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post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2017, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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My mare doesn't pick up on my nerves

It seems to be common knowledge that horses pick up on our fear. Well, mine doesn't seem to. The other night we had very strong winds, cold and spooky.

There were other horses being worked in the arena having melt-downs like crazy. One of them was basically unriddable and the girl had to get off or get herself injured (reared three times, bucked and shouted for five minutes straight). Others weren't much better.

I watched all of this and got myself into a state but persevered and went in regardless. My mare was an angel. One of the best rides we ever had. She listened to light seat aids and I rode with long rains for the duration, amidst the chaos.

Then this morning, lovely, sunny, balmy weather, other horses being worked quietly, I didn't for a second think we'd have trouble. The mare decides that everything is spooky and that everything needs to be snorted at and barged passed. Runs through my hands, seat aids completely ignored. Luckily, she is the best horse in the world and her "spooking" is snort and speed up a wee bit :)

Go figure. I have only had her less than a year so maybe she doesn't really see me as a factor in her world yet :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-16-2017, 07:39 PM
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There is an exception to every rule (:

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-16-2017, 08:07 PM
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I have found that its not always about if you are nervous, its more about how you handle those nerves. Also I think that transferring nerves is more about how quickly the horse will use those nerves to take advantage of you to evade work.

TBs make me nervous as heck to ride. I decided to have a go at overcoming this fear and took on an OTTB. Well our first ride I was shaking and so tense it was ridiculous. You know what he did, nothing. He just happily went about his business as if he hacked through those field every day. He showed no nervousness, no dirtiness nothing. I have had him now for a few months and he still makes me a little nervous, but he has not tried to take advantage once.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-17-2017, 08:10 AM
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I'm sure your mare felt your nerves, but didn't react to them for whatever reason.
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