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  1. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Lately with the warmer weather, I have become more frustrated. A little bit at my horse but mostly with myself. My TB mare threw me off real good a couple months ago and I’m having a really hard time enjoying my rides lately because of my confidence level. a little background: I’ve had my mare...
  2. General Riding queries
    I am based in Switzerland, I’m a 40yo rerider looking to build up my confidence around horses, get more used to their reactions/movements/protests from the ground to complement my weekly riding private lesson. I have just been turned down as “stall helper” by my BO (with whom I haven’t got the...
  3. Horse Talk
    Today, this rerider had a fright - and was shown just how much work I still need to do to feel comfortable on the saddle. I have a long way to go, my friends, and feeling a little discouraged. School horse (20yrs old mare) FLIPPED OUT while ridden in the arena, at the sight of an unknown horse...
  4. Horse Health
    Alright, need input on anxiety management (long post). My 7 year old Morab was just diagnosed with anxiety induced ulcers. I've owned her for one year; when I bought her she was kept in a tiny paddock, ridden (extremely poorly) down local roads, and fed 6-8 pounds of sweet feed a day. She is...
  5. Barrel Racing
    I have been barrel racing since I was 7, and I am now 23. I have never been fast as I never had a ton of time to practice (I do not own my own horse) and the horse I currently ride tends to buck and I am afraid to push him. I was picking up speed in high school, but the horse I was riding was...
  6. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Hi all! So a big problem I've had right now is that when I'm riding without an instructor, I kind of avoid doing 'difficult' things. And by difficult, I don't mean like jumping or cross country or whatever, I just mean like, trotting a 20m circle if my horse is being nervous. Like the other...
  7. Horse Boarding/Livery/Agistment Queries
    Help everyone! I need some advice. Last week I moved my 21 year old Arab gelding to a new boarding facility where he has a stall and a large paddock with three feedings a day, hay in AM & PM, stable mix pellets at lunch. He was at his last boarding facility for eight years and was in a 12x14...
  8. Plus Sized Riders
    I struggle with confidence when in the saddle. I am fine when I am happy hacking, I can go anywhere alone or with my friends.... But the second I try to do more, fun rides, beach rides, group lessons, anything like that I begin to panic about it. I think some of it is fear of people judging me...
  9. General Riding queries
    Well if you happen to already be on this thread. Then you may as well join The 21 Day Riding Challenge! Welcome! Currently in Darwin, Australia, over 50 riders - novice to advanced- have all come together to support and challenge ourselves in the 21 days of riding. The idea of this is to...
  10. General Riding queries
    Hey all, I have been riding for about 2 years. I would like to lease a horse but all the horses are too hot/fast for me and there are non for me to gain confidence with. I had what we could say a 'incident' a while ago when one of the school horses went crazy galloping around the arena. There...
  11. General Riding queries
    I had a bad fall last week and for the first time in my life a fall has made me nervous of riding I was fine when I rode a few days later but it's now a week later and I was a complete bag of nerves in the saddle how do I overcome this quick
  12. General Riding queries
    First and foremost hello :) I am new to the website and just registered because I want to connect with fellow horse lovers. A little about me: I am an all things horse lover, but have been "out of the game" for quite some time and am a little rusty. I grew up with Quarter Horses and some...
  13. Horse Articles
    Offering Confidence and Leadership to Your Horse Posted on March 20, 2015 Hi, my name is Daniel Dauphin, and I’m a “Leadership” guy. That is simply how the world works to me. There are leaders and followers. While I want an honest and...
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    So over the past few years I've had confidence issues cantering on my mare. I've never had a problem with other horses, but my mare sort of jumps into her canter. I'm fairly sure the root of the problem is the first time I cantered on her, she stopped dead in her tracks and I flew over her...
  15. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have had my horse for about a year now. He is a five year old Thoroughbred/Morgan cross. He's the sweetest and most cuddly dude I have ever met and I adore him, but I need some help here now. He's always been a nervous guy. He looks at everything and has a hard time focusing. He gets annoyed...
  16. Gaited Horses
    Hey all! I'm super excited because I'm finally "approved" to ride my own horse this weekend. I say approved, but I really mean I have some support. I'm a new Paso Fino owner - this year 3/19/13 - and a pretty new rider too. I have a 22yo gelding (I've ridden him probably 10 times since March)...
  17. Horse Talk
    So I was wondering if anyone on here is from around springhill,fl because I'm trying to meet some people that would like to meet up and ride because I have no friends with horses around here and it gets lonely rideing aloe, also I have asked this once before but what are good ways to get a...
  18. Show Jumping and using jumping in training
    Hi, So I've lost ALOT of my jumping confidence. I used to jump 2'6 no problem, but now 1'6 seems really scary! It started at summer camp when I broke my arm over a 2'3 vertical. When I came back from the camp to the barn where I ride my old instructor had stopped teaching, and I started with a...
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