Re: Riding through it...(a little long...)
- From: "Chris Henderson" <chenders@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 12:54:18 -0400
"JJ" <jeffersonjj.nospam@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Doesn't sound like much...but we had two wonderful "lessons" today and
Comet passed them both with flying colors! She's the best teacher I'll
ever have I think! I just wish I didn't let her down so much <smile>!
She's very tolerant of me.
Hope everyone else is having a good day and enjoying all the little
successes we have each day! Take care all, JJ and Comet (who is a star!)
Congratulations on your successes, JJ!! I completely understand that
feeling of "I Must Get Off NOW". I had those feelings a lot with Dali, and
for a long time after I got Tequila, I would have periodic panic attacks. I
still get little nigglings of fear every once in awhile, if Tequila is being
particularly "looky" about something.
It takes a lot of courage to keep riding a horse that you know is on edge
and wants to bolt. Being able to ride through it and come out feeling more
competent and confident is not a "little" thing...it's a huge
accomplishment! The next time you go out there with her, going past that
scary section will be no big deal because you've done it now, and lived to
tell the tale!
You have to keep challenging yourself to trust in yourself and push yourself
past your fears. I have learned to tell myself that I *am* a good rider,
and I *can* handle whatever is going on at the time. Your horse looks to
you for comfort and protection, so you have to force yourself to be brave,
to give *her* confidence. It's not easy, and I really envy those people who
have no fear. I think I was born afraid LOL!!
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