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Horse riding is a dangerous sport. Every time we get in the saddle we have to accept that we could fall off. I was recently trying to explain to a non horsey friend about how Scottie can be cold backed when I first get on and what this means. Their response was “that must be pretty scary” and I found myself trying to explain that it is and it isn’t.
This got me thinking that everyone is scared of falling off, but I think everyone has a different reason. For some people, the actual fall is the scary part. For others its the potential consequences of the fall, or it could be a mixture of the two. I have two fears about falling off.
The first is injuring myself. Now I’ve left education and have a lot more responsibility, I can’t afford to be out of action. If I can’t drive, I will struggle to get to work to pay the bills. If I am unable to look after Scottie myself, I need to find the money to pay someone to help me. While this doesn’t really stop me doing anything with Scottie, I do now think twice about riding other peoples horses. It’s one thing to injury myself working my own horse, but doing it on someone else’s is something I struggle to justify!
The second fear I have is Scottie. If I fall off out hacking, I worry about if he will run off and get hurt. Since he is so sensitive, I also worry about me falling knocking his confidence. It does upset him when I fall off and I don’t want that to undo all our hard work.
What do you worry about when it comes to falling off?