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    04-18-2012, 07:34 PM
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Foal
Do most people start out as confident riders?

I was talking to my grandma earlier today and she told me that I wont always be as confident as I am with horses. When I asked her why she thinks that, she said that it's because I haven't had a fall. I kind of just shrugged it off, and told myself that she knows absolutely nothing about horses anyways. Then, I scanned through this forum and I noticed there were a lot of confidence related threads, which is leading me to think that maybe my grandma is right. Now I'm merely curious, how many of you (as horse riders) have suffered loss of confidence from a fall. Not necessary a serious fall, just a fall.

Even though I'm a beginner rider, I'm confident with my riding abilities. I trust my riding instructor and I know that she will not let me do anything that she doesn't think I'm capable of. I'm by all means not a great rider, I only hope to be one day. I was just thinking about 'what ifs'. For example, what if I fell off on during my last riding lesson when I was cantering on the trails with a horse that has a fast canter. No doubt, I probably would've gotten physically hurt, but what about emotionally? I'd like to think that I would get back on the horse immediantly, but what if my confidence was shot down? One of the boarders at the barn is afraid of cantering on her horse I rode during my last riding lesson. I don't think that she has ever fallen, which makes me wonder where the fear came from?

It gives me something to think about that I never think about when I'm actually riding. Do most riders lack confidence from a fall or horse related injury or has the fear always been instilled into them? I don't ever want a knock down to my confidence, but I guess it would make you a stronger rider once you overcome it.
     
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    04-18-2012, 07:45 PM
  #2
Showing
I have very huge confidence issues. I can barely sit on a horse bareback without freaking out. Cantering is even scarier.

But there are moments when both of those things are okay. I never do something that I don't feel comfortable doing. I highly respect my trainer though, she doesn't yell at me to do stuff. She let's ME cowgirl up and face the music.

My confidence gets better but I'm not a sure as peanut butter rider, especially the more I learn and the more I find I have to tweak.

It has a lot to do with self esteem more than just confidence though.

Falls can be scary, but after you fall it isn't so bad. I actually jump right up and make sure my horse is alright. He gets quite upset when people fall off of him.

But as you get older, you get wiser. You realize "wow if I fell, I could break my hip or neck or something!" as you aren't as vivacious as you were as a teenager (your body isn't, mind is a different thing lol!)

Hoped that gave you some insight
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    04-18-2012, 07:54 PM
  #3
Showing
I've owned horses for over 30 years and have been riding for 30 years before that. I've had more falls then I care to count and a few were real bad wrecks. I had a very serious wreck a few years ago that shook my confidence to the core. It took a lot of effort to eventually get back to riding but I'm a lot more cautious then I ever used to be.

Don't be concerned about a fall. It will happen if you push the envelope or your horse has a bad day. You can't worry about it or it will effect your riding.
     
    04-18-2012, 07:58 PM
  #4
Foal
confidence?

Agree with the other post. When I was very young I broke my back falling on a fence, then I was back up in a few years. With a little time to adjust. Then I broke my wrist with a friend's horse, but I kept on riding mine with the cast. Now, after a few years without riding (my horse died and it was a great sorrow) i've started again. But of course i'm more cautious and weary.sometime I don't feel so sure of myself (horses read that perfectly) and this makes me more nervous. It is ok as long as you are relaxed and at ease.
It has nothing or little to do with abilities. Accidents happen to even the bravest riders. Only when you get oldrr you get less reckless and a bit more worried.
But enjoy your rides, you will be fine as long as you do.
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    04-18-2012, 08:23 PM
  #5
Foal
I went into horses, as confident as I thought I could take on the worl! But then I fell and went comletely numb and have been knocked out and kicked and thrown by buckers so I lost mmy confidence some but I got right back on when I could with the same attitude, and that has taken e to ppg nationls, national show jumping and c in pc.
     
    04-18-2012, 08:40 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Like your grandma said, I was confident until a good hard fall. Then it becomes real.

I have had some nasty wrecks that have left me scarred physically on my face but didn't bother me.

But the worst chilled me bad mentally, no marks were left on the body. I had a young horse buck, I went to pull his head up and pulled him up and over the top of me. (my fault) I rode two more horses after that, but was crippled for a week afterwards and couldn't get up from my living room floor. Not going to lie....pretty chilled after that one.

You never know which wreck is going to hit you the worst. Every horseman struggles with it to some degree and at some point in their lifetime.
     
    04-18-2012, 09:01 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I've had 4 falls (one bail) in the 7 years I've been riding. I've always been a confident rider and I frequently push the envelope. The only thing any of those falls has compromised was my "ego" (I'm tired and I can't think of the word I wanted to use) when I fell at a show. But even so, even that wasn't bad at all, because I wasn't the only one to come off, much less the worst of the falls that occured there.

