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        10-09-2012, 12:01 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I found talking to the horse helped me alot. However it's been a long time since i've ever felt nervous on the horse. If you can ride with someone else every now and then can help too. Especially if they have a confident horse and are confident themselves. You could try smaller rides to help boost your confidence, areas your horse is familiar with.
    Whisks used to be bad for stopping and trying to turn and go home then not moving forward, I used to keep her going in a tight circle. She soon figured out it was less hassle to keep going. [or either that she probs got a bit dizzy and didn't know which way we were going lol]
         
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        10-09-2012, 12:20 PM
      #12
    Trained
    When I first started to learn to train horses, the trainers I was working under told me something about taking a greeny out on the trails alone-talk to the horse, doesn't matter what you say, just blab away! Nowadays, when I am out alone on the trails, I still talk, loudly, to the horse, my dogs, myself, I want the bears, deer, moose & other woodland creatures to hear me coming! But it sure does work reassuring the horse, he is probably thinking, Will she ever shut up?! LOL
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        10-09-2012, 12:41 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Put the horse to work and stop worrying about your emotions.

    The best thing you can do is keep the horse so busy doing what you ask, that he has no time to worry about anything. If you are focused on giving commands and watching for the littlest trys. You won't be able to worry about being nervous either.

    Just don't be a passenger. Go out with a game plan, You are a Rider, you are in control. Have your horse dancing circles around the sagebrush, moving off your leg, side passing over to a tree branch, verticle and laterial flexs. Just be asking for something. Pretty soon he will be happy to just relax and plod along. If he starts to get nervous again, put him back to work.

    When you get done with the trail ride, your relationship with the horse will have improved. Your confidence will grow and the horse will be more responsive.
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        10-09-2012, 03:10 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Paintedhorse, that is a very good point! Thanks everyone! I do get emotion-y when out there sometimes.
         
        10-11-2012, 04:03 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Remember your emotions flow from you to your horse, your scared so your horse will be scared, when you show confidence so will your horse! Just relax and breathe, you can handle anything you put your mind to just think it through!
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        10-11-2012, 05:28 PM
      #16
    Trained
    I feel certain that my horse picks up on any nervousness that I feel. Since I have finally gotten used to her, she is doing a lot better. Just ride. And ride. In my hands, frequent rides even if short do more good than occasional long rides. (Several three mile rides a week does more than one 20 mile ride a month.)
         
        10-11-2012, 05:42 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    There is a bridge that my horse some times goes over and some time he doesn't on the time he doesn't I tell him that I will always protect him it is ok and he stay calm
         
        10-11-2012, 05:49 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Riding with a friend who has a veteran trail horse will keep the green horse way calmer...Remember they are heard animals if ones calm the other will be calm as well
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        10-12-2012, 09:27 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Be confident. That's your job as the rider.

    Horses can be very good at picking up on any stress or nervousness the rider feels. If you're constantly worrying yourself over the little stuff, your horse will get worked up about the little stuff.

    I've seen horses that are total basket cases because their riders are white-knuckled the whole time, just waiting for the horse to spook at something.

    Just relax. Enjoy the ride. Don't sweat the small stuff. He'll learn to trust your judgement and know that you're not going to put him in a dangerous situation.
         
        10-12-2012, 09:58 PM
      #20
    Foal
    You've gotten a lot of good advise. I ride & have riden many Arabian mares who some may call neurotic. It amazes me how easily they can switch direction & momentum 90 degrees to either right or left when they see something dangerous like a butterfly or a lizzard! I laugh at it. Don't make a big deal out of it. Soon they'll settle down. But you have to be relaxed. I talk to my horses all the time, not just when we are out on the trail. At feeding time, I rotate standing next to each one of them, talking to them, and making physical contact (important). One more thing, when you have company on the trail, don't let the other rider lead all the time. Switch now & then. You be the lead rider once in a while. It'll be good for both of you. Good luck.
         

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