3 top mistakes, when You want to get rid of Your fear of riding.
We all do different, and we all learned from other people and Our own experiences. I am no different, so I might be wrong!
Though I also maybee worked so much with the problem , fear of riding, so I have seen and heard a lot.
You can choose to take my advices if it will help you, but you can also choose to not. But think about what I am saying, and please write what you think, so I get some other aspects about it and it is always intresting to hear about your oppinion!
Nr 1 mistake to do when you are afraid of riding
An old sign says that the only thing you can do is to get up on the horse emedately if you had fallen off. If the horse has bucked you off and you have hurt yourself, I think it is not a good idea.
You are scared, the horse is scared. The risk would be that You will be stiff in your body and scared to death.
Something made the horse buck you off and you have to find out what did happened, before you are trying to get on him/her again.
When I was a child we often had old millitaries who should teach us how to ride. It was very tough for a young girl. It was hard for the horses too, I think today we know more about horses language, instead off being hard and cruel to them. The fear dont just dissapear because you get ordered to get back on the horse. I agree that action concures fear, but I think the action is going to be more well handeled, than just get up on a scared horse again.
NR2 Big mistakes to do when you are afraid of riding:
Many people tells you that the horse must have respect for you so you have to do it in a hard way. If you have a horse who is scared its the worse thing you could do, to force him trough his fear with a whip.
To be a leader is not the same as to be hard. You will have to teach him/her things before he/she knows he/she kan trust you..
Off cause he cant run over you and he/she cant bite you, but to punish him/her is not the right way to do it. Teach him/her the things you want him/her to do, show him/her the way:)
When I as a young kid was on the riding scool, my trainer punished the horses with a whip when they didnt do as he told them. Unfortunally, I thought it was the right way, because he was my trainer, but later on I saw how wrong this was and found better methods along the way.
Nr 3 big mistakes to do when you are afraid of riding:
Lunge him/her a lot before riding, to get him/her tired. You could lunge him/her when he got his saddle on to see if he is embarrased by the geird, but to lunge him/her to make him/her tired is the wrong way.
He will just get in a better fit if you do this every day, and more difficult to work with in the future. A tired horse dont learn, so you will not solve the problem this way. I love to use long reins, its a lot easyer to keep them calm and you can influence them more this way.