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post #31 of 34 Old 12-18-2015, 09:13 PM
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Can you find a way to meet in the middle?

Perhaps start out by just sitting on your horse in an out of the way place in the indoor while people jump. When you can do that without feeling so anxious, then try walking a bit, then standing again. Slowly stretch the amount of time you are moving, then try a few steps of trot, etc.

I can understand why your instructor wants to push you, but having a panic attack is pushing too far IMO.

Eh, that's exactly how we went about it. I'm fine standing around, my instructor takes it as a signal to try some trotting after a half an hour and I fall apart. Bleh

Your instructor missed the 'slowly' portion of the progression - from standing to trotting is not small steps. And from your description of what is going on around you, I don't blame you for getting anxious! I also don't really understand why your instructor would want to teach in those circumstances period..

Def go with your gut. If that means standing around and watching the chaos around you, that sure seems like a better option to me than being involved in it!
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post #33 of 34 Old 12-19-2015, 12:35 AM
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In my opinion the best way to manage panic is to plan your own actions. You can't control when someone is jumping or when it's being used so disregard those factors. Continue your behaviour regardless of what is Happening.

Your plan might be walk figures around the bottom half of the arena for 10 minutes, trot figures for ten minutes then get off and leave. Work it out before your ride and have the same plan regardless of how the arena is being used. You can build on this as time goes.

The point isn't so much to get used to riding in the arena it's to regain your control
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post #34 of 34 Old 12-19-2015, 05:29 AM
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I am very sorry to hear you have had this experience! If he is good in hand I would try just walking him as if you were schooling in this sort of situation with maybe just one friend jumping? Good idea to have a friend so they know to get out of your way and stop if u start panicking. Once your horse has calmed down get on and ride in the same situation, once he is calm add more people including none friends and eventually he will learn its ok. My advice to u is if u start having a panic attack, loosen on your reins and breathe while you walk into a corner, jump off and calm down. If you tense up and tighten ur reins ur fears are more likely to happen. I wish you all the best �� Xx
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