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Trainer Anne Gage shares tips for how to overcome fear and anxiety about riding your horse after a fall or other scare, and become a confident rider again.
By: Anne Gage | January 14, 2020
It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious about riding after a fall. Even having a close call or seeing someone else fall can affect your confidence. Our brains are wired to keep us safe. So when we experience or witness a situation that our mind perceives as potentially harmful to us, it automatically sets off our built-in warning system. That fear trigger is hardwired into our brains.
Many adult riders even find they feel anxious without having a fall or a negative experience. The fear can come simply from knowing that you can’t afford to get hurt because of your age, physical condition or life responsibilities (e.g. being a caregiver to children or elderly parents, or being the sole income earner).
Regardless of what has caused your loss of confidence, following these seven steps will help you to rebuild it:...
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