I've worked in the guided trail ride industry for a while and boy did I get loads of the wonderful and inspiring stories from one-time-riders!
"The stallion horse I rode then galloped off and tried to buck me, but I pulled him to a walk and really showed him who's the boss!"
*a horse trots by lazily*
"Look, that's exactly the way how that horse galloped! Fast, huh?"
"Look, just let go of the lead line and let me canter around the trails by myself. You can just go to the barn and tend to chores until I return without any worries. What, why won't you let me? Yes, it's the first time I ride, but I've seen lots of Western movies and riding is really easy, you just kick the horse to go and pull to stop or turn!"
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.