Fear has been the biggest obstacle to learning or trying out something new. It is not just about riding. If you come and look back in your life, a lot of times fear stopped you from doing something. Like starting your own business, or asking someone for a date. Personally, I was scared of riding at first.
You will be surprised that young children are fearless. See them climb walls, jump into the water for the very first time, and even ride a horse without any hesitation. They just go straight ahead. I am awestruck with their innocence. They are very trusting.
However, as they grow old, and until they reach adulthood, the fear develops. It is not a bad thing to have fear. That fear kept us alive during the pre-historic ages. However, baseless fears have a way of paralyzing us.
I remember a student from Fresno in one of our riding classes. He was a boy, around eight years old, who got really scared of his horse. The horse was flipping its tail and whinnying as it was swatting flies off his legs. The flies must have moved into our riding area because the guys from Pest Control Fresno – NPM Green Pros were doing their routine pest control operations in one of our stables in the farther side of the field.
The boy was so scared he didn’t want to ride anymore. His mom canceled his classes eventually because the child just didn’t want to try anymore. We were disappointed, but we respect the child’s feelings, and we know that it is not learning if once it started not to be fun anymore. We hope that the child can overcome his fear and be back on the saddles again soon.
The adults are also not exempt with having fears of riding. In fact, most of them exhibit the most fear. It is mostly due to the fear of falling from the horse. We do not discount this concern because they are often true. Not the falling off the horse, but the sense of falling because of the horse. Some horses could be stubborn and harder to ride. In this case, we recommend having that horse replaced. If it is not possible, we recommend for more horse training with a professional trainer. The horse rider should also be an active participant in the horse’s training to allow the rider and the horse to build their relationship. Until the horse is disciplined enough, we do not suggest to ride it yet for safety reasons.
The crucial point here is that we do not push the fear aside. We acknowledge that fear and deal with it with objectivity and understanding. Like when your horse starts bucking, do not give up on it so quickly. That action teaches the horse that bucking means the rider will get off. You can find a friend or a trainer who can ride through the bucking and teach you how to deal with it without endangering yourself.
There is no perfect riding lesson day. But regardless, you should always end it with only happy feelings. This positive attitude reinforces your relationship with your horse. Be generous with your praises, pat on the shoulders work with horses, too. You also need to appreciate yourself with the great effort you did to conquer your fear.