Confidence can be something that is learned and some people are born with it. It comes easy for some people in that way. For me, it came in waves. Working with young horses is not only physically demanding, but it’s emotionally demanding. There are ups and downs throughout the process of training. It’s important that you as the person can control your emotions for the horses sake. It was always the hardest thing to do because sometimes they just really make you mad and you just want to scream. Other times they just make you want to burst with happiness. Making sure that you are confident in what you’re doing is important, because if you’re confident your horse is going to be confident doing something new for you. I think this is why it’s important to find a horse that isn’t to much horse for you.
I think by being able to boost your confidence with horses, being an overall confident person will come easier. It all has to start with you though. Whenever I was feeling down or confused I would always turn to someone else. I used my role models to know that it can be done. That was either calling someone or looking up some youtube videos for inspiration. It’s also important to never quit. Getting to the end result will take lots of hard work, a little bit of blood, and a lot of drive, but once you get to the end it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s like you’re walking on a cloud and it gives a big confidence boost to you. So, lesson learned… Just keep pushing through! If you’re ever doubting yourself, just remember that it can be done. Or think of Dory screaming “Just keep swimming!”
The Modern Equestrian