Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
I don't think that your fear is unfounded! You had a really bad accident and it takes time to get over it. But i'm glad to hear that your not letting fear rule your life!!
I had a really bad horse before I got ozzie, she use to buck until I came off, rear and spin til I came off, run flat out at a tree stop dead and swing her ass at the tree hoping I would come off, out in the bush she would jig jog on the way home and when I tried to stop her she would run backwards until she hit something, usually a barbed wire fence, prick her butt and bolt up a low branch then go straight back to the fence! She once double barrelled the fence and got stuck, she panicked and fell on the rider (wasn't me because I got off, I couldn't handle it) she pulled until she exhausted herself and collapsed on the rider, I was yelling at the rider to bail and save herself! I lost all my confidence, if I didn't find ozzie when I did, I would never have ridden again!
It took 2 1/2 years with ozzie and really good understanding friends dragging me out on the trails, to shows, on the roads, and riding clubs. I then joined pony club where my issue was being out in open spaces, I had a fear of my horse bolting. It would scare me when he jig jogged. I burried the fear until I got a handle on it. The breaking point when I lost the crippling fear was when I fell off ozzie in the open, riders and instructors everywhere at pony club, he reared and spun, I accidently spurred him and he did it again, then I fell off. It wasn't that bad! I realised that I was fearing falling off! My horse hooned around and acted like a total idiot and I just laughed! He gave the stockman a run for their money who eventually caught him, I got this horse handed back to me, tail in the air, eyes the size of dinner plates, totally tripping out....i got back on him. Tat was my turning point. I trusted ozzie from then on.
6 years later, I still own him and I still trust him. He's going no where!
The moral of the long winded story is this.... you will get over it but not in an instant, give it time and get lessons, don't give up. Your not alone with it. I still have flash backs but they aren't as vivid anymore and they aren't as scarey anymore.
Send the horse to a trainer, establish the one rein stop on him, and learn it, make sure his mouthing is 10/10/10. The one rein stop will save your life one day, and knowing you got it there make you more confident.
Good luck ! :)
:::THIRD TIME A CHARM:::
Elly ::: Diam ::: Ozzie