Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
You're not a failure, you are learning.
Now you know that just because your friend may seem to have more experience than you, you should listen to your inner voice of concern and say NO to their offer of companionship if you see that their horse is not to be trusted.
This doesn't make you a coward - the opposite. It makes you a leader who is making the safe choices to ensure that you and your horse stay safe.
Stick at it, take lessons, and enjoy the long slow journey to confidence. It will feel better if you are in control and not the passenger. Only you know how fast or slow you want to take things, and only you know where your fears sit.
Make sure that you communicate with your trainer too - remember, the more they know about how you are feeling, the more they can help.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.