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post #1 of 12 Old 06-02-2016, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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I'm embarrassed to tell the whole story, but I think I have to so that you guys may be able to answer me better. A couple of weeks ago, I got the bright idea to see if I could even get on my horse (4 y/o TWH mare). I tied her in the barn, put a saddle on her and climbed on. All was well. She didn't act uncomfortable or scared. For some reason I thought (or neglected to think)it was a bright idea to untie her and then get off instead of the other way around. As soon as I untied her, she apparently thought we were going for a ride. She started walking towards the door of the barn. Mind you, I had a lead rope on her, not reins since I didn't actually plan on riding. I said whoa and pulled on the lead rope a bit. No response, she kept going. I tried to grab the side of the barn door to stop her and that didn't work. After that, all I remember is waking up on the ground with a huge knot on my head and a dent in the telephone pole right outside the barn. Yes, I know, stupid beyond belief and I deserved every bit of that lump. My question is this:

I've tried a couple times since then to get back on her and when I try she dances away. Is is possible to have frightened her or shaken her confidence in that one moment? She's so young, I have to wonder. After that, if she's not traumatized, is it possibly something I'm doing wrong when I'm saddling her? I don't think it's that because she did let me on her that one time, but I'm groping for answers here. If I did traumatize her, what steps can I take to help her rebuild her confidence?

I'm ready to take my lumps for my idiocy, but please add some answers for me too if you can. Thanks! :P
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-02-2016, 09:41 AM
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Mounting a tied horse in a barn is extremely dangerous. Think about what would happen if she got scared while tied while you were on her, pulled back on the rope, the rope breaks, she flips over backwards, and you come down on whatever is laying around your barn.

This is why you see so many colt starters start their horses in the middle of a big round pen. They have plenty of room, little to fall on, and the horse can't really go anywhere but in a big circle. Then if they do need to stop, hopefully they have taught the horse how to bend in the halter and can bend the horse's head around to a stop.

I can't really offer you more advice than seek professional help, but at the very least get the horse out of the barn while doing this sort of thing.


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You are now getting an adrenaline rush from fear when you saddle her. She smells that and thinks she needs to leave.

You have two options.....
Get a trainer to help.
Get rid of the fear, and start back at the beginning.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-02-2016, 09:54 AM
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Most likely it is your confidence you need to rebuild, not the mare's. Never ever under any circumstances mount a horse that's tied, nor should you mount a horse who does not have the needed equipment to control her. Horses are dangerous enough without us pulling silly stunts!


I agree that the mare is probably picking up on your nervousness and lack of confidence. I suggest finding a rider instructor who can work with you and your mare to overcome that bad experience.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-02-2016, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have a wonderful trainer. Who is so wonderful he's also so busy it's hard to get an hour in with him very often. Do any of you have more than one trainer? Maybe one for riding lessons and one for training? If I focus on perfecting ground work, lunging etc. will these young horses forget their riding training?
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Well…. lol that was a stupid idea no offense. I think you might be nervous and she can sense that. It should help if you take a deep breath,calm down, pet her and give her a treat. Then you can mount her (with reins!) and say kid and encouraging words. hope this works ;)
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Well…. lol that was a stupid idea no offense. I think you might be nervous and she can sense that. It should help if you take a deep breath,calm down, pet her and give her a treat. Then you can mount her (with reins!) and say kid and encouraging words. hope this works ;)

No offense taken, I know it was a dumbass thing to do. Unfortunately I learn most things the hard way. I'm not aware of any fear, no sweating heart pounding type of thing, but you guys may be right. I haven't really tried to get on on if that makes sense. Just putting my weight on the one stirrup and seeing if it freaks her out.
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Yes, I have a "trainer" and a "coach". The trainer is who I sent my horse to for 60 days to be started. That was the best investment I ever made, he put such a great start on her I am still reaping the benefits 3 years later. If I ever have a serious issue, I would go to him in a heartbeat.

My coach is who I take lessons with in order to better myself as a rider and prepare my horse for showing. I take lessons and clinics with her twice a month or more.

I would find a trainer who can dedicate a lot more time to work with you and your horse and keep your current trainer for lessons. :)


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Yes, I have a "trainer" and a "coach". The trainer is who I sent my horse to for 60 days to be started. That was the best investment I ever made, he put such a great start on her I am still reaping the benefits 3 years later. If I ever have a serious issue, I would go to him in a heartbeat.

My coach is who I take lessons with in order to better myself as a rider and prepare my horse for showing. I take lessons and clinics with her twice a month or more.

I would find a trainer who can dedicate a lot more time to work with you and your horse and keep your current trainer for lessons. :)
He's training my horses and training my husband and I to work with them. Everything but riding. So I'd need a riding instructor. What would you do if there was a difference in advice given between your trainers? The trainer I have now does starts and refreshers, that type of thing. I just don't want to end up with 2 super well trained horses and 2 super untrained riders if that makes sense.
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Is is possible to have frightened her or shaken her confidence in that one moment?
Possible to have frightened her, depending how you actually came off of her.

I have a habit when I dismount to kind of jump off, since my knees are so bad (it's hard to bend them getting on/off between the stirrup and the ground) and I am short. When my AQHA mare was young it would scare her, LOL. The first time she thought the world was coming to an end. Had to do lots of ground work and jumping next to her; it does not bother her now.

But I wouldn't worry about it; she will get over that, with consistent work.
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