I am 19. I had a bad accident a year ago. Just keep going. Somedays will be easy, others hard. Sometimes, its okay to push yourself. It helps. My best friend has been doing an excellent job helping me gain back confidence in riding. One day, my nerves got the best of me. I didn't want to ride, too many things were going on. What if the horse I rode, did what that gelding did to me?
My freind made me get on the mare anyway. But I had to think, horses just don't throw themselves over every 5 minutes! Horses don't always have that on their brain " oh, it's been 5 minutes. Its now time to throw myself over!" No. That thought never crosses the minds of the horses I have been riding since. And I do get scared at first, but after while, I calm down and I am confident in the saddle.
But since I was in an accident with a gelding, I tend to be more fearful of them. I have only ridden one a few times (my moms paint) and one time, I got so scared, I started to cry. Earlier today however, I got on a appy gelding I am looking into buying. I was scared at first, but the man who trained him showed me all these things to do in case of emergency. So, I got on him. I was a little nervous at first, but the trainer kept talking to me, and before long, both me and the horse were relaxed.
Remember: Courage is doing something you love, even when you are terrified. It makes you stronger. There are people out there who love horses and aren't afraid of them. But people like us, we love them, we are scared of them sometimes, but still have the strength and courage to get back in the saddle again. I hope this helps. And time does go by fast, before you know it, you will have confidence =]
Last edited by ChevyPrincess; 09-01-2009 at 10:16 PM.