Originally Posted by TimeFlys
In my opinion the best way to get over being nervous around horses is to just be there around them. Hang out at a stable and groom groom groom. Of course it helps if you have a nice calm horse to help you out.
I've had people come to my barn and just hang out. Almost everyone wants to hop on and go for a ride. I am by no means a professional instructor, trainer or accomplished horse woman. What I do is tie up one of my calm ones and we just sort of hang out with the horse and brush. I explain what the horse likes and doesn't like. We talk about body language and how a horse thinks. If the new person wants to ride I will then take them to the round pen and let them practice getting on and off. And learn kindness to the horse with the stopping technique.
Most adults are nervous because they know the danger of hitting the ground and possibilities of great bodily harm. Kids are the least afraid and want to go! If they want to ride in the round pen for an hour I will leave them alone with the horse only if they promise not to go faster than a walk and seem comfortable. Long story short is just be there. Hang out, don't think you have to be an accomplished horse person sailing over fences or galloping thru the fields with your hair in the wind. Set a small goal and meet it like being comfortable on the ground. Small steps.
Thank for the advice TF! I'll do just that! "Small steps" (I like that) I've seen and heard some stories of people that have had accidents when around horses or riding them, and I guess that has made me even more nervous!
Does spending more time with your horse create a stronger bond between both of you?
Thanks for the advice all! It is greatly appreciated (more then ya know)!