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post #1 of 2 Old 10-14-2019, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question first share horse is a bit spooky

Hi everyone im a beginner rider who is starting to share a horse (uk) The horse is overall awesome to learn on she is very responsive and forgiving and the perfect size for me the only downfall is she can be quite spooky at things that are new and confusing for example there was a green bin in the school yesterday and she spooked at it however after 1 minute she was fine and we carried on riding past it and she didn't even flinch. When she spooks she goes completely still and will then try and move sideways she docent buck, rear, bolt or spin but just tries to stay away from it. She also does small bucks when she is excited but nothing major and is apparently super easy to sit. I really love her and feel comfortable on her however I just want some advice on wether anyone else learnt on a bit of a spooky horse and how they got past it. I have lots of experience around horses as I have been around them my whole life and work on a ex-racehorse stable so just beginner in saddle. Any advice would be appreciated. x
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Spooks as you describe sounds a dream compared to the spin, rear and bolt done all at the same time it feels.
What you describe as a spook, well, if you work with racing horses you know what a spook can be like to hold onto from the ground, forget astride.
All I can tell you I've found is I sing when nervous cause it makes me breathe in rhythm and that seems to help settle nerves of horse and me.
Trying to remain loose and limber also helps to absorb the sudden jerky movements a spook comes with when astride.
The horse looking at something new and different is a observant animal, one who actually to me would keep me safe on the trails...aware of danger.


This is a thinking horse, not a reactive one...
A horse like this who thinks before action is taken to me is a pleasure to ride...
Warned before a explosion if a explosion were to ever happen.
Eyes up, be alert to new things, sing and breathe will get you enjoying your ride time much more.
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jmo...

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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