Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
• Horses: 0
It's good to have a healthy respect for them. They are large and powerful animals.
You should find a lesson barn in your area, tell them about yourself and let them know your fears and concerns. Most beginner horses are very docile, and that helps beginners build their confidence. A good instructor will teach you how to handle horses from the ground first, and then into the saddle if you are completely new.
Horses can be unpredictable, but with practice you will be on your way to building the skill set to effectively deal with precarious situations. I consider myself a beginner still. I just recently was "graduated" to the advanced horses at my barn.
If you are serious about getting into horses I recommend doing some research online or getting some books on horses, particularly on natural horsemanship. A lot of good information in there. I'm sure you will find this forum very informative as well.
I'm excited for you! Horses are so much fun. You have to tell us when you go for your first ride!