Thursday, June 29, 2006

Overcoming Obstacles

I didn't want to give too much away yesterday with my cryptic message about taking yourself out of your comfort zone, letting your inner child out, etc. because I didn't want to jinx myself. Yesterday I had my first horseback riding lesson and it was incredible. I had to overcome a fear that I had of horses. I am not sure where it came from or when it really started. I had gone riding while in high school for fun and was fine but over the last couple years whenever I was around the majestic animals, I was scared. I went to hypnotherapy and got over my fear. I actually found out it wasn't the horse at all, it was me and my lack of self confidence. So, yesterday was a REALLY big day for me. I actually went in an area at the stables that was fenced off but contained about 30 horses and I was fine. I got a horse named Snickers and brushed him, cleaned his feet (hooves/frog), learned to put on the saddle and bridle and had a great lesson. The kicker is, I originally wanted to learn Western riding but my instructor talked me into English and I loved it. I learned how to get Snickers to go where I wanted, did some work in the ring going in and out of cones, did some figure eights and then trotting! I learned to trot and then did rising trot. I got it right off the bat too! After my lesson, I took the saddle off and fed Snickers 2 carrots and wasn't scared to put my hands near his mouth. I have say that I am proud of myself as lame as that sounds. This was a huge move for me and I am proof that you can overcome your fears.
PS - Thanks W, for the card pictured here! Thanks to all of my personal cheerleaders who supported me with this, it means so much!

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