I was soooooo nervous about riding my gelding the first time. So nervous that I put it off for weeks. I had been thrown from a psycho mare a few months previous and the thought of getting up on my greenbroke gelding who is colored similar to the mare that threw me would send me into panic attacks. It made it even worse that my friend was there watching (even though she's super supportive and I asked her to be there, just in case something happened). Finally, because of a thread on here (The Big Girl Panties Thread), I made riding my gelding into a game. I had joked that I was going to go get a pair of big granny panties, put them on over my riding pants, and do a photo montage of putting them on, mounting up, and riding (sort of a "literally put my big girl panties on" thing). Guess what? Because I was focused on how much fun I was having and not caring what other people thought, I actually got on my gelding and rode him. A few weeks later, we went on our first trail ride.
My point? When I forgot about what was worrying me, I had more fun and was more relaxed. It seriously doesn't matter what ANYONE ELSE thinks. Who cares what they think? They're entitled to their opinion and as long as it isn't directly effecting you, they can bugger off. Heck, I still have the pics of me in my granny panties riding Aires (I'm sure he thought I was completely nuts...he still does
) and I still laugh every time I see them.