Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I psych myself out too....Last winter the schoolie I rode was VERY exciteable, even at 17/18, and I almost ran over a girl and her pony who were standing at the rail. I was always worried to go more then a short time cantering in anything other then a 20 meter circle, or in something faster then a moderately collected canter going large in the arena. I showed this spring, and by the time we did out 2nd course he would be ROLLING along and we would always end up leaving out a stride in our last line....it would be a great distance, but wayyyyyy too fast. I ended up going into the arena wall one day when he ducked out of a fence, lost both stirrups then at the wall he suddenly changed direction again. I got back on, but didnt do much the rest of the lesson because I was so scared that I would break an arm and not be able to work or ride. I wanted to change horses so badly, but there was nothing I could change too because of who else rode in that lesson. (Only one other girl and I were able to ride Bart all winter.) He has been perfect all summer but is going on something this winter to calm his butt down!
I also psych myself out about fence heights. If it looks bigger then normal, I panic, tense up, forget to give a full release, get left behind or jump ahead. Dreadful. Its horrid. I hate it. But I just go for it because it is most likely the only way to get over it.