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    03-08-2012, 03:44 PM
Originally Posted by LostInTheWoods02114    
My second lesson was today after so many years of being away from riding. The instructor who is also a good friend said I am ready to canter. The idea of it terrifies me. I couldn't agree to it even knowing I'd be on the lunge line. I feel like I will be comfortable just trotting forever and not going further. Yet, I really want to get this down pat and progress as quickly as I can. I have fears as an adult rider that I don't ever remember experiencing in the past. I was never afraid of heights before either, but am feeling that now too, although only for the initial few minutes after I mount. I just hope I can get past my fears and progress. Has anyone else experienced this, I mean, fear even with just the very basics?
Lost - If you don't feel ready to canter, don't do it. You want your confidence back before you start on something new. I also had fears starting out, the more time you spend in the saddle, the easier those fears will fade. Canter when you are ready to, because if it turns out to be too much for you, that doesnt help your confidence. You want a good seat before beginning to canter again!
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    03-08-2012, 04:01 PM
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
With Grace-had to take a look at your blog-it was very good-I subscribed. But, I'm a little confused,since you just recently started back riding, & am still working on getting comfortable w/Grace,to me it sounds like the horse you are wanting to buy is much more advanced than she is. Maybe I missed something,but what you've gone to see hasn't worked out , so I'm wondering if dreams & reality aren't quite on the same plane? Just don't want to see you get hurt, or buy a horse that you have to re-sell,usually at a loss, & then start the search over again.

I can see where it would be confusing! So I am quite confident in the saddle now, and Grace (bless her heart) is a wonderful horse for me to get my experience on. But, she is quite a spooky mare, and has been a lesson horse for some time until I started leasing her. No one cantered her, so she hasn't been cantering under saddle until quite recently. I'm looking for a horse that is trained up a bit higher than I am so that I can learn on a more experienced horse with my dressage trainer. Grace just isn't cut out to be a dressage horse. She's had some dressage background, but she's so darn spooky that if she gets it in her head that a cone/umbrella/flag is going to eat her, she'll bolt. That's been my challenge with her. I've definitely learned how to ride out the spooks!
    03-08-2012, 04:05 PM
Green Broke
I see & yes-those umbrellas certainly scare a lot of horses. Do you look at Dream Horse? They've been the best for me-both of my horses I found there.
    03-08-2012, 04:11 PM
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One of the guys I work with is trying to sell a dressage horse. His daughter has done a lot of stuff w/ it and is now going off to college. He wanted to lease it to someone. He paid like 8k for it and has had a lot of training put into it. He was offered $5k and asked me what I thought. I went on dreamhorse and equine classifieds and the dressage horses that are listed are either $25k and upper level or $2500 and local level. I wish you luck finding one. It sounds like you are going to be looking a while. :( Just take your time and don't settle...
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    03-08-2012, 04:12 PM
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
I see & yes-those umbrellas certainly scare a lot of horses. Do you look at Dream Horse? They've been the best for me-both of my horses I found there.
That's where I've been looking I spoke with my trainer this morning though, and she's going to start looking for me instead. I'm not experienced enough of a buyer to pick out a horse for myself
    03-08-2012, 04:17 PM
Green Broke
Often times, when we stop looking for something it finds us..........
    03-08-2012, 04:20 PM
The idea of it [cantering] terrifies me
I can certainly sympathise with that. I started re-riding in the fall of 2010. I started cantering a bit about 6-7 months later. For me, learning the position and prompts has just been hard. I took two bad enough falls while getting bounced off in a fast-fast-trot-youre-not-asking-right situation. I'm getting better, but my nerves suffered and I needed a saint of a lesson horse to get me over the hump.

If you don't feel ready, ask your friend to hold off. I found that practicing the sitting trot and finding your balance there helped immensely when I tried cantering again.

Falling off is more of a worry now. I hurt for days.
    03-08-2012, 04:25 PM
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I'll sell you a dressage horse! He's a little chunky right now but with a wee bit of a diet... and maybe a hoof trim... some shoes... a saddle... and a carrot, he'll win you over!
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    03-08-2012, 04:53 PM
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Methinks he might have some trouble getting his nose on the vertical!
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    03-08-2012, 05:09 PM
Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
Methinks he might have some trouble getting his nose on the vertical!
Obviously western pleasure bred...probably walks real slow, too...
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