Episode 8: Rider Fear

Listen to Episode 8: Rider Fear

Maybe it’s more common among women. Maybe it’s just more openly talked about among women. Maybe what we do, ride an animal that’s about 10 times our weight is a good, cold fact to consider. According to folks out there who do risk assessment, riding is risky —  about as risky as riding is fun, safe, rewarding, and something we feel deeply passionate about.

Rider fear for many of us might be one element that’s part of a greater calculus. We hope it’s down there with the paper clips, you know, tiny bits in the big cluttered drawer that is how we feel about horses. For some folks, though, we know it can be all-consuming.

Rather than invite experts in emotions, therapists or researchers, or whoever, Jec and I along with Amy Skinner share our thoughts and experiences. Please note that we are definitely NOT experts or therapists and this episode should not be interpreted as such. We also want to thank Connie Crawford for suggesting the topic

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Listener Connie Crawford and her mare

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We thank Pharm Aloe Equine and Lucerne Farms for their support. Pharm Aloe offers aloe pellets and gel and other products to support horses’ GI health, immune system, and other processes. They have profiles of the quality of their products here.

Lucerne Farms is a forage company based in Northern Maine. This summer, are you traveling – maybe going horse camping or heading to a competition? Lucerne bales, wrapped in plastic, are pretty much perfect for being on the road with horses. Check out their blends and distribution here.

Apologies in advance for a few audio glitches.

As always, we would love to hear from you.

We would like to thank Kershaw knives, Redmond Equine, Kate’s Real Food and Patagonia WorkWear for their continued support. Buy some rocks from Redmond, check out the new flavor at Kate’s and check out the WorkWear sales. Please follow these brands and buy their stuff as they support us and what we’re doing. This month, we’re giving away a Patagonia WorkWear item to two lucky listeners. Check it out here.

Listen to Episode 8: Rider Fear

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One Comment

  1. Great conversation gals, thnx!! I’m 65, finally got back on my 23 yo horse last month after 2 years. New state, new trails. We started the process by handwalking thru the forest trails and the neighborhood, letting both of us reset to parasympathetic to build our confidence. 250 lb hairy pet pig exposure, too!! We don’t have much for an arena or roundpen, but use what’s here. The first ride in the 40 acre pasture was just outside the gate, now we’ve had about 6 fab rides together!! And I dismount when I feel the need ; )

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