Last year I bought a young, inexperienced horse to train to become a vaulting horse for my daughter. Obviously he can’t just go around in circles, so I decided to start riding again. However, I hadn’t ridden in years! And not to forget, my body had changed since the last time I had ridden a horse. I had put on 40 pounds and just wasn’t in shape.
Nonetheless, the first time I got on my horse I had a lot of confidence. But as soon as I started riding I noticed that not only did my horse lack balance, so did I! And then you realize that you can’t ride anymore. At least not on the level you once had. And I can tell you that’s a pretty big pill to swallow if you’ve had a professional career in training horses.
After two months I fell of my horse which caused a pretty severe trauma. The first month I knew for sure I would never ever get on a horse again. I had never felt that kind of fear before even though it hadn’t been the first time I had fallen off a horse.
but after a while a started to have doubts. Giving up on the riding just wasn’t an option for me. However, getting started again felt like a huge deal. I went to a demonstration of Tristan Tucker because I was looking for a way to work with my horse that would bring back the trust we both needed.
The demonstration was very inspirational and it motivated me to start doing groundwork. That led to very good results! Before my horse didn’t want to get on the trailer, but with the TRT method we could solve that problem.
My horse became more relaxed, but still, I didn’t have the courage to start riding. At one night, I downloaded the Training Plan just because I was curious. I started answering the questions and it really made me think about what I wanted and what was holding me back.
I could see I wanted to ride competitions again and that I wanted to get to at least Medium Level, but then I would really have to change my approach. I therefore set goals and thought about all the steps I had to take. Step 1: Get on your horse!!! That was still something that scared me. But also because of the Training Plan I knew that if I wanted to achieve something, I really had to go for it. So with sweaty hands and my legs shaking, I finally got the courage to get on my horse.
Now I can ride my horse again without being afraid, but it will never be like ‘the good old days.’ But you know, that’s okay. However, I do have a goal for this year to start riding competitions again. And for the first time in 20 years I’m also going to take lessons. I’m glad I’ve taken the steps to move forward!