Scared to Trot? Try this Exercise
For many clients that are scared to trot, it’s because normally you’re scared of the “What Ifs”. What if I trot too fast? What if the trot is bouncy? What if the trot turns into a canter? What if it trots and it shies? What if it trots and I can’t handle it? What if it trots really big and I fall off?
The first step to overcoming fear is also feeling that you’re in control and there’s many ways to create the illusion of control.
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For many clients that are scared to trot, it’s because normally you’re scared of the “What Ifs”. What if I trot too fast? What if the trot is bouncy? What if the trot turns into a canter? What if it trots and it shies? What if it trots and I can’t handle it? What if it trots really big and I fall off? What if, what if? What if? What it? What if? What if?
So the biggest way to solve the “What If?” challenge that I have with clients, is I let them control the situation, for a little bit. So the first step to overcoming fear is also feeling that you’re in control and there’s many ways to create the illusion of control, and this is one of them.
I hope you pick up – it’s an illusion. By choosing to put your foot in the stirrup by choosing to get out of bed, even staying in bed. By choosing to live, you are up for anything. We can’t control life. By choosing to live, you are not in control. But I know that freaks you out and that’s not okay. So let me give you an illusion of control.
So if you’re scared to trot, that’s totally cool, totally fine. What I want you to do is ask the horse to trot and as soon as you feel the horse might trot, ask him to walk again. And if you get it wrong and you don’t actually get a trot, it’s all good. So I’m going to ask him to trot and I start to ask him for a walk and we didn’t even get into trots. So just do a couple of them, trot-walk. So was that a quarter step of trot?. Did you just do a quarter step of trot shot walk and he’s going, “What? What? What do you want?”
Good boy. But see, that will build your confidence criteria and that will build your evidence procedure that you were in control of the horse’s legs underneath you. You tell them to go faster. You tell them to stop and he’s there. He does not want to trot off his own good.
So then the next step is to ask for trot and the minute you feel you’re actually in trot, ask for walks. So trot. Yes, I do want trot and now walk. Good boy. So by the time you do it from start to go, depending on how well schooled your horse is. My horse is always behind the leg. So it, it’s a bit delayed, but it might be four-five steps. Four or five steps of trots. So trot and walk. All up that was maybe four or five steps. And trot… and walk.
So you can count them. I can’t say and walk and count and maybe I can, one, two, three. Ah! So maybe that’s three. One, two, three. four, yep.
So I want you to count. I want you to go, I’m going to do three steps trot. One, two, three, walk. One, two, three, walk. Yeah! And when you’re doing that, you’re going, “Wow! I’m trotting, I’m doing this, but I’m in control. I feel good, and it’s all fine.” You can go nuts. You can do five steps of trot.
So you can go one, two, three, four, five, and on the fifth step of trot ask for walk. So heaven forbid you might actually do six or seven, but that is how you build your confidence. That is how you build your evidence procedure, that you have the illusion of control and that is what will help you to feel better.
Now there is a million tools you need to do to overcome fear and I absolutely adore teaching you every single one of them because I think being scared in your riding is the worst thing in the riding world. It’s not okay for you to be scared of what you love. I think that is a very heartbreaking situation to be in. So I’m very obsessed with helping all riders on the planet overcome their fear of riding. And so if you’d like to check out some more free resources, click on the link below. Have a super week! I’ll see you soon!