Originally Posted by knickerb
1.)If we ride horses we are going to come off some time or other.
2.) If your desire to ride is stronger than your fear you can overcome the fear.
3.) Something to also think about is start with a smaller horse, 14-14.2 hands. Easier to get on and closer to the ground.
4.) It is hard to tell if you are just afraid to ride or also afraid of horses in general. With the help of someone who knows what they are doing work a horse in a round pen. This helped my grandson immensely when he saw he could make the horse at liberty move away, he could cut off the horse and make him stop and change direction, change gaits up and down, and have the horse turn in and stop all while he was 20 ft from the horse.
You can do it,
Thanks for responding Ben!
I'm not afraid of riding... I think
. I'm mostly afraid of the horse's size as well as i'm afraid of the horrible things that could come from being squished or my foot staying caught in the stirup (sp?) Its that fear that has driven me away from persuing riding and buying a horse of my own but it's something I think about alot. Enough that now i'd like to start working with them like many mentioned on here and just one on one getting to know horses and slowly build up. I believe that if I master my fear and have enough confidence with the horse I ride and take lessons with then I can do the same with the one I buy. I do know that it's quite impossible that ii'd never fall off a horse but I hope it is just a bump and I can brush myself off and get back on.
Yes there are many people who can hurt themselves badly on a horse but then again you can on anything, me and my three brothers motocross and both my brothers have injured themselves.
My one brother broke his collar bone and the other tore open his shin right to the bone and crushed a vertibrae in his back (two seperate occaisons), it was enough to scare my other brother (the one who broke his collar bone) into selling his motocross, but months later he purchased another one. I took some spills too, but nothing worse than a bruised up side or scraps.
I think I need to realize that with anything you do there is always risks, but does your passion outwigh the risks? Food for thought eh? Lol...