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post #11 of 14 Old 10-24-2012, 03:45 PM
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I don't think she's getting back into barrel racing just yet, just getting her confidence back period.. and that's actually a way to sour a barrel horse, fast.

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-24-2012, 05:19 PM
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You gotta take the fall as a life experience that will make you stronger, if you worry about falling all the time your not going to enjoy riding ever again. You gotta accept that if your going to ride at some point your gonna hit the dirt its just a fact. I work with young horses I can't tell you how many times I've hit the ground over the years you just gotta get back on. I've gotten back on horses after some pretty painful falls but I can't stand the horse winning the battle . Your taking the first steps already your getting back on the horse take it slow for awhile as your get more confidence increase the riding difficulty. If you have a way to take riding lessons from someone that could be a great confidence builder. Good luck to you, keep at it and don't give up.

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post #13 of 14 Old 10-24-2012, 08:34 PM
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As a 32 y/o mother of 2 my confidence with horses and riding isn't great. I tend to think of what bad thing could happen and not what I want to happen. I have worked with two trainers and their first bit of adivce was to start on the ground. I am getting pretty decent with ground work and my horses are showing it. Today I just went out and sat in the pasture while they grazed. The "dominent" mare actually just walked right up to me for a little love. It was a big thing, to me at least. So, I would suggest to work on the ground and just build a bond with your horse. Best wishes.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-25-2012, 09:09 AM
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Peppy pretty well nailed it! I too have taken some hard falls, been bucked off, had to ride through a bolting horse that was spooked, and you just gotta get back on. Each fall has a lesson in it. Take the experience and be a stronger, smarter rider. I'm 54, and I just got bucked off our new horse yesterday. It was in the round pen, and I got lucky. My back hurts, my right calf is really tight, my left wrist hurts, but I knew I had to get back on and not let the horse win. Also, Iknew it was important for ME. I had to get up, dust off, and get back up there and ride through it. I know it was my mistake that caused the horse to buck me off. There's a million and one opinions and ideas in this subject, but the bottom line is Simply to get back in the saddle, accept the lesson, and ride on!
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