Ride Again with Confidence

September 6th, 2012

I have seen it happen many times. A rider gets on their horse only to end up having a really rough ride – or worse – a bad fall.  It could have been someone in your family, someone that you know or even you…. no longer confident – the riding just stops.

Getting Back On The Horse

I have known several people that had some really tough falls.  And for many, the negative experience of a fall takes its toll.  Some of the ‘would be’ happy riders don’t get back on horses.  In some instances, horses and riders really are not a good match.  Finding just the right horse can put a timid rider back in the saddle quickly and successfully.  However in other instances, a person can become almost paralyzed with the thought of mounting a horse again.

If you or someone you know feels this way, there is hope for riding again. It’s important to know that through support and understanding, you can help a timid rider come back to an enjoyable a successful ride.  More over, they may be looking for ‘someone’ that will recognize that they truly want to ride again, but could even feel ashamed to ask for help. ~  Who would want to admit to being afraid?

Getting the right help, right horse and right place to ride is essential in making the first steps comfortable again.  A seasoned rider or understanding trainer can talk through steps that will help to define where problems stem.  Once concerns are discussed and solutions are understood, a good lesson horse will be worth their weight in gold!  Tried and true horses are the best teachers in the world. And having a rider on a horse that is actually much ‘less’ than what a timid rider ‘could’ ride, will gain ground extremely fast.

It only takes one ride to start to build confidence again. A comfortable and well ridden walk… even if its over and over, will give way to boredom and wanting more…then along comes the trot! The the consistency of riding opens up doors back up to wanting more good rides time goes on.

There is no better gift than to help someone that you know get back into riding again!

Confidence with Horses

Patience builds Confidence

 

If your helping someone get back in the saddle, here are some ideas that may help:

  • Seek the help of a person that knows how to work with timid riders.
  • Talk through what the rider is concerned about. Be sure to listen and let them know you heard them.
  • Have a tried and tested lesson horse to work with.
  • Make sure the riding area feels and is secure from distractions or loud noises.
  • Be sure that they wear appropriate clothing, boots and helmet.
  • Always give positive support.

 

 

 


3 responses to “Ride Again with Confidence”

  1. Rebecca writes:

    thank you for addressing this issue. As an experienced rider/owner (30+ years), I was in an awful horse-related buggy accident that was life altering and left me emotionally scarred for (what feels like) a lifetime. I was bedridden and took 2 years to ‘physically’ recover. It has done damage to me beyond confidence issues (I did receive much help for it)…unfortunately none was hippotheraputical though. Aside from the inability to ride or be around horses for 2+ years, the challenging part has also been that no one around me, wants to accept how not being able to ride, has altered everything about me; in part due the inability to understand how much horses and riding means to me – it IS my life, it is my soul! This accident robbed me of everything and the recovery has been slow.

    We have moved and I have now been put back into an opportunity to ride (upcoming). For 2+ years I have been told NEVER to go near horses again by those who have fears that I didn’t have…but projected their fears upon me. So yes, now I am fearful as the opportunity sits before me. Now I have this opportunity in front of me and everyone is telling me not to ride – not to even be near a horse! (reminder that I was NOT riding a horse when I had the accident). Most people (myself now included) are fearful that I could get hurt because of confidence or strength issues and they’re justified. I could be disabled again this time more permanently.

    But there is NOTHING that can keep me away.

    So how do you know WHEN it’s right to get back in the saddle???? How do I know for sure that I am ready and ignore the ‘neigh-sayers’? The fears are inexplainable… but to me I KNOW the outcome of riding again, MUST far outweigh how I have felt for the past 2 years. THANK YOU so much for posting your blog!

  2. debbie writes:

    I know you can get on a horse and have a positive outcome! The right time to get back on a horse is when you decide that you want to again! You must find a good seasoned and experienced horse rider or trainer, to help you. Be sure that they specialize in this kind of helpful riding and that you are able to watch other people ride that have been in your situation. You want to spend time talking with them about your buggy accident and cover anything that you feel is important to discuss. Be sure to get to know the lesson horse you will be riding and are assured that horse is tired and true. Also, be sure you you will be in a contained area, one that you feel that you have safe boundaries in, even if you start very small. You can ask for a ‘side’ walker to assist and walk on the opposite side of you to start. Go slow. Take your time. Additionally, have a close friend or family member (that understands your goals) go with you so that they can listen and give you any thoughts or ideas. Most of all, go with a positive thought process and see yourself gaining your confidence back again. Glory in the ‘small wins’, a good short walk is incredibly good for your first time. And be willing to accept any extra’s offered ~ the calmest horse ever,a tall and solid mounting block, a deep saddle, a side walker, and a lead line walker! All of which will give you the tools needed to ride again! Let me know how you do! Im so glad this article has helped you! Debbie

  3. Michael Robert Brown writes:

    good post, added you to my RSS reader.

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