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post #11 of 16 Old 10-28-2007, 09:03 AM
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Re: Overcoming FEAR

Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I heard that acknowledging your fear helps to make it go away, so here I am getting it out there. I haven't yet been severly hurt ie broken bones, nothing ruptured, by a horse but I have been bitten, stepped on, knocked down, kicked and fallen off. Enough to never completely trust a horse. I trust Vida more than I have any other horse I have owned, but the fear is always lurking there in the back of my mind. The older I get the more I think about the damage that can be done. Maybe its my 50th birthday looming in a few months, but I have become more fearful of getting hurt. Is there anyone else out there who has the occasional twinge of fear and if so how do you deal with it?
oh my goodness yes!! lol we wouldnt be human if we didnt understand and accept what a horse can do to us. this in turn creates fear to a certain degree. but with this fear comes respect and through respect we can keep ourselves somewhat safer than those who have no fear.

i remember as a kid i had NO fear at all. i would do so many crazy things on horses that i now look back at and shake my head. as we get older we also understand and appreciate the risks involved with riding.

everything i do with horses carries a certain respect these days. i wouldnt always call it fear but its more an understanding of the strength and power of the animals we love so much. they can hurt us, they can even kill us. but, understanding that and working with that is what helps to keep us safe to a certain degree. i think as long as you have an understanding of things you can decrease the chances of something bad happening to you.

i think its healthy to keep that 'twinge' of fear. it means you truly understand what you are dealing with. even the quitest of horse can never be 100% trusted in my opinion. example; my ottb that i owned about 10 years ago was the biggest gentleman i have ever known. he was so gentle and quiet it was amazing. one day i had a friend riding him and out of the blue, he went nuts. she fell of right underneath him, got trampled and he ended up standing on her head and causing MAJOR damage. he even backed up over her a couple of times like he was trying to hurt her. i had everyone from brisbane to perth look him over and no one could explain what happened. he never, ever did it again. who knows at that point what happened. i think this is where i started to understand. i was 19 at this point, had been riding for 15 years and this was the first thing that made me take a step back and take notice. all horses have the potential to do something but as long as we know this we can arm ourselves.

i guess what i am trying to say in my own way is that is healthy to have some kind of fear of our animals. for anyone to say they have no fear...well they obviously dont understand the animals they are dealing with.

dealing with my wb over the last couple of weeks has been downright scary on many occasions considering his previous love for kicking. i had a mare once who kicked my step dad R.I.P. in the face and very nearly killed him. had it been me, it would have killed me. same with my wb, if any of those kicks connected, chances are i'd be a goner. i guess its something we live with as horsemen/women.

i think its very healthy that you get these twinges if fear. just remember not to let your horses know it

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post #13 of 16 Old 10-28-2007, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Thanks Jazzy

"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"

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post #14 of 16 Old 10-29-2007, 04:54 AM
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how does the saying go........
"what doesnt kill us, only makes us stronger"

i have had some really bad falls and injuries i was double barelled and my mare got me smack in the middle of the back. at hospital they thourght i had broken, my ribs, pelvis, hip, and punctured my stomach.
well i was really lucky, and hardly came out with a bruise! and i thank the Lord every day for keeping me safe.
BUT now, that horse will do anything for me. if im going round cross country and i get a bad spot she always helps, if im unseated and she feels im slipping to the side, believe it or not she moves over and slows down so i can regain our partenership. she is amazing, so i found that trust and a strong bond with your best friend is a must.

but they are big and strong have a different world so it takes a while.

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post #15 of 16 Old 11-14-2007, 10:29 AM
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I feel off a horse sunday. Was taking a lesson and by mistake asked him to gallop instead of trot. Wow I went down fast. I'm sore, neck still just a little. But impact point bottom really hurts. And suggestions? I did get back on the horse and continue. He was looking at me, Like hey I'm over here why are you way down there? LOL

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post #16 of 16 Old 11-14-2007, 02:29 PM
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A little fear in the back of your mind is a good thing. Sometimes it will help us remember not to do stupid things.

I wish I had that little nagging fear when I was younger. I didnt and I believe it caused my fall that broke my back when I was 16 yrs old.
I suffer from a lot of pain these days from that stupidity which happened 21 yrs ago. Its part of the reason that now I can only ride gaited horses because any other horse, I cant handle the trot.

So some fear isnt a bad thing. It makes you aware that they are big creatures who can hurt you, intentionally or not.

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