Hey all. Any tips to get over being afraid to fall off? I've had a couple of hard falls lately and they've made me nervous enough I can't make myself ride my little filly.
All I can say, is I myself have been in your situation, but with time, I've taught myself to just get back up and ride. The best thing that I tell myself is that you're putting yourself on the back of a 1,200lb animal with a mind of its own, and doing it out of free will – accidents are bound to happen at some point in time if you want to keep the sport up. Just believe in yourself that you can do it, and you will excel! The best way to face a fear is head on.
Can spotted horses compete in coloured horse classes?
Yes, I believe so.
What would be a good show name for a chestnut gelding with personality?
There's a chestnut gelding at my barn named Pilgrim which I'm sure something with that would be adorable, or maybe Limited Edition, Keep It Cash, Gold Edition, Prince Charming, Wild Miles, Comanche's Echo, Dragon's Sunrise, Whiskey Makes History, Hot Expectations, Exotic Flames, Stuck In Lava, or Saint's Beginning.
My youngest horse use to be perfectly fine with baths untill this year. Now it's impossible to bathe him let alone hose him off. As soon as it gets near him he rears up. Any tips?
I would move him back to a bucket and sponge, and start steadily working him back up to the hose. Once he's good on the first, introduce the hose, let him sniff it, and if you turn it on, keep it before him, just spraying the ground. I wouldn't keep him in the cross ties, or so on when you're doing this if he's afraid of it, as it could bring him to feel trapped, and cause him to panic. I would try to determine what part of it is scaring him, whether it's the hose, the water, so on, and go from there.
How do I get my horse to trust me more ?
Spending more time with your horse in general tends to strengthen the bond between horse and rider. You want your horse to respect you, to have their trust. Nowadays, we see all of these riders that can bring 4-5 horses out ( such as Double Dan Horsemanship ) and have them all work to his will. You need to assert yourself as the herd leader, and earn your horse's respect from there. Even things such as lunging sessions, or grooming sessions would help bring your horse to trust you.
What do you prefer boarding your horse or keeping it at your house?
Boarding. My trainer assists in the care of my horse by riding him if I can't get down because of school. Plus, it's an all night watch by the owners of the property – if my horse were to colic, etc. in the middle of the night, we'd be able to catch it fast. It's just the easier, and safer option for me, though it may not be the same for others.
After my horse jumps, he drags me after the landing, any tips to help him stop this ?
I recommend poles after the jump. It'll steal his focus away from his actions in order for him to get over them. If you'd like to go bigger, grid work would help as well, whether all one size, or increasing the size as you go.