I had a TON of anxiety as a new re-rider, to the point I couldn't pick feet, trotting scared me, heck everything scared me. When I was in group lessons, I spent most of my lesson sitting in the middle watching the others ride - zero progress. My instructor had me move to private lessons, and every time I got scared or nervous, she would ask me what exactly was I worried would happen? Then she'd teach how to deal with whatever I was nervous about.
People with anxiety are big on "what if's", there's no changing that. It's a way of thinking that is deeply engrained. By giving the student a toolbox to deal with the scary situations, she'll gain confidence in her riding. Instead of "omg what if ___ happens, what will I do????", she thinks "if ____ happens, I'll do _____".
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