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post #1 of 9 Old 05-26-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Riding question

We have a mustang that is a big sweetheart I trust her fully when she is out in the pasture. When we saddle her is when I start getting scared and very hesitant in riding her. She gets very alert of her surroundings and it makes me very nervous. When she sees another horse they start their horse chat my question is when they do that how likely are they to throw you off? I love horses and have always wanted them and now that I have them I am scared to death to get on them. Any advice for this big chicken?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-26-2011, 08:53 PM
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We have a mustang that is a big sweetheart I trust her fully when she is out in the pasture. When we saddle her is when I start getting scared and very hesitant in riding her. She gets very alert of her surroundings and it makes me very nervous. When she sees another horse they start their horse chat my question is when they do that how likely are they to throw you off? I love horses and have always wanted them and now that I have them I am scared to death to get on them. Any advice for this big chicken?
I hope you gain your confidence in time! The horse in my avatar used to whinny to horses in the pasture but he would never throw me off over it, but then again he wasn't a mustang and I don't have experience with them Has he thrown you off over it before?? If he starts to chat with the other horses try getting him to focus with circles or transitions.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-26-2011, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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No she has never tried to kick, buck, ect. She is a very good horse I am just scared and Im sure that travels to her in turn making her nervous.
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Can you take some lessons may be? Not necessarily on this horse, but on quite lesson horse? This way you can build up the confidence.

BTW, one of my mares talks back to other horses at times. I usually just ignore that and keep working her. Some are just more talkative than others (my other mare is equally quiet under saddle).




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I've learned with Creampuff, a young AQH with little confidence herself, that if I lose focus and begin to think "bad" things, bad things happen.

For example: when I lead on her she tends to be skittish. If I give in when she snaps to and look around trying to figure out why she is going to spook, certainly enough she does. It's followed by a rearing session, whirling, attempts to bolt, and crow hopping. After this, refusal; someone else has to take the lead. However, if I maintain focus and don't give in to her "OMG what's that" reflex, she does perfectly fine and hardly flinches.

Taking lessons on the side may also be extremely beneficial to you. Confidence (in yourself and your horse) doesn't just "happen," it has to be built!

In addition, I've never, ever, been thrown off a whinnying horse, nor have I heard of it. Domestic horses use "calling" as location, as well as to "chitter chatter" (who are you, where are you, etc.). It feels really wonky, but it's nothing dangerous. (:

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Hey Tanya I'm in UT too. I hope you're not flooded. This is crazy.

Anyway, is it your goal to ride? If riding makes you uptight, maybe you don't really want to ride. There's nothing wrong with having horses just to watch, enjoy, pet, brush, etc. If you are happy doing those things, just do those things. Maybe that's all you'll ever want to do, or maybe doing those things will inspire you to ride one day.

If you want to ride, take lessons, find a confident friend to ride with, practice riding a different calmer horse, practice ground work, saddle up and lead the horse around and untack, hang out in your pasture or paddock just spending time with your horse. Set small achieveable goals such as just sitting on the horse's back or riding the perimeter of your pasture or arena, then work up to bigger goals like trotting, going on a trail ride, whatever it is you'd like to accomplish.

Small achievements are achievements!
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Is your mustang well trained to be ridden, or are you doing that yourself?
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If she is talking a lot that doesn't mean she will turn into a bronc on you, but she is not showing you much respect. She is telling you that other things are more interesting than you, to fix it give her a job and make her do it until her attention is more on you. This happens quite often with people and their horses, I wouldn't worry about it much.
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Hey Tanya I'm in UT too. I hope you're not flooded. This is crazy.

Anyway, is it your goal to ride? If riding makes you uptight, maybe you don't really want to ride. There's nothing wrong with having horses just to watch, enjoy, pet, brush, etc. If you are happy doing those things, just do those things. Maybe that's all you'll ever want to do, or maybe doing those things will inspire you to ride one day.

If you want to ride, take lessons, find a confident friend to ride with, practice riding a different calmer horse, practice ground work, saddle up and lead the horse around and untack, hang out in your pasture or paddock just spending time with your horse. Set small achieveable goals such as just sitting on the horse's back or riding the perimeter of your pasture or arena, then work up to bigger goals like trotting, going on a trail ride, whatever it is you'd like to accomplish.

Small achievements are achievements!
My husband has had this horse since she was weaned she is 18 yrs now. He joined the air force after high school and the horses stayed here in UT with his parents. Knowbody ever rode them they just fed them and that was it for about 10 yrs. When we would come to visit we always rode them and I didnt have this much of a fear issue. We got stationed here a year ago and I was so happy to finally have the horses. Wildfire our mustang is like a big dog I trust her 100% if I am brushing, bathing, walking her, ect. She has never once tried to kick, buck, or bite. If she is laying out in the pasture I walk right up to her and just sit with her I love her to pieces. I just dont understand why I would all of a sudden develope a fear of riding. I think I need to just get on her and go let it happen as it comes. Thank you all for the tips and advice.
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