Scared To Ride Your Horse Because ‘What If’?
If you have a horse that had a behavioral issue, maybe it reared, maybe it bucked, maybe it shied. You sent it off to a trainer. It’s not doing it with the trainer anymore so you’re cheering and it’s time for you to get back on the horse… but you’re scared to get back on the horse.
Firstly you have to acknowledge that these are big animals and they can do unpredictable things. So you can’t put your foot into the stirrup until you’ve reconciled the acceptance of that.
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If you have a horse that had a behavioral issue, maybe it reared, maybe it bucked, maybe it shied. You sent it off to a trainer. It’s not doing it with the trainer anymore so you’re like wee and it’s time for you to get back on the horse but you’re scared to get back on the horse.
Firstly you have to acknowledge that these are big animals and they can do stuff. They can do whatever it is that they do. So you can’t put your foot into the stirrup until you’ve reconciled the acceptance of that. You can’t put your foot into a stirrup, you can’t say to me I want to feel confident because the only way I will feel confident is if you totally reassure me and totally promise to me that no matter what, the horse won’t rear, buck, bolt. Whatever it is you’re scared of.
I will never, ever, ever be able to reassure you of that, nor will any other trainer on the planet. A horse is a horse is a horse and they’re heavy and they’re big and they’re creatures of flight so they can do these things. Our job as riders is to work out how to reconcile that. And remember if you’re liking this episode make sure to like and share it and subscribe so you never miss an episode.
So here’s your dilemma. You’re going to put your foot in the stirrup, accepting and reconciling that something that you don’t want to have happen could happen, but you also need to have the confidence that you can handle whatever happens. Now with a horse with a behavioral issue that rears, or bucks, or bolts, or spins, or shies, you need to know that you have the skills to handle that.
So some people when they come to me saying I’m really really scared and they tell me the situation, I tell them you should be scared. Because your horse is a big bucker and you’re not a buck jumper. You’re not a rodeo rider. You’re not a cow spinner thing. You don’t have the skills to sit to bucks. You’re putting your foot in the stirrup knowing probably today my horse will buck and you’re scared of that. You should be. You could get hurt.
So you need to get the skills to handle what the horse is giving you. Or, you need to understand, and this is where most people … most people don’t have that, they’re scared that their horse could buck even though the chances of it bucking is very, very, very small. So the chances of Ollie bolting off right now is very, very small. The chances of him running into my cameraman is bigger. But the chances of him bucking are very, very small. But he still might buck.
Now most people have horses like this, that could buck, but most likely won’t, but they’re terrified he will rear and jump the mirror thinking it’s another stallion. Most people are scared to jump on, going oh god, okay, what if that could happen. You’ll handle it if it does happen, but what if it went well? What if your ride went brilliantly? What if your ride was in control? And you work with your trainer to master what you can control and you’ve got to work with your mind trainer, or work on yourself, to work out how to get rid of the what-ifs, that voice in your head, that story in your head, that movie in your head, that tells you something could go wrong, something bad could happen.
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