Fear

jess

Being scared is very normal and not strange at all, it only gets complicated if you are afraid of doing the things you want.
I am not an equi or hippotherapist but I have a lot of experience with fears and experience with people overcoming their fears. Every week people with fear come to my stable and go home satisfied.
Got fear or uncertainty with horses?
Being afraid of horses is very annoying if you like working or handling them. It is not strange to be afraid of horses. 80% of people who handle horses sometimes suffer from anxiety.
This can be solved, usually this is in the confidence of the person who is afraid of the horse.
We start in small steps and as soon as you feel comfortable, we take the next step. Thanks to my horses, I have already given confidence back to many people on and next to the horse.
In the headings below you will find the various fears and the options that are aimed at them

Fear on the ground
You can be scared on the ground. This may be due to experiences or usually because you as a person are afraid of losing control. It is of course super annoying if you find the horses very fascinating, and would like to interact with them, but there is a step that you have to cross to get to them.
Even if you have children and have problems with holding and saddling the ponies / horses at a riding school. We can also get started with this.
We enter the herd, look at the behavior between the horses themselves. What exactly do they indicate, how and especially why. This gives you more insight into the horse language and how to deal with it.
It is important to wear good, sturdy shoes with a good nose.

Examples are:
– I am afraid with a horse alone in the stable;
– I have no idea what to do in a group with horses;
– The pony at the riding school of my daughter bites with saddling and I find it too scary to help.

We can work on:
– How does a horse think and react?
– Why do some situations seem very shocking, but actually have very normal reasons (such as, why does a pony bite?)

We are not going to ride, but we are handling the horses, we are going to pick up the basics of the behavior and look at groundwork.
– Is your biggest problem exactly how to get a horse off the land or from the paddock?
– Do you find it exciting to walk towards the herd?
– Do you find it exciting to take a horse out of the paddock while holding the horse in one hand and holding the wire in the other?
– Or do you find horses in the stable scary?
– Your son or daughter wants to go horseback riding, but what do you find the unpredictable horses exciting. Very normal if you don’t know how a horse thinks. Your son or daughter is still too small to prepare the animal for riding and you really want to help, but you don’t dare.
I show how you can easily saddle a pony and what you should do if a horse or pony threatens to bite.
– Did you rode a lot in the past and have you not driven for a period now? Then it can be difficult to resume driving. Or do you want to start driving again at a later age? Then this is a nice step for a lesson!

Fear with riding

Do you not dare to ride your horse at all anymore or are you going to ride expectantly? Do you have bad experiences, such as: falling, losing control or other reasons,
I have a couple of very sweet horses that feel very good how the rider feels. They can give you a lot of confidence in yourself and learn to trust the horse.
I have also been anxious for a long time after a bad experience, so I know how you feel and I know how to get over it. We start in small steps and as soon as the rider feels at ease, we take the next step. Thanks to my horses, I have already restored many riders the confidence and pleasure in horse riding
Also on your own horse I guide in riding and overcoming fears

Examples are:
– I have lost the sense of control during the canter;
– I don’t dare step on a horse anymore;
– I fell hard once and now I’m afraid it will happen again;
– I just want to relax and enjoy driving again.

We can work on:
– How is a horse put together, making contact with the horse on the ground. We walk into the meadow or paddock and I give some basic knowledge about the horses. After the first few days you can already put a lot of the lessons into practice.
I think the bit in the herd is very important because you can see how horses treat each other and therefore you. We walk into the paddock and I give some basic knowledge about the horses. How do they interact with each other, how do they see you, what is your role as a person. How do they interact with each other, how do they see you, what is your role as a person. How can you deal with them and all the basic knowledge that is important to deal with a horse.
– Then we take one of my horses and we continue in the stable. Here we continue to touch and brush the horse.
– If it all feels right, we will go to the paddock and get started with groundwork and leadership. You clearly indicate to the horse what your personal space is and you teach the horse to respect that space. We start to lead and follow, stop and go backwards. We will also be introduced to the corridors. We will let the horse walk, trot and gallop from the ground. As we do this, we are concerned with natural leadership and influencing it. – Once you are aware of this, you can also practice it in personal situations.
– Then we start riding. There we will practice step, trot, canter and tempo changes. If you have trouble with something, we can always do this at the beginning of the lunge line
– We also do sitting lessons. We do sitting lessons with the longeersingel on the lunge line. So we do this without a saddle. We are going to work on balance, sitting and steering.

Or
– Do you want to start riding again after a hard fall, but with the thoughts alone you will feel anxious?
– Or do you actually want to start again after a long stop, but you don’t want to go into the riding lessons right away? While driving we practice step, trot, canter and tempo changes. If you have trouble with something, we can always do this at the beginning of the lunge line
– We also do sitting lessons. We do sitting lessons with the longeersingel on the lunge line. So we do this without a saddle. We are going to work on balance, sitting and steering.

Gallop fear
The lesson gallop fear is aimed at the gallop. Because that canter is just a thing. With a lot of peace and confidence we will pick up the canter. In addition, we are going on in step, trot and tempo changes in all courses. If you have trouble with something, we can always do this at the beginning of the lunge line
We also do sitting lessons. We do sitting lessons with the longeersingel on the lunge line. So we do this without a saddle. We are going to work on balance, sitting and steering.

No fear but uncertainty
It may also be that you are not really scared, but that it just feels uncomfortable. You do everything, but you are tense. You get rid of your horse, but you are immediately bothered by the back tension. Or tighten the muscle pain of your thighs the next day.
We also do sitting lessons. We do sitting lessons with the longeersingel on the lunge line. So we do this without a saddle. We are going to work on balance, sitting and steering.

The specific request for help is different for everyone and something can be done about each request for help.