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    02-17-2012, 07:34 PM
Unhappy Scared

So a couple of weeks ago my horse (Milkshake) reared on me. I didn't fall off or get hurt but now I have been a bit scared to ride her. I still ride her but I am scared. Do you guys know any way to gain my confidence again. Maybe exercises or something
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    02-17-2012, 07:48 PM
Why did she rear? Understanding why will help.
    02-17-2012, 08:02 PM
It can be scary! I agree with goneriding. If you know why it happened, you will be able to prevent it in the future. But don't beat yourself up over it! I have had 3 bad horse related accidents, with two landing me in the emergency room with broken bones. One almost killed/paralyzed me. What you need to remember is to BREATHE. Remember how relaxed you feel when you ride. If you relax mentally and breathe deeply, your body will relax. When your body relaxes, your mind relaxes even more. Soon enough you will forget all about it. Also, when you are relaxed as such, you will be more apt to respond if it happens again.
    02-17-2012, 08:05 PM
My riding instructor told me how to prevent it in the future. I think the reason y she reared is because of the cow poop. She might have thought it was an animal pr something but I am not sure exACTLY why she reared
    02-18-2012, 01:14 PM
If she reared from fear then you know she wasn't rearing because of you, or maliciously against you, you just have to treat it like a spook and know that it does happen sometimes, at least you were not hurt or anything :) Just don't push yourself too hard, have some fun, take her on rides you know she and you both love, etc :)
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    02-18-2012, 05:29 PM
Originally Posted by scwrl    
my riding instructor told me how to prevent it in the future. I think the reason y she reared is because of the cow poop. She might have thought it was an animal pr something but I am not sure exACTLY why she reared
A horse spooking from cow poop so bad that the horse reared?? Is this your horse or a horse you ride during lessons?
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    02-18-2012, 10:19 PM
When you say she reared, do you mean she popped up in the front a little bit, or do you mean she went vertical?
    02-18-2012, 11:17 PM
By what my dad said she went totally straight in the air. She is my horse horse that I own. And it felt like she went pretty far up not a little jump or pop up
    02-19-2012, 02:02 AM
My horse reared on me once and I got a sweet black eye from it - I was very nervous riding him after that. But I'm happy to report he hasn't reared since! Assuming that your horse doesn't have a reoccurring rearing problem, my best advice would be to keep riding! The longer you wait in between the more nervous you'll get. Every positive ride you have is a success! :) Also, what helps me a lot is to ride with an instructor or to ride with friends. Even just a slow ride around the arena or a trail side by side chit chatting and being relaxed! HOWEVER if you feel it is a problem and you are feeling extremely uncomfortable, I would seek the help of a trainer.
    02-19-2012, 04:24 AM
How long have you had her? I assume this is the first time she has reared?

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