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post #1 of 12 Old 06-05-2011, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Mental Breakdowns.. on a horse.

So I rode this morning, and I had my first mental breakdown on horseback (I've been riding about 6 months). It was probably a combination of a sinus infection, exhaustion, and the 90 degree/50% humidity conditions of this morning. Reba was not having a great day (probably directly correlated to me having a bad day) and was giving me a huge amount of attitude.. and I just gave up and cried. I felt like such a baby! :( Has anyone else just had "one of those days" recently?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-05-2011, 03:09 PM
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I have not, I have certainly gotten frustrated though. When I feel that happening, I stop what I am doing and go back to something basic and easy. Maybe next time you could do that, as it would be fairer to your horse.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-05-2011, 03:38 PM
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I had one of those days last year, my horse wouldnt canter on the right leading leg and was fighting my contact, to the point where i cried my little heart out and fell out with my horse, 5 mins later we were best friends again and he was being a little gem, he must have known he had upset me. Im sure alot of people have them little moments
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-05-2011, 05:54 PM
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Oh yes. A couple years ago, I was obbsesed with perfection and I just couldn't get what I wanted out of my horse that day. I turned my horse around to face the wall, burrowed my face into my hands and cried. I was so mentally tired. I hadn't had lesson or help of any sort. After that I began to get more relaxed and it wasnt as bad. I got lessons. I rarely ever break down and if I do I don't cry I just stop my horse and breathe and restart.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-05-2011, 06:03 PM
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I had one last year sometime. It was very embarrassing because it was in front of my instructor. We had been deciding for a couple of weeks as to whether I should sell my horse or not because he seemed to be just too much for me as a beginner rider. At first I wanted to just try and work through it. That particular day he was giving me a lot of trouble I couldn't even get him to trot. I was terrified of riding him and not enjoying my lessons and that day I broke down and cried. My instructor helped calm me down ( i was lucky she was really nice) then we did something I was capable of doing on him and stopped. I tried to sell but no one wanted him, I still have the big booger and he can still frustrate me but not to that point. I am now still gaining confidence, but I am riding him again ( he is in my avatar)

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i almost had one of those moments yesterday. i was at a show. i was showing jumpers with one of my trainers horse. i went in for my first class and the horse who is usually so up and sooo fast decided he was finally tired and would barely canter. he refused every jump until i was excused. i walked out and my trainer was like waht happened? and i just wanted to cry because alot of friends were there and so was my boyfriend i was just embarrased. but then i just took a deep breath, grabbed a crop :), and went back in and rocked it... i did my jump off in 33 seconds :) we got third. after that i was so proud i almost cried!!

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I go to a horsey college and i see people (atleast 2) everyday. Someone is /always/ crying on a horse. Its a completely normal thing atleast for girls, i have yet to see a guy break down. But we think alot differently then they do ;]
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-06-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Apache- He is beautiful!
Jrcci- Ugh.. I love shows, but they can be so stressful! Especially if you work so hard to show your family and friends all that you've learned, and then something goes wrong (like fatigue)
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-06-2011, 03:42 PM
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-06-2011, 03:52 PM
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I've had those days, but it usually isn't related to the horse acting up itself. Most of the time I just have something else going on.

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