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post #1 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Riding lessons for someone terrified of horses

Hi everyone! I have a question on where to find riding lessons for someone scared of horses.

Here's the situation......

My wife is turning 40 in a few months. She has always LOVED horses but had an incident when she was a teenager that really spooked her. She was riding in her native Sweden when her horse, for no reason, bolted on her. At full gallop it started running through the woods lashing my wife with tree branches, etc. At one point it jumped over a small rock wall at which point my wife was thrown off landing on the rock wall on her back. Fortunately she wasn't injured all that bad but ever since she has talked about wanting to learn to ride again but is terrified something might happen again.

We live in the San Francisco area and my question to you experts is if there is a place in that area you know of that specializes in working with scared riders on a private basis or something like that? I would love to be able to get some lessons for her for her birthday. It would really mean alot to her to be able to ride and be around these beautiful animals once again.

Thank you for any input and info!
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 01:45 PM
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I wish you'd be in MD - I could recommend some very good places to start. :)

Anyway... Look for lessons barns in your area, take your wife in couple places you like and watch the (beginner) lesson or 2 (how people ride, how instructor teaches, etc.), if the horses are well-cared, etc. The fear sometime is hard to overcome, but on confident horse and with the good instructor it's possible (and sometime take no time to get over it). Good luck!

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 01:46 PM
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Watching lessons, or lots of ground time (ie grooming) may help your wife before she is ready to get on. I would contact local barns in your area and ask what they think would be best.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-06-2012, 01:47 PM
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Start with somewhere that she can just watch some beginner lessons and maybe interact with the horses from the ground before trying to get back in the saddle. Let her gain some confidence just from being around/near them again and maybe grooming, leading, etc. Take it slow...
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Hi everyone! I have a question on where to find riding lessons for someone scared of horses.

Here's the situation......

My wife is turning 40 in a few months. She has always LOVED horses but had an incident when she was a teenager that really spooked her. She was riding in her native Sweden when her horse, for no reason, bolted on her. At full gallop it started running through the woods lashing my wife with tree branches, etc. At one point it jumped over a small rock wall at which point my wife was thrown off landing on the rock wall on her back. Fortunately she wasn't injured all that bad but ever since she has talked about wanting to learn to ride again but is terrified something might happen again.

We live in the San Francisco area and my question to you experts is if there is a place in that area you know of that specializes in working with scared riders on a private basis or something like that? I would love to be able to get some lessons for her for her birthday. It would really mean alot to her to be able to ride and be around these beautiful animals once again.

Thank you for any input and info!
oh my gosh..now there's a real fear! I am sorry I am too far away to know of a place but I would say make the selection carefully because it will take someone that your wife can totally trust in the beginning, someone that meshes with her personality...hopefully once she is around horses again..the anticipatory fear will lesson before she gets in to the saddle. good luck..keep us posted :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-07-2012, 10:54 AM
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I'm in Half Moon Bay. I've got some horses that will take care of a rider and have been kind of wanting to get into teaching rider confidence. I came into riding after a bad motorcycle wreck so I feel that I have a good perspective on what it takes to overcome these fears. PM me if interested and we can talk.
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