Fearless: Where You May Have Started
- ♦ Are you the type of person who rode hell-bent for leather as a youngster?
- ♦ Were you the first one to the barn and last to leave at night?
- ♦ Were you riding a half-wild, rank horses for the fun of it?
- ♦ Did you feel the need to help the especially difficult horses?
You were fearless. (Not everyone started off fearless, and that’s okay too!) No matter where you start, Riding Fear Free can help!
Fearful: Where You Are Now
What about now? You’re reading an article about Riding Fear Free. Are you exhausted and embarrassed because you are experiencing fears that you never felt when you were younger? Are you having trouble articulating why you are experiencing them now?
If you are experiencing fear and feel ashamed, lost, or alone, Riding Fear Free has your back. It is never easy to feel afraid of the very thing that used to bring you joy and exhilaration…right up until it didn’t. But there is no shame in experiencing fear.
You probably experience fear in other areas of your life, just never around horses. Until now, horses gave you strength, comfort, and joy. So the sudden onset of fear can be overwhelming. It can be extremely difficult for people who were the bravest in the past to overcome their newfound, confusing fears. Because it felt like you were born to ride, you never experienced fear associated with horses. You have never struggled to ride and you may have trouble putting these new feelings into words.
Maybe you tried to share your situation with friends, peers, or coworkers. Your story may have been met with confusion, incredulity, or even a blatant refusal to acknowledge your fears. These responses can drive the fear deeper and can cause, deep-seated depression, shame, and embarrassment. You may even start to avoid riding, or you may do just the opposite and become even more reckless.
The First Step to Riding Fear Free
Accept and Welcome Your Fear
To begin the healing process, you must first acknowledge and accept that fear is normal and even welcome. Fear is the brain’s way of keeping your body safe. Fear can be healthy, even fear of things that used to excite you.
Once you can accept this, you are ready to do the hard work to replace your fear response with techniques and tools for any situation.