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post #1 of 11 Old 12-12-2010, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Finally! I did it! [long]

So, as some of you might know, in late May I was at 4-H when my saddle broke and my mare, Summer, spooked and I ended up getting a concussion.
Well, that seemed to be a very big break to my confidence because after that I couldn't make myself get back on her. I would go out and tell myself that I would get on her and I would lunge her and saddle her up, but then I'd make up some excuse in my head as to why I wasn't going to that day. It became rather frustrating to me that one fall [I've fallen off plenty of times before and even gotten concussions from falling before] off a mare that I totally trusted could make me be like that.
Anyways, last weekend I told myself that I had to do it, so I went out and lunged her, but then I remembered that I didn't have any of my saddles there, and she's only ever been ridden bareback once before and that was by my trainer. But, she was especially good during our warm up lunging and flexing exercises, so I decided that I was going to try it. I rode her in just a halter and leadrope which I'd never done before either, because when we had our accident she took off running around the arena and snapped her bridle into about 3 pieces. So, since she's too tall for me to jump on off the ground, I took her over to a barrel and attempted getting on. My foot went through the barrel as I was trying to get on, but the loud noise didn't even phase Summer, so I didn't let it bother me either. I just rolled the barrel to the other side and tried again.
I was finally able to get up on her, with a lot of cooperatiion from her, and she stood like an angle while I was adjusting myself. We proceeded to walk around the pasture for an hour or so and she was absolutely WONDERFUL. She remembered everything that she had previously learned and kept her head down right where she was taught to. She got mmuch praise for being such a good girl when we were done.
Then, yesterday, I decided that since she was so good, I was going to ride her again. I lunged her as I do every time before I ride, not because she needs it, but because it can aid me in figuring out how much she's going to pay attention that day, ad it's sort of become a security blanket and bonding time for me. But anyways, I got on her and she was yet again just grand. I was feeling really confident in her, so I asked her to trot. She picked up a nice slow jog like we had been working on, and it was like we never stopped her training. She remembered absolutely everything.

I'm going to continue to ride her as often as possible, and I got my aunt to give me the okay to take her to college with me in a couple of years if I want to. If she keeps being as awesome as she has been the past couple of weeks, there's no way I'm leaving her at home when I make the big transition.

Kudos to you if you read my whole 'novel.' (:
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-12-2010, 06:11 PM
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aww well done!! I know how you feel as when my new pony took off with me across the field and tried to jump the 4ft fence :/ haha it knocked my confidence it was my first fall of him and after that I didn't want to get on him, but I moved yards and it just so happened that the people at the new yard were brilliant so now I feel almost totally confident on him again I have the odd off day but I think moving was a fresh start for me and for him as our relationship has improved greatly and he is so much better behaved so I think it's a great idea to take her to college (I'd recommend getting her some new tack though haha :P ) as it will be a fresh start where you can move on and not constantly be reminded of bad experiences, when things go wrong with Rascal (aptly named haha) I just breathe deeply and think to myself 'am I just being silly what would (I think of one of the girls up my yard who is really confident) do in this situation' then I just sort of try and become that person, it may sound strange but it works :P (well for me anyway haha) so WELL DONE!!! for finally getting back on and I know how hard it is, just take it slow and build up not just your confidence but your confidence as a team :) sorry if it didn't make sense haha and it's probably kinda long haha but hoped it helped :P

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-12-2010, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot! I'm glad that you and your pony are getting better.
And as far as tack goes, I'm getting brand new everything next spring and I can't wait because I get to pick it all out.
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That's fantastic!! Good for you
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Can I please be a nag and ask that if your were wearing a helmet when you got all those concussions?
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Yes, haha(:
Our 4-H requires us to have helmets on when mounted at all times, no matter what.
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Lost confidence is very hard to restore back, it's something you have to go over mentally (which often takes lots of time), and sounds like you could do it! Good luck with riding and progress with her!
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Thank you(: Haha, it took me around 6 or 7 months to do and it feels absolutely amazing!
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Congrats. That is a big step for you to get on Summer. She must be an amazing mare for her to pick up on her training again like that. Well done for over coming your fear :)

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
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