Going to ride in an eventing clinic later, both terrified and excited!

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    05-22-2011, 10:04 AM
Going to ride in an eventing clinic later, both terrified and excited!

I'm excited to ride with this woman, but I'm also SO terrified!

This is a group setting. My horse is awful in groups! He gets prancy, strong, and throws out bucks, he tries to bolt and he gets herd bound, but if he leads he gets VERY tense and stops and tries to swing around until I crack him with a whip to get him forward again, and then repeat!

I'm hoping I can work this out today with an experienced eventer.

Someone help me calm my nerves! If I'm as nervous as I am now when I get on all hell will break loose!

Plus does anyone think I would benefit from using a running martingale?
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    05-22-2011, 10:13 AM
I can only tell you what not to do. Do not anticipate your horse misbehaving or else that's exactly what he'll do. Imagine going in there with a solid, hard working, nose to the grindstone, cool cucumber. With horses, you get what you wish for whether it be good or bad. Just have fun and concentrate on learning new stuff.
    05-22-2011, 10:16 AM
Hahahahaha maybe I should take some valium before I get on ;)

Lol, I'm just kidding. But I'll try to anticipate the best rather than the worst, and I'm with a professional, so at least if he DOES act up I can get some solid advice on reprimanding him.
    05-22-2011, 10:19 AM
Most have areas where you can longe before if your horse is really up. Hopefully the other horses will be quiet and yours will feed off of their quiet energy. Like you said, if he acts up, you can get advice right then and there for how to channel it into productive work.
    05-22-2011, 10:23 AM
I am riding with some really sane horses, which is a good thing, and I didn't plan to longe but instead get on a half an hour early and get a really solid warm up in..
    05-22-2011, 06:43 PM
Hey guys!

The clinic was alright, we had some highlights, but after 2 hours of riding my horse began to buck. He bucked six times. It started at the water jump. But I ended it on a note with no bucks after jumping up a bank so I guess it ended well..

The trainer told me that my horse was bucking out of frustration of being under saddle for too long and to turn his nose to my knee whenever he felt like he was going to explode. I'm just glad my last fence was free of bucks.

I'll be posting pictures in the picture section soon!
    05-22-2011, 06:51 PM
Yey! So other than his time limit, he was a good boy? Can't wait to see pics. I've been at work all day while you were out having fun. I need to live vicariously through you guys today!
    05-22-2011, 06:57 PM
    05-22-2011, 07:23 PM
Yupp he was very good despite the several bucks! We're proud and the pictures are up.

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