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    07-09-2012, 02:51 PM
  #11
Yearling
Azwantapaint- Thanks so much. I'll have to right those down and post them in the tack room!!!!
     
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    07-09-2012, 03:09 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Since you don't have a trainer do you have someone that can film you ride? Being able to watch what you and your horse is doing really helps.
     
    07-09-2012, 03:28 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
Since you don't have a trainer do you have someone that can film you ride? Being able to watch what you and your horse is doing really helps.
No I don't. I have video camera and film myself sometimes but its doesn't turn out good at all.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:21 AM
  #14
Weanling
Something else I have discovered with relation to riding confidently is that my horse can feel me being tense.
When I first got her, she would exploit my weakness.
Today, 3 months later, she helps me through.
We've had a couple"come to Jesus"sessions in the round pen, done the join up thing a few times, and now, with every ride, our harmony grows in leaps and bounds.
I talk to her like she's my best friend, reassure her when she gets tense, and let he know how much I believe in her.
I am totally blessed with an amazing horse, and I believe that w have just begun to scratch the surface of our joint abilities.
When I feel that tightening in my gut, I give her a pat on the shoulder, tell her I need a little more, and she always comes through for me.
Its a two way street too.
We're teaching her to back out of our slant trailer, and it freaks her out to no end.
To help her along, I get beside her, and guide her back feet to the ground.
Yes, i've almost been kicked a dozen times, but she seems to calm down some when I help he like that. Sort of like,"I won't let you fall, and I trust in you to to not let me fall either"type .
W have worked very hard to develop our relationship and its been a rocky road.
Spend a little more time together in the round pen, work on your basics, and grow past your hiccup together.
We Marines never leave anyone behind.
Don't grow yourself without helping your horse friend grow too.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:40 AM
  #15
Yearling
Great post and advice, AzWantaPaint! I'm going to use it a well as the OP, I'm sure!
This is precisely why forums of this type are so great...we all have similar issues and concerns with our horses and ourselves, thus, with each bit of helpful information doled out, so many people are being aided and informed, far beyond simply the person initially asking a question! :0)
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    07-10-2012, 12:55 AM
  #16
Yearling
Awesome post and great advice AzWantaPaint =) Thanks so much. I hope I can get the relationship with my horses that you have with yours.
     
    07-11-2012, 09:42 AM
  #17
Weanling
You said that you get scared for a reason that didn't used to matter. The same thing happened to me. After not cantering for months because I was working in dressage, I was horrified to canter. I did it anyway but (three months later) I still don't like it even though that's the gait I used to love more than anything. And I think bareback makes you (or this is my reason why) know that you'll have to squeeze on more with your legs so you are less likely to fall of.
     
    07-11-2012, 09:59 AM
  #18
Foal
It's normal as we get older for the center of balance in your body to change, especially in women after they have had children. I went through this, riding bareback everywhere and being willing to ride anything I was put on to having an actual panic attack when I went to mount up. It sucked... I love to ride but I was terrified to get in the saddle.

What helped me was mental visioning, just taking a quiet moment to sit and "ride" through the ride in my mind imagining it going smoothly and perfectly with good balance and good behavior from my horse. What also helped was some conditioning with myself to rebuild my core strength. These two simple things got me riding again, but it took a good trainer to yell at me enough (ha!) and keep me reminded that I was fine, to relax and to breathe. Minus a trainer a good friend that is there to spot you and just help keep your mind right will help.

A poorly fitting saddle for you or your horse can also make you feel insecure. Keep in mind that a saddle that you loved a few years ago can feel vastly different as you get older so it has to be comfortable for you AND your horse.

Great advice in prior posts as well, just some things I went through myself and still struggle through especially on a froggy brat that wants to test me. A lot of it is mental, just don't let it take over your thought process and don't forget to get out on the trails some too with your horse. It's the best way ever to build or rebuild a rapport and help with your own confidence and balance as well.
     
    07-11-2012, 11:01 AM
  #19
Yearling
Trails...absolutely! I can't wait to solidify my (possible, fingers crossed!) lease horse situation, because as much as I am literally in love with my new lesson horse, I only get to go on trails with my trainer about every 2 months...it's something I've done very little of and think it will go FAR to improve confidence...the arena can get a wee bit stifling at times; given your concerns (which have been mine, too!) I bet trails would be just the solution...no corners there! Ha...only half-joking! So much to experience as a team with your horse out in the world! :0)
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    07-12-2012, 09:37 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
Trails...absolutely! I can't wait to solidify my (possible, fingers crossed!) lease horse situation, because as much as I am literally in love with my new lesson horse, I only get to go on trails with my trainer about every 2 months...it's something I've done very little of and think it will go FAR to improve confidence...the arena can get a wee bit stifling at times; given your concerns (which have been mine, too!) I bet trails would be just the solution...no corners there! Ha...only half-joking! So much to experience as a team with your horse out in the world! :0)
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I was just thinking a trail ride the other day and THEN the rain came =( so i'll wait til it drys up to trail ride. Lol
     

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