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    02-05-2014, 11:16 PM
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Foal
Unhappy Question/help for this weekend... How do I mount this new horse with confidence?

So this weekend, im suppose to be taking my horse up to a womans house to ride her horse and see if she is interested in trade and so on.. {Want bored y'all with all those details that don't mean anything}

So normally I wouldn't be nervous riding a "new" horse as I call it, but this mare is suppose to be cold backed and one that will try you. She needs to know whose boss when you first get on her, but doesn't need to be man handled.

This mare is suppose to back up, has a great stop and really sits down on her hind end when she goes to stop. Changes leads well, and is just your spirited go go go type horse. Really catty, and great barrel plus roping prospect, she's 14.2 hands tall and head sensitive she rides with a hackamore and kinda puts up a fret when riding away from the other horses...

So what I need to know is, how do I go try this mare out and ride her with confidence? I can ride with great confidence and ride my own, I repeat my own horses like their is no tomorrow.
The thing is, I've only seen pictures of this mare and im suppose to be getting a video tomorrow, and only know what this woman has told me about this mare. Im not a newb rider I've been seriously riding for 6-7 years now and showing for 5 of those years so im pretty advanced I think.

Heres the catch though, I have anxiety and get nervous over anything, as simple as walking into class late or walking into a classroom with people I don't know.. I can be sitting in class, and get REALLY nervous when I think im about to be called on. My teeth start chattering, my heart beats like I've ran a mile, and my hands will shake.

So I know im going to be nervous when I go and try this mare, just because its a horse I've never rode before and know what I've been told...
Is their anything that any of you do to keep your nerves down before you go and try out a new horse?
     
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    02-06-2014, 12:13 AM
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Ask her to ride the horse with you watching before you get on. Tell her what you want to see, be in charge, direct the movement. Have her do all the things you will want to try out so that you can see the horse do them all without problem.

There is nothing better for building confidence than having a 'video' in your head of the horse doing things nicely without problem. This will both tell you how the horse moves, and also give you the confidence to get on yourself.

If she won't get on the horse before you, then walk away

Enjoy, and good luck.
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    02-06-2014, 10:27 AM
  #3
Weanling
Agree with the above, let the owner ride the horse first, not just a few minutes, let her ride her in all gaits and ask her to do a bit more stuff than just riding in a circle.
Then you will get a general idea of the horse I think. I would also do some groundwork with the horse first, it is just a bit easier for you to calm down and get to know the horse before you get on.

If you still feel nervous about getting on and that horse is known to be testy then it is probably not the best idea to even mount the horse.

Just take it easy, don't put any pressure on you and see how it goes, don't do anything you don't want to do just to please anybody else.

Spend some time with the horse until you feel comfi to get on. Keep us posted though!!!! Good luck and I am sure you will do great!
     
    02-10-2014, 12:53 PM
  #4
Foal
Comes to find out I didn't even have to worry about the cold backed mare! My step moms friend has been wanting to trade their Hancock bred roping mare for a taller horse. So I was able to go up their Sunday and ride the mare with people I knew and could trust.
So I wasn't that nervouse about riding her and of course the girls husband was more then willing to take her for a spin before I did.
She's a great little roan mare standing at 15hh with a cutie pie head. She's got some spirit to her and does try to bully you at first, but she's a roping horse and has a extremely gentle handle on her.
I'm SUPER excited to start riding and working her.
Sad thing is my saddle doesn't fit her, will it slowly mold to her body or do I need to look into a whole new saddle? Because I honestly don't have that kinda money...
     
    02-10-2014, 01:28 PM
  #5
Green Broke
How does it not fit?

Honestly the first mare sounds like a really bad horse to be nervous on. I'm sure you'd be fine once you got used to her. Let us know how it goes with the new girl!
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    02-11-2014, 12:29 PM
  #6
Foal
The back of the saddle sticks up, like the front was fine but when I cinched it up the back was up. I don't know if it laid down when I got on her or not??
I hope it'll settle by itself cause I don't have the money for a new saddle..

I'm actually super exited to begin working with the new mare! Her name is Freckles but I think I may nick name her Queenie.. I'll try to get some pictures up once we've got her.
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    02-11-2014, 12:42 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Glad to hear you ended up with something that you're happy with. ^^
     
    02-11-2014, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Island Horselover    
Agree with the above, let the owner ride the horse first, not just a few minutes, let her ride her in all gaits and ask her to do a bit more stuff than just riding in a circle.
Then you will get a general idea of the horse I think. I would also do some groundwork with the horse first, it is just a bit easier for you to calm down and get to know the horse before you get on.

If you still feel nervous about getting on and that horse is known to be testy then it is probably not the best idea to even mount the horse.

Just take it easy, don't put any pressure on you and see how it goes, don't do anything you don't want to do just to please anybody else.

Spend some time with the horse until you feel comfi to get on. Keep us posted though!!!! Good luck and I am sure you will do great!
Agreed with this. Unless you could get comfortable with the idea of mounting this mare after watching her go perfectly, then you're going to be nervous. On a testy horse, that's just asking for trouble.

Glad the need has passed though- hope you enjoy her! How does the saddle not fit? I'd suggest posting photos in the "saddle fitting" section on here- properly placed, without a pad, lightly girthed up from either side, front, and back. If a saddle is too narrow, then nothing you can do will make it fit. Padding would only make the fit even tighter and more uncomfortable. The only option would be to get a new saddle, unfortunately :/ Depending on where and how off the fit is in other ways proper padding can help to a certain degree. Because trees in (most) saddles are rigid they will not mold to your horse's back- you really do need to buy something that fits the horse
     
    02-11-2014, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernBumpkin    
The back of the saddle sticks up, like the front was fine but when I cinched it up the back was up. I don't know if it laid down when I got on her or not??
I hope it'll settle by itself cause I don't have the money for a new saddle..

I'm actually super exited to begin working with the new mare! Her name is Freckles but I think I may nick name her Queenie.. I'll try to get some pictures up once we've got her.
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Oops, just saw how it doesn't fit. Sounds like maybe the saddle is too wide? How much clearance do you have between the fingers and the saddle? If they're close to touching, then it's definitely too wide. I'd still suggest posting pictures to see what people say. The experts will be able to get a better impression of just what is off about it, how off it is, and whether or not there's any way to fix the fit without soring the horse. Again, though, it won't settle on its own. If you have a decent brand saddle then you should be able to sell it and buy one for a comparable price in a better fit. In the long run it'll be worth it to buy a well fitting saddle. If not, you could end up with a sore and grumpy horse, and that's no fun at all
     
    02-11-2014, 01:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SouthernBumpkin    
The back of the saddle sticks up, like the front was fine but when I cinched it up the back was up. I don't know if it laid down when I got on her or not??
I hope it'll settle by itself cause I don't have the money for a new saddle..
your saddle is too wide in the pommel/bars for this horse. You can temporarily make it work with a thick pad - thicker under the front of the saddle, but this is very short term. Riding a horse with an ill fitting saddle can cause sore back, sore withers, and a sore mind even after a short time. If the back is sticking up quite a lot then the underside of the pommel is most likely banging on the horse's withers.

I personally would see if you could borrow a narrower saddle from somebody, or trade your current saddle (if not being used except on this new horse due to change of horses) for one that fits this horse.
     

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