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    08-20-2008, 09:37 PM
Training myself to stay in the saddle

I was that little girl that love grandpa's horses and every chance I got I would get in the saddle. I had a bad problem occur when I was around 10 year old. The saddle that was on the horse had slipped when a dog started chasing the horse. I was hanging off the side of the horse and fell underneth the run away horse. Well I walked away with only hurt feelings and a fear of a horse running.

I still love horses and have fallen off several times since and gotten back on. But I have never tried to ride a horse past a trout because of the fear of a horse running away.

I have noticed that if the horse starts to kick up into a fast trot I alway stop them or slow them down. Also, my legs go all hay wire and go up under my body (where I am leaning foward and have lack of control) and not stay out in front of me. I have tried several times to work up the courage to get into a lope, but failed several, and I mean several times.

Am I at a loss for are there things that I can try to ride at a lope and still enjoy the experience.
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    08-20-2008, 10:06 PM
I don't think this is something that you can work through alone. Find somewhere to take some lessons--even if it's just one or two. Get on a dead-broke school horse, and canter around an arena with an instructor right there. That's my advice. If you could take a private lesson or two and not have to deal with others cantering in front and behind you, so much the better.
    08-20-2008, 10:23 PM
Yeah, you just need a confidence boost. If you can't find a trainer find a buddy to ride with.
    08-20-2008, 10:41 PM
I too agree with finding a *good, supportive* instructor to help you.

There is a book called "Move Closer, Stay Longer' by Stephanie Burns(I think) which addresses this kind of fear, as well as tackling fears that our horses have. She is a psychologist and learning instructor, heavily into the horse scene. I haven't read the book, but have heard many rave about it.

I find that when tackling fears, 'move closer & stay longer' does seem to be effective. I tend to refer to it as 'approach & retreat'. Basically, you push yours or your horses thresholds *a little*, to the point of discomfort(say, fast trot for a few paces), but then 'retreat' back to your comfort zone before you end up over any emotional cliffs, so to speak. Repeat the process until you're confident and comfortable with that level, before doing a little more - fast trotting for longer, going a little faster, whatever.
    08-20-2008, 11:34 PM
I agree, taking a few lessons with a good trainer should help tons! If possible, ask for a lungeline lesson. That way you can focus completely on your riding seat and not have to worry about steering the horse or controling it. I just did that a couple of weeks ago and it improved my seat and body position SO much.
    08-20-2008, 11:49 PM
I agree with everyone. If lessons are not an option then I would try excersising in a round pen with someone in there too. Perhaps a friend/relative who has horse knowledge. You will be fine I was there too. Good luck!!!! Tell us how it feels to lope!

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