No matter how experienced and confident you are with horses, chances are you’ve experienced fear at some point in your equestrian life.
Fear can be triggered by a traumatic event. If you’ve had a bad fall or have been kicked in the pasture, you may find that you feel afraid in the saddle or around horses when you didn’t before. Some riders feel fine most of the time, but lock up when they have to do something outside their comfort zone, such as jumping an oxer or riding through a particularly spooky trail.
Sometimes there isn’t a concrete cause. Plenty of riders feel a general anxiety in the saddle even with a horse they’ve ridden many times doing things they regularly do.
Fear doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying horses. The key is to manage it and learn how to work through it. Do you ever experience fear when riding or working around horses? How do you work through it? Click “Submit a Comment” below and share your thoughts with other HorseChannel.com visitors. Some of our favorite responses may be printed in a future issue of Horse Illustrated.
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