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  • I am afraid to ride my horse
  • Scared of people watching me ride my horse

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    11-16-2011, 12:57 PM
  #11
Foal
I have no fears but then again I've barely been riding for six solid months and have only have one particularly nasty fall. It was after said fall that I watched the FEI European Eventing Championships and decided I wanted a piece of that action! So I'm a little scared about jumping a little later down the track but I don't want it to hold me back.
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    11-16-2011, 01:00 PM
  #12
Weanling
I know what your going through, Boots. I ask similar questions you ask yourself

I'm afraid of failing my horse, like I won't be the rider he needs me to be. I'm also afraid that when people watch me ride, they're judging me and my horsemanship skills. I'll admit, my equitation isn't the greatest since I don't take regular lessons (the trainers at the barn I lease my horse don't teach saddle seat, so I go to another barn to take lessons once and a while). That's my main fear and it just effects my riding in general, I'm too afraid to try new things because I'm afraid of failing.
     
    11-16-2011, 01:13 PM
  #13
Foal
Fear is part of my job! I train young horses and am the one to get on their backs for the first time. Nobody else gets on them until they will reliably stand still for mounting, flex nicely, backup, walk forward with a gentle ask, stop nicely, steer, and trot on cue. What helps me get into a calm and confident frame of mind is a really good on the ground test checklist before I get on. If they are listening to me well on the ground and don't have their minds off in la la land or on their buddies, it's safe to get on. I won't get on the back of ANY horse if I'm not confidently in tune with them on the ground first, I don't care if it's a greenbroke or a horse I've been riding for years. If they don't pass the preflight checklist, that signals to me that there are some on the ground things that need work. Once in the saddle, I have another checklist and then we're good to go. :)
     
    11-16-2011, 02:18 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by HorseSavvy    
I know what your going through, Boots. I ask similar questions you ask yourself

I'm afraid of failing my horse, like I won't be the rider he needs me to be. I'm also afraid that when people watch me ride, they're judging me and my horsemanship skills. I'll admit, my equitation isn't the greatest since I don't take regular lessons (the trainers at the barn I lease my horse don't teach saddle seat, so I go to another barn to take lessons once and a while). That's my main fear and it just effects my riding in general, I'm too afraid to try new things because I'm afraid of failing.
That's exactly how I feel. Like when my other horsie friends come to ride and see my horse I feel like they think I suck at riding or something.
     
    11-16-2011, 02:27 PM
  #15
Yearling
I am getting older and I truely appreciate my horses more now than ever. I have a deeper enjoyment when riding or just simply watching them in the pasture. I do have more fear with age but I also have more knowledge. I have learned with age that what will be will be just that, and I will deal with it if and when it happens. In the mean time, enjoy the moments, enjoy the ride and do not worry what others are thinking. It is a waste of precious time and energy. I have been blessed to be a part of such an amazing critter who I continue to learn.
     
    11-16-2011, 04:01 PM
  #16
Foal
I don't have much fear when riding except on windy days when my mare (now retired) would be especially goofy...but after a few really nasty mounting accidents, I had (still have) a fear of mounting. I do it anyway..but it takes awhile to get my courage up. My gelding was very helpful in building my confidence up with that. While my mare likes to try to step away while mounting, my boy would stay glued to the ground. If I took an especially long time trying to talk myself into actually getting into the saddle, he would just look back at me as if to say, "WELL???? Are we just going to stand here all day with your foot in the stirrup or did you tack me up just for the fun of it???" I SWEAR I have seen him roll his eyes at me!!! Lol

-Blu-
     
    11-16-2011, 05:09 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
The subject of fear comes up a lot on this forum and it amazes me that members who I consider to be ace riders, and to whom I look up, confess to having fear. Makes me feel better, becasue I always have fear when riding. In general, my biggest fear is the horse tripping and falling on me.
I am currently riding a 17 hh horse, so the "way down" seems really far. Haven't had a fall off him yet, but it's only a matter of time . . .
     
    11-16-2011, 05:29 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I have never fallen *knock on wood* and I think I am long over due for a good fall.
     
    11-16-2011, 09:56 PM
  #19
Started
Horse falls and I go with it, and when tacking and cleaning the horse if it steps on my foot. But I am careful of it.
     
    11-16-2011, 10:10 PM
  #20
Foal
Dont think of it as fear think of it as a healthy "respect" and caution. You don't know the horse well, so you approach slowly and build trust. Don't horses do the same to us? Im not afraid of horses at all but when approaching or riding a "new" one I don't just run up and hug it or jump on. Take the time to get to know each other. It think that's a healthy "fear" keeps you and your horse safe!
     

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