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post #1 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Bella Has Not Been Worked In 7 Days?

Yes I know this sounds really pathetic but I admit that I am a nervous not so confident rider.

I have been giving Bella work every 3-4 days since I stopped having 2 lessons a week and only have 1 now. However due to some really bad weather I haven't been able to go down and ride her. It has been seven days since I last rode her and I am going down today because she is getting shod. I want to have a ride but I am nervous about it.

However my instructor may not be back from coaching a state team so the Indoor Arena may be free but even if it is I am still cautious about getting on her. Because last time I did I got bucked off and sprained my arm. However I was riding with a friend in an outdoor arena so there were probably quite a few reason for this insident as she spooked before she bucked me off.

Someone will probably say lunge her first lets just clear the fact that I can't because the lunge arena will be underwater from all the rain.

Any suggestion? I need help ASAP.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 09:53 PM
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If there is no one else in the arena I would drive her around the arena for a little while. If not then don't go into the ride expecting to do anything complicated or difficult. Do a lot of circles if she starts to get speedy on you. Keep your seat nice and deep, and your heels down, so that if she does anything silly you will be ready for her. Try not to be to nervous or tense, that will only fuel her.

You never know, she might be an angel for you. If she is used to 3 or 4 days off between rides, then a week might not be that big a deal.

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If your nervous about falling off, your going to fall off ;)

I've fallen off my green colt about three times. The second time I fell I was especially nervous about getting back on again, as he would do a small rear or start to dance when mounting. I had my dad hold his head while I mounted and dismounted repeatedly, gritting my teeth and just sucking it up while I did so.

I would also work on your hands while on the ground and then while in the saddle. Work on picking them up quietly and releasing (don't let go entirely!) just as efficiently. Practice *not snatching* the reins if something startling happens (like a spook).
I did that with my poor little gelding, he tripped in a hole and my head went down with his neck. Unfortunately, I didn't release the reins like I should have (allowing for a free head and mouth) and yanked on his mouth. That head came right back up and smacked me right in the nose, causing me to fall clear off the horse!

He was fine (no mouth or leg damage, but that snatching DID cause excess pressure and probably some pain!). I got right back on again and we went along our way.

A snatch at the mouth or sudden kick to the ribs because of your instinctive reaction to a spook can cause a horse to suddenly buck, because all of a sudden YOUR the predator and they want you off.

Desensitizing work with a flag on the ground can also help your mare become more confident in unusual situations, such as working in an outdoor arena alone or with a friend. Put her on a long line and simply work on touching her with the flag. Wave it around, rub her all over with it, etc.
A spooky horse will want to bolt clear back into yesterday, but if you remain quiet and patient they WILL calm down and WILL accept this new, scary object.
Do not get loud, excited, or nervous, as that will come off onto your horse :)

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Thanks for the help! Hopefully she will be a good girl for me today!

Also speaking of the flag thing, Bella isn't a big spooker. She will only spook or shy if it is something worth shying or spooking at I have rode her for a year and I can say that with confidence I have fallen off 5 times and every time it has been on my half except not so much on my last fall which was the fall I mentioned.

Anyway I can ride her in the indoor when it is pouring outside and windy and the arena can crack and creek and Bella may lifted her head and get a big of a fright but she hardly ever does spook or shy.

I will take it easy with her today see how she is with some simple trot work and I will go from there.

Thank you again!
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-01-2011, 12:56 AM
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If you're nervous, & she does spook & you did fall off and injure yourself, it's probably not a good idea to be riding without some guidance. If you can't lunge her in the indoor arena, maybe just lead her around. Do some ground work, like trotting with her, squaring her up and turn arounds. Just leading her around and working around her is good for both you and her.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-01-2011, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Well I didn't ride today anyway.

I could tell from her behaviour on the ground that she wasn't going to be any better when riding. So I will just call it off until my Instructor is back then she can have a sit on Bella and get her back in shape for me.
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Originally Posted by TremayneLove View Post
Well I didn't ride today anyway.

I could tell from her behaviour on the ground that she wasn't going to be any better when riding. So I will just call it off until my Instructor is back then she can have a sit on Bella and get her back in shape for me.
I'd like to say, good on you for realizing your ability and confidence is not high enough to deal with your horse when they are acting this way. If you can't do any work on the ground to get her 'less-fresh' than just wait for your coach or someone more experienced to be back. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Maybe ask your coach to teach you how to handle this behavior for next time? I know what it's like to have a spooky horse - mine gets one day off and he gets jumpie..

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-04-2011, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I know I am most definitely not a very confident rider and I can be very nervous.

So today I had my lesson 9 days since Bella hadn't had any work I got on her my instructor said she would be fine and she didn't need to sit on her first. I got on she was an angel, she was nice an on the bit for me and her gaits were fantastic! Even if she was a bit stiff to start with (:
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