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post #1 of 30 Old 07-08-2012, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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confidence going down hill.

I feel like my confidence in the saddle is going down hill. Especially since I don't have a trainer to tell what I'm doing right or wrong. I've noticed lately I get nervous when my horses trots around the corners of the ring. I have no clue why. I never used to. I haven't fallen off in ages *knocks on wood!* I just know why my confidence seems so shaken. Is it weird that as of lately I feel more confident when I ride bareback then when I ride with a saddle?

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post #2 of 30 Old 07-08-2012, 01:59 AM
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Makes me nervous too. I invision slipping and tumbling. I try to put my thoughts aside, but it still scares me inside.
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post #3 of 30 Old 07-08-2012, 11:12 AM
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I dont think it is weared at all, we all like differant things and i love to ride bare back. just keep going and it will get better :)
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I don't think it's strange at all. As a younger rider, I worried a LOT about slipping and horse landing atop me in the corners..usually while cantering. Honestly, I think the only thing that has changed is that now I guess I take the attitude, "I'm here, I'm riding, I can't avoid the corners, and if I am going to fall/horse is going to slip, I/it will...there isn't much I can do about it, AND, it is unlikely to occur. Therefore, relax, keep your head about you, and ride on!"

I suppose those are the things I say to myself. I think it just takes time...I imagine you feel "safer" bareback because somewhere in your subconscious mind you feel if your horse were to slip/fall, you wouldn't be "attached" to the horse via the saddle...therefore, it feels to you like you could somehow more easily "jump/slide/etc..." Out of the way...just my guess!

Best out luck to you that this phase passes fast! :0)
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Is your horse well balanced in the corners? Or does he rush the corner and drop his shoulder? If he does, does he do it bareback, too? If not, does your saddle fit? If your saddle fits, but he is unbalanced in the corners under saddle, but not bareback, then you may be relying too heavily on your stirrups when you ride in the saddle, and not supporting him in the same way you do when you ride bareback. Its definitely scary to ride a horse that feels unbalanced in a turn, the fear of falling off, or worse, having the horse fall ON you is pretty disconcerting. Try to remember to keep your horse balanced and collected going into the turn, keeping your legs underneath of you, inside leg lifting his ribcage, outside leg encouraging his hips to move in, and inside rein encouraging his nose to tip in, to keep him bending into the turn, so his body follows the line he is traveling, instead of just his shoulder following the line.
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post #6 of 30 Old 07-08-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Is your horse well balanced in the corners? Or does he rush the corner and drop his shoulder? If he does, does he do it bareback, too? If not, does your saddle fit? If your saddle fits, but he is unbalanced in the corners under saddle, but not bareback, then you may be relying too heavily on your stirrups when you ride in the saddle, and not supporting him in the same way you do when you ride bareback. Its definitely scary to ride a horse that feels unbalanced in a turn, the fear of falling off, or worse, having the horse fall ON you is pretty disconcerting. Try to remember to keep your horse balanced and collected going into the turn, keeping your legs underneath of you, inside leg lifting his ribcage, outside leg encouraging his hips to move in, and inside rein encouraging his nose to tip in, to keep him bending into the turn, so his body follows the line he is traveling, instead of just his shoulder following the line.
Honestly I don't have a clue if he's balanced in the corners. Something tells he's not. lol He does rush them some but not near has bad as when I first got him and he wiped around them like a barrel horse! My saddle fits ok. It would defiantly fit a little better if he wasn't so fat.lol Its a wintec with the easy change gullet system. I love it but I wish it had one more wide gullet! lol

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I don't think it's strange at all. As a younger rider, I worried a LOT about slipping and horse landing atop me in the corners..usually while cantering. Honestly, I think the only thing that has changed is that now I guess I take the attitude, "I'm here, I'm riding, I can't avoid the corners, and if I am going to fall/horse is going to slip, I/it will...there isn't much I can do about it, AND, it is unlikely to occur. Therefore, relax, keep your head about you, and ride on!"

I suppose those are the things I say to myself. I think it just takes time...I imagine you feel "safer" bareback because somewhere in your subconscious mind you feel if your horse were to slip/fall, you wouldn't be "attached" to the horse via the saddle...therefore, it feels to you like you could somehow more easily "jump/slide/etc..." Out of the way...just my guess!

Best out luck to you that this phase passes fast! :0)
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Thanks so much Those are defiantly some things i should say to myself when I ride!

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Makes me nervous too. I invision slipping and tumbling. I try to put my thoughts aside, but it still scares me inside.
scares me too! I try not think about slipping and falling!

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Compare your position when you are bareback to when you are in the saddle. Are you sitting deeper bareback? Are you using your thighs more bareback? Are your stirrups at the right length for you? Does your saddle fit you?

When in the corners, are you sitting or posting? Try both and see how it feels. If both feel out of balance, or you feel equally "un-confident" (is that a word?), then practice lots of wide circles first at the walk and trot, then do the corners at a walk, continuing with the wide circle trots and progressively make your circles smaller or ovals narrower. It could be that both you and your horse need to learn to balance the corners.
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Here's a couple tidbits that might help you along...
Courage is being scared but doing it anyway.
Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Fear is what your mind creates when it ha nothing better to do.
Confidence is an illusion. You either do it, our you don't.
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