I bought a horse in febuary with the hopes of riding with my husband. I used to own horses and rode lots as a kid. 3 kids and 10 years later I buy this horse, jump on him and it was going really well until he decided he was was going back to the other horses. I circled him a few times but he decided he was going back and took off at a gallop, I tried sitting back and saying woah as that's how he was trained then pulled back and when he didn't stop I decided to just hold on and he stopped at the corral where the other horses were. This scared me and made me realize I cannot control a horse.
I have rode him once since then with my husband on his horse and he followed perfectly and didn't act up once because hubby's horse was there. I am absolutely terrified now! I am afraid to do anything with the horses now, I keep going over all the different scenarios where I can get hurt. I am just starting to feel comfortable being around them without a fence in between us.
So yesterday I decide I am going to ride. Well my husband decided we were going to practice haltering him and tying him over and over first and he was getting really antsy. Hubby then saddled him and went for a long ride to get his silly's out. Well when he came back he took my 2 year old on for a ride ( oddly I trust this horse with my children) at this point our friend who owns the property decided he was going to start up his cat and backhoe. I took my 2 year old off, then hubby decided he was going to get the buddy saddle so my 7 year old could ride with him.
He ties the horse onto the hitching post and goes into the barn. The horse paws at the ground once then snorts, paws like a mad man, pulls back hard enough to rip the rail off the hitching post and it hits him in the head and stays planted on his neck. Que the horse running away with a rail on it's neck straight into the cat ( thank god it was just warming up). He then flips and hits the barbed wire fence and the rail lands on the other side of the fence. After cutting the lead rope and calming the horse down. I checked him over cleaned up the cuts on his face and he got put back.
I didn't get to ride although I probably would have made a million excuses not to anyways. Now I feel like any progress I was making is gone. I don't know what to do. I keep thinking I have to just do it but then I make excuses or something dumb happens. Anyone ever been in a situation where you were terrified of even being near a horse and finally snap out of it? If so how? I want to be able to ride again and go on trips with my hubby. Any ideas? Sorry this was so long
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