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        06-04-2009, 07:16 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Oo I probably wrote the book on being nervous around horses! You're not alone, believe me. When I first started riding it took me a year and a half to even try a canter. And even today (and i've been riding for over 10 years) i'll still get nervous if my horse speeds up too much at the canter or trips. I also have issues with panic attacks about completely irrational things. Its taken years for me to get over and i've had more than one trainer give up on me.
    Its also about finding the right horse to ride. I definitely support you going to the barn and spending time with the horses. That always helped me. Also, maybe you could arrange for a couple private lessons. Just you and the instructor to practice trotting without the added anxiety of having people around. That's how I was finally able to canter. Or you could even have your trainer hook your horse up to a lunge line. Then you can trot or canter at will without having to worry about the horse taking off or anything.
         
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        06-05-2009, 08:19 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Yeah the only problem is. I live in a small town and it isn't a barn or stables. It has a few paddocks where the horses live and a few slots to tie the horses and tack up. A tack shed(a shipping container) and a small kitchen. They don't have private lessons and all. I trust my riding instructor alot. I used to be nervous just getting on the horse. Now it is only when something unexpected happens or I begin trotting....
         
        06-05-2009, 08:40 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Tayz    
    Yeah the only problem is. I live in a small town and it isn't a barn or stables. It has a few paddocks where the horses live and a few slots to tie the horses and tack up. A tack shed(a shipping container) and a small kitchen. They don't have private lessons and all. I trust my riding instructor alot. I used to be nervous just getting on the horse. Now it is only when something unexpected happens or I begin trotting....
    well that's good that you trust your instructor. That's always key. Is there a horse that you feel the most comfortable on? That's how I overcame my fear of cantering. I started on a horse that I knew wouldn't do anything and I stayed on him for about 6 months until I was confident enough to move to another horse. And take baby steps. It sux because you see others around you moving faster (believe me, it happened to me all the time and it doesnt feel good) but everyone moves at their own pace. If all you feel comfortable with is trotting once around the ring, then that's fine. Don't rush yourself. It'll come eventually. I'm sure it doesnt seem like that, but take it from someone who knows, eventually it'll all click and you'll discover its fun.
    And have you asked your instructor about possibly having a private lesson, even just once. I know it isnt the usual thing at your barn, but I really think it might help. And your instructor seems like a really nice person. She'd probably understand
         
        06-05-2009, 09:49 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    The problem is, she has so many lessons that she hasn't got time. The only thing she can do is offer to let me help her feed the horses and hang around the horses if I want... My favourite horse is a pony name Melody. Sonnett was my fave, but he is so grumpy and kept cantering on me so I am taking a break from him...
         
        06-06-2009, 09:53 AM
      #15
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    Originally Posted by Tayz    
    Well, my riding is going ok, but yesterday my mum asked my riding instructor how I was going.
    She said it was ok, but I was stressing out over any little thing what happened(the horses ears flicking back, horse moving to fast, horse stopping etc) and because of that she has only being able to put me on the safe little ponies and horses.
    She has suggested that I come and help after school every now and then with feeding and get used to horses more often.
    Try singing. If you sing while riding you cannot think about how stressed you are. Don't look at the horse while riding. Look where you're going. How long have you been riding? I'll tell you that it took a couple of months of lessons before my daughter got a saddle and reins. She had to learn how to safely tie, lead, etc. Then she had to learn how to balance on a horse before riding. Maybe you're just going a bit too fast.

    Quit stressing about how fast you're learning. This is supposed to be fun.
         
        06-08-2009, 12:56 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Thanks.
    Saturdays lesson was great!
    We played several games and I did so much trotting that my bum hurt so much afterwards but I am so happy as I didn't freak at all.
    After that, I got taught how to rug a horse. I rugged 2 ponies and 1 horse. It was great. Especially seem the horses/ponies I rugged were all very good and didn't move as I learnt how to put it on..
         
        06-08-2009, 06:38 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Thats great. Remember when your trotting to keep you're eye's where ur going and you're heels down. What I do is look at the pretty trees in the distance, or the horses in the field. It really relaxes me cause everything looks so relaxed. Sounds like you're ready to push you're self for you. That's great!!
         
        06-09-2009, 08:46 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Really, don't worry too much. When I was really little I knew I loved horses but when I was around them, I was really afraid and nervous. After a while it just gets easier and easier, and now I'm not afraid to do anything.
         

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