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post #1 of 9 Old 06-11-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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I had a scary fall off Frenchie yesterday...

Just when everything was going well, too.

It was all my fault, though. I feel so bad about it!

We were having a fantastic lesson yesterday - Frenchie wasn't even trying to stop at any of the fences, so we bumped the jumps up a little bit.

We came around a corner to a fence and it was just...bad. I saw we were going to have a really messed up distance, so what did I do? Absolutely nothing. I stopped riding. Had I shortened his stride we would have chipped and been okay. Had I lengthened it, we would have just gotten a long distance. Instead, we ended up getting there about a mile away. Frenchie, being the amazing horse he is, started to jump it but then tried to stop once he realized what a mess we were in, if that makes any sense.

We ended up crashing into the jump pretty badly [we actually cracked/broke one of the standards] and Frenchie slid into it kind of sideways. I originally thought I was coming off over his shoulder but I hung on and he ended up like...sitting down. For a scary second my foot was caught between his stomach and a pole and I was just hanging there, but I got it loose and bailed off the side right as he started to freak out a little bit and back up.

Right after it happened, he was favoring both back legs pretty obviously. I walked him around a little bit and then jogged him and he was only limping on one. We did the same thing after a few minutes and he was completely fine, which is good. I got back on and trotted him around a little bit, then went over a baby jump [probably 12" at most] a few times to make sure he didn't end on a bad note.

Poor Fry, he scraped his leg on the standard and lost a few patches of hair. There weren't any cuts and he wasn't bleeding or anything, though. After I got off I just rubbed liniment on his legs and then cleaned the scrapes and put medicine on them.

I feel so terrible, though. This horse used to be afraid to walk over a pole, and he's come SO far. I'm worried that this may have hurt his confidence a little bit :\ I'm also a little concerned about what it's done to MY confidence - I was so tense to the first jump after it happened he almost stopped.

Oh, and fwiw...I'm completely fine. When I managed to jump off the side I landed on my feet. He did hit the side of my face with his head in the process, lol, but nothing serious.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-11-2011, 09:49 AM
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I'm glad you are both ok. The best way to let this be a learning experience and not scaring him is to act like it never happened. Ride him like you always have, don't get nervous or worry about it because he will pick up on that and be more nervous. Everybody has wrecks, its just a fact of life, just count yourself lucky that nobody got seriously hurt and chaulk it up to learning.
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-11-2011, 11:34 AM
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Awww Junior, I am sorry that you had the accident all together, but, take this as a learning lesson, and learn from the mistake - as you already have. I know what you should of done, so fix it next time.

Do not let this incident get in the way, like I did. Do not allow it to become a negative aspect in your mental thinking - don't let it become a mental block.

Start now, don't dwell in the negativity, dwell on the positives that help you to change for the next time. Focus on the positives that will make you a more effective rider, for your horse, so that you wont miss that approach.

Change your train of thought now, so that it doesn't become a hinderance, so it doesn't prevent you from progressing forward.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-13-2011, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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It's just...ugh. I was finally getting more confident in seeing a distance and riding for it and then THIS happened. Now I'm gonna be second guessing myself and I'm gonna start turtling and as much as I try not to it's just...gonna happen. It took me almost a year to get back to riding Scooter effectively, but I'm gonna do my best to avoid letting that happen to me with Frenchie.

I've always had problems making decisions and sticking with them and it's ALWAYS gotten me into trouble! I've really only had one or two falls not related to refusals [that occurred because I saw a bad distance and froze up/took my leg off/turtled]. I was slowly getting better at this - Frenchie really helped me with that. We were coming into our third lesson without any refusals, and he was starting to take the different distances if I asked for them [aka, we were taking long ones instead of stopping, and he was chipping for me if I buried us]. We had a really good lesson last week about feeling his rhythm and then using that to find the distance vs. riding for a set distance [if that makes sense] and sticking with whatever decision I make but that all flew out the window on the way to this jump, for whatever reason. Wahh.

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-13-2011, 11:29 PM
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^^ All I hear is negativity, and doubt - change that into positive thinking. What is it, that makes you a good rider? Focus on those aspects, target those aspects and use them, to make you that much more confident the next time.

I make bad decisions when I am in the middle of combinations - but what I am learning from my coach, is that I need to stick to my origional game plan and trust my horse to do his job.

I don't have a natural eye myself, and that's why my Coach has me sit on Nelson's back 5 strides out. That way, when you can feel your horse under you, you can remain over him, you can feel his movements and when he's going to take off, so you can stay with him, instead of interfere. Sit, wrap your legs around his girth, sit up tall, use your seat and just let your horse do his job. Stick to your origional plan, and let your horse do his job.

Positive affirmations - think only positive thoughts. The moment negative thoughts start to seep their way in, quickly change them into positive thoughts.

- I am a strong confident rider
- I will sit 5 strides out, and ride my horses rhtym
- I am solid and stron in my lower leg

etc, etc, etc - come up with your own positive affirmations, to help you.

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-14-2011, 01:39 PM
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Aww don't worry, it happens to the best of us. Something like that has happened to me once. I jumped ahead of my horse and she took a really long spot and the horse and I both hit the dirt. I wasn't hurt, but my horse hurt her neck trying not to roll on me. (She was fine in a few days.)

All you can do is just get back on and do it again...and learn from your mistake.
That fall taught me to sit back and wait for the jump.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-18-2011, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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I tried to be positive yesterday...and for the one jump that we did, I was! I just focused on staying tall, keeping my hips relaxed with my leg on and not dropping my hands, and we didn't have a problem!

Of course, after that jump he pulled up lame so our lesson was cut short [poor baby, he just wouldn't put any weight on his back leg...we're thinking he did something to his hip? It was very weird] but that one jump was okay, haha.

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-18-2011, 12:13 PM
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After one jump he pulled up lame, so he needs time off from jumping now, in order to heal. There's no point in re-stressing what's needing to mend; I'm sure you don't want the guilt of not giving him time to get thoroughly knit back together! You might consider getting a vet or chiro out to check for what's wrong, because he might need some sort of treatment!
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-23-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Fry isn't mine so I don't have any control over what they do with him...but I trust that my trainer and the barn owner will do whatever Frenchie needs :)

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