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    07-31-2013, 07:19 PM
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Getting over my fears. Bareback

Ok so it looks like my lessons will be bareback for awhile, so that we learn not to depend so much on the stirrups, saddle horn and reins for balance before we start English.

Well last time I rode bareback a couple of years ago I was great at it, I could WTC no problem. It was all great and awesome untill I had a bad accident while riding bareback when the horse took off with me. I managed to stay on untill the horse took a sharp turn and threw me into a stump and I am sure I got a concussion and other injuries from it.

After that accident I was terrified of horses, I hated them because I learned that day that these animals arent all butterflies and kisses. These things are 1200 lb toddlers. So then for some reason last summer I decided that I should start working with them again, I really do have a passion for them and now I realized that falling off and getting hurt is just part of the job.

So now for our lessons we have started trotting bareback, everyone but me. I am just so nervous and I tense because I overthink and keep thinking, that oh God, what if he takes of?? And I sort of refused to trot the first few times and I feel like such a baby.

After the lesson though we got to play tag on out horses and I didnt trot but I walked quick and once I stop thinking about it, I am good. My question for yall is, how do I get over this and conquer my fear for good? I know my horse is a good one and that he is patient and trustable but I feel like I am holding myself back. Thanks :)
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    08-02-2013, 02:02 PM
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First of all, good for you for getting back on!
Take it at your own pace. If you haven't already, talk to your instructor about your fears. She/he shouldn't push you past your comfort zone. If your doing group lessons it might be hard if everybody is supposed to be doing the same thing, but it sounds like you're working around that already. Maybe you could take a few private lessons so you could just work on your own riding?
I assume you're riding in arena for now? If so, try to tell yourself to relax - where is your horse really going to go?

I am teaching my cousin to ride my horse bareback, and she was pretty wary originally without the saddle. Within the first ride she was trotting a little bit, which she swore she wasn't going to do!
She did have me lead for a bit, and walk/jog with her. Maybe you could get someone to lead or pony you to begin trotting? Having someone lead might take the worry of the horse running off out of the way.

I also invested in a suede bareback pad. It really helps for me to grip a bit and now I have no worries about riding out in the field bareback.

Good luck with all your riding! I hope some of these suggestions help.
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    08-02-2013, 03:06 PM
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Ok so it looks like my lessons will be bareback for awhile, so that we learn not to depend so much on the stirrups, saddle horn and reins for balance before we start English.

Well last time I rode bareback a couple of years ago I was great at it, I could WTC no problem. It was all great and awesome untill I had a bad accident while riding bareback when the horse took off with me. I managed to stay on untill the horse took a sharp turn and threw me into a stump and I am sure I got a concussion and other injuries from it.

After that accident I was terrified of horses, I hated them because I learned that day that these animals arent all butterflies and kisses. These things are 1200 lb toddlers. So then for some reason last summer I decided that I should start working with them again, I really do have a passion for them and now I realized that falling off and getting hurt is just part of the job.

So now for our lessons we have started trotting bareback, everyone but me. I am just so nervous and I tense because I overthink and keep thinking, that oh God, what if he takes of?? And I sort of refused to trot the first few times and I feel like such a baby.

After the lesson though we got to play tag on out horses and I didnt trot but I walked quick and once I stop thinking about it, I am good. My question for yall is, how do I get over this and conquer my fear for good? I know my horse is a good one and that he is patient and trustable but I feel like I am holding myself back. Thanks :)
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I had a similar situation when I was much younger. I love horses and actually trusted the ones I was riding, but was fearful of my horse taking off on me. This is what I did .... when I became fearful of doing something, I made sure that I was as safe as possible (I get private lessons). When I know all I am dealing with is pure fear and not a real safety concern, then I just tell myself ... I am fine and I can do this. I repeat this in my head quickly and often until I do what was making myself fearful. I have a good expierence and realize that nothing bad happened and am very proud of myself that I did it. I keep doing it and after a short period of time that sharp and overwhelming fear decreases and decreases to nothing. This works for me in lots of different areas of my life, try it and see if it works for you .... good luck and have TONS of fun!!
     

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