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post #11 of 25 Old 05-31-2009, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
I don't think I've ever gotten that feeling! I'm not saying I don't fall off! I just never have a feeling about it before hand. I have started working with a horse and thought, "ooh, this is going to be an interesting ride. i wonder what will happen...." But yeah, can't say I have! Maybe I'm stuck with the boring old 5 senses. :)

A trainer once told me "what you're afraid of will usually happen when you're riding". And I found it to be pretty true.
Gotta agree with the trainer. Self fulfilling prophecy. When saddle training Walka, had to visualize a successful ride many times prior to actually riding. Works like the "I think today I might get dumped" thought process only this one is positive for positive results! So far so good even when he broke from a nice canter to a full out gallop (his idea not mine)! Visualized staying centered and in control and we had a successful ride (though many pine needles down my top! )
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post #12 of 25 Old 05-31-2009, 05:18 PM
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I recently just fell off for the first time after riding regularly for almost two years now. I started getting the feeling that I was going to fall a couple weeks before it happened, because I have been riding quite a bit lately and I knew I had to fall sometime and since I have started going faster and doing tougher things on the horse I knew the risk was increasing. And sure enough, I came off a week and half ago now.

That's really interesting what people are saying about thinking positive and even when you think you might fall stay focused not on falling but on staying balanced and in the saddle. I'll have to remember that.
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post #13 of 25 Old 06-03-2009, 03:41 PM
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I can see that too, "think positive" makes things go better. I never start the day or start a ride thinking.. "I may fall today."
I only get the feeling as my foot is coming out of the stirrup and my butt is nearing the ground Whats going through my mind is usually a little more colorful than "oh dear, I believe I'm going to fall"

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post #14 of 25 Old 06-03-2009, 03:46 PM
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Vida your post made me chuckle! Yes, while I do try very hard to stay positive, and focused and even visualize my ride (only on Walka) the night before, I have had a few moments that as I was sailing through the air I was " positive" that it was going to "hurt"!

And I'll be darned......it did!
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lmao :)
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post #16 of 25 Old 06-03-2009, 05:13 PM
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I have that feeling every time I get on a young horse. I have not ridden Prissy in almost a month so I am expecting some kind of reaction when I get back on her regardless of time in the round pen. Some people don't think of it like this but it is better to be cautious and it is possible to be cautious and aware without being scared. It is at 2 opposite ends of the spectrum but usually when something happens and I get hurt, it is usually because I am either scared or too complacent. That is one of the reason why so many people get bucked off of younger horses. They start riding and think, "Ok, we've made it 2 weeks and he hasn't bucked yet. I bet that means he isn't going to." They don't realize that sometimes it takes a month or more before a young horse starts bucking. It is not always a first ride type of thing. All I do is try not to think about what COULD happen. It is kinda like riding bulls; if you look off to the side, that is where you'll end up. If you concentrate on what could happen, it almost certainly will happen. Murphy's Law is alive and well in the horse world. :)

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So is it bad that I actually want to fall? I have been riding for about 7 years and so far haven't been dumped! *knocks on wood* Although, I heard you aren't a "real" rider until you have fallen at least 7 times. So apparently I need to get going on the falling!
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post #18 of 25 Old 06-03-2009, 05:47 PM
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Not a "real" rider until you've fallen at least 7 times. Well, thank god I'm not a "real" rider, don't think the bones could take it!

Perhaps you're looking at this wrong Dressage, maybe you're a "really" good rider and have had the opportunity of riding some very well trained/behave horses. Getting thrown doesn't develop your riding skills, it develops your "landing" skills.
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Thats sort of like worrying about your first car accident. I was almost 50 when I had my first one. Doesn't mean I shouldn't keep insurance coverage.
Like my mom always told me, hope for the best but expect the worst. Moral...Be prepared.
I added a grab/bucking strap to my western saddle the first time I rode my fillies. I was hoping they wouldn't throw me but I was prepared if they did.

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post #20 of 25 Old 06-03-2009, 09:59 PM
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Oh ya -- every time I get on Jade I think, "Today's the day. Better wear my helmet." So far, at the end of every ride I let out a big sigh of relief that "whew, it didn't happen, not even close", but then I think... "wait, that means NEXT time is it..."

And deep inside, I just KNOW it's gonna be Lisa that dumps me on the ground because I won't be paying attention!
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