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    11-28-2012, 03:02 PM
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Foal
Angry Very nervous to hack help.

I have had my horse for 3 years and have spent alot of money and time on lessons I can do anything in the school.But when it comes to hacking I get panicky my legs go like jelly and I generally dread it.But I really want to enjoy it my boy is so good and I could not ask for a safer horse but as I get so nervous I make him tense then it makes me worse.I really want to enjoy taking my boy on hacks as at present my aunt and my instructor hack him and he never puts a hoof wrong but I can't get the what ifs out my head and its driving me crazy.When I first got my boy I had an accident when I was getting him in from the field and had 3 broken ribs and a punctured lung but I was not riding him.I can't pin point where my fear comes from am I the only one that feels like this.
     
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    11-28-2012, 03:06 PM
  #2
Foal
Have you tried hacking out with others. Sometimes if you have someone to chat too it can take your mind off your nerves.
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    11-28-2012, 03:13 PM
  #3
Showing
Unfortunately with fear, the more time that goes by where you don't deal with it, the worse it will get. It just keeps building. I'd like to suggest you hack out at the walk and try to get thro it. The mind can remain stressed only so long then will begin to relax. If you absolutely can't handle it, dismount and keep going for a ways so he doesn't associate a dismount with immediately going back. Do this daily for 5 days if time allows. It's best that you try to prevent the fear from building up during time away. It will also help the nerves if you think about where you will dismount (if you do) or where you will turn back.
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    11-29-2012, 01:01 AM
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Yearling
I'm not so sure what "hacking" is......do you mean riding?
     
    11-29-2012, 01:21 AM
  #5
Weanling
I get that feeling sometimes, too. I feel nervous for no explainable reason. My horse gets excited and kind of hot when we go somewhere new, then I get keyed up trying to ease him down, then he gets more tense, then we're both tense... it's a mess.

Just keep trudging on and soothing your horse. You need to keep calm too, though. Sometimes I sing to myself. Anything soft or soothing, like lullabies or Bob Marley songs. The one that works best for my horse is that song from Babe, the one farmer Hoggett sings to Babe when he's sick. If you don't know it, look it up on Youtube. It's cute. :)

You and your horse both need to learn that just because you get nervous, doesn't mean you should freak out. Just give it time, take small rides at first, then work your way up. You'll get there.
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    11-29-2012, 02:18 AM
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"hacking" is the UK term for riding out of the stable yard into the countryside, and might involve riding on roads or through villages and such, so horse must be able to deal with a LOT.
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    11-29-2012, 06:24 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by cloud9    
Have you tried hacking out with others. Sometimes if you have someone to chat too it can take your mind off your nerves.
Exactly like Cloud says. Go out with others. It will give you confidence and settle your horse. Once you have your confidence back then you can try hacking alone. In the school you are the one who feels safe because there is nowhere for your horse to go and if you fall off, you have a softer landing. When out hacking its different and you and your horse have a lot more freedom (within the confines of the hack). First time I got on my Clydesdale to 'try him out' he tanked off with me. I have never been so scared in my life so I know a l ittle of what you feel. I didn't even dare get him to trot on a hack just incase the same thing happened again. Going out with other people got my confidence back and I can now go on a hack alone but it took my a year!
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    11-29-2012, 08:33 AM
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Green Broke
Hacking is sort of like trail riding. It's a term used in the UK. I say sort of because its the same concept of riding around but it doesn't necessarily mean you're in a bridle path. You could be along a road, across a field, whatever.

To the OP- I also suggest going on walk-only hacks. Also putting tools in your toolbox will help. Learn how to do a one rein stop, what to do if both reins break, how to emergency dismount safely and how to decide if you should (people jump off horses way too easily and they usually bust themselves up when they do).
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    11-29-2012, 09:36 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
Hacking is sort of like trail riding. It's a term used in the UK. I say sort of because its the same concept of riding around but it doesn't necessarily mean you're in a bridle path. You could be along a road, across a field, whatever.

To the OP- I also suggest going on walk-only hacks. Also putting tools in your toolbox will help. Learn how to do a one rein stop, what to do if both reins break, how to emergency dismount safely and how to decide if you should (people jump off horses way too easily and they usually bust themselves up when they do).
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Emergency dismount on Patrick (18hh) involves ropes, pullies and abseiling LOL. I can't jump off him, only slide much to the amusement of other horse owners. Good advice though DA!
     
    11-29-2012, 09:54 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Ah then you would have to unfurl your emergency ladder!

I found a UK source for them! Portable Fire Escape Ladders
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