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post #31 of 34 Old 07-01-2009, 05:33 PM
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I also wanted to add that sometimes, a little caution is a good thing. I mean, not outright fright, but our bodies tells us when a situation is potentially dangerous, and horses are. Especially when you're 10. Horses are BIG and 10 year old girls are small. It's pretty natural to have an involuntary nervousness around animals that big.

Confidence is great, but overconfident riders get hurt, always.
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I also wanted to add that sometimes, a little caution is a good thing. I mean, not outright fright, but our bodies tells us when a situation is potentially dangerous, and horses are. Especially when you're 10. Horses are BIG and 10 year old girls are small. It's pretty natural to have an involuntary nervousness around animals that big.

Confidence is great, but overconfident riders get hurt, always.

Huh. It's all coming together now. I must be missing said "alarm."


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Ha ha. I suppose I meant when we are young and small and vulnerable, our bodies should, in theory, inform us of danger.

However, I believe there is a difference in attempting new things and being confident, and being overconfident and putting yourself in danger. If that makes any sense at all.
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Saw a lesson at the barn yesterday that made me think of you. The lesson was for a child who is nine and quite cautious. The guy teaching her played "drill team" He rode right beside her which made her feel more secure and he would call out moves. He was the "pilot horse" so whatever he did the other horse and rider had to mimic. He would say slow walk and the girl and her horse would have to stay head to head, or fast trot. You probably get the idea. Then he switched to the nine year old being the pilot horse. She so got into doing turns and fast and slow gaits and halts and telling us all what to do, (he enlisted me as another drill team horse) that before she knew it she had forgotten to be nervous when she went faster. She also was really working on controlling her horse without knowing she was. We did turns where the inside person basically pivoted, she was in the middle. By the end of the lesson he had her calling out for us to ride wider apart so we used the whole arena and she was going fast along the arena fence by herself without even realizing it because if she did feel nervous she would call out a halt. Was cute to see her confidence grow.
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