Hello everyone :) New to the board!
I started riding when I was about 9, and stopped around age 12. Took lessons, did shows, got bucked off what seems like everytime lol. My parents bought me & my sister a horse, which is actually why I stopped riding believe it or not.
They bought the horse from our instructor, who had just gotten it on the farm, and had only been used as a lesson horse a few times. Fast forward a bit, I was young, he was young...and we just weren't a match. He was spookey and you could tell from his mannerisms that he had been abused. It was awful. He was terrified of my dad and the farrier...and just men in general. I loved to watch him and brush him and love him, but hated to ride him...I was terrified and it really killed my confidence and I didn't ride because of it.
We gave him to a farm that worked with abused horses, and he made great progress and have heard that he is doing well
Anyway, last week (12 years later!!) I took a lesson on a great, slow mare. She was perfect for my first ride in so long and really gave me some of my confidence back! We walked & trotted and my new instructor told me that I had great form for being out of riding so long...which gave me even more confidence! Yay! I have another lesson tonight so I hope it goes just as well