OKay, so here's my thing.
I am absolutely petrified of riding out.
Or even in an outdoor arena.
I had a pretty serious accident when I was 14 and my parent's mare tanked, napped, did everything you could imagine, and I turned her before we hit a main road, fell off and fractured my tail bone.
Ever since hacking out has put the fear of god in me, and I've only ever ridden horses that if I get nervous, pick up on it, and play on it. So you can see that this hasn't improved things.
There are no horses at my yard that people could just plonk me on to ride out... apart from western horses, but still need an experienced hand.
Even typing this I am freaking out- thats how scared.
I haven't hacked Duffy out once yet, her previous owner said she's lovely to hack, but didn't go in to detail when I contacted her at the weekend- but she said she was lovely for a lot of things
I can't say I trust Duffy either, in all honesty, but I don't know if thats the fear too.
Any tips, suggestions etc?
Its really getting me down, I read all your trail ride stories and want to be able to do it and enjoy it, I just can't..