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post #21 of 27 Old 07-19-2012, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Horsnaround64 View Post
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
Hehe even the most experienced and confident of us riders gets the willies every now and then. It's nothing to be ashamed of. It's your "responsible" bone coming out, haha

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post #22 of 27 Old 07-19-2012, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Equilove View Post
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.
This will happen for sure. I have watched her ride him at two weeks and he did well. I think my issue lays in the first three weeks of training he was doing wonderful but every fourth day she would get on and the first step he would decide to buck. Now this horse bucks not crow hops or side passes .She had not been thrown in years yup first time off she went. Next time he wasn't as luck she was able to turn him and that worked. And after that first step he rode beautifully. Walked,trotted and cantered no issues. So one day she just got off and on twenty times and took one step. Since that no more issues going on three weeks. So my problem lays in knowing this I think. I am so happy she told me but then there it is in the back of my mind. I have a great son in law that has that new no fear kind of attitude. He may have to ride him a few times to get my confidence up. I will ride him at her place though for sure. But that first step scares the heck out of me. And I better not show up drunk. Lol lol
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post #23 of 27 Old 07-19-2012, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Equilove View Post
Hehe even the most experienced and confident of us riders gets the willies every now and then. It's nothing to be ashamed of. It's your "responsible" bone coming out, haha
Better the 'responsible' bone coming out, than having others come out because of compound fractures!

The older we get, the more fragile we get. It's just a sad fact of life. Plus, as adults it's not just US we have to worry about. We have responsibilities to others, and it's important to stay as healthy and mobile as possible.

When I fall of a horse nowadays, I don't bounce; I do more of a splat, break, and moan thing! Injuries take longer to heal, and old injuries come back to haunt us.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
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Good news just talked to the trainer. Jasper has been doing great. She even threw a rope off him this week. Making me relax a little. Still nervous going to ride him and bring him home Monday evening. Excited and nervous. I think he is going to make a awesome horse. We shall see I guess. Now I have to ride him and not take old faithful all the time (zee)
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post #25 of 27 Old 07-23-2012, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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I pick Jasper up tonight. Wish me luck :)
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post #26 of 27 Old 07-23-2012, 12:36 PM
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Its self preservation and fear of the unknown.

This horse bucks once in a while. You fear for your self preservation.

You usually train your own horses and you haven't been active in this horse's training, which means you have no idea whats been going on. Fear of the unknown.

The only way to relax your anxiety is to get up there and get 'r done.

Scared, jittery, shaking hands, pounding heart. Just get down to work. Find your stride and your equine instincts will fall into place. You know what you're doing. You've trained before. Once you re-aquaint yourself with this horse, your fear of the unknown will dissipate, and once you start riding, your self preservation anxiety should calm by itself.

Set goals for yourself. "Today, I will do this", and then make sure it happens. Fear has no room to play when you're focused on reaching your goals.

Good luck and get us pictures :)
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It was a success. A great ride we walked,trotted and cantered. He is home know we will see how it goes
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