Hi there, this is my first post, so forgive me if I seem a little awkward.
I came to the forum to get some advice on basic riding. Some history:
I've had some technical lessons before, basic riding. As in, can ride at a canter (and a few scary gallops to which I will pass on ever again, likely!) However, finances have limited me from doing any more....much of it also has to do with the distance of the riding places from me, as I live in an area pretty far away from the big city (or stables).
I do have a few horses myself on my property. A mare Candy (mid teens), and an old mare Thunder (mid 20's). Supposedly Thunder is dead broke. I say supposedly because, I have been on her......well......once. The other I am leery of getting on as she is very herd bound and takes every op to run back to her buddies (too scary for me). We also have a few boarder horses.
I have taken a few bad falls in the past, and a few almost falls. I am not exactly young myself, so the idea of getting hurt and losing my income is scary. I don't want to lose my horses because of a stupid fall.
What can I do to just start over again? I don't have the funds to take more lessons, and usually cannot find anyone around who is also horse savvy, so I am going it myself. I can have a spotter in case something bad happens, they are just not riders.
Should I just sit on them and get off, to relax myself? My stomach tightens in knots just at the thought of me falling. What a wimp I am, but I love them so much and want to ride, I just can't get the oomph to get going again.
We have snow right now, so maybe its a good time to restart as the snow will cushion my fall....