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HS was saying how they all seemed confident and she lacked a fair dose of confidence. To her and anyone else out there with confidence issues I will say this. "The more you ride, the more natural it will seem. The more natural it seems, the more used to it you are. The more used to it you are, the more confident you will be."
Another issue for her is worrying about falling off. She has witnessed a few falls since she's started riding and it seems like each time she worries more about it. Luckily no one has come out with any major injuries. Apart from JM who "now knows what the inside of your arm looks like", has a dislocating kneecap and has fractured her nose. My advice (I've fallen off twice from jumping - both times my fault) would be to prevent falling off, 'heels down, toes up and grip with your knees'. It's a saying which has been burnt into my brain for the passed two years. But when you know you're falling off, just let it happen. Don't try and prevent it (as I've learnt) and ROLL!! It reduces the impact. Also, no matter how your mum will complain, it's better to fall off into something soft, such as wet mud, sand, grass, etc. Stinging nettles are fine if you want to come out of it with little bumps everywhere.
No doubt there'll be more posts about horses from me as it's my favourite hobby. But all horse riders and their companions must remember that it's one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Despite the risks, more than 2.4 million people still ride in the UK alone! If you haven't tried it, you must get out and do. It's not massively expensive to begin with (the most expensive part of riding is when you decide to own a horse) and most places will lend you the essential safety gear. Here's a website that will help you find your nearest stables: http://www.horseweb-uk.com/stables_search.php The best thing to do is look through the yellow pages or the local directory, or even Google search riding schools. Have fun!