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        03-04-2009, 01:03 PM
    I am a riding coach, one of my students had this horse that bolted all the time, I told her its all about confidence within herself, breathing helps and try singing in your head, or counting, that really helps to keep your mind off it and then you will relax. You have to conquer it! And you will :) My student would jump a course and her horse would go nuts, I made her sing outloud, as soon as she did, her horse calmed down and relaxed, as soon as she stopped singing, she thought about her nerves again and he went nuts again. Horses sense your nervousness, they will either take advantage of it, or babysit you, sounds like trigger is taking care of you. Don't worry you will get over it! Good luck
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        03-04-2009, 01:12 PM
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    You're right about the singing. When out by myself, there have been a few times that I would break out in song for my own benefit. Thank god my horses a very forgiving of my voice!
        03-04-2009, 01:19 PM
    Lol yeah they are great for tolerating us lmao...... it does help to keep your mind off things!
        03-04-2009, 06:38 PM
    Haha nice shmurmer4...Way to go all "Ricky Bobby" on us.

    Anyway, there are a lot of great suggestions on here already. I would probably say to just relax. I know that's what you're having a hard time with, but horses TOTALLY know when you're tense, and that makes them tense. So essentially the way you feel is the way the horse feels as well. Either that (if you have a good horse) or the horse will try to take advantage of you (if you have a rotten horse). Either way, he's going to feel you out. Like mentioned before horses are huge on body language. Don't let your past experiences hinder you from enjoying new ones. Its not fair to you and its not fair to the horse you're riding either. Just stay calm and enjoy the ride!! Its soooo much fun, and you need to have fun when riding instead of being worried. Horses really just want to take care of you. There are a few stinkers out there, but it sounds like the horse you're riding is a gentle giant. Have fun and enjoy!!!
        03-05-2009, 01:48 AM
    Thanks for all the advice. I am defiently going to use it next lesson(not tomorow but the next day) Trigger couldn't hurt a fly. (even though they drive him insane on stinken hot days) ^^
        03-05-2009, 02:35 AM
    Hmmm is Trigger a big bay fella?
        03-05-2009, 03:45 AM
    Yep, He is huge.... The biggest horse at the club. But they put me on him because I am the tallest in my group and one of the most nervous....Still, I wanted to ride Sonnett, A beautiful chestnut who is a perfect horse.
        03-05-2009, 03:50 AM
    I think I know the riding school you are going to. I used to ride there, and Sonnett is a chestnut and he has lost a bit of fur on his face?
        03-06-2009, 08:17 PM
    Yeah!!! That's him. He is quite bald. Across the waves horse riding club inc.
        03-07-2009, 03:43 AM
    Yeah! I used to ride there, don't worry about Trigger he is to old and lazy to bolt. Good people there, can't really give you any advice about confidence as I don't have much myself.

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