My 16 yo daughter has only been riding for a short time. She started weekly lessons around February after a several-year long hiatus from lessons a few years ago. We got her a horse about a month later, which she was riding for her lessons. In April she was riding on a very windy day (and in addition the horse had gotten his annual shots and had his feet trimmed earlier in the day) and when the wind banged the door of the arena he spooked, bucked, and she fell off and broke her arm. She had to have surgery and is still wearing the brace.
We've gone and visited the horse but so far she hasn't wanted to have him out of his stall and she is worried about being around him and riding in general now. She said she isn't sure if she even wants to ride again and sometimes she thinks she does and sometimes she doesn't. She's lost her confidence and I feel awful. She's loved horses ever since she was little and has always wanted to have her own and to ride so I think if she says she doesn't ever want to ride again and we sell him, she'll regret it. She already gets upset just talking about it.
Her teacher is going to do some training with him, but in the meantime I wonder if I should really encourage her to see him and groom him to get used to being around him again. Kind of ease into it. This was her first fall, btw, so it's probably a lot tougher to bounce back than if she had some minor falls under her belt. Also her teacher said he would put her on a different horse at first (the one she started lessons on) when she's ready to ride again until she feels ready to ride Hank again. We've also offered to buy a different horse, one that is older and better trained, but she likes Hank.
Does anyone have any tips or words of wisdom for us? Thanks :)