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post #1 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,
The other day I rode my horse and she was really sweaty afterwards. I groomed her pretty well, but I was running short on time there was no hose availibile, and was unable to get all of the sweat out, needless to say my instructor saw and wasnt too happy. I feel really bad now, because I tend not to be a detailed person and I don't want it to look like I don't care. I do care, a lot actually, and I don't want it to seem like I don't. but All the time I feel like I am nervous around the barn. I love my instructor and the people at the barn, but I'm a really quiet person and I don't want to be the odd-person out who has to ask for things or does things wrong. I'm not a detailed person and this is a newer barn so I'm not quite sure how everything works yet. Long story short: I'm going to the barn today. I feel bad about dissappointing my instructor, even though I know he wont yell at me and that he's probably not all that mad. How do I get over this? also, how can I be less timid around the barn?

Thanks so much,
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 06:40 PM
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Just try to do the right thing and then accept yourself as you are. If you are cheerful and willing to work hard, you will fit in fine.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 06:56 PM
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The only way I was able to get over my timid-ness (I used to be painfully shy and quiet) was just to decide that I didn't care what other folks said/thought about me, that I wanted to be true to myself and do the very best I was capable of. It took some time to get to the point where I could just walk up to someone and ask a question if I didn't know what to do, but I did eventually.

Don't worry about your horse, being left a bit sweaty after a ride won't hurt him at all. The reason why horses roll after being turned out is because that's their way of "self-grooming".
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 07:00 PM
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just try to relax and be yourself. The trainer realizes you are timid, or should .
If you have a question ask, there is a saying.. The only dumb question is the one not asked. Enjoy ! and remember.. just breathe. One deep breath in and out.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-08-2013, 07:12 PM
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Youre just very willing to please-- nothing wrong with that. Ive let horses out sweaty plenty of times-- its fine.. They dont need a rinse down every time anyway and sweaty hairs will just brush right out.

When i was younger i felt like i had to walk on eggshells when a certain person was around the barn, because she freaked out on me every time i moved basically.. i stopped going to her for advice and i quit asking her for her opinion since she couldnt take into concideration that i was new to horses and i was gonna make mistakes.. often.

Luckily for me my aunt worked at that barn too. I just started asking her for help when i needed it, and i regained my confidence back. She didnt flip her wig when i messed somethin up-- she stayed calm laughed and calmly corrected me by showing me the right way then having me do it for myself.

I would confide in the most understanding person at your barn-- or the one you feel most comfortable with.. even if it is the instructor. Don't ever be ashamed or afraid to ask any questions-- there is no dumb questions in the horse world.. you have to ask to know.
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