I used to be afraid too, you're not alone. I wa riding a hirse on the trails and when we were almost home he took off and I fell off, didnt break anything but I had a concussion. It took awhile or me to be brave enough to get back on the trails. I was at summer camp once and they said we were going on a trail ride. I did not want to go. I almost asked for a different horse because the one I was ridding was a little skittish. We went out and I was doing fine starting to settle in a bit and a deer jumped in front of my horse. She jumped a little, but not too bad. It still scared me though. I almost asked again to swig horses or lead her back. I'm glad I didn't though. Sometimes facing your fears helps you get over them. I competed in an endurance ride this fall and it takes a lot of miles on the trails to get a horse conditioned. We were riding at one state park on a 20 mile loop. We came to this place where the grond seemed to drop off then go straight back up. I was terrified of it, bur I knew the horse had lots of experience and would follow the others and I woul be fine. Thy horse helped me get owe so many fears. On the actual ride there was a huge downhill that you finished on. I could see it from camp and it scared me. I closed my eyes going down, you just have o put a little faith in your horse. Every step is a big one. Even if you just take a few steps out of your arena, indoor or out, stand there and then go back in you faced your fear. Trust your horse. Try contacting the old owner, tell them about your accident and then ask how good Duffy really was on trails. Theyll probably be honest given the circumstances. You can do it!
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