FearLESS Friday Ep77
So you really first need to, if you’re scared to get back on your horse after he bucks, did he buck or did he pigroot?
The language in there is super important. And the understanding there is super important. If he bronco bucked, and like broncoed, he needs to maybe go for training, or you need to investigate his saddle.
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So I was riding Ollie the other day, and he was pigrooting, pigrooting, pigrooting, buck. And it wasn’t a big buck, but most people, you know if your horse bucks. So I have been bucked off, like launched in the air, flying through the air, come crashing down. And when I did that I broke a bone in my back. Normally, pigroots can unseat you, and sure, if you’re not totally balanced you’ll fall off, but you won’t go flying through the air.
So you really first need to, if you’re scared to get back on your horse after he bucks, did he buck or did he pigroot? And the language in there is super important. And the understanding there is super important. If he bronco bucked, and like bronced, he needs to maybe go for training, or you need to investigate his saddle. That’s a problem. And guess what? We’re not buck jumpers, unless you want to be a buck jumper. And I’m not doing a video on how to do if you’re scared, what to do if you’re scared to be a buck jumper, but you want to be a buck jumper. I don’t know. I don’t want to be a buck jumper.
But if your a Dressage rider, or an all-purpose rider, or you just want to have fun on your horse, and he pigroots, that’s the video that I’m thinking we’re doing. So he pigroots, and you go, “Oh,” and you lose your balance, and you might kind of come off like this. All it is is showing you that you need to have a bit more balance in the saddle.
Now the best way to have more balance in the saddle when your horse pigroots or does a little buck, is you need to be centered back. Too many people, especially in canter, have their balance here. So all my weight is forward, so when something pops up from behind, I fall way forward. But what if when I canter, I have my weight a little bit … Especially if we know that the horse is going to be pigroot, so we’re a little bit back here.
So then when he comes up, I can almost counteract that, and come even further back, and go, “Really? My weight is all over here.” Now you can’t just get your bum up. You got to get your bum up with my weight over here. As opposed to when your weight’s here, it’s very easy for them to get their bum up.
So you really want to think about, “Okay, if I want to stay balanced, yeah connect your seat bones. Plug your seat bones in. He’s like going, “You just plugged in, what do you want?” So plug in and get your balance. But if you’re worried that your horse is going to pigroot, or worried that a buck’s coming, you can tilt a little bit further back, and that will counteract that.
Now, that’s the strategy, or the technical thing to do. But what about the mind thing to do? You’re scared that your horse is going to get you off. You’re scared that you fell off, and it could happen again, if your horse pigroots again. Guess what? Horses pigroot all the time.
Have you ever been at the gym, and your personal trainer goes, “Squat again.” Or, “Let’s do another set of lunges.” And you go, “I don’t want to.” Come on, hands up. We’ve all done that. There’s not many compliant people when your personal trainer says, “Push harder, do more, be more,” that we all don’t groan a little bit. He’s like going, “Can we go outside?” That we all don’t groan a little bit and go, “Oh, can we not?” A pigroot is the horse going, “Oh, can we not?”
So it’s not, “I need to get a horse that won’t pigroot,” You need to get the balance as the rider that can handle that. So the mindset point of view has to be that you’re good enough, that you can handle it, that you will build your balance, and you will get this.
So I know no one wants to hear that. You’re all going, “Boo, boo. Tell us a magical pill that means that we won’t need to protect ourselves, and we won’t need to step up, and we won’t need to be amazing.” No, don’t have one of those pills, I wish I did. No, I don’t know if I wish I did. It’s fun to test yourself. It’s fun to step up. It’s fun to be all you can be. And sure, will you fall down doing it? Absolutely. Will you stuff it up while doing it? Absolutely. But then you’ll get better and better and better and better.
So rather than looking for the easy way, and for the spot that means that you don’t need to step up and trust yourself, what if you did? I’d love to invite you to my free class on overcoming fear. I feel there’s a huge lack in rider today. They’re not feeling confident. They’re not trusting themselves, and they’re not having as much fun in their riding journey as they should be because of those things.
So I’ve done a web class to help you guys with all of that. Check it out in the link around this video, and I’ll see you next Friday.