I'm sharing this just because I'm so thrilled with the place that I am now.
Short back story, as a youngster I would ride just about anything, and try all sorts of things, but like a lot of people as I got older my nerves gradually got the better of me, until eventually I was totally grounded, couldn't ride at all.
5 years ago I started to get back into horses, first just being around them, then doing ground work, and then trying to get courage to get on. I spent countless hours, and walked many miles just walking a horse up to the mounting block, standing there trying to get brave enough to throw my leg over, then chickening out, and leading round in a circle again, and repeating all over again.
Eventually I managed to get brave enough to actually mount up there and started riding. Stangely enough it wasn't the 'supposedly child safe' Haflinger that led me into the light, but this spotty butt, the experienced rider only boy, that has led me from shivering chicken snivelling on the block thinking about riding.........to this
It may not be much to anyone else, but it was HUGE for me