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    09-26-2010, 01:47 AM

I am new at horse back riding. I've rode horses in the past. But not on a regular basis. And now I am the owner of a 15 year old Appaloosa named Allie. I am going to ride her for the first time tomorrow . . . Any pointers on how NOT to be nervous???
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    09-26-2010, 02:06 AM
Green Broke
Try to relax. If you are that nervous, the horse is going to pick up on it and possibly react to it. Just breathe deeply and find your confidence. After the first few rides, it will get better. Spending a lot of on the ground time with the horse can help get you used to the horse and help when you get on as well.

Do you have someone that will be helping you?
    09-26-2010, 02:09 AM
My husband is going to be with me. We know the ppl who gave her to us and they say she is the best horse they've ever owned. I'm really hoping she's a good one. We got her for our daughter.
    09-26-2010, 02:09 AM
Green Broke
Does your hubby have horse experience? It's never a bad idea to have horse people around for first rides.
    09-26-2010, 02:12 AM
No he doesn't. But we're thinking about calling a friend of ours who does. He breaks horses, so I think he'd be a good guy to have around! :)
    09-26-2010, 02:25 AM
Green Broke
I would do that. Best luck to you!

Just remember, have fun!
    09-26-2010, 02:40 AM
I was the same way when I first got my horse. When I got my horse she was 16, and she is the best horse I've ever riden. Usually older horses are a dream to ride, so just relax and have fun. :) And if you are feeling a little nervous or off-balanced, just stop and re-collect yourself, then keep on going!
    09-26-2010, 03:04 AM
Just go in with the attitude that "this will be fun." Sometimes I tell myself that as a reminder if I am nervous about trying something with a horse.

That is the objective afterall- to have fun.
    09-26-2010, 06:57 AM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
Just go in with the attitude that "this will be fun." Sometimes I tell myself that as a reminder if I am nervous about trying something with a horse.

That is the objective afterall- to have fun.
Yes! Take a deep breath (or many), relax, don't think too much, don't expect your horse to be perfect, and enjoy.
    09-26-2010, 01:50 PM
Sounds like a good idea to get your horsey friend to be there or ride her first before you do. Spend time to get to know each other first...grooming and hand walking/grazing so she will trust you more when you first get on.

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