How many times have we heard the phrase, “you’re not really a rider until you’ve fallen off 7 times”? When riding horses, it’s a situation we all face eventually. You are not a failure, your horse is not a failure, and you shouldn’t give it up if it’s something you truly love to do. And you will probably fall off a horse again some day.
But after you’ve fallen off, what is the best way to get back in the saddle? The simple answer is one foot at a time!
However, if you’ve ever fallen off a horse, you know it isn’t that simple. There are a lot of emotions that come into play after a fall, no matter how serious. From anger, frustration, anxiety, and even physical trauma plays into the situation.
Most importantly: do what you need to do, to be COMFORTABLE getting in the saddle. And remember it is OK to be feeling whatever you are feeling.
Because the situations that cause falls to happen can vary so greatly, it is hard to give concrete steps to getting back in the saddle, but we will touch on a couple ways to try and make it easier no matter the situation.
Falls occur for many reasons, and those reasons will have a large impact on how you deal with the fear about getting back in the saddle. So if you need to assess it, then take into consideration all the factors that played into the fall. Once you understand why the fall happened, prepare yourself (and your horse) to be successful in that situation in the future.
Remember though, not all falls can be avoided. Horses are a flight animal. They spook, and we don’t always spook with them.
Good luck in your riding and please comment if you have other tips that have helped you get back in the saddle!