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post #11 of 16 Old 11-15-2012, 10:42 PM
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Talk up the horse to her. Sounds like she needs a little bit of rainbows and butterflies right now.

My nephew was terrified of snakes. When I was doing a presentation for his siblings, at first he wouldn't put his iPod down and wouldn't join in. That was fine. we didn't force him. When we brought out the second group, he put himself closer, next to his mom. Still scared but a little more interested. The last one we brought out was my six foot bull snake. When I brought her out, I talked her up. She is my baby, my sweetheart, wouldn't EVER bite or do ANYTHING bad. With her, he actually came and sat on the floor next to me. I got him to hold her tail, then her body, until he was holding her all by himself. He went from being terrified to "I am not a snake guy, but I REALLY like her." In about an hour.

I think she needs to be able to connect with the horse. Believe and trust in him and you. Talk him up.
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It took me three months of regular riding before I felt comfortable going any faster then a walk, and I'm an adult. I don't blame her for being scared.

Maybe doing groundwork excercises will help her develop trust in her mount? She needs to learn that she's in control - when the horse doesn't listen to her she probably feels like she's not in control of the situation and that's when she starts getting scared.

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That sounds like a good idea! We'll be leaving shortly. Thanks so much everyone(:
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Here's Christie's lesson from today. Ignore my chattering, please.
We had some stirrup trouble. She was in my saddle and we had to wrap the leathers, and we couldn't find a length that looked right.
I feel like they could be a little shorter.

She's still posting off her feet, which is understandable, she hasn't ridden in a while. She leaning a little forward and she puts her hands on the horse's neck. I think that's because she's not balanced, her heels go up every now and then.

When she asks for an upward transition, her heels go up and her lower leg goes behind her. I don't think she notices she's doing that.

At the canter, she's unstable asking for it and then she leans on her neck

She was so willing today, she actually asked me to take the stirrups away completely. (that didn't last very long)


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She asked if she could, so I said it was okay. Here, her stirrups are raised a hold, her heels weren't down, but her legs were a little more still.
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Don't worry or fuss about proper position right now. When she develops more confidence and more muscles, she'll be alright. It is enough that she is in the saddle! Whoo! Go little girl! Ride 'em cowgirl! I bet she did great!
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She really enjoyed herself today. It was a much needed break for her(:
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