3 Tips to stop being a nervous horse rider
It was a beautiful day for a ride and I decided to just push through my fear and ride anyway.  It was one of those days where things shift inside of you and something wakes up.  I got on, shaking and sweaty palms determined to ride and my horse was good but I could feel tension building in her as she was feeling me.  It hit me like a ton of bricks.  It was fair to her to have to carry my fear!

Horses being prey animals depend on feeling the energy around them.  It is instinctual for them to stay alive.  I was not honoring my horse by putting all the fearful energy on her back.  I got off of her.  I knew I had to do more work so that she would not have to carry that weight and fear.  I had to reduce my fear and here are 3 tips for doing just that:

1. Prepraration - Once I really looked at my preparation, safety equipment, mindset, physical fitness and the horse's preparation - are they calm grooming, quiet, relaxed, no tension or swishing tail, my confidence shot up.  I could now see before getting on if it was a good day for both of us.

2. Become your favorite trainer - In my mind, I become one of my favorite trainers as soon as I get to the barn.  What would they do?  How would they feel?  They would not let the horse walk over them; they would expect the horse to be quiet with them.  They would be clear asking the horse for something.  This really helps my courage. I just leave me at home for a bit.

3. Focus in the moment - The more you can focus in the moment you are in, what are you doing, how are you feeling and what is your horse doing, how is your horse feeling, in that moment you will start to understand the subtitles before something happens.  The days to ride and the days to play instead of riding.  You will notice tension in the neck or flank, or you will notice deep quiet breathing and relaxed muscles.  The more you are in the moment, the lower your anxiety and fear will be.  

There are so many things we can do to overcome our fear and nerves.  I talk about a few other things to help in my latest podcast (on most podcast platforms) if you would like to hear more!  PODCAST


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