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    03-30-2012, 12:46 PM
Nice posts. Happens to everyone, it's not exactly fun, but it's apart of riding! I was told once something along these lines, that you are a good rider after seven falls, or something....Haha I can't exactly remember! I've fallen 1.5 times. Yes. 1.5. Haha. ;) So I have a ways to go, if this statement is true. Keep trying, keep using a helmet, odds are you'll fall off again, but that's horseback riding for you. Good luck, hope you get some of that confidence back again!
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    03-30-2012, 07:02 PM
Been there, done that. I'm still nervous as ever but moreso on other horses than mine. I had a very near bad accident on a mare I used to ride for someone because she needed miles.. and it spooked me so bad I couldn't even walk on a short little halfie because I was scared she'd take off on me and I'd break something.

Slowly get your confidence back.. don't push yourself too much. If you're worried about the canter, maybe have someone experienced lunge you on the horse so you don't have to worry about so many things at once.

Good luck :)
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    03-30-2012, 10:25 PM
This might sound silly, but this is what I do to conquer any fears I end up having (ranging from horses to roller coasters xD).

Step 1: Lie to myself.

"Pffft. So what if he takes off with me or bucks or something. I like it when he bucks. Yup. It doesn't bother me at all." Eventually, if I keep telling myself that, I end up believing it somehow. When I was in 8th grade, my school took a trip to the Busch Gardens. I told myself that I loved roller coasters. In reality, I'd never been on one. I also told my friend I'd be her roller coaster buddy. The pressure of having someone to own up to also stopped me from chickening out. Turns out, I hate roller coasters. I decided that after I rode every coaster in the park. But at least I conquered my fear...? xD

Step 2. Just do it. But have a game plan.
I used to have problems asking Blaze to canter because he bucked me off once and I broke my ankle. Sooo I followed step 1, and then came up with a plan. Even though I 'like it when he bucks', give him a kick / tap with a whip, and act like nothing bad happened. So then I hopped on him, confident that I love when he bucks. I got him into the trot, asked him to canter, made it a circle, and he bucked. Gave him a kick, he realized he couldn't get away with it, and then he didn't give me that problem for the rest of the day.

Step 3. Holy magicarps! I just did that!
Realize you just got over your fear. XD While usually I don't condone lying, lying to myself to assure myself I'm not afraid seems to work. Just make sure you're being SAFE when you lie to yourself. I knew that getting on a roller coaster wouldn't kill me. I also knew that Blaze was going to buck and I was going to be able to handle it now that I was expecting it. If you don't feel like you can handle a bolting horse, take a few steps back and don't try to canter for a while. Make sure you have your brakes under control before you try to accelerate. Once you're secure with walk-halt and trot-halt and you feel secure enough / you feel like you can handle the situation, then try again. Preferably with a trainer around, just like you said a few posts ago.

Sorry for rambling with seemingly crazy advice. XD
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    03-31-2012, 06:15 AM
Originally Posted by BooBear    
This might sound silly, but this is what I do to conquer any fears I end up having (ranging from horses to roller coasters xD).

Step 1: Lie to myself.

"Pffft. So what if he takes off with me or bucks or something. I like it when he bucks. Yup. It doesn't bother me at all."
I do that too.. and I get cross with myself. I'm like "seriously... you're getting all worked up over a silly little canter? Oh wow.. grow up and deal with it. You aren't going to go anywhere being a wimp! It's not scary, suck it up!"

Yes I'm mean to myself but hey it works!
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    03-31-2012, 07:12 AM
Thanks so much everybody for your advice! It's made me realise that I don't have to rush into things that I find difficult. I can just take my time and do it when the time feels right. Your ideas sound interesting and I will definitely try them out Thanks again guys!
    03-31-2012, 12:18 PM
The same thing happend to me im still scared of catering but im feeling a little more confidant
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