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post #1 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hi. About 1 1/2- 2 months ago, I got bucked off my baby of 5 years. It was my first time to be bucked off and first time to break a bone... Now, at 1 1/2-2 months later, I'm scared to go faster than a trot on any horse. I've been riding my gelding (other baby) and I know he won't do anything bad but I'm scared. It really shook me up. I'm shaky every time I get on the back of any horse (even those that are dead broke).... How do I overcome this?
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 12:49 AM
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All I can think is time. Time will make the fear go farther and farther away. You might be expecting it to go away too soon. Being bucked off is really scary. It's happended to me twice, tho I never broke a bone. I am still leery of getting on the last one that bucked me. Not my horse. And now he bucked off his owner, too.

Anyway, time heals all .
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Okay... Thanks... I just feel really bad that I'm scared to ride my gelding. I feel like a wimp, but I just don't want to get hurt again. I'm going to try and ride him today... I still have the mare that bucked me off. I've been kind of ignoring her. I couldn't get back on her that day as I had a broken collarbone and excruciating pain.
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Work with an instructor. It may help your confidence. I had a fall about a year and a half ago and i havent cantered (intentionally) since. Better to work slowly to overcome it than pretend it doesnt exist like i did...
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Very true. I'll look into an instructor. I've always had a little 'phobia' type thing when loping (or cantering) on a horse I don't lope/canter a lot... Now, I have a HUGE phobia with it...
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I totally relate to you. Let me know what works for you so i can try it too.
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Okay, I will be sure to.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 05:45 PM
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The only way to regain your confidence is to regain your trust in yourself and in your horses. Don't push it too much. If you feel fairly comfortable walking & trotting on your gelding, do that for a while, until you actually feel comfortable with it. The more time you spend on him without scaring yourself, the more comfortable you will be riding again. Just take it slow, there's no hurry. Also, see if you can get someone else to ride your mare for a while - there are a lot of good horseless riders out there that would do it for free. That way she won't be too goofy when you do find the confidence to get back on her. Plus, seeing someone else ride her safely may also improve your confidence. Good luck and keep us posted! :)
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The only way to get over your fear is to keep on trying; if you only walk for a long time, so be it...don't push yourself too fast; allow yourself the time to heal and gain confidence again. I would stick with the well trained horse during this time period as well... have someone else work the younger one, so the horse still retains what he already knows. Only get back on that horse when you feel confident on a horse again...and even then, you may still feel uncomfortable on her for a while.

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Thanks all. :)
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