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post #21 of 24 Old 05-23-2016, 12:32 PM
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So about all this talking business...When you have success don't be shy about telling your horse she's a good girl and give her a rub on the neck.
It will make you both feel better.
Congratulations and keep up the good work!!!!!!!
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post #22 of 24 Old 06-04-2016, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Update: I am completely over my fear. I have no idea what happened. I rode her every day even if I was so scared I nearly vomited on her neck. I stayed on the lunge line for about four weeks with some riding off the lunge line when I was feeling brave. My instructor had a couple of kids ride her and I watched. Then one day I just wasn't scared. Even if she gets scared and throws herself into a rough canter I don't get phased at all. I even went out on a hack by myself and she was jittery - no problem.

I moved her to a new barn and she is still not settled but I rode her yesterday for the first time without getting scared at all.

Brains are weird.

Thank you all for your help.
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post #23 of 24 Old 06-04-2016, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Horsef View Post
Well,this is my lucky forum! I had a great lesson today, off the lunge line, trotted and cantered all over the place. I have no idea what happened, but it just clicked. She was forward but I love forward horses. Just yesterday I nearly vomited all over her neck, that's how scared I was, and I had to get off after 10 minutes. Today I went trail riding and rode for two full lessons. Brains are weird.

Thank you all for your advice and time.
You both had a change that took some time. Great you had a good lesson or two.

Whatever that source of stress is, you seem to have overcome it for a time. As a great trainer I know says, "You ride the horse as she/he is today". Well done.
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post #24 of 24 Old 06-04-2016, 01:30 PM
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Good to hear that you have your confidence back. Yes, the mind is a strange thing. Sometimes we need to look at ourselves as if we were another person and just say "This person has handled many situations well, the horse has never done anything extreme, and there is no reason why the combination can't work."
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