confidence going down hill.
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

confidence going down hill.

This is a discussion on confidence going down hill. within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Powered by vBulletin freaky illusions to scare the mind
  • Down hill training felt like i was going to fall

Like Tree7Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-08-2012, 01:40 AM
  #1
Yearling
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?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-08-2012, 01:59 AM
  #2
Started
Makes me nervous too. I invision slipping and tumbling. I try to put my thoughts aside, but it still scares me inside.
     
    07-08-2012, 11:12 AM
  #3
Foal
I don't 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 :)
shaggy likes this.
     
    07-08-2012, 12:44 PM
  #4
Yearling
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)
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    07-08-2012, 01:26 PM
  #5
Weanling
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.
Oldhorselady likes this.
     
    07-08-2012, 04:06 PM
  #6
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by calicokatt    
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
     
    07-08-2012, 04:07 PM
  #7
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
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)
Posted via Mobile Device
Thanks so much Those are defiantly some things I should say to myself when I ride!
     
    07-08-2012, 04:08 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
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!
     
    07-08-2012, 08:01 PM
  #9
Trained
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.
countof3 likes this.
     
    07-09-2012, 02:44 AM
  #10
Weanling
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.
shaggy and Oldhorselady like this.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hill work Lonannuniel Horse Riding 3 07-25-2011 04:46 AM
Down down downnn hill SallyRC123 Horse Training 5 09-14-2010 02:47 PM
One Tree Hill Sopranosbaby Movies, Music, and TV 1 02-06-2009 04:52 AM
One Tree Hill Angel_Leaguer Movies, Music, and TV 2 10-27-2008 05:50 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0