11-16-2011, 11:31 PM
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Heck yes! Honestly, I worry more about those who have zero fear, than those who have a respectful fear. Horses are big animals, and can seriously hurt people.
I look at my fear in a positive light. I always take a few moments to take some deep breaths, and examine the situation. Why am I afraid? If it is simply my own mind running off with me, then I ignore it, and focus on a specific task. I focus on making my horse do one thing really well, which gives me confidence. In these situations, I always push through my fear, and try not to let it guide my actions. I also expect my horse to handle it just as he would any other situation, he still needs to listen. I almost look at it as "my horse needs me so I can't be afraid."
If the fear is justified (such as a strange dog running at my horse, or a crisis) I consider it motivation for change, and the adrenaline helps me think and act in the correct way. Either way, it is motivation.
Another thing I do to help myself is SMILE! I remind myself why I enjoy this hobby and just let the sunshine hit my face, and enjoy the bonding with my horse.