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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Hypnotherapy for nerves

Hi everyone,

Now that my new boy has settled down and we're getting used to not having Noah around  I'm trying to get on with Munchie again.  The weather's been so shocking that my round pen is still under water so he's had nearly 6 months off.  Anyhow, I've found a dry but sloped area for the round pen and we have been gently long reining in that and I've got on and off loads of times with no problems on Munch's part.  I've taken him for walks in hand and he's really enjoyed it.  Even though he's being the perfect gent and I know Dan Wilson has sorted him out so he will always be a character but no longer dangerous, I can't bring myself to ride even though I really want to.  I know that once we get going we're going to have a fantastic time as he's young enough and brave enough to go anywhere and I'm perfectly capable of dealing with any issues that arise.  I know this but it doesn't stop my knees from knocking when I have to get on.  All this has built up over the 6 months we've had off.  Before that we were going carefully but steadily forwards.

Anyway, getting to the point - has anyone here had hypnotherapy and did it work for you?  I think if it could work long enough to get me back in the saddle and have a few good rides I'd be sorted.

Thanks for reading this long post!

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

I don't tend to ride much in winter as I hate the cold wet freezing weather, although that pretty much sums up the summer too at the moment.  I began riding again about a month ago and that's just how I felt - a bit lacking in confidence.  I just gave myself a wee goal each day e.g. today I'm going to just stick to walking around on each rein and maybe do some circles, and then tomorrow I'll do it again and then do it all over in trot, and so on just to build myself up.  When I had done what I had set out to do I felt much better and each day my confidence got stronger.  I'm also using my dressage saddle at the moment as psychologically I think it gives me a more secure seat, and I always begin by walking the horse around in hand on each rein all round the paddock before I get on, just so that there's nothing for him to shy at - but I've always done that to be honest!  I've not used hypnotherapy but I do use rescue remedy pastilles and they do work for me when I need them.

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

nerves

Thanks Rhapsody!

I've not tried RR pastilles so I think I'll get some.  I'm a great believer in ground work too and don't ever worry when I'm on the ground with Munch.  Anything could happen and I feel totally in control!  After speaking to a friend yesterday I decided I'm going to tack him up and get myself ready to ready and take him on walking hacks.  If I feel like getting on I will and if I need to get off again I will.  Your approach of doing something extra every day is an excellent idea so I'm going to start that in my round pen where I feel safest.

Thanks for the great advice!

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

I've not tried hypnotherapy for nerves but I did try it for stopping smoking - to be honest after spending £350 and 4 sessions later I smoked more after than before!  And yes at that point I really did want to give up smoking.

But a friend of mine used it for her riding nerves after having taken a few falls and I think it really helped her, I'm a firm believer in positive affirmations (!!) and as Rhapsody says setting little goals - if I ever get a ridable horse again I will be using every tool I can get my hand on!!

There is no greater gift than to share time with a creature of such beauty - The Horse.

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Hypnotherapy

Thanks 3MMM.  £350 is a lot of money to discover that something didn't work for you!  That's the problem with these non-NHS therapies like bowen technique or accupuncture - there's plenty of evidence that they can work but they won't necessarily work for you and the only way to find out is to cough up loads of money.  Then, if it doesn't work for you you're more likely to tell people the therapy doesn't work at all!

 

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

Hope you can find something to help you - I haven't ridden since I retired Bracken which is getting on for 3 years now, and to be honest, I think I would be terrified of the thought of riding again.

But if you like I will happily come and walk out with you, pm me or give me a ring if you still have my number.

Sue xx

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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ieupad

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ieupad says:

Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

 I do have first hand experience of using a hypnotherapy cd for hacking. I cannot recommend it enough the difference it made to me was amazing even after one week. I had on loan a little mare who tended to be a bit nervey and because I was nervous too it made her worse, so I decided that I would either have to move on and not ride her any more or deal with it and get over it. So I booked in a weekly lesson at a riding school and got myself the hypnotherapy cd - confident hacking (by sharon shinwell), the cd has given me so much confidence and really broken the nervous cycle (nervous rider = nervous horse = more nervous rider etc..) once I was able to relax riding has become so much more pleasurable and I now can't wait to go out riding. The first couple of times you listen you will proberbly find that you can't really get into the relaxed state but after about 3 to 4 times you will find yourself becoming more and more relaxed and this then transfers into your riding and handling of your horse. I also found the cd gave me more confidence in everyday life, made me sleep reeaallllly well, and generally feel more relaxed. 

In fact I felt so much more confidence that I have now bought my little mare and enjoy her enormously I get so much pleasure now from being with and riding her. - cannot recommend the cd enough - try it you have nothing to lose!

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

Thanks everyone for your really useful comments.  Actually, I had a bit of a breakthrough today.  My friend and I took Munchie for a walk round the village today and he was so relaxed, despite all the road works and a train going through the crossings and about 100 more things that most horses would find scarey, so when we got back to the yard I decided I would sit on him in the yard.  The last time I got on in the yard was when Munchie 1st went nuts on me and eventually bronced me off (3 years ago) but it felt right to do it.  Anyway, I got on and he backed up so I made him go forward which would normally send me into a panic but today it felt totally normal so I rode him about halfway back to the field.  Only about 50 yards but the furthest I've ridden in about 8 months!  And I rode him positively, without thinking that every movement was a potential buck!

I'm going to follow everyone's advice - plenty of ground work, set myself a goal each time, stop as soon as we're getting good results, and buy that CD.  Thanks guys!

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

Well done Cobsandshire on your walk out and I am sorry I sounded so negative about hypnotherapy, I think if you really really want to achieve something then it can really help, but I just don't think it is a "magic wand" therapy.  Now I am not against complementary therapies in any way shape or form (obviously) but I do think with hypnosis based therapy the receipiant needs to be totally focused on the goal and then it is really them telling you positive thoughts to achieve it - mind you I could have seen one of those so called rip off merchants!

I think with anything little steps, think positively set achievable goals and reward the positives work with the negatives, and plenty of lavender oil to relax you :-)

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Hypnotherapy for nerves

That's such good news, well done - as 3MMM says little achievements are the way to do it.

Good luck for it all going well from now on :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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