About 5 months ago I broke my ankle badly because I fell off my horse and ever since that I’ve only ridden 3 times and I’m way to scared to jump and I’m thinking of doing dressage. Do you have any advice?
Just a little update, my sister has the worst luck ever and now her ankle is half metal and she will need physio just like you, and SHE JUST FELL DOWN SOME STUPID STAIRS and now her leg is full of metal and stiches so, yeah, do what you love, literally anytime I’m scared of any injury that evolves a horse I think of her and the it goes away... it could happen anywhere
I was just recently in a horse accident where the horse landed on me. (u can imagine the outcome) but I asked a very high trainer about being nervous to get back on when u have been in an accident. She told me this, “we can choose to be mindful that it was really a random fluke, and we just don’t have to associate any fear with it... like there need not be a connection or reason to protect ourselves. But in many cases there was something we did or didn’t do in advance, like properly preparing the horse, that contributed to it. In that case we need to do the work necessary to not put ourselves in danger again (by better preparing ourselves and the horse). Sometimes a specific horse IS dangerous (not prepared) and we should be afraid and not ride! There’s a difference between irrational (in our head) fear (when we should just keep slowly pushing forward through it as long as the horse and situation is safe) and fear from real danger, which we should respect and put in the work if possible to make it safe. I saw that Stacy Westfall just did a podcast on this, might have a listen!” I haven’t gotten back on yet because I haven’t been cleared by doctors but while I’m recovering I’m preparing mentally. I think if we can master our minds it won’t be able to hold us back from what we love doing! Hope that helps:)
Do what you think is best! Maybe start with dressage and then as you gain confidence start back up with jumping! I’m sure that as you continue riding with just flatworm you will gain a lot of confidence and you can start doing small crossrails and such. Something to remember though is that you can still fall off in dressage! A spooky horse, a buck, kick, it still happens in dressage. Doing one type of riding isn’t going to prevent you from falling off completely. I definitely think you should start up again though!! Best of luck!
My only recommendation is to do what you love and feel passionate about. If you really love jumping, then go for it; literally you have nothing to be scared off, my sister just broke her ankle really bad (she will need screws) just by falling down the stairs, it was a very stupid fall. Anyways, if you really do love jumping don’t leave it because of that fear of hurting yourself because it could really happen anywhere, but also, dressage is really fun and I love it, so if you want; try both!!! GOOD LUCK 💕