Ok first uo.Dont jump on her about her stirups and flip flops..I know we can make a what not to do with this video.This was my mom hopping on to show me how he can move out cause well im a big 34 year old chicken.Flat walk girl.So with that i know he is pacy because of alot of things but mostly we are still growing that front toe back out from being WAY too short. But my mother who used to show racking horses got on him and got him to goin.He im more for the slow head shaking walker that he is but its nice to see him moving as well.What do you think..MIND you all this was the emaciated boy that i posted back a few months back that some thought i should send to the glue factory.
(the sound you hear is my saddle NOT CHAINS)
Get up there! Nothing scarey about that gait. If my chubby, 20 years older butt can do it so can you.
i have no clue why but i have 0 confidence.When i was a kid i was all over the place on a horse.I took jumping lessons. I was in and out of creeks .Now i get all scared of just a simple incline . I am working hard on getting it back but its been 3 years and i still have none. I got back into horses with a crazy rescue paint that had been abused.BIG MISTAKE. He never threw me but i watched my mom get thrown from him and i went through hell getting his tacked up everyday. So seeing that i was so scared of him half the time i got rid of him and got Mister here and i made sure a paid for a very well trained horse and he is. He gets leary of stuff on a trail everynow and then because he hasn't been on any much but in an arena he is all work no spook what have you and i still am afraid.
Get up and ride. It's the only way you are going to get over it.
Nothing strange about growing older and becoming aware of your own mortality but you can choose to sit and do nothing safely or live. You bought him, you have spent a lot of money on him. Ride him.
My gosh - that boy can move! A confident rider brings about a confident horse.
I have been learning this myself so I feel your pain. I got dumped earlier this year by and youngster so I am finding my way back again. You might try getting a helmet, you can't imagine how much that helps to build your confidence. I am quicker to correct a wrong action than when I rode unhelmeted.
I sure wouldn't worry though, your rider had him moving right along and when she wanted stop he stopped on a dime. Not a lot of them that will do that which shows just how well trained he is.
Wow! He is really a lovely horse. Maybe you could just try it a few yards at a time and keep it to a slightly slower pace and then increase gradually. Say, I am going to hit the gas to the half way across the arena, then all the way to the end etc... He sure looks like fun.
I agree on the use of the helmut. They also have the spine protectors which might make you feel extra snug. He seems to be a well trained, willing horse. Hope you guys can gain confidence together.
Don't worry about what your mom says about moving out. Get on him and dog walk until you are so sick of it you're ready to go faster on your own.
I don't think that you are silly at all. Fear is fear whether it is founded or not. In the case of a horse, they CAN be dangerous so that is unfortunately stuck in your head. What needs to happen is you need to balance the possibility of something going wrong with the much much larger chance of everything going right and you having a lot of fun doing it.
When I was younger, I had no fear. I rode any horse, any time without thinking of what could go wrong. I even rode a bull once though not very long. ha ha Now, I am older, I have seen some things. I have watched other people come off as well. When I think about it I can get myself nervous. Then I think "what caused all those problems to happen?" Usually, someone was screwing around, not paying attention or pushing a horse to do something that it was not ready to do. Avoid those possibilities and you have a far greater chance of complete safety.
When you think about how many people ever get hurt by horses to how many people ride every single day, the number is pretty small. Maybe you should practice emergency dismounts? Maybe that would help too.
Do you have someone that could help you by ponying the horse with you on? Maybe lunging the horse while you are on to gain confidence? Don't let anyone make you feel bad for feeling anxious about something. You need to move at the pace you are ready for and not a step faster. It will come when it comes. If it doesn't.... trail riding is still nice at a walk. :)
I am gone at a flat walk. It's just the faster speeds I can't do. I want to bad. I will just have to keep working at it.
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