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        06-08-2009, 11:37 AM
    I need some advice!

    Hello I am new here and I am needing some advice! I just got a new horse he is a nine year old gelding and he is broke to death but I got thrown about 4 years ago and I was down for about a week and I haven't been on a horse but twice since then. I got this horse to build my confidence back up because I LOVE to ride and I have always wanted to barrell race but when I get on this horse I get nervous, I have only been on him twice but as bad as I hate to admit it I am scared. How can I get over this and do you have any advice for me after years of not riding how I can feel confident in the saddle again?
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        06-08-2009, 11:58 AM
    I would have to say just take it slow. You just need to feel comfortable and just know that your horse is going to take care of you while you're in the saddle. Maybe stick to working on the ground with him for a bit and take gradual steps spending time in the saddle. Maybe stay at the walk for a few weeks and then try a trot and then a canter. Just take it slow and easy. You don't want to rush into it and make yourself even more stressed. Hope that helped.
        06-08-2009, 12:01 PM
    Can you get someone to lead you around on him? That way you don't have to worry about not being able to stop him. Also, lunge line lessons might help, that way someone else is in control of your horse instead of you.
    Take it slow, you'll get there!!
        06-08-2009, 04:22 PM
    Start at a simple walk. Do patterns to keep it interesting for both you and your horse. It is best to ride in a comfort zone, a place were in if you were to fall you would be the safest, such as a arena or round pen.

    Work on turning, stopping, in general just plod along. After three years out of the saddle I was so nervous I could hardly mount when first riding my own dead-broke gelding! I still get a little excited/nervous when getting on, but after a few minuets of easy work you relax and get comfortable.

    After a while of going at the boring old walk...your going to want to go faster. Keep telling yourself to take it nice and easy and work up those muscles!
        06-08-2009, 08:23 PM
    I agree with the others. No need ot rush things. Just do one thing at a time until you feel comfortable and then move on. If you get nervous doing something new, go back to what you have already done and end on a good note. Then try again the next day. Just try to enjoy it and take it one day at a time! Keep us posted! Good luck!
        06-08-2009, 08:27 PM
    I'm with you. I fell and broke my back 10 years ago, and basically stopped riding.

    But recently, I climbed back on. The first couple of rides, I was pretty scared, although I tried my best not to be because I didn't want it to transfer to my horse.

    I've been riding her twice a week for three weeks. That's six times I've been back in the saddle now, and on the last ride we felt brave enough to canter!!! I did hold on to the horn, I'm not ashamed to admit, but we did it!!

    Just take your time and your confidence will come back.
        06-08-2009, 11:22 PM
    Like the above posters have stated, you just need to keep it slow.

    Maybe concentrate alot on ground work so you develop a strong relationship with the horse...the more bonding time you have with him, the more confidence you will have in him when you do get on him.

    When you are up on him, concentrate alot on breathing...deep, regular breaths. Don't be too concerned with going fast, or doing alot undersaddle right now; just move at a pace that helps you feel most confident...the speed and gait changes can come later on.
        06-08-2009, 11:29 PM
    I agree with all above. One thing I do when I am nervouse with a horse is I spend a lot of time grooming, it's very calming for me, makes them shiny (a nice little bonus lol), and helps develop a bond.
    Remember this is what you love.
        06-08-2009, 11:35 PM
    When I feel myself getting nervous on my horses I start singing. I know it sounds stupid but it works to get your breath in tune and it calms me and my horse down. No matter what I sing....it dosn't have to even be a real song. When there are people around I will sing under my breath. Try it....you will be supprised : )

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