Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I find the older I get the more nervous I get of riding. At 12 I could gallop bareback with a halter and no helmet trying to chase kangaroos, and because my horse didn't really respond to stopping aids I'd just run him towards a fence. I'd get on any horse.
Now...not so much. Self preservation is part of the human condition. Breathe in and out, only ride horses you feel comfortable on, and relax. The horse knows you are nervous. Its hard to brave, but its a decision you make. Are you going to let your fear rule you?