Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I heard that acknowledging your fear helps to make it go away, so here I am getting it out there. I haven't yet been severly hurt ie broken bones, nothing ruptured, by a horse but I have been bitten, stepped on, knocked down, kicked and fallen off. Enough to never completely trust a horse. I trust Vida more than I have any other horse I have owned, but the fear is always lurking there in the back of my mind. The older I get the more I think about the damage that can be done. Maybe its my 50th birthday looming in a few months, but I have become more fearful of getting hurt. Is there anyone else out there who has the occasional twinge of fear and if so how do you deal with it?
I remember as a kid I had NO fear at all. I would do so many crazy things on horses that I now look back at and shake my head. As we get older we also understand and appreciate the risks involved with riding.
Everything I do with horses carries a certain respect these days. I wouldnt always call it fear but its more an understanding of the strength and power of the animals we love so much. They can hurt us, they can even kill us. But, understanding that and working with that is what helps to keep us safe to a certain degree. I think as long as you have an understanding of things you can decrease the chances of something bad happening to you.
I think its healthy to keep that 'twinge' of fear. It means you truly understand what you are dealing with. Even the quitest of horse can never be 100% trusted in my opinion. Example; my ottb that I owned about 10 years ago was the biggest gentleman I have ever known. He was so gentle and quiet it was amazing. One day I had a friend riding him and out of the blue, he went nuts. She fell of right underneath him, got trampled and he ended up standing on her head and causing MAJOR damage. He even backed up over her a couple of times like he was trying to hurt her. I had everyone from brisbane to perth look him over and no one could explain what happened. He never, ever did it again. Who knows at that point what happened. I think this is where I started to understand. I was 19 at this point, had been riding for 15 years and this was the first thing that made me take a step back and take notice. All horses have the potential to do something but as long as we know this we can arm ourselves.
I guess what I am trying to say in my own way is that is healthy to have some kind of fear of our animals. For anyone to say they have no fear...well they obviously don't understand the animals they are dealing with.
Dealing with my wb over the last couple of weeks has been downright scary on many occasions considering his previous love for kicking. I had a mare once who kicked my step dad R.I.P. In the face and very nearly killed him. Had it been me, it would have killed me. Same with my wb, if any of those kicks connected, chances are i'd be a goner. I guess its something we live with as horsemen/women.
I think its very healthy that you get these twinges if fear. Just remember not to let your horses know it