Riding fear is real and more common than most people think. You would be amazed at how many people I work with that haven’t admitted to anyone that they are often scared. Trainers, competitors, weekend trail riders, doesn’t matter, it can happen to anyone.
Having a bit of fear is good, after all, we are climbing onto of a 1000 pound animal. The problem is when the fear gets so big that it gets to make decisions for you. Maybe it convinces you to stay out of the saddle, maybe it just causes a death grip on the reins. No matter how the fear shows up, it can become a major problem and take the joy out of your horse time.
How many times have you heard someone say, “get over it and get back on”, or something like that? The idea most people have is that we have to push the fear away and just get over it. This is wrong on so many levels.
As a therapist I specialize in trauma where the goal is to feel safe in their bodies and secure in the world. How we get there is through allowing physical sensations to arise and properly respond to them. Our bodies are constantly speaking to us; an example would be your stomach signaling that you are hungry. The better in tune we get with our bodies, the quicker we can respond to our own needs.
Pushing feelings away does not make them go away. I will say this again, PUSHING FEELINGS AWAY DOES NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY.
In my work with equestrians I help them get more in touch with their emotional world, and then give them tools to face whatever arises.
This is not necessarily easy, but it sure makes a difference in how they do life.
Is 2019 the year you decide to dig deeper, and do something really good for yourself?
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