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    04-13-2012, 02:19 PM
Afraid to "ruin" horse

Hi all,
I am new to the forum. I've been reading the forum for a while but never posted. I have been riding for a couple years- lessons and bought my first horse last month. He is 19 years old. He is a Quarter Horse Gelding. He has had a career as a cutting/ reining/ barrel/ trail horse. He is a great teacher. He is super responsive to seat and legs and patient with me- so far.
I just find that I have been anticipating having a horse of my own so much and I am so happy to finally be here, but when I ride I am afraid of messing him up. Or doing something so wrong that I "ruin" him.
I have been told by my trainer and others at the stable I took/ take lessons that I will be fine and that I should just relax and enjoy him, but I can't help worrying that I will do something or gradually untrain him- if that makes any sense.
I was just wondering if anyone else has felt this way.
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    04-13-2012, 02:34 PM
Welcome to the forum and congratulations with your new
    04-13-2012, 04:03 PM
Welcome to the forum!

You have done this all right - you took lessons, and bought a sensible older horse who knows his job. And you also have a trainer. Just don't let him pick up any bad habits - such as nipping for treats, napping, etc, and you two should be absolutely fine

Enjoy your horse!
    04-13-2012, 09:07 PM
I did. Then I realized that I had to take my chances if I ever wanted to get better with my horse and she with me. I think you would really have to do something horribly wrong to ruin this horse. Sounds like you have a good group that will help you out if things look like they might be going bad.

Relax and have fun. You won't ruin anything.

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