09-11-2010, 02:30 PM
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Several months ago I was mounting bareback on my stomach when Kelty spooked and bucked off into the sunset.
I ended up on the concrete covered in blood.. fingers on my right hand still don't work great! I had seven stitches in my elbow (thats what I landed on) I had road rash, I sprained my ankle.. I was a mess..
Due to the stitches, I couldn't ride (couldn't bend the elbow) for a few weeks.
When I got back on Kelty, I was a basket case.. I couldn't shake my fear that something else would happen, that I would ruin his training.. My trainer went through several lessons with me bawling and tense.. She was patient though.
She convinced me to come on a trail ride with her and some of her friends at a really nice ranch a couple weeks ago, and of course, Kelty was angel. He had been all along, but this experience really made me trust him, and myself, again!
I COMPLETELY know how you feel, and sometimes it seems like you can't even help it. Just take it slow, and be sure to have a trusted friend or trainer along for support when you go out of your comfort zone! Try some new things, and just be receptive to trusting your own riding abilities, and your noble steed, again.
You'll get it back! And it is better to "get back on the horse" as they say.
Hope it works out for you :)