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        05-27-2010, 12:40 AM
    Really nervous and need pointers

    I rode for several years when I was younger but it was mostly my Shetland pony or my dad's Palamino which was VERY small for a horse (he was just barely out of the "pony" size range). Fast forward 13yrs or so and I have just fulfilled my dream of again owning a horse.

    Here's my dilemma. The one I fell in love with and have purchased is a 15.2 hand Thoroughbred. He's super gentle and everything but I am having some pretty bad nervousness about this weekend. I am going trail riding on him with his former owner so she can get me used to him. This will be my first time actually riding Storm. I know horses can sense your fear, etc so I'm afraid he will pick up on that and I will end up getting tossed on my rump LOL. I have purchased a helmet for safety's sake as I'd rather be safe than sorry if it's going to happen.

    I should also add a lot of my fear stems from my fear of heights. Odd, yes I know. I know that once I get on him and ride a few times and learn his quirks, etc that I will be ok. I just need some pointers on how to not let my nervousness effect him.

    Thank you :)
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        05-27-2010, 01:25 AM
    Keep reminding yourself that you love the horse and be determind lol I shouldn't be talking though i'm afriad of most horses only sadie i'm not afriad of at where I ride n.n'
        05-27-2010, 01:29 AM
    If it makes you feel any better there is less than six inches between your dads old horse and your new horse.
        05-30-2010, 12:18 AM
    Kevinshorses is right.. Although sometimes six inches can feel like six miles to us height-fearers. :)

    The best way to go about it is:

    A) You will be alright.
    B) Storm will be alright.
    C) Be confident, relax. Things are only as scary as our minds make them seem. ("The ground will always catch you, no matter what.")

    How did the trial ride go? :)
        05-30-2010, 12:22 AM
    Not well sadly... He's not as beginner friendly as they claimed. Yes, I was nervous but it was clear even from getting him out of the pasture that he was headstrong and flighty. I am really feeling now he is not the right horse for me. It pretty much ended up with me getting led around like a kid at the zoo because of how he was acting. He needs someone with far more experience than I have right now.
        05-30-2010, 12:53 AM
    Green Broke
    Awh. I am sorry it didn't go well for you. =( Have you already bought him?
        05-31-2010, 11:57 AM
    Check my update on the Horse Talk forum :)

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