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post #1 of 6 Old 06-22-2014, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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confidence under saddle

I am at a cross road. I have been working with my mare for a year and a half, I have all the control on the ground I could ask for. I have used her to work other horses (ponying, yielding) from saddle. She does this all great. When I just want to ride in the arena or at local events, she has no confidence, and wants to be back at the stall and trailer. She is not over reactive, bulls and barrel racers going past did not get a reaction from her. When I ask her for any speed other than a walk, she is a basket case.....I know, I know....going speed is the issue.....do a lot of trotting. I do have a couple of physical issues that make me not want to trot much. I do trot her on the lead line in the round corral and all is fine.
she has no physical issues, no pain, she is sound. My tack is fine, fits well.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-23-2014, 12:29 AM
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are you sure it's a lack of confidence on her part, or just her not wanting to work, or in laymen s' terms, "laziness".
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IMO she's either lazy or in pain.

If she will w/t/c outside of an arena without a problem, then it's probably not pain. You might need to get access to an arena and ride her more in it.

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well, I appreciate the responses.

I have been doing a lot of internal searching...looking into the mirror. I am working horses for other people who have none of my mare's issues. Why? Well, they are not mine. If they make a mistake I will fix it, now or later. Talking to my wife, I have come to realize that when I use Da Mare (her name) to work other horses I am concentrating on the other horse, not her. When I am just riding Da Mare I have come to realize I micro manage her....probably making her self conscious and not confident. I AM MOST LIKELY THE ISSUE. I guess I need to go back to thinking more like the old southern California Vaqueros....Tomorrow... it can wait until then to accomplish the goal. She doesn't need to be perfect right now.
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well, I appreciate the responses.

I have been doing a lot of internal searching...looking into the mirror. I am working horses for other people who have none of my mare's issues. Why? Well, they are not mine. If they make a mistake I will fix it, now or later. Talking to my wife, I have come to realize that when I use Da Mare (her name) to work other horses I am concentrating on the other horse, not her. When I am just riding Da Mare I have come to realize I micro manage her....probably making her self conscious and not confident. I AM MOST LIKELY THE ISSUE. I guess I need to go back to thinking more like the old southern California Vaqueros....Tomorrow... it can wait until then to accomplish the goal. She doesn't need to be perfect right now.
My suggestion was going to be that maybe your lack of confidence is the issue and not her's.

I am glad you recognize it and are working to improve upon it. It can be a very hard hurdle to get over. I struggled with confidence in the saddle for the first 4 years of my riding career.
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ask anyone around me, I don't lack confidence. I am a perfectionist when it comes to me and my own belongings. I am not letting her learn and make a mistake...she has to be good now!....

I waited many years to have a horse this perfectly built for all around cow working and performance and I guess I am just anxious for her to be great. She is great, I need to just let her realize it.
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