I really want to thank you. Almost since I got my horse two years ago, I have had confidence issues while riding her. It's been an ongoing struggle, one I've thought about giving up the more we go along, and I almost did give up this summer and sell. It may not have been a necessarily bad thing to "give up", as she is a lot of horse and I have had a lot of grief over her in the past years, but I felt like if I gave up with her, a horse without vices, honest, willing, and brave even if she is a bit hotter, I'd be giving up on myself and any ability I have to ride and work with horses.
And then you posted this, and I have read it more times than I can count. The combination of this and the skills my new trainer is giving me gave me the confidence to say: "Ok, I think I can start riding her again."
I've been taking her out on the trail every day I can. She is not perfect, a lot of stuff has to do with her 'new-ness' to it, but even when things aren't going exactly as I would like or had planned, I still find success in my rides. Not because I need the tips you posted to handle her, but because the tips you posted give me the confidence to be able to honestly tell myself: "It's alright, I know what I'm doing. I can handle this."
So I just wanted to thank you, again and again. Thank you! I know I'm not miraculously cured of my unconfidence; I am likely going to have some days where I slip back to my old thinking, but so far, I have met nothing but success and I'd like to say that at least part of it is your doing.