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When it comes to working with horses there is undoubtedly times when fear becomes a factor. After all they are big animals with their own agenda. Now fear is not a bad thing but it’s a horse problem that can paralyze you from moving forward with your horse. This subject has been close to my heart since my accident with Ms. Winnie four months ago. I couldn’t even physically ride for several weeks and when I finally could I rode Mr. Tay with no fear. Over this time I worked with Winnie on the ground but realized I had some fears about getting back on her. It took me almost three months before I got back on her and yes I had fears for the first half of the ride. This past couple of weeks has been all about overcoming those fears. And you know what has gotten me through it? A strong focus and just getting out there and doing it! I knew I wanted to ride her around the grounds bareback and in a halter so that’s just what I did. This still brought up some fears but I could feel them diminishing. We did this a few times and then we rode out. It wasn’t the greatest ride for Ms. Winnie because she had a lot of fears but it was a great ride for me! I was able to be a leader for her with zero fear and when she was too fearful I would get off and be a leader for her on the ground. It felt good to be back in the position of training a horse again. Focus was huge! Instead of focusing on what could happen I focused on the task at hand which was being a leader for my horse and preserving our relationship. There is good reason to have fears but don’t let it ruin your relationship with your horse…overcome it!
Here’s a quick video of us playing this past summer.