on Aug 30, 2012 @ 07:18 pm|
OMG, this is my 4th time riding and each time I have had trouble. Here is the breakdown of my experiences
1: in Mexico. The follow horse decided it didn't need to follow and wouldn't just step over rocks.. it leaped. I cried! So scared
2: In Dominican: Horse decides to run not walk, our helper had to jump on the back of horse and control mine. Very scary
3: GET THIS ONE: A tree fell out of woods hit my horse on the back end, he reared up and threw me off. Seriously, this happened. This was supposed to be a calm trail ride.
My tail bone hurt for 2 weeks or more. Had to edit my work lying on the floor with my laptop
4: TODAY.. my horse got in a very sassy mood. Kept trying to bite back, came to a halt once and stomped its foot like a bull getting ready to run. Then as it tried to take the lead from our trail ride, I pulled back on reins to slow it down.. it decides to stop immediately and proceed to lay down and roll. I had to leap away from being rolled under it.
So... I think I am over wanting to ride a horse.
What do ya think... horses have it out for me LOL
|OMG! on Aug 30, 2012 @ 07:43 pm|
You seriously have the worst luck with horses! You poor thing. Just be thankful that you haven't been severely injured with this. Like all animals, horses can be unpredictable!
I'm an avid horseback rider. I absolutely love the sport, and always have! I've been riding for about 20 years now, and have only fallen (jumped) off once - and sprained a finger.
Be careful. Maybe horseback riding isn't for you? haha.
|Horse back riding on Aug 30, 2012 @ 07:50 pm|
I have a vision of riding and it being so calm and relaxing.. but it does seem I have the worst luck in the world.
Lucky for you to get to enjoy it so much. I envy you!
|You have miserable luck! on Aug 31, 2012 @ 07:30 am|
I feel terrible for you! I can't believe any of your stories! You must have the worst lucky with these animals.
My dad owns a horse farm and in all my experience they have always been such calm, docile creatures.
Although pubic riding places don't generally offer the "best quality" in horses, it should still be somewhat calm I would think! Lol!
I'm so sorry your experience with horses wasn't as pleasurable as it should have been! Better luck next time!
|You have to go to a good place. on Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:27 am|
I use to ride for years, until I found boy's that is.LOL I most definitely believe your stories. They happen more often then you might think they do with ridding stables. If it’s your own horse then that's a different story. You've most likely raised it, or at least have spent time with it daily. Ridding stables have so many people come through everyday and the horse’s are taken through the same places over and over again through out the day and everyday. They can just get sick of it and start acting up. We had one horse at the stable I helped out at that would undo his saddle. I can’t tell you how many times we start to go down the trail and the unlucky person that was on Gus would fall to the ground saddle and all. He was to smart for his own good. That's when we'd know Gus had enough for the day. The horse you said would jump over the rocks most likely had a bad experience with a rock when it was younger and that's why he would jump over instead of step over like he should have. The tree was no fault of the horse that was the owners fault. They should make sure all of their trails are safe before they take anyone out on them. We use to do a ride around before we opened and made sure all the trails were clear before opening. Things can happen through out the night in a bush and if you don't look that's what can happen. Their so lucky you weren’t badly hurt!! If you truly want to ride again and have a great time you have to find a good place. Ask other people that have gone to a place what they though of it. You could just go to a place and talk to the owners and the workers about their place, but don't rid that day. Tell the guy running the show what has happened to you in the past and ask him a lot of questions. When you feel everything was answered right and everything looks good at the place then go back and give it a try another day. Some places treat their horse really badly when the public isn’t watching and that’s why they act up. You should be able to tell a good place from a bad one by the way it looks and how the horses look. I hope you have a much better experience the next time you go for a rid. There no better feeling then having a good horse back rid through the woods, or any where for that matter.
|Oh No! on Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:33 am|
So sorry you're not having the best luck with riding horses, but don't give up. I've rode horses before and have had a good experience with them, but just keep trying again. I'm sure eventually we'll hear that you had a great experience with them soon! Good luck!
|Respect, stay calm, and ask for help on Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:44 am|
Horses, like other domesticated animals, can sense anxiety and fear. Because you've already had several bad experiences, you are probably tensing up without even realizing it. Horses feel it through your posture, how tight your legs are clamping their sides, the tension on the reins, and even the pitch of your voice.
My family owned a horse when I was in my teens. We bought him as an adult horse, and since we did not have room to keep him in our yard he was boarded at a stable nearby. What I'm getting at is that we were not his primary caregivers and only saw him several times per week.
I was fortunate enough to learn basic horseback riding skills before we bought him, so I knew my way around horses well enough. Our horse did get a little feisty with me a few times but I was able to maintain my cool and calm him down. He tried to rear me off once, was scared of plastic shopping bags (on those occasions when we'd pass by some litter on the road and the wind would rustle the bag or send it skittering across his path) and bolted a top speed, and another time just would not let me mount.
Some of my family members were thrown by him, but others with more experience found him to be really gentle and well behaved (when not frightened by those evil plastic bags!). What I'm saying is that the rider's confidence and reaction is an important part of the riding experience. I have the same issue with my dogs - my kids squeal and run away when one of them starts jumping up on them which only makes them do it more. But if we use a deep, confident, and commanding tone for them to "get down!", they drop to the floor and start groveling for approval.
Respect the size of your horse and spend some time letting him get used to you. Ask if you can groom him for a few minutes and let him get some good sniffs of you. If you walk behind him, let your hand glide along his flank and rump so he always knows where you are. This also gives him an indication that you know what you're doing.
Lastly, explain your past experience to your riding guide. It might be helpful if you do a session in their indoor arena so you can get your confidence back before you go on an outdoor ride. Horses are less likely to freak out indoors and the trainer is right there in any case. Sometimes horses want to go back to the barn and their oat mash, so they get grouchy on trail rides that take them away from their comfort - especially when it's an uncomfortably hot, cold, muggy, or insect-heavy day. Try to think of your horse's comfort as much as your own, and that empathy might give you some insight into how to best help the horse remain at ease when you're riding him.
Good luck! Horseback riding is so much fun and I really commend you for continuing to try! Not everyone would be so brave :)
|Riding on Aug 31, 2012 @ 06:37 pm|
Thanks for all your responses. I think if I ever go again I will definately make one or more trips to the stables to see the horse prior. Talk to the people about my bad luck too.