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post #11 of 13 Old 12-26-2013, 04:59 PM
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Like a lot of people have said, more lessons.

I like Juile Goodnight and CHA, that being said, I am not a big fan of the "pulley Rein". I haven't had many horses run away with me because I don't let them get started. One thing you need to understand about horses is that they are really made to pull. They are very powerful when they are in a pulling position meaning when they are in a line, nose, withers, hips. if your horse is running away with you most likely they are in a strait line nose, withers, hips this is when they are the most powerful. If you can break that line you have a better chance of regaining control. this is where pulling the head around helps, I myself like the pushing the hips out of line with the body better but that is a little more advanced for you and the horse, pulling the hear around can work too. If you horse is moving forward and you are feeling like you are lossing control you need to quickly and firmly reassert yourself into your horses mind. A quick jerk on a rein to get your horse to move out of the line it is traveling in can go a long ways toward regainning control.

But really, lessons are your best bet to help you.
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-26-2013, 06:57 PM
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I'm a beginner too, so maybe listen to other people before you listen to me, but here's my 2 cents.

First of all, it's impossible to not panic in a situation like that as a beginner. You can tell yourself all day long tomorrow you will not panic again, but I guarantee you will. Panic is a natural reaction to being over your head. Don't beat yourself up over that, and don't expect to be able to just will it away.

Take lessons. When you gain confidence in your riding, you will be in a better position to deal with unexpected situations and you will therefore panic less and less when crazy things happen. After taking lessons for a few months, my lesson horse went berserk on me during a lesson for almost 30 minutes straight, over and over freaking out over something he kept seeing in the corner of the riding ring. If this had happened in the beginning of my learning, I would have been dumped, plain and simple. But since I have a decent seat and some skills I've learned, I held on and calmed him down and then worked him through that spooking stuff until he finally chilled out. It was dark, it was cold, it was windy, and it was scary as hell, but I did it - by the grace of my lessons! I never could have done it without the learning in place first. No one could. [Turns out, it was a piece of purple-painted wood in the grass near the riding ring that was freaking him out. He is such a creature of habit. Any little thing wrong in his world is a leopard trying to kill him.]

Go on youtube and find training videos on natural horsemanship, unless you can afford to buy them from Clinton Anderson or Parelli or even Sean Patrick. There are tons of free videos from others, both professional and amateur. Do a bunch of groundwork with your horse so he feels more confident in you as a leader. It should lessen those instances of him freaking out and it should make him more likely to listen to you when you say "whoa".

Congrats on getting back up on the horse. I hope you're wearing a helmet. If you're not, please get one. I know they don't look cool in western riding, but your brain is your most important asset and more horseman die or are permanently injured by head trauma than any other thing.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-27-2013, 03:12 AM
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Don't get discouraged! Whether they'll admit it or not we've all been beginners, and we've more than likely all been dumped on our heads. Like others have stated, best thing is to get a trainer to assist you. I ride rather hot headed Arabians and have learned that when I feel they are about to do something stupid I yield yield yield! This is something you will learn with time, training, and practice. I'm not a super fan of circles simply because it doesn't always work, but by yielding hindquarters, leg yields, serpentines ect it gets the horses head off whatever he was wanting to spook about and back onto me. For now get a trainer, don't give up, and it will get better!! :)
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