It might sound odd, but the only time I've ever lost any confidence is the times I was forced to wear a helmet. Before I realised that the helmet was my fault (most people that have seen me ride and know me in person will agree that it was, in fact, the helmet), I wore one. I won't try to lie about it or sweep it under the rug, I was a terrible rider when I was wearing one (and still am if I have to put one on). I was too preoccupied on the helmetto pay attention to my cues, finesse, tactic, etc; I yanked, I kicked, I hauled on the reins when I needed to stop, and paid no attention to my seat.
I tend to be a person who is very confident in their own abilities and are willing to risk some to add to those abilities. Even though I might be really sore and need a leg up to get back on, I've never been scared or worried to get back up. I've fallen off both with a saddle and bareback, the saddle probably being my worst fall. When I get into a situation (and I was always yelled at for it) I kick my feet out of the stirrups and do what I need to do to remedy that situation. If I exhaust all options, I just cling (or bail if the situation is appropriate, such as my one bail when I fell back behind the saddle and lost stirrups/reins). I've never fallen off since I started doing that, and I'm hoping it holds true for a good while. I can sit out a tantrum (kick, buck, rear) very well for what it's worth, and I use that to my advantage.

I'm sure at some point I'll have a fall that will shake my confidence a bit, but I doubt that my passion for riding/training will ever let me decide to stop riding.
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    04-18-2012, 09:07 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Iseul    
I've had 4 falls (one bail) in the 7 years I've been riding. I've always been a confident rider and I frequently push the envelope. The only thing any of those falls has compromised was my "ego" (I'm tired and I can't think of the word I wanted to use) when I fell at a show. But even so, even that wasn't bad at all, because I wasn't the only one to come off, much less the worst of the falls that occured there.

It might sound odd, but the only time I've ever lost any confidence is the times I was forced to wear a helmet. Before I realised that the helmet was my fault (most people that have seen me ride and know me in person will agree that it was, in fact, the helmet), I wore one. I won't try to lie about it or sweep it under the rug, I was a terrible rider when I was wearing one (and still am if I have to put one on). I was too preoccupied on the helmetto pay attention to my cues, finesse, tactic, etc; I yanked, I kicked, I hauled on the reins when I needed to stop, and paid no attention to my seat.
I tend to be a person who is very confident in their own abilities and are willing to risk some to add to those abilities. Even though I might be really sore and need a leg up to get back on, I've never been scared or worried to get back up. I've fallen off both with a saddle and bareback, the saddle probably being my worst fall. When I get into a situation (and I was always yelled at for it) I kick my feet out of the stirrups and do what I need to do to remedy that situation. If I exhaust all options, I just cling (or bail if the situation is appropriate, such as my one bail when I fell back behind the saddle and lost stirrups/reins). I've never fallen off since I started doing that, and I'm hoping it holds true for a good while. I can sit out a tantrum (kick, buck, rear) very well for what it's worth, and I use that to my advantage.

I'm sure at some point I'll have a fall that will shake my confidence a bit, but I doubt that my passion for riding/training will ever let me decide to stop riding.
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My passion for horses no matter how hard I fall, or get injured will never be gone! I live it!
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    04-18-2012, 09:21 PM
  #9
Foal
When I was young, I rode anything and everything that I could get on. I rode the rankest ponies around as I was little and could stick on them. I have not been bucked off or come off one in over 20 years and have had some rides that I couldn't believe I stayed on. About 10 years ago, I was riding for other people and riding a lot of younger ones and my confidence was still there. Now, I find that my confidence is lacking and do not feel I am riding to my ability. I still ride bareback often and feel that my seat is not what it used to be. Maybe it is age and the fact that I had been injured riding and realize what can happen. I also just purchased my very first helmet although I have been riding over 40 years.
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    04-18-2012, 09:31 PM
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Trained
I do think ones confidence can wane a little as they get older. I think back to some of the things I did as a kid on horses, and would never do them now despite being a far more competant rider. As you get older, get more responsibilities including a family, I think those weigh on your shoulders a bit more. If I had a bad fall or accident now, I would be extremely stuck for money if not able to work, I'd probably have to sell one or two or my horses etc.

Falls can knock your confidence. I find that if I take a fall, and the fall was something I know was my fault, that I probably could have stuck etc. then it doesn't knock my confidence and I feel more determined to get back on and fix it.
But a fall off a horse that genuinely wants to get you off can really shake you. It took me a long time to get back on after a nasty fall a few years ago, a young horse that geuinely wanted me off her back, bucked like a bronc and when that didn't get me off, she flipped and slammed herself into a gate and crushed me there, then got up and I was dragged at full gallop across the arena until my stirrup broke.

Just be aware in riding, that you are not invincible, accidents happen. We're riding 500+kg flight animals with a mind of their own. It would be extremely ignorant to think you will never have a fall ;)
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