Really nervous and need pointers
I rode for several years when I was younger but it was mostly my Shetland pony or my dad's Palamino which was VERY small for a horse (he was just barely out of the "pony" size range). Fast forward 13yrs or so and I have just fulfilled my dream of again owning a horse.
Here's my dilemma. The one I fell in love with and have purchased is a 15.2 hand Thoroughbred. He's super gentle and everything but I am having some pretty bad nervousness about this weekend. I am going trail riding on him with his former owner so she can get me used to him. This will be my first time actually riding Storm. I know horses can sense your fear, etc so I'm afraid he will pick up on that and I will end up getting tossed on my rump LOL. I have purchased a helmet for safety's sake as I'd rather be safe than sorry if it's going to happen.
I should also add a lot of my fear stems from my fear of heights. Odd, yes I know. I know that once I get on him and ride a few times and learn his quirks, etc that I will be ok. I just need some pointers on how to not let my nervousness effect him.
Thank you :)