The equestrian lifestyle community.

Back to feed

Do you have tips to get back on a horse after a first fall? Just had mine and am nervous to get back on that same horse.

Do you have tips to get back on a horse after a first fall? Just had mine and am nervous to get back on that same horse.
@abbyloveshorses Thank you. It was, we were playing a game with tons of horses in the arena with some water and he bolted off in front of everyone(ex race horse and a good one) which was quite embarrassing. I fell off on his last “hooray head swing” and almost stayed on, but obviously didn’t. I just learned he is not a games day type of horse haha
@krystianevans hope all goes well! that sounds like a nasty fall!
@abbyloveshorses Thank you! That’s what I was going to do, same horse hair start slow or different horse and still slow. I didn’t get back on the day I fell because I have a bad rib condition and it was killing me after I fell, also that was “game day” for my barn so all the activities included cantering and rough playing...not good for when you are scared to ride haha
Take it slow and at the pace you need. But you do need to get back on. On all falls except my worst one, I have gotten back on and at least trotted around some to make sure I wouldn’t be scared later to get back on. I would have your trainer there when you do it, and let him or her know your fear. It is really important to let your trainer know your worries and limits so they can better work with you, even if it is embarrassing. They need to know so they can push you, but slowly. So I would let your trainer know you are nervous to get back on, and let them know what you are comfortable with on your first ride back. It may be better to ride a different horse, just to get back into the routine, for one ride. That is what I did, and then three days later I got back on the horse I fell from. Even if your first ride back on the horse you fell from is just walking and trotting, consider that a success. You conquered your fear! I would keep building from there, and keep your trainer in tune with what you are feeling throughout.
Just try sitting on the horse. It will help getting a good trust before you get back in the ring.
You need to get back on!!!
you really do need to just get back on.... you could start with just interacting with that horse on the ground, if your too uncomfortable getting back on....