Originally Posted by MIEventer
If you're scared, stay off the CC course. Don't become another statistic.
This is a very dangerous sport, this sport we must wear medical armbands because of severe accidents that can and do happen. That is why we must be prepared mentally and physically - both horse and rider.
I'm an Eventer because I love the sport through and through. I am well aware of the dangers, but that's why I do the best I can to be fully, 100% prepared before I walk into that start box.
If you aren't mentally prepared, don't do it. Stick with what your coach wants you to do, they know you best.
I got to agree with this 100%, if you're nervous when it comes to jumping like you are, stick with the Dressage, this is what I would do if I were in your boots. Like you said, eventually, if you want, you can always go back to it and kick butt because of the strong Dressage foundation.