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        08-02-2014, 05:56 PM
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    Foal
    Talking Your biggest riding fears and your goals for Autumn

    Hi guys!! I've been doing some thinking lately and would like to hear what other people are working on and how advanced of riders they are. So...

    What are your fears and how shall you defeat them? Also what are your random goals for the next few months? I'd love to hear them!
         
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        08-02-2014, 07:03 PM
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    Green Broke
    My biggest fear is probably Alahna getting hurt out on the trail..Not much of anything I can really do about that, lol. I don't worry too much because she's a great trail horse and rarely takes a wrong step (she slid off the trail into the small creek the other day, lol), not to mention corrects it with ease when she does.

    My goals for the relative future before winter hits and I'm not really riding much is going to be a solid side pass, better neck reining (not just on trails like now, she won't do it very well unless we're out and about), better leg cues for turning, a more consistent ground tie (especially when other horses are around), and getting her into amazing shape. I'd like to take a weekend trip in October to camp for a weekend and do some day-long rides once I finish school.

    I also have to figure out if I'm ever going to fix her "flash backs" to her racing days. I've tried a ton, but I gave up this year. I ride her in a correction bit because I don't have to touch it at all unless we're cantering with other horses and she doesn't like any of the other bits I have (general annoyance, not sure why, it may be the large port and the fact that she can respond to the slightest movement instead of me having to actually move my arms). I hate having to actually use the bit for times like that, but I also don't want her being annoyed with the bit a whole ride instead of just when she decides we're back at the track. I have a feeling nothing is going to change that, but atleast all of our undersaddle show classes only involve just us in the arena, haha.
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        08-02-2014, 07:50 PM
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    Weanling
    Absolute HUGEST riding fears are ledges and asphalt. I've fallen on asphalt and it really hurts! Also, I've gotten turned around on a bad trail and lost in the desert. It was scary.

    My goad for fall? RIDE MORE!
         
        08-02-2014, 08:41 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    I really don't have any major riding fears... Which is kind of a bad thing. I went through a bad bout of depression a few years ago and I've had a really hard time feeling anything severe enough to be considered fear since then. (For myself anyway, I'm constantly worried about other people.) I guess my biggest fears are that my horse will get hurt or wind up hurting somebody else by accident.

    As for goals, I have lots of those! I want to get Angel comfortable and confident with me in the saddle and I want to put a good few miles in on the trails. Also want to get her used to riding out in groups. Oh, and I need to buy a new saddle this fall.
         
        08-02-2014, 09:28 PM
      #5
    Trained
    My goal for Autumn is to move up to training level in eventing. If it doesnt happen it will turn into a spring goal!

    For winter I really want to focus on dressage since I'm getting my first dressage saddle this coming week!
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        08-02-2014, 10:18 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    My biggest fear is not moving forward with riding. I was all set up to buy my "soul-horse" then a bunch of stuff happened and now I don't see her anymore. Still love her to bits.

    My goal is to find a way to progress... weather that is to buy a horse or get back into lessons or something.
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        08-02-2014, 10:21 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by clumsychelsea    
    I really don't have any major riding fears... Which is kind of a bad thing. I went through a bad bout of depression a few years ago and I've had a really hard time feeling anything severe enough to be considered fear since then. (For myself anyway, I'm constantly worried about other people.) I guess my biggest fears are that my horse will get hurt or wind up hurting somebody else by accident.
    That's weird that you said that-- I was thinking about my strange lack of fear last night. I'm BPD and I get pretty bad Seasonal Affective in the winter, where I just slide 100% into depression, my dog died in December and I remember doing a jump course the next week and feeling emotionless during it despite jumping 4' (jumps are usually exhilarating and slightly terrifying for me).... sometimes these days I do feel pretty blank and "fearless" and I'm working on getting that excitement back!! Good luck!

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    Originally Posted by Blue    
    Absolute HUGEST riding fears are ledges and asphalt. I've fallen on asphalt and it really hurts! Also, I've gotten turned around on a bad trail and lost in the desert. It was scary.

    My goad for fall? RIDE MORE!
    Omg asphalt scares the crap out of me! I remember I would ALWAYS fall on pavement when I was a kid during bike rides. I have quite a large number of scars for it :/

    Never gotten lost before, but that sounds like it was awful!

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    Originally Posted by Iseul    
    My biggest fear is probably Alahna getting hurt out on the trail..Not much of anything I can really do about that, lol. I don't worry too much because she's a great trail horse and rarely takes a wrong step (she slid off the trail into the small creek the other day, lol), not to mention corrects it with ease when she does.

