Tips for going back to horse riding
The title pretty much says it all.
I'm nineteen, been riding for thirteen of those and on a break for two when I sold my horses and did my final school exams.
Since I stopped, I've actually worked in a few stables and rode a fair few times, but I know I need to get back to regular lessons.
For my experience background information, my family has owned several horses that I have ridden including my own pony and my mothers horses. I am in no way a beginner, having hunted for fun and show jumped competitively. I could probably go through a day at the stables blindfolded at this point.
I scheduled lessons with my local riding school for the weekend as I am in college at the moment and don't have the means to get to the stables during the week. The pro is that I'm going back to my very first riding school and back into my old lesson time (nostalgia!) I'll also be cycling to and from the stables (about 6k each way).
Now I am a gym rat, and I cycle regularly. I will be cutting back on my exercise regime to accommodate for the horse riding, and slowly building it back up, of course.
Now my problem is that I am so, so nervous. My riding instructor remembers me and I think she'll be expecting me to be amazing, since she put me into the most advanced class available and I'm so scared that I'll mess up, look like a beginner, etc. The other end of it is I could become terribly cocky and act like I know it all (completely unintentionally of course) and then look like a fool when I get something wrong.
What on earth can I do about this? It feels like the kind of nerves you get before a show, yknow, so much excitement but so so much nerves.
Also general advice for getting back in the game would be so helpful. My mother's expertise and advice is out of the question now as my parents are separated and we don't speak (by my choice).
Any help would be much appreciated.
"My last request is that you love me back. Not because of what we've been through, not because of what's to come. but because this is my final requiem, and I want to spend it with you.