Overcoming a Fear of Horses


Faithful HomesteaderWhen I was a little girl, I was so terrified of horses. I am not really sure what triggered it. The only thing that I could think of is that they were just so much bigger than I was. I think it intimidated me. I have come a long way since that time. Now I am volunteering on a ranch and getting up close and personal with horses.

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When I was around five years old, we lived on a farm. We only lived in the house and had nothing to do with the animals. A horse was loose one day, just in time for me to come home from school. I remember being petrified. I didn’t even want to get off the bus. I was convinced the horse was dangerous. I recall running as fast as I could to get into the house. Looking back, I am sure the horse was not really dangerous, and in fact it wasn’t that big. However, you could not tell that to the little girl at the time.

Another time I believe I was with my Girl Scout's Brownies troop. We went horseback riding. Again, I was just so scared. I wanted to ride on a small horse, which, in my mind, meant miniature-size. They told me that the horse they put me on was a small horse. I was not convinced. I was more than a little upset, yet somehow managed to survive the experience.

Fast forward into adulthood — I came to realize that my fears were unwarranted. There is no doubt that a horse could hurt a person, but that would most likely come from the negligent actions of the person, and it would be hard to fault the horse.

Since I started working around horses, I am learning how to interact with them. Grooming can help form a bond with the horses. It is important that I control the horse instead of it controlling me. I am learning not to be in the path of a horse that could kick me or step on me.

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