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post #1 of 13 Old 05-20-2011, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Does she remember?

About a month ago my mare spooked when I was riding her in the arena and I fell off. She kick me in the head (luckily I was wearing a helmet!) and I got a concussion. Because of my injury and going on vacation for a week I have only ridden in the round pen a couple times since my fall and never in the arena until today. Amber has been a perfect little angel when I ride her in the round pen, but in the arena it was like we were back to square one in her training! I noticed she acted up especially a lot in the spot I had fallen off. After riding for nearly an hour I finally got her into a nice relaxed trot and in frame. So my question is: was she acting up like this because she remembers spooking and me falling? I didn't get back on after I fell (I could barely stand) so she might think she can act up now in the arena. Do horses remember things like that?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-20-2011, 07:22 PM
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Yes they do remeber. Whenever a person falls off at the barn, we have someone (usually me) jump on the horse and beat it up and make it do and go where we want it. You just need to work through it. I'm sure your body tends to get nervous in that one spot so it might be getting her nervous. I would get on her pretend nothing even happened and when she goes to spook just bend her to the inside and circle around intil she stops spooking. If you do fall off again if there is someone with you, you should have that person jump on her to make her know she didn't win! Good luck with her! Message me if you need more help I would be happy to! (:

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There is a good chance it's YOU who provokes her to be afraid of that spot. Very likely you expect it somewhere inside and it'll affect your seat and aids when you are in arena and especially getting close to that "bad" spot.

Can you ask someone to ride her just to see how she behaves? You can also just walk her around the arena from the ground till she calms down and then get on and work keeping her mind busy (transitions, change of direction, etc.).

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I agree it's possibly that you are giving off hints that you remember what happened. When you ride by that spot think happy thoughts or about something else. But don't be so un focused that she will sence it and act out.

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Thanks for the quick replies! I did feel myself getting very nervous at first. I calmed myself down pretty quickly though and I thought I was completely over my nerves but maybe Amber could still sense somthing I myself didn't even notice. Unfortonately my trainer is out of town so there is no one else to ride her. My mom is always with me when I ride but she has no horse experience so it would be a bad idea to put her on Amber. I'll definitely work at calming my nerves down.
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Just start working her on other side of the arena and after she's focused on work just ride passed that spot. In any case good luck!

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Remember, heels down if anything does happen. Another thing that may help is talking to her as you ride. Or sing. It may help you to stay calm and help her to stay calm. ( my horses hear how my day was, the newest sing on the radio, my fav song, even what I'm going to cook for dinner.)

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Yes they do remeber. Whenever a person falls off at the barn, we have someone (usually me) jump on the horse and beat it up and make it do and go where we want it. You just need to work through it. I'm sure your body tends to get nervous in that one spot so it might be getting her nervous. I would get on her pretend nothing even happened and when she goes to spook just bend her to the inside and circle around intil she stops spooking. If you do fall off again if there is someone with you, you should have that person jump on her to make her know she didn't win! Good luck with her! Message me if you need more help I would be happy to! (:

A good many times the reason a person falls is not the horse's fault and someone getting on and beating it will achieve NOTHING>
Even if the horse was naughtyy, by the time someone jumps on , the horse will not associate it with the fall.

You might have someone get on and work through the issue, and get the horse calmed and going forward correctly, but BEAT IT?
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Well I don't mean "Beat it" like being abusive. I mean like making it go foward and facing the problem,and whiping it if it doen't go foweard because the horse needs to listen.

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I agree with Blondie - I also sing when I am too anxious, forward, hard with my hands, etc... I have a hothead four year old named Scooby who occasionally acts up and I find myself getting tense with him... I found it helpful to ride with my ipod, and sing along with the songs - keeps my hands softer and my body relaxed, which helps him relax as well....

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