My name is Anna, I'm 16, and I live in Wisconsin. I am joining this forum so that I can hopefully become more educated about riding and caring for horses. I have recently started having interaction with horses again, and would love to ride one day soon. But before we get into that, I'll tell you about my (pathetic!) background with horses.
When I was seven, I went on a trail ride for a Girl Scout field trip, and ended up on a horse named Levi. Everything was fine at first, until we were about 10 minutes into the forest. Levi decided to take off running through the trees, with a terrified seven year old on his back. Keep in mind that the only other time I had ridden a horse, it was my aunt's VERY green horse, who bucked and tried to toss me off. Anyways, so Levi is running me through the forest, and it took the instructor way too long to catch up to us and get the situation under control. To put it simply, I have been traumatized since that situation, and I get nervous and scared every time I'm near horses.
About a year ago, I finally gave up and said, "Alright, I'll try it again." We went on a trail ride at a different place, and once again, the horse decided to go off on his own. I have realized now that the horse could probably sense my insecurity and nervousness, which is why he ignored my commands. After that experience, I decided that horses just weren't for me.
About 4 months ago, my mom decided that she wanted to buy a horse, however we are not equipped at all to own a horse, so instead, she ended up leasing one from this awesome farmer. The first couple of times, she practically had to drag me out to the barn, and I was nervous and scared the whole time. Then, I started to calm down around them, and realized that as long as I took it slowly, I could overcome my fear of horses. Even though my mom has been pushing me to ride the horse, I have refused. I am learning more about horse behavior first, so that I understand what the horse is trying to tell me. I am also building a solid relationship with the horse first, because I have determined that I need to take small steps if I ever want to overcome this fear. (which I definitely do) Two days ago, I led the horse around, groomed him, and fed him...I know that that is no big deal for you equestrians, but for me, it is a HUGE step. It has raised my confidence even more, which makes the bond even stronger. Ever since that day, I can't stop thinking about visiting the horse again!
Hopefully, I will take riding lessons this summer, once I feel my bond with the horse is strong enough. I am hoping that on this forum, I will learn a lot of useful information about horses, and I'm sure I will! I would only want to do recreational riding (western), and some trail riding.
Sorry if I rambled, I just wanted to share my story with everyone and let everyone know why I'm here!!