Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
Not very smart to buy a horse meant for riding when you're afraid of sitting on one, but a good choice to buy a calm, bombproof horse.
I have some little slight idea what you feel, after I broke my wrist I got scared as well. I barely dared to sit on our uber-calm draft horse, but I was lead around, and eventually overcame my fear enough to ride and gallop on the young, unbroken orse that shattered my wrist in the first place :P I guess I have an advantage; I had ridden for 13 years before that without getting scared.
My advice is to sit up, get off, get up again, then proceed to walk a few steps etc. Never do too much, but always do a little more than you're comfortable with.
Spend time around the horse and make sure it's trained ad ridden regulary by someone, or you risk that it will loose both muscle and a part of the calm temper and bombproof-ness if it's not stimulated.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.