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post #31 of 43 Old 07-05-2013, 10:08 AM
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OP, I am in a similar situation. I had a bad wreck & stayed away from horses for years. I started doing lessons about 1 1/2 years ago. My first lesson was in a round pen, on a lunge line & I was still sweating, shaking & almost hyperventaled. My instructor thought I was going to pass out. I've come a long way since then, but I am still a very nervous rider. I HAVE discovered that I am a very confident driver. I've been doing carriage driving for several months now & it is AMAZING! I'm not saying that you should give up on riding, but it is another way to enjoy horses

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post #32 of 43 Old 07-05-2013, 05:35 PM
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post #33 of 43 Old 07-07-2013, 04:21 PM
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Skyseternalangel: so today I'm weakening up deciding I will get on him for the first time in about 3 weeks. I'm going to start slow and do western, I was on english but I did not feel secure so I'm switching to just be able to learn more now and stay on but I feel positive and ill let you know how it goes if you'd like. Thanks for the positive feedback
Awesome, how did it go for you?

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post #34 of 43 Old 07-07-2013, 08:13 PM
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Well since it rained the last two days I was not able to ride but I did however get up early today and got on a rode him in my western saddle,I did start with english but I wanted to try western to see if I could gain more confidence but I did ok I tried to push myself to get into trot and I did, he was about to go into a lope but I needed up stopping him because I was not prepared for it. He did at the half way parts of the Feild start stopping mid walk but if I was going the way twords his paddock he would walk with some speed so I don't know if my signals are confusing him or if he is just trying to test me because at the beginning if he would stop I would get off after a while so I know he may be associating that with me getting off but I want to learn how to cue him to go right when I ask not when he feels like it, but I am def going to keep trying and tomorrow I am going back to my english saddle because I was not too comfortable in the western one
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post #35 of 43 Old 07-07-2013, 08:26 PM
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Well since it rained the last two days I was not able to ride but I did however get up early today and got on a rode him in my western saddle,I did start with english but I wanted to try western to see if I could gain more confidence but I did ok I tried to push myself to get into trot and I did, he was about to go into a lope but I needed up stopping him because I was not prepared for it. He did at the half way parts of the Feild start stopping mid walk but if I was going the way twords his paddock he would walk with some speed so I don't know if my signals are confusing him or if he is just trying to test me because at the beginning if he would stop I would get off after a while so I know he may be associating that with me getting off but I want to learn how to cue him to go right when I ask not when he feels like it, but I am def going to keep trying and tomorrow I am going back to my english saddle because I was not too comfortable in the western one
Every little step is what counts Sounds like you made good progress.

An Open rein turn is easier to direct the horse to than pulling their face around (if you feel the need to use rein) and remember to use your leg and back it up with rein (not the other way around)

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post #36 of 43 Old 07-07-2013, 10:15 PM
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What exactly is open rein?
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post #37 of 43 Old 07-07-2013, 10:35 PM
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What exactly is open rein?
You move the rein sideways away from the horse's neck in the direction you want to go. You don't pull backwards but only open sideways.

I tried to find a video but wasn't so fortunate..

But imagine you have both your hands the same distance away from the horse's neck (so no wider than shoulder width apart) and then say you wanted to go left, you'd take your left hand with the **rein and 'open' it to the left away from the horse's neck

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post #38 of 43 Old 07-08-2013, 08:54 AM
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Oh ok I see what you mean, you see when he does stop and I try to get him to move I try going in a small circle,big circle,I try everything I try turns and all he does is turn his head at the direction I want him to move.
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post #39 of 43 Old 07-08-2013, 03:27 PM
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It's nice to know I'm not alone...

I am glad to hear someone else has this problem also. I haven't even been thrown or injured by a horse but I freeze up when I think about riding but I want to ride so bad. I want to get a horse I can ride NOW to build up my confidence then work the one I have ( that is not ridable yet ) so I can ride him too. My husband thinks I should forget another horse until I am riding the one I have but he's not the one with the bad back and I am afraid of being injured to the point of not being able to work. So I have a horse I am starting to resent and do not want to work with. It's all me and I have no one to blame.
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post #40 of 43 Old 07-08-2013, 04:50 PM
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Oh ok I see what you mean, you see when he does stop and I try to get him to move I try going in a small circle,big circle,I try everything I try turns and all he does is turn his head at the direction I want him to move.
Why does he stop?

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