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        02-19-2008, 10:43 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
    About 4 years ago I had a horse fall on me and break my leg in 3 places. I was out from riding for about a half a year. Thank god it was right after show season. I sold the pony that did it because I developed a fear of him. But then I started to ride a push button horse and gained my confidence back. About 6 months ago I bought back that pony, now being a much better rider and such I have no more problems. But I must admitt I do gasp when a horse trips and almost falls when im riding.
         
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        02-19-2008, 02:07 PM
      #22
    tim
    Weanling
    I've never had any terrible accident with horses. I've never broken a bone or gotten a concussion or anything. A lot of my riding friends have though, and still ride. I almost feel left out.
         
        02-19-2008, 03:02 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tim
    I've never had any terrible accident with horses. I've never broken a bone or gotten a concussion or anything. A lot of my riding friends have though, and still ride. I almost feel left out.
    Me too...knock on wood!
         
        02-19-2008, 04:28 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tim
    I've never had any terrible accident with horses. I've never broken a bone or gotten a concussion or anything. A lot of my riding friends have though, and still ride. I almost feel left out.
    lol I feel the same way. I have had a handful of falls in my life and fortunately they were all on soft ground apart from one accident but the worst I got from that was grazes and splinters

    I don't know if the landings would be as painless these days though ;)
         
        02-19-2008, 06:41 PM
      #25
    Showing
    You know guys when you have this bond with a horse so strong and so special, even serious injury can't stop you from adoring horses. They are such incredible animals nothing could break that.
         
        03-04-2008, 01:11 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by My2Geldings
    You know guys when you have this bond with a horse so strong and so special, even serious injury can't stop you from adoring horses. They are such incredible animals nothing could break that.
    Hi, never fell from a horse but have been kicked over a fence by one when I was younger so I understand the fear thing a little. My uncle made me go back over the fence and walk "Jeannie" a 16 hh hack around the field a couple more times. I was getting her used to me before I finally got the courage to ride her.

    It is the thinking of things that intensifies the fear rather than just getting back to it. IMHO.( In my honest opinion).
         
        03-04-2008, 05:35 AM
      #27
    Trained
    I havent read any of the other replies so I apologise if I repeat anything.

    Fear is natural...its even normal. If we werent afraid we would have no concept of what could happen to us. Just like when you are really young...you have no idea what could happen therefore you don't have a fear. You can't have a fear of something you don't comprehend. If you don't have a HEALTHY fear then you are in for trouble.

    Having said that, we need to learn to put that fear in a place where it doesnt interfere with our daily lives. Fear can be so crippling and it can stop us from doing the things we would really love to do. For example, I would looooove to go skydiving but I am so terribly afraid of heights that I can't even do the short training and do a tandem skydive. Its stopped me my whole life from experiencing the feeling of free falling from the sky. And, its something I don't think I could ever get over. But, jumping out of the sky at 10000ft is a little different I know.

    When we get scared on the back of a horse its because we truly truly understand what we are dealing with. Geez, a horse or a fall could kill us in a second. But knowing what can hurt us and understanding it are two different things. Sure you have a fear of what MIGHT happen but do you have an understanding of why a horse would do something that would make us fall of or hurt ourselves??

    Next thing I want to say is about your own confidence. So many times I've seen people not get where they could because they let their fear get the better of them. You said your trainer knows you can jump 2'...listen to her!!! Your trainer can see what you can't and she obviously sees that you are capable of doing more. When you get afraid of something its sometimes hard to see clearly what the situation is. Trust your trainer and yourself, its the only way you will learn to push yourself past that point of fear so you can recognise exactly what you can do.

    Also I would like to say that it would be good for you to be constantly riding the same horse. Once you get to know a horse and trust a horse you can find yourself doing things you normally wouldnt when you are riding a horse you don't know. I know sometimes its hard depending on your situation but knowing the horse you are riding can get you a long way.

    And finally, im sure you are not alone when it comes to having a fear of galloping. Galloping is the fastest and most unpredictable speed and if you have a buster at a gallop it will certainly hurt more than at a trot or canter but by choosing the time when you decide to gallop you can more easily avoid any problems from yourself or your horse. Please don't try galloping or jumping higher though until you have settled in your fears and are more ready to face riding with a sense of fear yes but not a fear that is going to take you over. Remember, your horse can tell if you are scared and this is going to make the situation even worse

    Good luck and I hope my short story has helped you a little lol
         
        03-04-2008, 01:23 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    I agree with JustDressageIt - ask your trainer to keep you on one horse, a nice old school master.
    Coming off of my mare, one of the spookiest horses I've ridden, my confidence (jumping wise) was ruined. I thought I would be terrified to jump on any horse I've ridden. But I took it slow for a while, and then started riding Sunny. Sunny loves jumping, and now I'm really confident (most of the time!).
    But just remember to take it slow, and set little goals for each ride. Do trot poles for a while, maybe even take a break from jumping.
    Good luck!
         

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