07-23-2011, 06:06 PM
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Getting My Confidence Back?
May I ask what caused your falls...horse spooked/bucked/reared etc.? I haven't fallen off a horse in years and now that I'm middle-aged, I hope it stays that way. But we all know anything can happen...
I can relate to getting confidence back as I'd been away from horses for nearly 12 years, and purchased a new horse several months ago. I'm working on my confidence, big time, as so may things have changed in the last 10+ plus years, and I'm that much older! I found myself a good coach and I've started off small I.e. Lessons in an enclosed area to build up my trust/confidence with a new horse, and taking it very, very slowly.
I'm now at the point where I can ride around a large field at a walk, jog, lope but it's taken me several months to get to this point, and riding 3 -4 times per week. There are times when I still do get a little nervous and when I get to that point, I stop, take a few deep breaths and chill for 5 min. I find this really helps me and my horse, as the moment I start to get tense, things start to fall apart.
Hope this helps, but it would be good to know what caused your falls.