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    06-08-2012, 04:05 PM
  #11
Foal
Make sure the girth is done up and then just trust your horse
     
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    06-08-2012, 04:18 PM
  #12
Foal
I didn't have any particular reason other than being a cautious person in general, but I was scared to lope for a long time! I started riding when I was six and probably didn't start loping consistently until I was ten and had my first pleasure horse. My trainer just made me do a little bit at a time. I'd hold on to the cantle at first and then once I could do that consistently I'd start removing my hand. Eventually you just figure out that nothing's going to happen! I'm still amazed by how loping doesn't scare me in the least any more in comparison to how terrified I was for awhile.
     
    06-08-2012, 04:36 PM
  #13
Foal
Yeah, after your first one, its simple from then all.:)
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Originally Posted by RosiePosie06    
I didn't have any particular reason other than being a cautious person in general, but I was scared to lope for a long time! I started riding when I was six and probably didn't start loping consistently until I was ten and had my first pleasure horse. My trainer just made me do a little bit at a time. I'd hold on to the cantle at first and then once I could do that consistently I'd start removing my hand. Eventually you just figure out that nothing's going to happen! I'm still amazed by how loping doesn't scare me in the least any more in comparison to how terrified I was for awhile.
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    06-08-2012, 05:52 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by squekers998    
I had lessons Yesturday and my girth wasnt tight enough and the saddle slipped when I was cantering now im kinda affraid to canter on a lunge line. Is there some way how to teach my self not to be scared/worried that I will fall? I canterd once but that was on accedent it was right after the trot and I only cantered for about a few sec but I wasnt scared only when im on a lunge line im scared too.
OP, is that you on the horse going over the fences in your avatar? I would think if you have the nerve to do that, you can handle cantering!

But, to specifically answer your question... remind yourself that the fall was due to faulty tack. Had you checked the girth before the lesson begun, you probably would not have fallen off the horse.

Then remind yourself that that is a completely controllable situation. You own and control your tack.

It is far scarier to fall off because the horse spooked or behaved like a butt. You cannot control that. You never know when the horse will do something stupid again so you are always on guard for the moment the horse will dump you.

But, a loose girth. Well, make a mental note to saddle the horse, bridle the horse, walk / lead the horse, then recinch.

When you mount, remind yourself that you took the necessary precautions and then remind yourself you would not have fallen otherwise.

Good luck
     
    06-08-2012, 05:58 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RosiePosie06    
I didn't have any particular reason other than being a cautious person in general, but I was scared to lope for a long time! I started riding when I was six and probably didn't start loping consistently until I was ten and had my first pleasure horse. My trainer just made me do a little bit at a time. I'd hold on to the cantle at first and then once I could do that consistently I'd start removing my hand. Eventually you just figure out that nothing's going to happen! I'm still amazed by how loping doesn't scare me in the least any more in comparison to how terrified I was for awhile.
My horse has a great lope and I admit to being cautious. I am afraid the goofball will trip. I don't like to lope on any surface that I can't verify is safe. I like hardpack dirt terrain over soft dirt terrain. ANd I never lope through the field.

Gopher holes man. They are scarrrrryyyyy. Plus, horse hoof prints made hard in the mud. Scary stuff.

Sam doesn't lope well in a circle. I have to try and train him to lope and take direction. We may stick to the jog a while longer.
     
    06-10-2012, 11:43 PM
  #16
Weanling
If you don't want to canter on the lunge line canter on the rail. If you're afraid to do that, listen to my long boring story :) 4-5 years ago I went to a lesson barn that had these green horses and they put kids, me, on their back and told me to jump lines, canter with 5 other people in a tiny arena, and other very stupid stuff. I fell off almost every single lesson. That is why I stated doing dressage, I got so scared to jump that I decided to quit. Over time I was still scared, but one day I was cantering over a pole and I had fun! To me, if you are VERY uncomfortable doing something wait. Try doing it a couple times or ever so often but if you're horrified then wait. Ever since I started dressage, I don't canter anymore (the horse I jump is green so we don't canter then) then my trainer told me to canter and I've been scared. I think it's because I don't feel like I know what I'm doing, because I'm not used to it. Now that I feel more comftorable riding, I am trying to canter more Becasue I want to push myself. A try both, waiting and pushing. Good luck!
     

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