For everyone who doesn't like ticks - don't ride in/near tall grass, that's where they like to sit waiting to brushed off. Obviously, make sure you're covered on your lower half, wear pants and boots. Also, if you ever do get a tick on you (and this will sound kind of gross) they burrow clockwise into your skin. To get them off, 'unscrew' them counterclockwise. Also check your horses for ticks after each ride. Just a tip from the tick expert here
What I'm scared of is not progressing. Getting stuck in one spot and not being able to move past it.
I'm scared of being in a situation where I don't know what to do and have no one there to help me.
I'm scared of not being good enough for a horse. I'm afraid that they could be getting better care/training from someone else.
I'm afraid of not knowing when to persist and knowing when to quit.
I'm afraid of getting hurt or someone else getting hurt by a horse and it being my fault.
I have a lot of fears, but I'm determined to overcome them.