I’ve been riding for 20+ years, so I can confidently say I’ve been in the game for a while. Yet confident is NOT always how I feel. It’s how I WANT to feel, but not how I feel.
It starts off like this:
I’m getting ready to go the barn – Excited!
This is gonna be a great ride – Pumped.
Putting the tack on – Feeling Good.
Putting on my helmet – Feeling ok, but something else is creeping in.
Taking the reins – “I’m okay”, I think as I stutter in my mind. (Quietly already shouting help but it’s only internal). We mustn’t show others that we are nervous! That is a big NO NO in the horse world. Not sure why, that’s for another post.
Lifting my leg over the saddle - GAHHH!!! I’m in a wide open space, what happens if….
Trying to relax my hands so they don’t have the death grip on the reins, or showing my horse I am nervous (which is ridiculous because he already knows which makes it WORSE!!!).
Now what? Try to be brave, Julie.
Does any of this sound familiar or am I the only one that goes through this?
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