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post #21 of 25 Old 09-12-2010, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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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!


THATS IT!!!!! The one factor that jas changed since I started having this anxiety was the fact I no longer have an arena to ride in.

When I was taking riding lessons, my instructor had a converted machine shed to ride around in. Now I am riding with an instructor that has no space to go faster than a trot except out on the trails in the pastures.

I will have to keep your rules in mind on my next ride.
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Glad I could help. I forgot to add. I also made a brakes a top priority. My horse and I learned the one rein stop and practiced it at all gaits until it was automatic. Having brakes whenever I need them definitely contributed to my confidence level about traveling at speed.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Glad I could help. I forgot to add. I also made a brakes a top priority. My horse and I learned the one rein stop and practiced it at all gaits until it was automatic. Having brakes whenever I need them definitely contributed to my confidence level about traveling at speed.
I may have to try that. It would be nice knowing I could stop the horse I am riding on a dime, and all the horses I ride are taught how to flex, how to disengage their hindquarters, and the one rein stop. Actually knowing how to use it in a speed situation would be useful. I've had to do it to keep a horse from kicking another, but we were at a standstill and had plenty of room to move around in.
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It's the best tool ever. You'll be surprised how little room you need to use it once you and your horse know it. As soon as he feels you start the pick up the rein, he'll stop no matter what gait you're at. Unlike some people seem to think, no big circles are large areas of space are needed once it's perfected.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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^ Oh, she could touch her nose to her butt and spin in a 7'x7' square if J (my instructor) had gotten on her and did it then. My application of the manuver needs some work...that will be my next task.
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