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post #21 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 10:41 AM
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I want to keep buying too much horse stuff. and i cant even ride my horse XD!

Last time i tried to ride my horse (last month) i was on her for less than 5 min (she came up lame again). when i got up my hip was out. MY HIP WAS OUT! It took me a day to fix it. im 23...
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post #22 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 11:20 AM
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Ooh, me! Me! I'm definitely in the "buying too much horse stuff" club!

I just ordered THREE sets of matching pad and polos in red, yellow, and smoke blue...because my horse should be more fashionable than me!
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post #23 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 11:22 AM
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I need an intervention for my saddle pad addiction
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post #24 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 11:31 AM
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I too have major mounting anxiety. I've had a few bad experiences, mostly related to a poor-fitting saddle slipping when I put my foot in the stirrup. I always, ALWAYS worry it will do that.

Right now I'm worrying that my anxiety will keep me out of the saddle (I do suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, which I take medicine for and also do therapy). One of the reasons I've gotten into driving over the last year, and hoping to really get into the meat of learning to drive this year.
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post #25 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 12:03 PM
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Slipping saddles is a huge anxiety issue for me. I must check my cinch 5 times before mounting. I also have to have a mounting block. I can get up from the ground if I really have to. But I find having the mounting block helps so much. But my horse has to be standing just right for me to get on.

I hate riding out in a group and having to mount in front of people. I rode with woman who was constantly complaining and telling me to just get the heck up there. I couldn't explain to her, I just had to check.

I had a fall getting up when I was about 9. I was riding in an old leather saddle and I went to get up and my stirrup leather snapped as I was getting up and and I went flying back. Hit my head, knocked the wind out of me, and the stirrup gave me a nasty black eye, because it of course landed on my face somehow.

A few weeks after that my sister had saddled Ty for me, since at that age I was to little to get the heavy saddle up there or tighten my cinch. Since she had never done it before, she assumed tightening the cinch once was enough. Ty liked to puff up.

Went to get on and the saddle slipped, I hit my nose on the horn because I'm special that way, gave myself a bloody nose, and was all twisted up. Thank god Ty stood like a rock and just silently judged me.

After that I became very nervous about my cinch and stirrups. After I'm up, I fix my stirrups and start moving I'm fine. But my hands actually shake and my stomach is in knots as I mount up and when I first sit.
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post #26 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
LOL, I have huge mounting, and slight dismounting anxiety, but I have a good reason, but I am the opposite to you, I want people around, just in case! Lots of people have the same worry though, the transition to and from the saddle is the most stressful part of riding for many

Simple answer, tape husband in the living, you go riding, he sands!
He gets a little heavy handed with the sander, and there goes all that patient work it takes to not have waves and ripples in the plaster.

I did ride today. Got a whopping four miles in for a total, and DONT laugh, 16 miles in since the end of January.

Told husband dinner better be cooked when I got home.

You put together cheese, crackers, grapes, sliced apples and peanut butter.

I am no complaining. No dishes needed washed....lololol. And I got a ride in!
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post #27 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 06:02 PM
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i DEFINATELY buy wayyyy too much horse stuff..and i dont even have a horse!

i also have a saddle pad addiction which was mentioned above as well..

my biggest thing is that i have a lot of anxiety when i ride. im just a very anxious person and often have anxiety attacks. now that im starting to ride a little more often, it has gotten better. but my trainer really needs to force me and talk me into things i have done and she knows i am capable of doing. i just easily tense up and go into my kind of nervous position (lean forward a bit and play with my reins) this has gotten a million times better, but i still need to work on it at times. once im in the saddle and continue doing things im a lot better though..its the waiting, standing around while another lesson finishes up or even just the walking and waiting for my trainer to tell me its time to trot that really gets to me. recently, i also had a group lesson and i couldnt stand it when i would jump my few jumps, then stand in the middle and wait for the others to jump. i just cant stand the waiting and doing nothing.. i get too antsy i guess you could say haha.
another thing that goes along with the anxiety thing, everything needs to be "perfect" in my mind. my girth needs to be on certain holes, i can not wear a specific pair of breeches, i have a shirt i can not wear, if i wear this one pair of purple socks theres only one shirt i can wear with it, numbers mean a lot, i can only pick up my canter at certain places in the indoor, and my stirrups need to be even and at certain holes - this really got me because since the left one stretches, my trainer finally convinced me to go up a hole, lets just say i thought i was going to die and didnt think i could ride with them like that. the whole night and morning/afternoon before my lesson is also planned out each time i ride in a very specific way. when i just ride myself and hack other peoples horses, this issue isnt as bad as it is for when i lesson.

just a comment on the saddle slidding and tightening your girth thing.. my friend REFUSES to tighten her girth. she will put it on and leave it how it is. one time i checked it for her before she got on (before i knew about this) and could fit both of my fists between her pony and girth with room to spare! i have already seen her get off during rides with the saddle all the way to the side, she will adjust it and maybe tighten it a hole. at the one show this summer, she slid right off the side of her pony during schooling, the saddle ended up under his belly!
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post #28 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 07:02 PM
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Kiger, no worries, me too!
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post #29 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Lawsy, I have a worse confession...I forgot to call my mother on her birthday yesterday. It doesn't matter that her party was today and we drove almost 100 miles each way to be there, I'm still in the dog house for not calling on the day. For gosh sakes, she's 86 years old now and you would think she'd like to forget her birthdays.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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post #30 of 7291 Old 02-07-2016, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Good on all of you that have anxiety about riding but push yourselves through it anyway. I imagine that takes a lot of strength and fortitude.
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R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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