Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Getting over my fear after falling?
Okay so the last time I was riding was over a year ago, I was just trail riding with a friend for fun and I got thrown. The horse got spooked by some bones from coyote meal that had been left. Anyways I fell off, or rather bailed out/half got thrown when she started bucking/rearing and then broke into a full out gallop (which I have never done before). The horse was fine she didn't go far and my friend caught up to her. I was fine too. A few scrapes and bruises but nothing major.
Which is why I feel so silly now.. I'm going to be starting some more formal training right away and while I'm really excited the closer it gets the more I'm also feeling afraid. When I fell I got right back and finished the ride back to the stable. I was shaky, but felt okay and wasn't really that scared then. Now the more I think about it the more I remember the feeling.. and the more nervous I get. I'm trying to force myself to remember the getting back on part and how that felt but not having alot of luck convincing myself!
My question is what do I do now? I don't want to go to my instructor and say "so I'm here for riding lessons but uh I've realized after over a year I still have some fear from a fall I didn't even get hurt in..." hahah I think I'm just freaking myself out because I don't know the horses at her stable yet and need to gain that trust. But does anyone have some other advice for me?