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post #1 of 3 Old 11-08-2009, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Incredible Lesson Fail


It all started about three minutes into the lesson. I was walking around, warming up the Firefly, the very mare-ish, but lovable, quarter horse. Then I went into a trot. Well, Fly started going about a hundred miles per hour, and all attempts at slowing her down failed. I bounced around for about five more minutes, trying vainly to drive her around some poles.

Moments after I got her nice and collected, she suddenly darted off (I think I was squeezing with my heals again... I really have to stop that). My reins were WAY too loose, so I couldn't stop her. I than had the smart idea of leaning way to the outside and trying to get her at least going around the pattern again. Well, I leaned to the outside WAY too hard and the saddle slipped to the side!

I grabbed for some mane, but only got her fur (poor Fly). So, I hung there, foot trapped in the stirrup, about to fall off, and started screaming "Make it stop! Make it stop!" (You see, my worst fear is getting a foot caught in the stirrup, so I was naturally panicking.) Than my trainer started LAUGHING at me before taking her sweet time in getting me down.

And that is only part one of my fail.

So, now I got the lovely privilege of cantering. You see, Fly has the worst, roughest, most downhill canter on the planet, so I was pretty nervous.

"Alright, got to get this over with... CANTER, FLY, CANTER!" Well, I started pulling on her mouth and kicking her at the same time, so she had NO idea what I was asking for. Therefore, she got very angry at me and started trotting as fast as she could and throwing her head, yanking the reins from my hands.

We tried again. This time, it was even worse. Fly went right to cantering with time, but picked up the wrong lead and started back for the barn. I panicked (again) and lost my stirrups.

"NO, STOP! SLOW DOWN!" But I was squeezing with my heels again since I didn't have any stirrups, so she just went faster.

*Sigh* Hey, at least I didn't fall.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-08-2009, 08:04 PM
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It sounds like you have a few fears about some aspects of riding, which probably didn't help in the long run.

1. It's not very often that your foot will get caught in the stirrup if you fall...I've ridden several years and fallen off multitudes of times, but never gotten my foot caught. As long as you keep the stirrup on the widest part of your foot, you should be right. If you're really concerned about it, there are stirrups you can buy from saddleries that have an elastic band replacing one side of your stirrup, so that if you fall off you can't get your foot caught. There are also safety stirrups that you can use. These will help you to boost your confidence.
2. Don't lean in the saddle. This is more likely to put your horse off balance than anything else. Imagine piggy-backing someone and them leaning to one side. It's hard to keep balance. If you want to slow the horse down rather rapidly (and this works well if you panic) you can use the one rein stop. This is where you use one rein to turn the horse in a tight circle. Horses can't move that quickly in small circles! I've found it vary useful on occasion
3. Try bare-back riding. It will help improve your balance and you'll learn to stop squeezing with your heels.
4. Lastly, you panicking probably did nothing to help the situation. It sounds like you have a few worries about the horse you're riding. If Firefly is your horse and not a school horse, then the best option for you would be to try Rescue Remedy. It's a solution that you put a few drops of under your tongue before a lesson or show. It helps to calm you down. And chances are that if you are calmer then your horse will be calmer too, and less likely to try any other tricks.

Hope this helps, sorry that it's a bit long!! I got a little carried away...
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-08-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice :)

Yeah, my stirrup fears are highly illogicall. I don't know why I'm so afraid of getting my feet stuck... It's just a weird thing that I've always had...

Bareback probally would be good for me. Though it's a lot harder, I actually prefur it to riding regular. Maybe it will help with my panic issues as well.

And Fly isn't mine. She's a lesson horse. Love her all the same though. Ha ha, maybe I could slip that under her tounge when my trainer isn't looking though...
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