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    07-18-2012, 10:48 PM
  #11
Yearling
Try some stretching. Loosen your muscles and let your mind relax.
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    07-18-2012, 11:44 PM
  #12
Foal
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Exercise your right arm. Pick up a glass of wine or ???? And bring it to your lips, tilt your head back a little and empty it. This 'exercise' works for a lot of people.
I have considered this. Not sure how my balance would be if I drank one to many. Lol. But at least I would be relaxed
     
    07-19-2012, 12:16 AM
  #13
Foal
Makers Mark??
     
    07-19-2012, 12:20 AM
  #14
Super Moderator
Remember, most horses take care of drunks, fools and little children.
Cherie
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    07-19-2012, 12:42 AM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
Exercise your right arm. Pick up a glass of wine or ???? And bring it to your lips, tilt your head back a little and empty it. This 'exercise' works for a lot of people.
OK, Cherie, I wasn't even going to open this thread, but then I saw you had responded, and since you always have great things to say on HF, I did open it, and THIS !!!
I personally wouldn't drink a drop and get on a horse but singing helps me when nerves get to me on the trail, for example. I sing some really goofy song in a goofy voice and then I'm laughing and everything is OK.
     
    07-19-2012, 12:44 AM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
Remember, most horses take care of drunks, fools and little children.
Cherie
Cherie, have you been drinking?
     
    07-19-2012, 07:48 AM
  #17
Foal
I think the most important thing is to take your time. Brush him out, do a little lunging get a feel on him before you get on. I don't know about you but for me when I'm stressing about something I get out what I call the extreme grooming kit, I will stand and nearly brush all the hair off of my horses, I find it to be most relaxing. I hate getting on strange horses but I if I take my time and spend some time getting to know them before I ride, I find that I am much more relaxed.

I think having a glass of wine or a beer is also good way to relax. Funny story. Magic and I were in a parade a few years back. So we get there I look around everyone with the exception of me, my 8 year old niece and a teenager is drinking. I get offered a drink about 6 times and I keep shaking my head and saying oh no I'm good. So everyone is rather jolly when we get up to go riding.

In front of us are the John Deer tractors and just guess what is behind a Giant Japanese Dragon 12 people long literally chasing the horses. I am looking around the streets are so crowded people are actually standing in the road, and there is no where to go that is not going to hurt someone if your horse takes off. Horses eyes are rolling it's dead of winter below zero and half the horses are dripping in sweat, rigid as they can get and everyone is smiling like this is no big deal. I kept telling myself and Magic we were going to be fine just fine and we were until a tractor in front of us backfired, and then 30 seconds later backfired again. Horses prancing sideways, rearing, the horse pulling the carriage takes off almost went right into the crowd. I was convinced someone was going to die. There was nothing but stark terror in my eyes and a smile so plastered on that my teeth started to freeze to my lips. Magic got a look at the dragon behind us and started doing this rearing/cantering walk for the rest of the parade, the whole crowd thought it was rather pretty and that this was part of the show so when we went by the cheering would get really loud, which of course only encouraged Magic to get bigger in her rearing/canter/walk her 'lipizzan imitation.'

So we finally get back, all alive thank God and I don't even stop at go, my horse's tack is off she is loaded in the trailer and I'm grabbing the horses that came with us and loading them up. I finish look around and everyone is laughing about how much fun that was and what costumes they are going to wear next time. I am just shaking my head. I didn't stop shaking for about 6 hours afterwards. I still believe that it was the most terrifying experience of my life. But I am also in the firm camp that a couple of glasses of wine would have been nothing but a benefit to both my nerves and my horse it might have even made me laugh at the whole affair.

FYI: No one was drunk going into the parade they just new better then I that having a drink would just help shake the jitters.
     
    07-19-2012, 10:32 AM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
Remember, most horses take care of drunks, fools and little children.
Cherie
Oh my gosh you are so right I often wish I could be that care free. Being with horses so many years I have seen things. Wish I could forget. When kids and others jump on they have none of that in there memory and usually have great rides. Knowledge sometimes is a curse. I have trail riding and showed with people I swear are going to die because of no sense of anything or maybe get some one else hurt. But most of the time not all but most of the time it works out. And much courage can be found by a few drinks. And they say it loosens you up so falling doesn't hurt as bad. Lol. Count down is on jasper will be home either Friday or Monday. Not sure what day is going to work around our schedules. Maybe I better go buy some beverages
     
    07-19-2012, 10:41 AM
  #19
Yearling
I think in this specific situation, it may help to ask the trainer to ride first? Usually if I am nervous about a particular horse, seeing someone else ride it and watching every little emotion on the horse helps me prepare for the ride.
     
    07-19-2012, 10:41 AM
  #20
Foal
This is a picture of the group I ride with often. Just wanted you all to know I can ride. We all went on a short bareback ride one day it was so hot we didn't want to saddle. I am on the dun. My main riding horse. This was in sisseton south Dakota
     

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