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        05-19-2010, 07:52 PM
    I guess it's more embarrassment on my part. I have fallen off him 2x now and both times in front of several people. The first time was entirely my fault. My legs were tired and I got the bright idea to ask him to canter. My foot fell out of the stirrup, I lost my balance and off I went. Now again today, in front of the BO (who was there the first time) and some prospective buyers looking at other horses. It makes me feel like maybe they're thinking "Jeez, what is that girl doing on a horse!" Plus, I am a little insulted that he doesn't trust me to not put him in danger. I've been riding him for 4 months, maybe a little more than that. 2 to 3 times a week. First mostly just on the trails, now more arena work with a trainer. I've NEVER put him in a dangerous place and he's always been brave on the trails. That's what makes it irritating to me...but I wont let that come through on my rides. That's why I ended my ride after that.
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        05-19-2010, 11:45 PM
    Set the ego aside. Embrace what this horse is attempting to teach you.
        05-20-2010, 12:00 AM
    All horses are different! Some horses learn to trust through groundwork, and some it just takes time and miles.
        05-20-2010, 12:04 AM
    Originally Posted by koomy56    
    Set the ego aside. Embrace what this horse is attempting to teach you.


    Quote previous post:

    "It is no wonder to me that people get caught off guard by their horses from time to time. Horses are so much faster at things than us, and react to whatever that thing is that they are reacting to.
    When you are laying on the ground looking up, you start to feel foolish that you were bested by this beast, and it is only natural for a human to get angry and want to get back at the thing that made you look so bad.
    I was one of these people for many years.
    The thing is, as time went on, I started to see that horses always give a 'tell' and then they act out what they are feeling at the moment. If a person misses that moment, then the horse is ahead of them.
    Setting boundaries is all about being ahead of the horse, because if you are not ahead of him, he's ahead of you.
    'FEEL' has everything to do with looking at a horse and knowing what is about to happen.
    And 'FEEL' has everything to do with being ahead of that horse's idea that they are getting and sort of changing their mind to a better idea.
    If the idea already happened, then the handler is just too late, and any amount of smacking is not going to do a darn thing, except get all parties upset.
    The boundary is very important and will not be established without some good leadership
    -- M.C **


    "A horse may be born with fear, but do not add to it. Help them work past the fear for a healthy foundation."
    -- Unknown (Didn't record name )

    These are NOT original posts by me. They are a taste of posts that I have entered into my training log as a REMINDER. Reading it, you will understand why I have written it down.

    Good luck with Iceman. He's cute. And I like his name. :)
        05-20-2010, 01:08 AM
    Originally Posted by onetoomany    
    Blue eyed horses see no different from brown eyed horses. Total myth. All a blue eye means is that they eye is lacking brown pigment. Could your horse have a vision issue? Yes. Is it related to your horse having blue eyes? Nope.
    I totally agree.
        05-20-2010, 01:37 AM
    Originally Posted by rottenweiler    
    I've been riding him for 4 months, maybe a little more than that. 2 to 3 times a week.
    This is so not a long time. Trust is something you have to work for and once you have it- something you have to work to maintain. Were I in your shoes I'd be checking vision before looking into a behavioral issue and then move on from there.
        05-20-2010, 06:56 PM
    Yeah ok I get it, I should get past the 'ego' thing...sure would help if I saw someone ELSE fall off their horse out there! Not wishing anything bad on anyone by any means.
        05-20-2010, 10:24 PM
    If you fall, you fall. So what. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks. Everyone falls off. I guarantee you that you will see someone fall off soon. I'm not going to lie, I know it's embarrassing to fall off, especially in front of people, but they've all done it too. It's nothing new. All you can do is brush yourself off, and get back on as if nothing even happened.
        05-20-2010, 10:32 PM
    To make you feel better, a few years ago I fell off twice in a row, at a show, going over a tiny cross-rail in the warm-up arena. I could hear in the background, "Did she just fall off, again?"
    My trainer couldn't stop laughing. Later on I asked if I should go warm up and she said just go in to my class so I stay on. Lol Good times.
        05-21-2010, 01:42 AM
    Everyone falls off from time to time, and a horse isn't going to know or care whether other people are out there or not...horses spook, just part of their nature; you are dealing with a 1000 lb fight or flight animal, and right now your horse acts fairly easy on his flight instinct; only time and a solid working relationship (notice I didn't say 'bond' or 'friendship'), will aid your horse right now. It doesn't matter how well 'bonded' you are with your horse, if he senses that you aren't a confident leader (which you admitted to tightening up your reins instead of relaxing for him), he's not going to be a confident riding partner either...his confidence is going to come from your own confidence, and leadership to him.

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