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post #1 of 3 Old 12-12-2008, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Me and problems with training

I don't know exactly what kind of advice I am asking for, but I sort of feel I need something. I'm having problems with training, not with the horse but with me. I bought my girl a couple of months ago, she is an unbroken three year old. She isn't too big and she's not that bad on the ground.
I want to train her and break her in and everything but I just don't. I thinks its because I am still semi scared of horses.

My last horse I bought as a rising two year old, and started her up and did everything with her, until I sold her I was the only person ever to ride her, and she turned out okay. I sort of stopped riding her when I came of her once. I was just riding in an outdoor arena, just walking on a loose rein at the end of a ride and she just started bucking, not little pigroot-y ones, but pretty badly, I came of after a bit but for about two more minutes she bucked around the arena, broke her bridle and stuff. She then stopped and to this day I have no idea what caused it. I figure that a bug must have bit her or something because it was so out of character and she never did it again. I was dizzy for a day, and my helmet was visibly twisted, and my back hurt for days. I never rode as much after that. A couple of months before that I was riding someone elses horse and he bolted and threw me, turns out that the owners daughter had needed a knee reconstruction last time she came of him, and at 17.3 hands he was a bit to big to deal with when he went nuts. I was on crutches for about a month or so.

I sold my old girl, moved to Sydney and stuff, but then this year wanted to get back into it all, I didn't want an unbroken horse, but I didn't have much cash and she wooed me with her pretty eyes. Now I am on holidays and everyday I wake up and say I'm going to go work with her, then I don't, I always make excuses, like I need to clean, or write, or cook, and thats not really like me, because I love horses. I can't afford to get a trainer to work with her, I can barely afford to keep her, but I want to ride and train, I just don't know whats wrong with me and why I can't do it, because I did before.

She's more highly strung than my last horse, and when I have put a saddle on she has gone a little nuts (although she was fine with a roller), so I don't know what she'll do when I get on her.

What should I do to, I don't know, fix me or something?
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-12-2008, 09:27 PM
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It is perfectly understandable to be hesitant after a bad experience. The hardest part of riding a horse is getting back on after you have fallen. If you are dead-set on keeping her then there is no rush, she is still young. Just take your time and don't rush her. If you are not willing to spend tons of time and possible lots of money on her, then I would suggest looking for something else. I understand falling in love but sometimes you have to follow your head and not your heart. It may be best to sell her and get something that has been started even if they are not finished. I don't really know what you can afford or what the horse market is like there but here, green broke horses are selling for not much more than unbroken ones. Also, just look around. Sometimes you can get a broke stock horse for less than you would have to pay for an untrained papered horse. Good luck and don't get discouraged.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-14-2008, 06:23 PM
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Maybe you could ask a friend or someone you know that has a quiet, dead broke horse if you could take it for a couple of rides to get some confidence back up? I think having two bad experiences like that would shake anyones confidence. I think if it was me ro someone I knew, I would want to get out on a really quiet horse and just do some really stress free, fun things. Easy trail rides, swimming in a dam, that sort of thing. Where there's no pressure and you can just relax.

Also, you could ask an experienced friend to come out with you to work with your filly a few times. I think if she is being silly under saddle, and your worried about when you get on her, just do a whole bunch more ground work and trust work... This can all be done with a friend there, to give you a bit more confidence or to step in if you feel insecure. I think the only way you will fix your issue is my working through it, slowly. Good luck!

P.S. Your a Canberran! If you don't mind me asking, where do you keep your horse/ride?
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