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post #1 of 3 Old 01-19-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Building confidence in a timid rider

My mom has always been terrified of horses, to the point where she wouldn't even get out of the car when I first started taking lessons. But after over a decade of dealing with a horse crazy daughter, she's gradually starting to break out of her comfort zone. We hit a major milestone a few weeks ago when I finally talked her in to climbing up on Dublin and letting me lead her around the arena. Kinda ironic actually that she refused to get on my first horse, a broke-to-death 21 year-old, but she barely hesitated to get on my four year-old greenie Oh well, it has been quite a few years between then and now.

Anyway, my question is: What are some things I can do with my mom to help build her confidence? I know working with a green horse and rider isn't an ideal situation, but Dublin is pretty laid back for a young horse. I'm thinking moving her to the lunge line so I can help her with position and balance. Any tips on specific exercises we can do would be great.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-19-2012, 07:07 PM
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Just don't do anything to overface her! With the older crowd, one bad experience can take you many many steps back. Walk her around until she's dead bored. Then move onto trot.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-20-2012, 02:00 AM
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Agree with MyBoyPuck. My mom is the most... nervous wreck ever. She hyperventilates when she drives and she worries and gets all flustered so easily. For awhile, she'd jump everytime Sky would twitch due to a fly. Then all of a sudden she started begging me to teach her how to ride. No. My horse is green, he isn't ready. Well I finally climbed on him bareback (couldn't saddle him due to an injury near his girth) and then a few days later, got my mom on him bareback and they did great.

Though I'm not going to push her into doing more than that. She's not the riding type. Her heart isn't into it, which is sad but whatever.

She just thinks he's adorable and finds it funny when he rubs on her (which I tell him off for of course) but yeah, don't over face your mom. Baby steps.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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