Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Lessons can be great, but... will you be taught anything you do not already know? Emergency dismount? tactics to keep a horse from slipping? It seems that the controlled environment of the arena is not the place to regain confidence of the uncontrolled trail. I don't think it would hurt to take lessons, I just don't know if it would help.
I am more of the opinion that you might just need to get out there and ride, ride, ride. Start with really short rides around your property for a while. Then venture a bit farther, and so on. Take care to keep it nice and easy. Pick easy terrain for a while. Follow every safety precaution. Ride with someone else and let them lead the way. :)
Was it a fall that Vida had that got you hurt, or did she actually do something wrong. If it is the latter, lessons might be helpful, but if she fell, I think it is just a matter of getting out there and doing it.