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post #1 of 15 Old 03-25-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Does anybody feel this way?

How come when i ride my 9 year old gelding...i feel a little tense and nervous...but when i ride my mom's senior mare i feel relaxed and calm.

When i ride my gelding...he is always looking around thinking about spookng at something...when we are trotting...i have this feeling that somethings going to happen and hes going to be stupid and throw me off.

When i ride the senior horse...i dont have to worry about anything. Shes good all the time. Never spooky. I used to ride/show her all the time.

Does anybody feel this way when you ride a younger horse?

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-25-2012, 05:47 PM
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Absolutely...Young horses often are unpredictable. But I'll bet money most senior horses were unpredictable at one time too! It just takes a lot of miles and experience to get them that way.

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post #3 of 15 Old 03-25-2012, 09:05 PM
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Younger/greener horses need a good rider on their back. Maybe you could ask a trainer to help you out or give you tips on this... it's okay to worry, you don't want to get hurt and that is completely understandable. Good luck!
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Agreed, I rode a nutcase 5 y/o TWH gelding. I was ALWAYS vigilant to want was around us. Riding a horse that spooks at squirrels through a state park is like an oxymoron! But just a bit of advice... Vigilant is the key word! It is ok to look out for possibly scary things but you are definitely going to make things WAY worse by conveying your tension to him. After all if you, his leader, are tense and nervous he is going to start saying to himself "Omg she is gonna spaz, I best get ready to run too!".
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-26-2012, 08:58 PM
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I have found that the ground work a horse has when it is first started has as much if not more to do with the spookiness of a horse as its age. If the horse dosn't trust the rider then the horse will be skiddish.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-26-2012, 09:07 PM
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I have found that the ground work a horse has when it is first started has as much if not more to do with the spookiness of a horse as its age. If the horse dosn't trust the rider then the horse will be skiddish.
^^ THIS!!!

I owned my gelding for almost three months before he was started under saddle. In that three months I took him on countless trail walks, desensitized him to stuff, and made sure he had good ground manners. To date, he has only spooked ONCE under saddle and that was when a pack of dogs came charging up to a fence we had just passed barking their heads off. It was his fifth ride. On our last trail ride, we went on a trail we'd never been on before. To get to the trail, we had to ride through a fairly narrow wash that was about 20ft deep. He acted like he'd been doing it all his life. He will be THREE in May.

Now, this isn't saying that I completely relax when I am riding him. I do know that the potential to spook is still there, but because he has a very solid foundation of ground work and desensitization, I know that the likelihood of him spooking is fairly remote.
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-26-2012, 09:11 PM
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I don't think it is young vs. old as much as being able to read a horse well and know how to react to how the horse is feeling.

Reading a horse, IMO, is one of the best skills to have.

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post #8 of 15 Old 03-26-2012, 09:16 PM
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Honestly, I have more faith on my 4 year old than my 10 year old.

My 10 year old has had a TON of miles in her life, been hauled everywhere, but she likes to blow up at random and anything. She has to have a job, so I mostly just fool around with her, give her workouts ect... there is no possible way anyone could enjoy a trail ride on her.

My 4 year old on the other hand, loves trail rides (or adventures as I call them) and she hasn't blown up at anything yet (except the day I roped a sagebrush and pulled it out of the ground and it flew at her....but even then there was only running away, no bucking) and I can do just about anything on her.

It just depends on the horse. I can relax and not pay attention on my 4 year old, but on that silly 10 year old, I'm always on my toes.

It's completely normal to feel different on different horses.
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Today i had my lesson and it was on the cold side...and i felt a bit nervous riding my boy again. It felt like he was going to spook at somethng at any moment.

When my lesson was over...i was sad because i felt nervous that we didnt get much done.

Here are my other barn friends who are having a good time on there horses and taking them to shows... Theres me...i feel like im never going to get to that point because of the way i feel about riding my boy.

Ive had my horse since oct.2008. If that helps. I didnt feel nervous on him all the time. I think the nervers started this year.. i dont know why though.
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Has he spooked with you before to make you feel this way?

Also sometimes you will create what you think.
Take deep breathes, don't look at what he is looking to spook at, by doing so you are aknowledling(sp) the "boogie". Concentrate on the task at hand and keep him busy and thinking about his job so he doesn't have time to look at things to spook at.

Don't feel bad though, everyone who has horses for any length of time gets "chilled" at some point. Keep riding and work through it!

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