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post #1 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Help Gain Confidence?

So my little sister is a little antsy when it comes to horses.
She's fine and then she EXPLODES and starts to scream for help.

Is there anything I can do to help her become a little more confident in her abilities and to place a little more trust in her mount (my horse who is just an angel with kids)

I'm going to bring her to the barn with me this Saturday and give her a little lesson and maybe go on a trail.

(she has a little bit of a problem with hills, they put her on edge. Anything I can do to help? Or just let her get used to them?)


I know a lot of things come with consistency. She really wants to become a better rider, she a natural when it comes to balance! Makes me proud! Haha

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 02:57 PM
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I think it would be better to keep her in an arena on a lunge line. If she freaks out that badly she could cause a horse to freak out - and not necessarily her horse. Talk to her and find out what he fears are. Also make sure that its something she really does enjoy and isn't just going through the motions to spend time with you.
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Is it just being around horses in general or is certain gaits or something specific.

Doing the "bird" always helps my riders. Which is lung lined to me while they ride around me in what ever gait they are at in their riding lessons. It is scary at first for most riders but they improve their seat and see that just because they don't have control for that split second their horse isnt instantly going to go galivanding off with them through the woods and to grand mothers house.

I remember my first time doing the bird. I wailed the first time. And now I do the bird regularly to train my horse to respond to leg only so one day we might get to bridleless riding. (Scary I know)

Just a suggestion. That and pony-ing her on her horse may also help.

Good luck! ;)
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She will be in the ring, for a few weeks of course!!

It's when a horse doesn't listen to her (especially depending on what that horse is doing)
When the horse she used to ride would walk out the gait and ignore her, she would yell for help and tense up.

She can walk, trot, canter, and do very tiny jumps just fine.

I think maybe she's afraid of getting hurt?

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If she is afriad of getting hurt. Unfortunately the best suggestion I have is to teach her how to fall of her horse. Get some rubber mats and teach her to fall and that way if she does she will know how to protect herself. Take with the shoulder. HELMET ALWAYS! :P jmo
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Not sure of the background on this but something occured to me. Is the horse maybe too big so she feels out of control? Don't know the size of your horse or anything like that. But if he's large and she's on the smaller size maybe a shorter horse would make her more comfortable?
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She's not afraid on my mare, 15.3 hh (even when she fights and pops wheelies)
She was fine on the 16 hh OTTB who took off on her.

She's afraid on the 14.2 hh pony who is very head strong and likes to go out the gate (which is why I won't have her on her when i'm giving the lesson)

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Ah well ... was worth a shot. I use to be all about the big horses, now that I'm old if I'm going to face plant I'd rather be closer to the ground ;)
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A little off topic here..

Would it be inappropriate to take a video of her riding (she's still learning)
And then tell you'all on here what I would like to change?

This would be for her benefit and mine. I want to see her improve and I would like to make sure that I'm not correcting her into something that is also incorrect
I guess it would be a critique of my skills on being able to catch a fault?

If that makes sense!

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Please do. I would like to help if and anyway I can. :)

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