fear falling off in any way and doing damage. Since I have a metal rod in my leg, I have heard horror stories from people that have given me that extra fear of what if. Though I guess all the same, I don't want to let fear prevent me from doing what I enjoy the most.
         

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