:( I have a problem that i'm hoping someone can help me with...i love horses, I own 5. I love to work with them in the pasture;as long as I'm on the ground. I have the worst fear of riding! :( I am not experienced at riding (obviously) I had only ever been on a horse twice when I bought my neice (8 years old) her horse, after we put her in riding lessons for a year. I then bought myself a horse, a very gentle gelding. I then went riding with a friend (using her horses) she gave my niece her lessons and the horses I bought belonged to her...anyway.. while riding for the second time in my life, when coming out of the woods my horse slid on a rock and began to throw the biggest bucking fit I have ever seen. I managed to stay on her, but my knees were shaking terribly. After buying myself a horse, I explained my fear to my friend, we took my horse back to her farm (where he was raised) and I got on him; like a 6y/o I made my husband lead me around the field. When I finally got up the nerve to ride without my husband, we were on our 4th trip around the pasture when my horse spooked. This was just a jump to the right about a foot, well, he spooked right and I went left falling off of him and breaking my arm at the elbow, which I am now getting ready to go into surgery for( I broke it july 8th). This was not the horses fault, he didn't freak out, but it reaffirmed my fear of riding. I think my fear is because I worked on an ambulance for 8 years full time, and I have seen what can happen, I'm also a bit of a control freak because of my job. I know a horse has a mind of its own and ultimately I am not in control. I want to get over this fear of riding..I want to take my niece to horse camp and be able to ride with her at home. But right now the thought of getting on a horse makes me want to hyperventilate. Does anyone have any suggestions....I'm a horse lover/owner who is afraid to ride. I 'm going to take lessons, but even the thought of that terrifies me. I cannot understand this... I have loved horses and wanted one for as long as I can remember and now that I have them I'm afraid to get on them...they are pasture pets.