A few years ago I was in an accident while riding my horse. A bee stung my horse and he started bucking and I ended up hitting my head and was knocked unconscious and fell off. When I fell of my horse kicked me in the head and I broke my nose. After this accident it took me a while to decide if I was going to continue riding horses. I was terrified to get back on a horse. I didn’t know if I could ever trust them the way I did ever again. My dad had to push me out of my head and got me to go and try a horse that my trainer said would be a great fit for me. I got on him and walked him for a while and then trotted a circle. That was it. I got off him. My dad went and tried him for real and decided he would he a good fit for us. Then my dad and trainer kept pushing me to keep at it. Horses are my passion and sometimes it would be hard to remember when I would be overcome with fear so sometimes I would need their reminders. I took every day at a time and took baby steps. One day my goal would be to trot just four more steps. The the next I would trot 2 circles. Then a month later I loped two strides, and kept progressing. I had to set goals for myself to keep my self on track. I learned so much from this experience and the deep love I have for this sport. To overcome such a great fear you have to push yourself because you don’t want to succumb to the fear. If you keep going one day the fear will be so small you sometimes will forget its there. Take baby steps because even if it's a baby step it's still a step forward. You know yourself better than anyone and what you can handle, and you can handle a lot. If you love something, don’t let fear ruin it for you.
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Author: Hannah Zanin