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post #1 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Do you struggle to ride because of nerves?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:32 AM
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:58 AM
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Really cute. I'm nervous when I ride my mare outside the arena. It's an unfortunate reinforcing cycle- she's nervous, which makes me nervous, which makes her nervous. And on we go.

Last week, I hacked out with someone else, thinking being around another horse would help my mare. The other horse is a placid 25ish year old guy who is as easy going as they come. Wouldn't you know it, he acted like an unbroken greenie out riding around the pasture and the both of them were so hyped up it totally backfired.

The only (potential) excuse for them was about 15 minutes after we were done riding, we heard a huge pack of coyotes just a few feet into the woods near where we were riding pick off some kind of prey. Maybe the horses had a legit reason to be on their toes. Still though, I've got to get over this problem, because riding laps around the arena just isn't fun for anyone!
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 10:26 PM
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Really cute. I'm nervous when I ride my mare outside the arena. It's an unfortunate reinforcing cycle- she's nervous, which makes me nervous, which makes her nervous. And on we go.

Last week, I hacked out with someone else, thinking being around another horse would help my mare. The other horse is a placid 25ish year old guy who is as easy going as they come. Wouldn't you know it, he acted like an unbroken greenie out riding around the pasture and the both of them were so hyped up it totally backfired.

The only (potential) excuse for them was about 15 minutes after we were done riding, we heard a huge pack of coyotes just a few feet into the woods near where we were riding pick off some kind of prey. Maybe the horses had a legit reason to be on their toes. Still though, I've got to get over this problem, because riding laps around the arena just isn't fun for anyone!
Egrogen, I'm just curious, does your mare get nervous if you just lead her around and take her on walks with you leading from the ground?
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:12 PM
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That's a sweet video.

I still get nervous on occasion. Last weekend a friend desperately needed help finishing his spring work on his calves. The only horse available to me had never, ever been in open country. Never crossed a creek. Never moved cows. Never climbed buttes.

The first hour she was high-headed, tripping over dirt and sagebrush and I thought "We're gonna die."

Then she got into it and channeled her inner mustang and became very eager, but still unaware of how to handle the terrain nor knew that angry mother cows can hurt us and I thought "We're gonna die."

By the end of the second day she was handling coming off pretty good buttes okay and I stopped rewriting my Will in my head.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:18 PM
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I gave up riding for a while after a fall. When I decided to ride again I would take lessons on school horses and it would take me days to psyche myself up - and even then I'd cancel sometimes.

Recently though my friend has let me ride their horse, and each time I ride I get a bit better. And now I feel a lot more comfortable, and am just getting more and more confident.

So I think the only way to overcome nerves is by riding a horse that doesn't make you scared, and doing it often enough that you don't start scaring yourself again between rides
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:45 PM
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I was nervous last fall when I took a green horse on a big trail ride with terrain she'd never seen before. And river crossings...

She did so much better than I ever thought she would. I remember one trail was pretty darn steep, and she stopped at the bottom of the hill and planted her feet. I thought, "Oh no." I asked her to go on, and she did. I have a lot more confidence in her now, for sure.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-04-2013, 10:47 AM
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i think it is healthy to have some nerves, you then are aware of ur boundries and limits..people get killed because they pass there limits and go to far with what they can do
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