Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Hey, I definitely have those thoughts on my TB too. He was most definitely raced, and more over I've seen him run, and man is he fast! To top it all off I have come off of him, and he's taken off on me twice. However, both of those incidents were my fault, not his. But the one time he did take off I was able to bring him right back to a halt without a problem, and that's what I remember when ever I start getting those thoughts.
What I really recommend is getting lessons on her. Its what I plan on doing with Ice as soon as I have money. Lessons are meant to teach you to be a better rider, and when you're a better rider, you're more confident! (maybe too confident sometimes lol) That way no matter what situation you're in, you'll always be able to have a solution to the problem. "What if she bolts? Well then as long as I keep my heels down and I have good balance, I'll be okay." "What if she spooks at the lawn mower? As long as I'm confident and pretend that it isn't there, she won't give it a second look."
Horses feed largely off of our emotions. If you're tense or nervous, you're going to make your horse think that there's a reason to be tense or nervous. Since you're the leader, they rely on you to tell them what to think and how to act.