    My goals for the relative future before winter hits and I'm not really riding much is going to be a solid side pass, better neck reining (not just on trails like now, she won't do it very well unless we're out and about), better leg cues for turning, a more consistent ground tie (especially when other horses are around), and getting her into amazing shape. I'd like to take a weekend trip in October to camp for a weekend and do some day-long rides once I finish school.

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    Neck reining is the toughest for me! I have a really gentle hand but I seem to be hard-wired into constant-contact English practice. Also, day rides sound amazing! I'd be afraid of wearing my horse to a crisp! Lol
         
        08-02-2014, 10:23 PM
      #8
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by WildAtHeart    
    My biggest fear is not moving forward with riding. I was all set up to buy my "soul-horse" then a bunch of stuff happened and now I don't see her anymore. Still love her to bits.

    My goal is to find a way to progress... weather that is to buy a horse or get back into lessons or something.
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    This is literally the same thing that happened to me.... I'd found my horse equivalent of a soul-mate, had her for 2 years, then my trainer sold her because I was "too busy with school" (I took 2 weeks off for finals studying) despite paying for full board and having her in weekly lessons :(

    I'm trying really hard to get back into horses too! Only problems are financial. I have a secure job but I'm only 16 and I have to pay for ALL the costs of a horse and that's really nerve-busting!
         
        08-03-2014, 12:05 AM
      #9
    Foal
    Lots of fear...goal is to simply ride

    I used to be a hunter/jumper trainer, and as a life-long serious equestrian, I have suffered a few nasty injuries among the innumerable falls that probably didn't help either. The result of this -- and possibly other things too -- is that I now am quite fragile. I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, myofacial pain syndrome, hypertonia, and arthritis, along with the re-emergence of a tail-bone pain issue that probably is the result of breaking the dang thing in an insane bucking incident fifteen years ago. I now get hurt REALLY easily...I still don't fall off easily, but I don't need to fall off to get hurt nowadays. I feel like I am made of glass, and I have also ended up kind of twisted and rotated in the pelvis, putting my balance off.

    None of this makes for confidence in the saddle, and my horses are not exactly "old reliable". They are awesome and fun, but you need to be a RIDER, not some old crippled thing all stiff and sore, to do well with them. I have pretty much given up riding my morgan, who at 18 is still amazing and perfect about 98% of the time -- but it's that 2% of the time that will get me. Last time he had one of his "airs above the ground" moments, I tore something on the inside of my pelvis and could barely walk for months, even though I stayed on. So, he's kind of retired!

    My other horse is a spunky young TWH, only 14hh so not very scary. He's the one I still get on when I'm feeling up to it. He can get excited and a bit full of himself at times, but I figure that even if I do fall off, the ground is pretty close!

    My biggest problem is that we don't have an arena where we live now, so I can't even get any practice in in a safe, controlled environment. I have friends with arenas, but our road is horrific to trailer on (up and down and TWISTY), and I just can't do that to my horse with any regularity or he starts not wanting to get in the trailer, and I can't blame him at all.

    I'm hoping that maybe this Fall, when the weather cools off enough to be outside, I might keep him at a friend's place for a few weeks and try to get to feel a little better in the saddle. I did get on him the other day for a little ride, just around in the 1.3 acre paddock the horses live in. We had a break in the heat wave, and I was feeling inspired. What inspired me? This article about an amazing young woman, who had A LOT MORE to deal with than me, and wanted nothing more than to ride and "go fast" on a horse. Here is the link: Riding Magazine If you don't cry after reading it, you are tougher than me!

    Anyway, I am planning to ride in the paddock if I can't get anywhere else, even if there is only good enough ground to walk and trot a few steps here and there. I will then hope to feel brave enough to head out on the trails.

    As for those of you who are afraid of riding on asphalt, is this because you fear getting thrown or fear your horses slipping? If the latter, try keeping your horses barefoot if they are not, as barefoot horses slip a whole lot less in general, and a ton less on asphalt. Booted horses (Renegades are my fave boots) have mad grip!
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        08-03-2014, 12:14 AM
      #10
    Trained
    My biggest fear is not so much a fear, but a reaction. I have panic attacks when I go to mount my horse. I'm fine once I'm in the saddle, but climbing the mounting block and putting my foot in the stirrup, well, there's times I've forgotten to breathe during the whole process.

    My goal this autumn is to start riding at least on my days off (so two days a week). I want to have my gelding in a curb and neck reining by the new year and I want to be loping comfortably. I know I can do it...I just have to do it.
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