Wow, so I posted once before and called it "Can this Fear be Overcome?" I really thought I wouldn't be able to continue with lessons because I was TERRIFIED of horses since I had a bad fall. But I just had my 5th lesson today. The trainer isn't rushing me. We're still on the ground. Today I did something I didn't think I'd be able to do. I went in the pen and called Hammer, put the harness on him myself, and walked him out of the pen to the arena. From there, Ron, the trainer, had me get Hammer into a walk, trot and cantor all with body language and audible sounds. I didn't do it perfectly, but I was very confident today - and it's my 5th lesson! Anyway, I just wanted to share that I find it comforting that I'm learning to control the horse on the ground before even thinking about riding him. I hope everyone else who is new to horses and taking lessons is enjoying it as much as me!