Lost confidence on your new horse? - FearLESS Friday Throwback

I Was Fine On My Old Horse But I Have Lost Confidence On My New Horse!

Hey Riding Superstars! Today we have one of our most popular FearLESS Friday TV Throwback! I Was Fine On My Old Horse But I Have Lost Confidence On My New Horse.

You don’t know that when you’re first testing out a new horse. They’re all new, they’re all anxious. The biggest thing is you’ve got to think about how does the horse feel? The horse doesn’t know you. I always liken riding a horse to a relationship. In the first couple of months it’s like the first couple of dates, they don’t do too much.

Then after a couple of months, you ride the way you always ride. You know your true colors show. The horse’s true colors show. So if you’re feeling anxious, you’ve got to realize you’re not anxious about the new horse. You’re anxious about the unknown.

 

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To Your Success,

Natasha Althoff

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Hey Fearless Superstars, welcome to fearless friday! My name is Natasha Althoff, a grand prix rider from Australia and Fearless Friday is all about having you confident, happy, and enjoying your riding rather than feeling scared, unsure, or anxious about it. So today I want to answer a question from Anna. Anna said she was totally happy, totally confident, totally everything, A-okay on her old horse. Now she has a new horse and all of a sudden she’s scared. That can happen a lot. I was riding my old Friesian Stallion Arbor for seven, eight years. He was a comfortable pair of slippers. I took that horse out competing for eight years. I knew what a neigh meant. I knew what a little pig root meant in the warm up. It meant that it was going to be a good test. I had developed a relationship with him, but then you get a new horse. So this is my new horse, Ollie. He’s not so new now, but the first couple of months I didn’t know what anything meant.

Like sometimes he would neigh and then rear and you go, oh, okay. Is that what that means? Other times he would feel like he’s going to explode underneath you and you don’t know the horse and you go, does that mean he will explode? What does that mean? You just have a lot of power to play with. Luckily for me, it just means I have a lot of power to play with. You don’t know that when you’re first testing out a new horse. They’re all new, they’re all anxious. The biggest thing is you’ve got to think about how does the horse feel? The horse doesn’t know you. I always liken riding a horse to a relationship. In the first couple of months it’s like the first couple of dates, they don’t do too much.

You don’t do too much. Then after a couple of months you, you ride the way you always ride. You know your true colors show. The horse’s true colors show. So if you’re feeling anxious, you’ve got to realize you’re not anxious about the new horse. You’re anxious about the unknown. You’re anxious if you can handle it and you’re anxious if you’ve got what it takes. So that’s what you’re really scared about. You’re not scared about the horse. Now the horse might be feeling the exact same thing about you. What do you like as a rider? What if you’re unfair? What if you put me in a situation where I get hurt? As you build that trust and relationship with your horse, like Ollie didn’t know if I was going to look after him in situations. So he thought he better run from them and rear from them and make his own decisions about situations because he didn’t know if I had him.

We’ve only been together six months, but we’ve started competing and when I give him a pat and when I tell him it’s okay, his ears flick and he goes okay, Tash does have me. She has got me. That will just grow and grow and grow as the years go by and years go by, but you can’t get an eight year relationship in the first day. So stop trying to. The biggest thing is is be that leader that your horse wants you to be. Look after your horse, tell your horse that he’s okay. Tell your horse that you’ve got him and that will mean that he’ll trust in you. You can trust in yourself, and then you can go enjoy the riding. So I trust that helps. You guys have a great week and I’ll see you next week. Bye.

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