I am new here, started to take english riding lessons 3 months ago. During my 6th lesson, 2 months ago now, I fell while posting without stirrups. Since then I have continued to ride, jump,... but everytime my instructor asks me to trot without stirrups, I freeze, feel completely out of control and hate this feeling. I am so afraid of falling again. I landed on my hip and am still feeling some pain 2 months after the fall. I actually have an appointment with a physiotherapist to find out what to do to get the pain to stop. It does not hurt to ride, thank goodness. I am 38 yrs old.
I just wonder... is it absolutely necessary to ride without stirrups? I do plan on advancing to Dressage lessons eventually and I know I will need to get over my fear... I just feel too unstable still!
Today after my lesson, my instructor besically told me that I need to start doing it again and that I need to get over my fear of falling, since I will fall one day again. I know she is right, I wonder if there is a way to practice falling?
Any advice would be awesome!