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        09-11-2010, 03:53 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    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.
         
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        09-11-2010, 04:00 AM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    And you choose this? This is enjoyable? Yikes! I nearly died from fright just reading it. I am WAYYY to old for that kinda excietment, Besides, I ride for fun and a "touch" of excitement. It's like spice on top of a dish I know is not too hot to eat .
    (Actually, I love spicy food, but the analogy sounded cute)
         
        09-11-2010, 04:06 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Lol im happy to know im not the only terrified one here xD trotting? No biggie psh isn't nothing but ask me to canter and I spazz I haven't cantered in like for ever since my last fall which was 3 or more months ago ya... and I reallly don't liked going very fast in a big group GAAH not good I prefer a two people lesson much better >3< espically since its my bestie and I can make an idioit out of myself xD
         
        09-11-2010, 04:52 AM
      #14
    Trained
    I've always had a very high self preservation level. I never had the normal feeling of being invincible that every other kid had. Granted I'm still teenager, but honestly I get nervous. I just work on deep breaths and keeping calm. If your aura is calm, your horse is always going to be calm. Granted I got over my going fast fear, but when I lost my confidence a while back I had to regain it.
         
        09-11-2010, 06:53 AM
      #15
    Trained
    I am convinced those walk/trot classes are made just for me! Maybe someday I will canter pretty again......*sigh*
    Even my best friend, the most experienced rider I know, who has been a college coach, etc.....is changing a bit as she ages. Not sure she will ever really admit it, but after the last reining show(her first at reining), she looked at the video of her circles and said....."man those large fast circles look really slow.....they felt SO fast!"
         
        09-11-2010, 09:10 PM
      #16
    Banned
    It makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one with these feelings.
    Thanks to everybody who responded!
         
        09-11-2010, 09:19 PM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Knack

    I just came home from a lil' Western Playday for our neighborhood horse club. Was fun and I snagged some lousy 5th and 6th place ribbons, But I really don't ride western so well, I do dressage, or somethig akin to it.

    Anyway, the horse I've been riding, Mac has such an easy canter that it has done wonders for building my confidence at the canter. Before I stareted leasing him (the Appy) I rode a Warmblood X who was a good horse but kind high at times and would canter really fast. So, I always was scared to canter him. Then, he tripped one time in the arena at the canter and went to his knees and pitched me into the sand really hard. So, I didn't want to canter him again . When I took lessons and I had to canter I would be really hauling tight on his mouth and worrying the whole time. My teacher kept saying, "pick him up and move him faster" She told me he would be less likely to stumble if he was more engaged at the canter (true) but it meant going even faster and I would only half heartedly ask.
    Riding the Appy Mac is SOOO different. His canter is calm, rythmic and lets me focus on MY postion.
    The point of that story is to see if you couldn't get some time on a horse that is really easy to canter, to build up your confidence.

    Anyway, thanks for letting me reminisce.
         
        09-11-2010, 09:37 PM
      #18
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Knack

    I just came home from a lil' Western Playday for our neighborhood horse club. Was fun and I snagged some lousy 5th and 6th place ribbons, But I really don't ride western so well, I do dressage, or somethig akin to it.

    Anyway, the horse I've been riding, Mac has such an easy canter that it has done wonders for building my confidence at the canter. Before I stareted leasing him (the Appy) I rode a Warmblood X who was a good horse but kind high at times and would canter really fast. So, I always was scared to canter him. Then, he tripped one time in the arena at the canter and went to his knees and pitched me into the sand really hard. So, I didn't want to canter him again . When I took lessons and I had to canter I would be really hauling tight on his mouth and worrying the whole time. My teacher kept saying, "pick him up and move him faster" She told me he would be less likely to stumble if he was more engaged at the canter (true) but it meant going even faster and I would only half heartedly ask.
    Riding the Appy Mac is SOOO different. His canter is calm, rythmic and lets me focus on MY postion.
    The point of that story is to see if you couldn't get some time on a horse that is really easy to canter, to build up your confidence.

    Anyway, thanks for letting me reminisce.
    The horses I ride lope really nicely. I don't have issues once I start loping, its just before. My anxiety only occours when I think about going faster. Once I convince myself to go faster, I'm fine.
         
        09-12-2010, 12:04 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    No you are not the only one that feels like this....I don't have any issues at the trot , but I do at a canter. My goal for the coming year is to canter more and not get so unconfident about it.
    Granted , I am not a kid/teen anymore and in my 30's but I look at my daughter who is 11 with envy. She doesnt seem to know fear and she has fallen off a couple of times now going faster than a trot.

    Walk/trot classes will be in my future for awhile if I ever decide to compete.
         
        09-12-2010, 07:52 PM
      #20
    Trained
    I was a lesson a week person for years and years. I bought my first horse at age 40, a 4 year old OTTB. Can't say I ever had a problem with speed within the confines of a ring, but out hacking or on trails, I always had butterflies in my stomach expecting something to go wrong. I never had the carefree impervious days riding as a kid. I established a few simple rules for myself.

    1. Don't do anything you're not comfortable doing.

    2. Keep pushing your limits even if only by a tiny bit each time we go out.

    Between sticking to those two items and finding out you can fall off a 16.2 hand galloping horse and actually not get hurt, in 3 years I've evolved into someone who used to only want to walk on trails to the nut who wants to do nothing but run. I think a lot of that fear comes from some logic that we're "supposed" to be doing something we're not doing. Just go at your own pace. I'm sure one day you'll ride into a big green field and feel like running like the dickens!
         

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