6 Ways to Regain Confidence in Horseback Riding
Riding through life's challenges can be as daunting as riding horses. I lost my joy riding when fear took over after an accident.  I was still riding but I wasn't riding with confidence and at the smallest blip, I got off.  I had lost the joy of riding and was focused on not being afraid.  

Here are 6 ways to start to regain your confidence:

1. Acknowledge Your Fears:
The first step is acknowledging your fears. Like many riders, we have faced moments of doubt or anxiety. Recognizing these fears is not a sign of weakness but a courageous acknowledgment that helps us heal.  It honors the fear and let's it know we hear it.  Feel the fear but know it is just trying to keep you safe, even if you aren't in danger.

2. Set Realistic Goals:
Start small and set achievable goals. Whether it's mastering a certain riding technique, conquering a specific fear trigger, or simply spending more quality time with your horse, setting realistic goals helps build confidence incrementally.  Soak up that confidence every chance you get, it builds a strong foundation of courage.

3. Embrace Mindfulness:
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for overcoming fear. Practice being present in the moment, tuning into the rhythm of her horse's movement, and cultivating a sense of calm. Mindfulness not only enhances the riding experience but also nurtures confidence from within.  By staying connected and mindful, you will be able to notice little changes in your horse and take action before it is too late and they blow up. I put together a short video on how I use mindfulness while riding if you would like to check it out here:  Watch Video

4. Seek Expert Guidance:
Even top competitors seek guidance from other riders or professionals. Engaging in lessons or clinics provides a structured environment for learning and gaining valuable insights. A supportive mentor can offer tailored advice, boosting both skill and confidence.  Tell them about your fears and let them know how they can support you and help you.  For me, "just go do it" didn't work and letting them know that I wanted them to give me time really helped them help me.

5. Create a Support System:
Building a supportive community can make a significant difference. We can connect with fellow riders who understand our journey, share experiences, and offer encouragement. A strong support system provides a safety net as we gradually regain our confidence.  (Here is the link to my support group!)

6. Reflect and Celebrate Progress:
It's essential to reflect on our progress regularly, riding or anytime we are overcoming anxiety. Celebrate small victories, whether it's a successful mounting or a calm canter. Acknowledging progress reinforces a positive mindset and bolsters confidence for the next challenge.

Regaining confidence in riding is a process of self-discovery and the unwavering belief that we can reclaim our joy in the saddle.

If you enjoyed these, you will enjoy my complimentary ebook, The Ultimate Guide to Courage Pennies, which helps you build confidence every day and fill up your courage so you are ready for anything, riding or just in life.


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