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    03-30-2011, 06:26 AM
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pep
Foal
Unhappy Runaway pony! Help,!

I have been taking lessons at my english barn for about a year now. Back in november we were jumpng approx.2ft but then I was off balance on the last ump and fell of and since that we never seem to jump anymore. Since then all we really do is trot around the ring and do serpentines and trot over poles. It is very frustrating. Then 2 weeks ago the horse I ride which I really bond with got spooked and bucked me off and I hurt my back a little. And last week they decided I didnt use my leg enough which is so NOT true because the past few months I have only been using my leg to go,stop,turn and everything.

So they give me this new young horse to ride and they know its head strong and doesnt listen well. They also know it likes to start cantering to the other arena nomatter how hard im trying to strop it with my leg. The pony started cantering to the other arena and I was using my voice and leg till we were 2ft away from the rail which the pony could easily jump. I started pulling the reins becuase I didnt want to jump over the rails. I was shouting woah and I never shout because im very shy and my instructor started yelling at me and blaming it all on me as if I wasnt even trying to use me leg and then she told me to use my voice which I did. My other instructor also got mad at me because I had "death grip' pn the reins... I admit I did but I was trying to keep the horse from going into the other arena again. And I got yelled at for that too. And now I really lost my confidence because I have been having a bad month of riding and my instructors keep yelling at me. I like my instructors and the people at my barn but its frustrating. What should I do?

How can I gain control and confidence? Ik it's my fault not the horses but what can I do? Switch barns? I have tried every school horse they have and the one I loved hurt his back, and the other one is getting a habit of bucking people off.
     
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    03-30-2011, 07:14 AM
  #2
Showing
IMO, A relatively new rider with 6 months of riding lessons ( you've been riding 1 year and you were jumping 6 months ago) is not skilled enough to be jumping 2'. Honestly, it sounds like you do not have the basics down pat. I would suggest trying another trainer and I wouldn't be that anxious to jump until you have control which is second nature - and what a good trainer should be giving you before putting you to a fence.
     
    03-30-2011, 07:20 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Your confidence is probably already shot. Its too bad that the instructors yelled at you. That doesn't help. Your going to have your good days and bad days. Try to shake this off, and start over. Making sure you listen to them and ask your instructor what to do when the horse bolts or whatever. You can make any horse work for you if you really want to.

I'm not sure how trainers are when you go for lessons and you have a certain horse that works for you. I hope this gets better for you. Good luck
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    03-30-2011, 07:26 AM
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pep
Foal
Ive been riding English for 1 year. I actually jumped in my 2nd month of English. I have been riding western for 4 years. I jumped 2ft fine I fell because the horse jumped too wide and I was off balance. Also I can control big horses and even my instructors have trouble controlling that horse so yes I know the basics. No disrespect intended but maybe I didn't make it clear in my original post. Someone who doesn't know their basics does not use their leg to control a horse and only leg unless in a dangerous situation.

Btw in my 4th month I jumped 3ft (by accident but that's a while mother story) and I didn't fall off. I quickie got the horse under control. So yeah. Sry if Im being rude but it's like 6am,I havnt slept yet and I get grumpy. Thank you for your opinion though
     
    03-30-2011, 07:33 AM
  #5
pep
Foal
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Originally Posted by mbender    
Your confidence is probably already shot. Its too bad that the instructors yelled at you. That doesn't help. Your going to have your good days and bad days. Try to shake this off, and start over. Making sure you listen to them and ask your instructor what to do when the horse bolts or whatever. You can make any horse work for you if you really want to.

I'm not sure how trainers are when you go for lessons and you have a certain horse that works for you. I hope this gets better for you. Good luck
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Thank you for your helpful feedback, my instructor is world class so she can be...... Mean. I will try my best to shake it off but I'm starting to worry because I've been having a few bad weeks lately.

A bolting horse I can control....usually :/ I usually ride a big 17hh grey andulusian tb cross. Which is funny because I'm only 4'11" and I can't do a pushup..... I have control over it on my first time riding it was a show I got 2nd and idk what thisnhas tomdo with anything but yah.

For my lessons it's usually me and another girl who's a beginner-I'm intermediate and if I'm having a good day she can't even get her horse to walk. Anyways ima shut up now. Ty for ur advice. I'll keep it in mind on my lesson thursday
     
    03-30-2011, 07:58 AM
  #6
Foal
Honestly if it was me. I'd find a trainer who doesn't yell at me. To me it just sounds like you were trying to control the horse. She shouldn't be yelling at you for that. Yelling at me (anyone) really bothers me and make it harder for me to concentrate.unless of course they are just yelling so I can heard them. But you can tell the difference.but anywho, i'd suggest finding a new trainer
     
    03-30-2011, 08:30 AM
  #7
pep
Foal
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Originally Posted by jwells84    
Honestly if it was me. I'd find a trainer who doesn't yell at me. To me it just sounds like you were trying to control the horse. She shouldn't be yelling at you for that. Yelling at me (anyone) really bothers me and make it harder for me to concentrate.unless of course they are just yelling so I can heard them. But you can tell the difference.but anywho, i'd suggest finding a new trainer

I was trying really hard. She was an overweight pony too so it was hard for me to use my leg on her while trying to keep my toes in. Thank you for your suggestion-I just found a barn I really like and they seem like a good barn. I'm one of those people where when I get yelled at I get frustrated and I just want to scream at them (obviously I won't because that's rude) wow I type alot sorry
     
    03-30-2011, 08:32 AM
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pep
Foal
I'm curios to know what the "guest" people want to comment...
     
    03-30-2011, 08:48 AM
  #9
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    03-30-2011, 09:09 AM
  #10
Started
I think if I were you I would first try to communicate with the instructor and sort out the problem and what to do about it. If that doesn't work out, then I'd say it's time to change barns.

Reason 1: In a lot of ways, English is really a different bird from Western. Even if you've been riding Western for decades, 2 months in an English saddle probably wouldn't give you much stability over a jump unless you're madly talented and are taking lessons every day. There are a lot of things that are best known before attempting a jump, and not just controlling the horse with legs alone.

Reason 2: Some of the best instructors in the world, no matter what they're teaching, tend to be demanding - they want to see their students progress and succeed. Taking lessons is about learning, not having someone tell you how amazing you are, and good instructors will challenge their students to progress without overhorsing them. Sometimes instructors need their students to have pretty thick skin.

That being said, full-on yelling (not as in trying to get their voice to carry across the arena) isn't helpful or productive. If you feel like the instructor is overestimating your abilities, you need to talk to him/her about it and work out a way for you to gain some confidence.


Sometimes riding can be frustrating, I know. It can be even under the best of conditions. But you can't take that frustration into the barn with you and expect to have a good ride. You need to talk to your instructor, and explain your concerns and what you would like to do. It sounds to me like some good lungeline lessons are in order, and then really hammering in the basics in an English saddle for a year or so before jumping. This should include preliminary stuff like ground poles and cavaletti before true jumps. New concepts for you should ideally be introduced on a schoolmaster, not a "new young horse" who is "headstrong and doesn't listen well."
     

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