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  • My horse gets fearful when cantering or galloping on trails
  • Horse gets fearful at a canter or gallop on trail and bucks

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    08-31-2008, 09:57 AM
Green Broke
Scared!! help? asap please!

Well A few days ago I went on a trail with my friend and he wanted to gallop around the feild So I said sure go a head we'll wait here. Well usually when horses are cantering around chance usually watched well this time .. not really. She GALLOPED after him and I flew back on my back while still on her no control she gave 3 **** hard bucks the 3rd one I went over her head and landed on my wrist and knees and sprained my wrist.. she broke my reins and she was still going after I fell so I yelled grab the horse!

Well now im scared to death of people cantering around us or going much more then a trot on trails. I always have to get off and hold her if people canter by us or leave till there done or ask them to stop when they get to us.

I use to gallop on trails with my friend or canter but now I just say JUST walk maybe trot. Its not fun really. I tense up if chance starts to trot or prick her ears up on trails. I still canter on chance in the arena. Its just trails im scared for my life.

I wanna canter the cross country course.. but when im about to and chance get to ansy I hop off and walk back to the barn.

I wont even go on a trail by my self cause she could just take off! So WHen im with my friends I feel bad because I can't do what they want with them or they wont do it at all :[

Help? What can I do to make sure she wont chase after any horse that leaves her galloping or cantering or get over my fear! If I am on a trail anyone who is cantering the feild has to stop cause of chance UGH! Kinda feel bad.
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    08-31-2008, 10:57 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about this horrible experience!!! I'm sure you know the #1 rule of falling off - you just have to get back on. The only way you're going to get over your fear is to just do it. You don't have to go out and gallop a mile to get over it, however, take baby steps and have a friend with you to help. I would go back to the same field (only because I don't know the kinds of trails you ride, but a field is open and most likely flat) with a friend. Have your friend on the ground or on a reliable horse that won't take off, and just try to canter in the field. Not much, just a little to reassure you that the world won't end. Eventually, you'll be able to build up to where you used to be. Take baby steps and GOOD LUCK! :)
    08-31-2008, 06:31 PM
Are there any calm horses that you can go out with? Or a different calm horse that you can trail ride on?

The easiest way to get over fear is to do whatever is scaring you. Once you get out there and do it you think "Hey its not so bad!". Its really hard but that's when you have to push your self. Try and remember the positive experiences and cancel the negative ones.

After alot of trotting, ask for a canter, take a deep breath, RELAX, and go for 2 or so strides before pulling up.

I hope your able to get over it, Just remember that everyone at some point gets scared, and its just another obstacle to over come. Good luck!
    08-31-2008, 06:41 PM
I ride with my husband and he sometimes likes to go faster than me or sometimes will come lopeing up behind us when we are at a walk. My horse always wants to catch up to his or go the same speed. I do lots of half halts and say "easy" to her. That way she knows to keep the same speed whether another horse is going faster or not. It takes a lot of repetition and patience. We have been working on it all summer. She will still occasionally want to take off after her buddy Fras and my husband when they take off fast ahead or behind us. I just have to be firm and keep her at the pace I want.
    08-31-2008, 08:49 PM
Sorry that you got throwed.. But horse are like motercycles, every once in a while , you get throwed... :roll:

My horse kicked out and I went forward and she kicked out again and smamed on "brakes" I flew over her head at a canter.. But she stayed right there beside me, and I sprung up real fast.. But I only sprained my wrist.
    08-31-2008, 09:09 PM
Green Broke
Bad falls unfortunately come with this hobby of horses. The potential is always there and I bet many people could tell stories of falls - I know I sure can. But since we love them so much we get back on. It will take time, but slowly push yourself bit by bit. Small steps are best, but you will eventually get there.
    08-31-2008, 11:08 PM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone I think I might have to canter around with my friend and her horse maybe in a western saddle if she decides to gallop or buck I may stay in the saddle lol

She sometimes just runs threw the bit and im scared that will happen and I don't know what to do if she does do that I mean she will one rein stop SOMETIMES!

But after I fell I brought her back to the barn and cantered around like crazy its just out in the feild not so much
    08-31-2008, 11:13 PM
When she starts running turn her in circles.
    08-31-2008, 11:59 PM
Well.... I guess I would have to suggest not trying ANY of this until you are un-pregnant.
Might be the best idea...
    09-01-2008, 10:46 AM
Green Broke
Im not pregnet o.O

And ya I was thinking circles as well

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