Conquered another fear - the feeling of cloud nine :)
To many this might sound like something you do everyday, and it's something I've wanted to do for so long, but my fear has prevented me from doing so. I shattered my leg in 2009 and whilst I've been doing very well back up in the saddle since Jan last year, I've been riding in spaces inside my fenced off paddocks. I'm glad I've gotten to the point where I don't need a "riding area" and can happily walk, trot and canter within that space, I know I couldn't remain in a confined area forever. Especially if I want to show - which is the direction my horse Honey and I are plodding towards.
On Thursday I took Honey in hand down the road further than usual and she handled her own issues with the road and eventually settled. I felt inspired by her to try something I had wanted to face myself. So I had my friend lead me out into the front part of the property I board her at. There is no fences there, its just a big open space until the boundary fence and it was a place years ago I'd happily canter over with no fear. It has a motorway above so trucks, buses, cars, motorcycles etc are a regular occurrence.
I asked to be let off the lead and walked around my friend, my circles growing bigger. Honey was incredibly well behaved, and I just kind of clicked. I asked her up into the trot and she could have gone anywhere (our freak accident started with a trot so my fear was a little justified haha!) but she just consistently listened to me, not even caring about the dog barking incessantly on the back of a ute that went by. I was thrilled and soon grinning from ear to ear over the experience. Something that I've been holding out on doing, turned out so well and I was able to enjoy myself.
I just had to share my good news, and love to hear about other members' "breakthrough moments" where you've kind of just go "I can actually do this!"
♥ Seoul Searchin' for the Lovebug ♥