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post #1 of 7 Old 12-06-2011, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! When I joined this forum a while back I loved this place but due to reality knocking at the door I had to take a small break from the internet. Now that life has straightened out I decided to come back and this time give myself a proper introduction.

My name is Jillian and I've been riding on and off in western pleasure for about seven years. I've only been in two riding accidents but both times it left me battered and broken. Ever since my last accident my confidence declined a lot, I'm hoping to get back some of it come next year when I'm back taking riding lessons.

I can't wait to get back into the swing of things here!
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-06-2011, 08:25 AM
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Welcome back! It does take time to get the confidence back after an accident. Do you lease or just ride lesson horses? Was a trainer there at the accidents? Have you figured out the causes?
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-06-2011, 09:44 AM
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Welcome back!

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-06-2011, 10:21 AM
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welcome back :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-07-2011, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the warm welcome.
To your questions Cacowgirl, I currently ride only in lessons. As for my accidents my trainer was there for the first one, she saw the whole thing (bucked off). Unfortunately, I couldn't get back on right away since both my arms were broken. My second accident was at horse camp, older camp girls ran it at the time, and my horse bolted on the trail.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-07-2011, 07:41 AM
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Two broken arms at once-that is just terrible. I've been on run-aways-that is quite terrifying also. Kudos to you for still trying.I hope your trainer is only putting you on "schoolmasters" to build back your confidence. What kind of lessons are you taking? Do you have a riding goal? Are you wanting to get your own horse at some point? Glad you're here checking things out.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-08-2011, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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The stables where I had my accidents is where I will probably take my lessons again (western pleasure). My trainer has a barn full of rescued feedlot horses, which she trains and uses in her lessons. Even though I respect her for saving these horses I have noticed that most of the lesson horses shouldn't be ridden by beginners or younger children but I've never faced her to tell her that. Next year I would love to enter in western pleasure shows (never had the chance to do so yet) and would love to get my own horse at some point but feel I should gain some confidence back before I start looking to buy.
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