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        08-07-2011, 09:04 AM
    Recently I started doubting my ability because I was always riding a mare that I simply couldn't get to focus and concentrate, and Alli who has only been backed for about a month and a half now. I didn't even realise untill I rode a riding school horse who was one of the "most difficult on the yard" and he did everything perfectly for me :) major confidence boost. Next time I rode Alli, Claire (instructor/friend/stablemate) commented on how confident I looked on Alli.

    Sorry I rambled but what I'm saying is go get yourself on another pony who lets you concentrate on you and how you ride. Get back on the horse your having issues with and ride with the confidence you gained from the other pony
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        08-07-2011, 04:25 PM
    No I haven't seen him work her. But she respects him because she knows that he is not intimidated by her. She knows I am. And no ofcourse not! Im happy to answer as many as you need so that you can help me.
        08-07-2011, 04:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Ok. So you are not afraid of the horse right? Just the bucking and what else? How far are you from your horse? Can you go see him anytime?

    You need to spend some time on the ground with him/her. Confidence is not going to come back quickly. So no rush. Start over. Go back to basics of brushing and talking to the horse. Do some lunging. Take the horse for walks. You hand walking him. If you ride, go slow. Sit on him. Walk him. Then get off. Do more each day. You will have to go slow but what else do you have but time?
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        08-07-2011, 06:15 PM
    Bustle: that's exactly what I did, I went to a one week riding camp on the easiest horse. But when I came back and all she had to do was flinch and I would be afraid.
        08-07-2011, 06:17 PM
    I live pretty far and that's probably one of the problems... And yes I will totally try that. Thank you soo much! I'll take it real slow!
        08-07-2011, 06:46 PM
    Green Broke
    All I can tell you is good luck and breath.
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        08-07-2011, 08:03 PM
    I had the same problem you have currently. My horse bucked me off while we were practicing our extended canter, and I took hard fall physically and my confidence went with it. When I got back on him he would try to buck me off or bolt with me a every couple of minutes. I had my mom watch me ride and she said I was making him nervous because I was expecting him to do something bad. So she would tell me patterns to do, one right after another, to keep my mind off of the expectancy of him doing something. Gradually I relaxed and the bucking and bolting went away too. Maybe this could help you too.
        08-07-2011, 09:24 PM
    Ok thank you I will do that! :)
        08-08-2011, 04:43 PM
    I have had a similar experience and found the first thing you must do is tell yourself you are NOT afraid of your horse. When you are riding, imagine you are a professional and explain everything to your trainer. Ride as if you are confident, even though you don't fully believe it yet. Don't push yourself too much, but try and do something a little harder on yourself every day, and you'll find your confidence soars. And if you can, get a quick ride on a total schoolmaster to boost it too. Also, herbal remedies help you stop worrying, such as Rescue Remedy, you should try it!
        08-08-2011, 04:47 PM
    I broke my collar bone in 2008 on Rooster. My confidence was SO low. But I fell in love with a neglected Fox Trotter gelding and it all went uphill from there. He's my best friend and I trust him as much as I trust my first pony. It just takes lots of time, I think.

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