Remember when you were a kid and confidence just oozed out of you? How a tumble off a horse never phased you or made you question your riding ability or safety? Weren’t those the days!
As we get older, we grow wiser and our regard for life changes and we become more careful as well as cautious. So if our horse spooks or we have a fall (being big or small) it can severely impact our confidence in our horse, our safety and our riding ability if the unexpected occurs.
Once we start doubting ourselves, we start to anticipate all of the bad things that could happen while we are riding, which in turn makes us nervous. Horses are incredibly sensitive creatures and will pick up on your nervous body language.