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post #1 of 4 Old 01-26-2013, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Very nervous! First Rides on new horse!

Hi all,

Some of you may remember I bought a standardbred last september. Due to unplanned events I havnt been able to ride him till now.

So now we are starting on trail riding. He is very nervous and wanting to run back to his friend in the paddock. I notice even in his paddock he is a bit nervous, we're surrounded by rainforest and he is still it seems getting used to that.
My friend is coming over tomorrow to bring her mare so we can go together.
Will this help him feel more confident or will a horse he doesnt know freak him out even more?
Also, when I am taking him down the road his friend left behind is calling constantly.
If I feed him to shut him up will that help?

So far he hasnt done anything "naughty" but when I got on him today he started backing up like he was gonna run back to his paddock. My friend grabbed his bridle and led him a bit. Im very nervous myself as I had a nasty accident and this is my first time back on a horse, I cant believe how much confidence Ive lost. My friend offered to ride him instead and let me ride her super quiet mare. But thats like giving in!

I just want tomorrows ride to go smoothly and both of us to get over our fears.

Any advice very much appreciated1
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-26-2013, 08:31 AM
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Maybe you should let your friend ride him the first time. He will sense your nervousness which could make him act up. If your friend rides him you will see how he behaves and you will feel more confident to ride him yourself. This is not giving in. It is taking it slow. Your first time back on should be a calm and pleasurable experience. Your friends nice quiet mare will help you get back in the saddle with confidence.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-26-2013, 08:34 AM
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I vote to swap horses also. Riding should be fun & as safe as we can possibly make it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-26-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, yes, I was coming around to thinking that maybe we should swap horses to start with.

I cant believe how nervous I am and Im sure he's picking it up.

It might even be ALL me....because we've done lots of ground work and he looks to me as herd he might think "wow, the boss is scared, it must be really scary out here!"
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