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    09-03-2008, 03:32 PM
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?
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    09-03-2008, 04:07 PM

It's ok... it's perfectly fine being really afraid to keep going. I felt the same way after my first buck, and the first time I fell off a horse (I slipped off the side... :P )

But I've also dealt with horses that have tried to buck me off and bolt (back to the barn). I didn't fall off like you did... but I had to stop the horse and stand there for a minute, getting my calm once more.

And I'm still riding.

But don't suddenly rush into a full "training" regiment with a young horse. Make sure you ride a younger horse that is calm, easy-going, that you feel safe on. Don't suddenly get on any old horse. I think that the more you do it, and the more you just JUMP at the opportunity, the better you'll be.

If you can't do everything with the instructor, tell him that you're afraid, that you still want to do it, and if he could help you. Your instructor has probably dealt with this before. So he/she will know what to do with you... even if it means putting you on an old pony for the first couple of rides...
    09-03-2008, 05:06 PM
Re: Getting over my fear after falling?

Originally Posted by Sammie096
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.
This is exactly what you should do. Tell your instructor so she knows you have some issues. Getting the fear out there is better then trying to fake it and be confident when you aren't.
I had a bad fall last year, I couldn't ride for 3 months and didn't ride for about 4 or 5. The first time I got on I was terrified. Every little mis-step my horse took I froze. I was afraid to walk her through mud or anything she might slip in. Just really irrational fear stuff. I just kept riding and the confidence did come back. Yours will too, it just takes time in the saddle. Don't do anything your not comfortable with until you are more confident. Sometimes just sitting on the horses back walking in circles is all it takes.
I have faith, you will get there
    09-03-2008, 05:20 PM
Thanks Guys :)

I am going to tell my instructor what happened and if there's something I'm not comfortable with I'll just be honest. It's not that I'm embarrassed to admit it to her more just nervous if anything. But I really like her (from the little bit I've talked with her so far) and I definitely think she'll understand.

I also think I'll feel much better after I meet the horses she has and can start off with a really easy going first ride to remind myself that I can do it! I just didn't think I was affected this much from the fall until I started thinking about getting back up there and feeling that same shakiness I had before. It was one of those "huh... didn't think about that" moments.

It definitely helps to hear that the confidence comes back with time :) I know it must because accidents happen all the time and people don't just stop riding, but actually hearing about it in a real situation helps more than the hypothetical ones!

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