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    08-26-2012, 12:10 PM
  #1
Foal
need some advice on the best way to go about gettin confidence again

Basically iv been riding since I was a child I am now 21. I gave it up a lot thro secondary school and came back to it wen I was 18 but since coming back iv had a bit of hard time and now im really frustrated and my confidence is shattered.

Basically the one riding school I was at for a year I ended up aving one horse who would always spook every lesson but I was doing ok with controlling it altho it did knock my confidence a bit. But then I was put on a larger horse that was younger and had a accident were my knee was squished between a tree and I ended up on crutches for six months before I finally got surgery. And this left my confidence shattered.

I did after this tho go on a long ride wen I was back with old friends in wales and was perfectly fine and out for four hours was a lovely day.

But since then I was just working in a few yards not really riding.

N then had another accident with a horse in stable - she just basically spooked from the horse next door and I had turned my back to walk out n her she ended up doing a very small rear but caught my back.

Now iv recently been at derwen stud and I couldnt even walk into the stable to put a feed bucket in the corner.

All of this has now left me completly annoyed , disapointed really. I am stil nervous and I realise it will take time but I don't no were to start with improvin any of this - horses n riding used to be a huge love of mine but now I can barely stand near one and its quite upsetting. - can anyone suggest were I need to start and wot I can do. Will it just be a case of going to a new riding stables and explaining all this to them and going from scratch again? I really want to sort all this out.

Thank You in advance :)
     
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    08-26-2012, 12:21 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would say find a place or a person with some calmer confidence building horses and work your way back up. I would say ues you should find a new stable if this place isn't helping you. Even if it means just going and sitting in the pasture with an older pasture bound horse just to gain the confidence of being around them again. Good luck :)
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    08-26-2012, 12:22 PM
  #3
Foal
Wow! What bad luck you've been having. I remember breaking my arm on a horse I was trying out prior to buying when I was a kid and being in a cast for 10 weeks and unable to ride. My dad bought me a new horse during that time and I watched her go bucking down the road with him. Let me tell you, crawling on that horse was one of the most difficult things I ever did! Sounds to me like you need to find a very calm.....VERY calm horse (one that has to be strongly motivated to even move LOL) and just be around that one for a while. Go back to your friends you rode with before and just ride with them not in a school or training setting. If you want to work with different horses, have someone else catch them and secure them somewhere you can just groom them without fear of them hurting you. Good luck.
     
    08-26-2012, 12:29 PM
  #4
Foal
Thank you

I did have a retired horse my old boy but he was put down a few months back and I was fine around him but now he is gone its seems iv just gone downhill

A lot of the horses are very flitty in the riding school around me. I would love to go spend some more time in wales but iv just got back from another part wales and I start my vet nursing trainin next week

It makes me feel so stupid and if you said last year id go from riding everyweek and having my old boy to not even walking into a stable with feed I would of laughed at you.
     
    08-26-2012, 12:32 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by alexandharley    
Thank you

It makes me feel so stupid and if you said last year id go from riding everyweek and having my old boy to not even walking into a stable with feed I would of laughed at you.
It's NOT stupid. It's perfectly normal. I remember going from being willing to climb on and ride ANYTHING to being scared to walk into the corral with a strange horse. Happened when I was pregnant the first time and I felt stupid too. I remember even crying about it. Just don't give up if it means that much to you.
     
    08-26-2012, 12:39 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by kccjer    
It's NOT stupid. It's perfectly normal. I remember going from being willing to climb on and ride ANYTHING to being scared to walk into the corral with a strange horse. Happened when I was pregnant the first time and I felt stupid too. I remember even crying about it. Just don't give up if it means that much to you.
Thank you - that is reassuring that you say not silly.
Iv been to a few riding schools and instantly ruled them out after I explained wot my problems had been and they were more amused than wanting to help.

I do want to sort it out and especially as once im qualified I plan on moving and their vets all av equine parts unlike the one im training in.
     

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