My biggest fear is the thought of a horse hurting itself while I'm riding and then being permanently injured --
When I was a kid I was taking group lessons, and one of the horses (not mine) tripped and fell, dislocating its shoulder. He was older and couldn't recover, and they had to put him down. The girl who was riding him at the nime didn't come out to the barn anymore :(
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird, can stir me as hooves of horses have stirred.
Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure!