Need some advice - The Horse Forum

 3Likes
  • 1 Post By waresbear
  • 2 Post By JamieLeighx
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ireland
Posts: 522
• Horses: 1
Need some advice

Well basically I've been an on/off rider all my life. I've always been around horses but my riding has never progressed, I've never had consistency so it's like every time I start back riding again I'm back to square one, it's like 2 steps forward 1 step back. I also think its partly because of how scared and anxious I am before I go to lessons ect I'm not scared of the horse I'm scared of what people will think of me and I think that if someone is watching me they are judging me and all that runs through my head is "omg am I doing this right?". I can't stand people watching me, not even my mum. The only person who I can ride in front of is my old instructor nobody else, because of this I haven't been able to continue with lessons as I would have to go to a new yard as my old instructor retired. Anyway, I have been asked to ride a 15.2 coloured mare that is a bit fizzy but there is no badness in her, I've to go to the woman's yard tomorrow and ride but I am so scared of riding in front of her! I ride so much better when it's me and the horse alone and I feel that I'm going to make a complete fool of myself. I'm usually a bubbly, confident person- especially with animals for example me and my dogs regularly show off their tricks in front of people, I work on a farm with cows and sheep ect but when I'm riding I'm totally different person! I just constantly feel I'm doing something wrong and that I'm being judged. Does anyone have any advice for tomorrow or just in general?
Much appreciated , Jamie x
Posted via Mobile Device
JamieLeighx is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 06:26 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 15,358
• Horses: 1
Just pretend it's just you and the horse. Concentrate more on the horse and what she is doing, not who is there or what is going on externally. This will be especially important since you're unfamiliar with the horse.

I used to be scared of what people thought of me or if I was doing something wrong...and not just with horses, with everything. I finally learned that it doesn't matter what other people think. It matters what you think and how you feel. If someone gives you advice or pointers, take it into account and say "Thank you." At the end of the day, no one else matters but you...and in this case, the horse.

http://i42.tinypic.com/140y8lj.png
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ireland
Posts: 522
• Horses: 1
Thank you so much for the advice! I just need to remember to focus and remember to breathe lol harder said than done but I'll give it a shot :)
Posted via Mobile Device
JamieLeighx is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 06:43 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 15,358
• Horses: 1
I was soooooo nervous about riding my gelding the first time. So nervous that I put it off for weeks. I had been thrown from a psycho mare a few months previous and the thought of getting up on my greenbroke gelding who is colored similar to the mare that threw me would send me into panic attacks. It made it even worse that my friend was there watching (even though she's super supportive and I asked her to be there, just in case something happened). Finally, because of a thread on here (The Big Girl Panties Thread), I made riding my gelding into a game. I had joked that I was going to go get a pair of big granny panties, put them on over my riding pants, and do a photo montage of putting them on, mounting up, and riding (sort of a "literally put my big girl panties on" thing). Guess what? Because I was focused on how much fun I was having and not caring what other people thought, I actually got on my gelding and rode him. A few weeks later, we went on our first trail ride.

My point? When I forgot about what was worrying me, I had more fun and was more relaxed. It seriously doesn't matter what ANYONE ELSE thinks. Who cares what they think? They're entitled to their opinion and as long as it isn't directly effecting you, they can bugger off. Heck, I still have the pics of me in my granny panties riding Aires (I'm sure he thought I was completely nuts...he still does ) and I still laugh every time I see them.

http://i42.tinypic.com/140y8lj.png
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 06:50 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,408
• Horses: 3
Once you get over the feeling everyone is watching you with a critical eye, it's a piece of cake. You fight that feeling and concentrate on your riding, the reward is much greater than the effort of pushing that feeling aside, you'll see.
DraftyAiresMum likes this.
waresbear is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 04-11-2012, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ireland
Posts: 522
• Horses: 1
That is amazing! It's wonderful how you got over you nervousness over a pair of panties lol. I will only be riding this mare for a short period of time as she is for sale but after taking in your advice If tomorrow goes smoothly I will most certainly be getting back into riding for good!
Posted via Mobile Device
DraftyAiresMum and waresbear like this.
JamieLeighx is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any Advice?? MinnickVerse Horse Riding Critique 9 03-10-2011 08:25 PM
Advice please! Showjumper423 Horse Talk 6 07-26-2010 08:47 AM
Need Advice To Give Advice browneyedcowgirl13 Horse Training 10 06-06-2008 12:20 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome