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post #1 of 13 Old 06-01-2007, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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please help ned encouragment

hi guys some of you may no i added a post last week about my mare throwing me off a couple times i need some encouragment to get back on. iv been riding for 15 years and have never been scared to get on a horse before and i am not scared of getting on giget (the mare) as much as i am scared of coming off her. it bloody hurt!!!!! does any one have any hints or encouragment to help me with this
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-01-2007, 06:34 AM
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Well, my only suggestion is there a reason why she may be throwing you off - is she in pain?

I know that I am scared of my horse, but more of a getting on, then getting thrown off. Mine is in no pain, but it happens when we go faster than a walk, as she is not ridden regularly (too much schoolwork), so when I get on, she is crazy.

Maybe lunge her before you ride her to get out any niggly things?
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I guess lots of us (including myself Lol!) fall off the horse this way or another (and not once). As was said above, make sure she's not in pain. Otherwise, I'd suggest you to lunge her before getting on and then make her work hard in ring. If you still don't feel confident ask someone to either lead her with you on back or simply walks next to her for 10 mins or so while you are riding, so the helper can catch the reins and makes her obey if she goes mean (I ask for such help when I'm afraid horse will try to buck me off).

C'mon! You ride for 15 years - you can make it!! :)
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-01-2007, 07:20 AM
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Once a great man said a good rider has to fall off over 1,000 before they can call themselves a rider. Keep working towards that goal.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-01-2007, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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hi she is not in pain we have discovered we were feeding her lucrne as she was getting lunged for like 45 mins each day and i did not want her to loose condition. in talking to her old owner she said i shouldnt been feeding her lucrne when she wasnt in really hard work as it made her really really EXCITED !!!!! and i chucked my boyfriend on her last weekend just coz he bigger and less on a whimp then i am so i no she not going to do it im just nervous
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-02-2007, 09:12 PM
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lol falling hurts lol...on the w.e i road my old boy (25 years) and he hadent been ridden for a bout a month anyway i new he was goin to throw me i just had a gut feeling, anyways cut long story short.. i put the saddle on him and walked him round hopped on him and walked round...he didnt want to go down a hill but i wanted him to so i gave him a little tap with my feet then.....buck buck rear buck bounce and then was on the floor...took him over to me sis and said chuck me back thing is hear when you fall off hop straight back on unless you are really hurt beacuse if they no that you are scared of them then they will do it to you again and again...but if you show them that you will hop back on then you will this though even though i hoped back on my horse again the next day i had to go and get X-rays lol
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-03-2007, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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lol i did hop back on and then she threw me again!!!!
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post #8 of 13 Old 06-03-2007, 06:08 PM
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Spend some ground quality time with her. Brushing, just leading her around... Saddle her up, and just lead her out on the trail, or whever you would be riding her. Once you are both comfortable and breathing normally , get up on her, sit in the saddle for a few minutes, then get off. Walk around some more, get back up, walk just a few steps, get off. Keep doing this until you can walk around a bit and relax. Then quit for the day. Next time start out the same, but extend the in saddle time. When you feel comfortable, do a little trotting, then back to a walk. Slowly increase in this way. If you even think she is going to buck, or if she is excited get off. Don't feel bad about it.

You want to feel comfortable, and relaxed around her, and she needs to feel the same way around you. Take your time, don't rush. If you get scared, get off and walk her. If you don't get back on today, ok, fine. If you just get up in the saddle, then get off, ok. Start at the beginning, and take baby steps. Starting this way, the steps will start out small, but it won't be long before they become big steps. . You already know how, you just need to trust again.

Many people, feel that you have to push hard to overcome the fear. That works for some people, it didn't work for me. I just kept being afraid. The slow method was much more effective.

The idea with the horse is to have fun... Not fear, and not dread. When you get to the point where you don't want to ride, you need to back off, and get re-acquainted with the horse. Take your time. Only you know how fast or slow to go.

If she still bucks, try to figure out why? Pain? Colic? Bad teeth? Bad feet? Bad saddle fit? Sore back? Arthritis? Behavior problems, as in dominance issues, or just plain bad manners?... Try low sugar feeds, and maybe low startch feeds for a while and see if it helps her temperment.

Also you might see if you can ride someone else's horse for a few times until some of your confidence is back, then slowly work with your horse.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-04-2007, 12:17 PM
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Keep trying! I've gotten bucked off so many different horses I can't even count them anymore. It used to slow me down and shake me up a little but I realized that if I just don't thinkabout it and get rightback on, it's not as bad. Now it just pisses me off and I don't even think about it. It really is mind over matter. Hang in there!
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-04-2007, 01:33 PM
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GROUNDWORK!!!! Work more with her from the ground to build confidence and respect, then go back to getting on...and have faith in yourself! [/b]
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