Originally Posted by abigalerose
I know, I know, I've been working on my nerves, June has helped a boat load with my nervousness, 6 months ago I wouldn't even want to be near a horse like him, but now I will ride him. It's just hard to keep from tensing up. Especially after seeing how jumpy he is. I walked up to the gate and he jumped. I've only had him maybe a month or so, so I'm sure it'll improve when both of us trust each other more, and with lots of desensitizing. I have made some progress already, when I got him there was no way you could get on him without him moving, but yesterday I saddled him up and got on and he stayed still the whole time. But another problem I have is that he's still not getting along with June.
And I rode June tackless today. Not a real ride though, just hopped onto her in the arena and held onto her mane and kicked and kissed and let her walk where she wanted 😂
I'm jealous of where you're at with your horse!
Sounds like a good plan.
About tensing up. Relax your muscles and breathe. Think about how nice the day is and how nice it is to be riding.
Think 100% positive and relax. And BREATHE deeply.
Chess (my gelding) used to be a real greeny and this is what I did. Mostly he just took time and patience.
And now I ride him tackless!
I've been riding him for a year now but I knew him before I rode him.
He's 7 years old.
I taught him to do bridleless by first leading him by just holding the lead rope around his neck and leading him.
Then when I ride I make sure to use my legs just as much as my arms. Right leg means left, left leg means right.
Then I hopped on tackless (with a neck rope) and it was magic!