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  1. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hi everyone :) I'm new to the forums, so I hope I'm in the right place. I'm dealing with some nervousness of getting back in the saddle. A little bit about me: I started riding at 9 and ended up in hunter/jumper. I stopped jumping around the age of 16 (I was doing shows at 3 foot) and then...
  2. 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
  3. General Riding queries
    Hello! Im very excited to join a community of fellow horse riders! Im technically a novice who at the age of 33 has started fulfilling her life-long desire to learn how to horseback ride. However, what makes my situation a bit special is that I am learning Kazakhstan (Central Asia) and in...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey guys! My horse Meg hasn't been loaded in a long long time! So, when she felt the chain across her butt she panicked, thrashed and kicked (pinning me on the wall) until we could get her out. once she was out, she was fine. No more kicking or biting, she wasn't mad just scared. How do i fix...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have a 7 year old Quarter horse mare. I've had her since she was 6 months old. She loves to run. Loves. I've been wanting to do barrel racing since I could remember. She is literally the perfect horse for that. The only problem is that I'm still training her. She is already trained, the only...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My horse and a friend's horse absolutely hate each other. When I am in the arena in a lesson the other horse is in the neighboring pasture grazing, and when we ride near her my horse gets distracted and scared. They don't graze in the same pasture because the friend's horse will kick and bite at...
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I haven't ridden this horse yet because I'm starting from the "ground up" and we started with being caught. The woman who gave me this horse said she has a habit of backing up to escape from anything she's uncomfortable with. She's done it on the ground while I tried to spray her with fly spray...
  8. Show Jumping
    My new horse can jump up to 60cm on homemade jumps. I've had him for nearly 4 months and I started jumping him the other day. But the problem is, Nero is absolutly terrified of proper show jumps (the ones with metal stands and jump cups). I think it might be the sound it makes if he hits the...
  9. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have a 5 yr old TB that I've ridden on trail and in arena for a year. 200 rides, and really no trouble. I was riding abt 4 or 5 days a week, an hr each time, sometimes a 2 hr trail ride. Then my kids got off for summer break and I had to skip some riding days, and when I got on one time (in a...
  10. Horse Health
    My horse, Harley is EXTREMELY petrified of the vet. What can I give him as an oral tranquilizer before the vet arrives? Is there anything I can eventually do to help him with his fears so I, the vet, and him don't have to deal with this anymore?
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Well, last year, me and my horse Apache had an accident while barrel racing. I got hurt bad on my back. I stopped riding for a while, and in that time, I started really liking Berry. When I got healed, I was scared to get on Apache, even though I knew it wasn't his fault he got spooked. I still...
  12. Show Jumping
    I have started jumping on my horse and L-O-V-E IT!! But only after I jump it. When im starting to trot,or run, it I get so scared, and I know my horse can feel it but I cant help it. I just imagine the worst thing happening. Can anyone please give me some advise on how to keep calm when im...
  13. Horse Talk
    The other day my dad took one of my baby Shetlands a sale. :-( He said that she went to a guy that raffled her off for charity or something and she ended up going to somebody in minnesota. :cry: Do you think she'll go to slaughter? She was a 2 year old Shetland pony, but I'm still worried. :? I...
  14. Horse Talk
    So as you may know, i just got my first horse!! we had been boarding him at the stable a month prior to his pourchase and i rode him almost every day and played with him everyday at least once, no exceptions. well on the third day we had him, i was a super warm day but the oputdoor arena was...
  15. General Riding queries
    so a couple of weeks ago my horse (Milkshake) reared on me. i didn't fall off or get hurt but now i have been a bit scared to ride her. i still ride her but i am scared. do you guys know any way to gain my confidence again. Maybe exercises or something
  16. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have a 4 1/2 year old Lusitano/ Andalusian gelding named Bo who has lived on the range until about 4 months ago. I have had him for about two months, and from the very first week we have been roundpenning him, doing natural horsemanship, going for walks, grooming, doing horse agility, etc...
  17. Horse Riding Critique
    Please critic us! This day was a little messy, and we have our show next weekend. I have been told I am ready, and I feel like I'm ready MOST of the time, but others I feel real nervous because I hate to get up in front of people ANYWHERE. There were people watching and riding in the arena at...
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