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        03-07-2009, 03:49 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    Do you live around that area? Yeah he is way old :)
    Today I rode him again today and they have decided I should ride a horse who I don't have to practically slap to get walking. Hopefully I am on a smaller horse...
         
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        03-07-2009, 03:51 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Yeah, do they still have Dudley? Loved that pony!
         
        03-07-2009, 03:55 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    I don't really know any of the horses yet. What colour is he??
         
        03-07-2009, 03:57 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    He is a grey pony, but there was around 2 other grey ponies out there when I was there.
         
        03-07-2009, 04:05 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    Hmmm...I don't think so. I don't think they have any grey's now. They have a white one though. He is gorgeous.

    Do you live around that area? How come you stopped going there?
         
        03-07-2009, 04:08 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Yeah by grey I mean white :P sorry.

    Yeah I live in the same town, not very close to the riding school though and I stopped going there because I bought a pony and no longer have enough time. I was thinking about starting up again to gain a bit of confidence.
         
        03-07-2009, 04:13 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Well, there is a white horse. He is quite tall :) I don't know his name.
    I live about half an hour away from there...
    They really do help with getting your confidence up...Mine's coming back suprisngly quickly(including the help from all the people on here)
         
        03-07-2009, 04:18 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    Oh you have quite the drive!
    The people on here have helped me alot. Good luck with your riding lessons!
         
        03-07-2009, 04:27 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    Thanks. Goodluck with your pony...
    Yep, the ipod helps with the drive :)
         
        03-07-2009, 08:30 AM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Just getting some good rides in where nothing bad happens will help build your confidence back up -- I like one of the other suggestions about having a trainer or someone else you trust walk next to you for awhile, that would definitely make me feel better! I had a fall a couple months back and had to gain my confidence back up too, I was getting very nervous every time I would ride which was making my horse nervous! I ended up asking my trainer to ride her for me a few times, and seeing him with good rides started making me feel better, like "ok she's not going to bolt again like I keep thinking she is!"

    I would start out letting him ride her for 1/2 hour or so, then I would get on and walk her around with him still in the arena with us. After awhile, the confidence started to come back! Also, another great tip someone else mentioned was remembering to breathe so that you stay relaxed...a good way to do this is to count your horse's steps...for whatever reason, it works! If you are counting out loud when your horse is walking or trotting, you are breathing in and out without thinking about it Worked for me anyway! I was jumping one day and my trainer wanted me to count the number of steps my horse took before the jump...I had no idea why, but did it anyway...he told me later it was just so that I would remember to breathe so I'd stay relaxed!
         

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