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Back In The Saddle Again: The Road To Building Confidence After A Fall — 4 Comments

  1. Lisa, the conventional wisdom is that "when you fall off a bike, get yourself back on right away."  That may be fine for bicycles but, in the case of your accident, there were two living beings involved.  So the complexity is that much greater.  Congratulations on seeing the process through … for both of you!

    • Thanks Sharon! You are so right. I hear people say all the time, get back up on that horse and face your fear! Your horse can sense what you are feeling and in the end you make the entire situation worse…scaring your horse because they feel your lack of leadership and intensifying your own fear and making it all that much hard to get back on the next time. Baby steps:)

  2. I am struggling with this myself.  My horse stumbled in August, and we both went down.  He wasn't hurt, thank God, but I tore all the ligaments in my left shoulder.  Even though I was able to ride again in two weeks, I am afraid to try cantering patterns again, and cannot seem to get past it.  At 66, things don't heal so well as when I was younger.  My horse is an Arabian, aged 21, and still hotter than a two dollar pistol.  He has lovely manners, but a lot of energy – way more than I.

    • Oh dear!  I’m glad that you were able to heal quickly and your horse wasn’t hurt Elizabeth!!!  And yes, the ground seems to get further away and much harder with every passing year unfortunately.  It’s amazing how our confidence can be set back so much.  I still am not comfortable cantering even after 7 years.  It will always be a work in progress I guess, but each year I feel I make a little more progress.  Good luck to you and thank you for sharing your story with me!!



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