Regaining confidence post-COVID

chestnutmares

New Member
Feb 9, 2020
3
0
1
16
Ok so, thanks to COVID and a number of other factors in my personal life, I haven’t had the opportunity to get in the saddle since a few days before the UK went into lockdown. Previously I’d been riding for a little over a year and I’d say I was quite confident! First lesson back since March is on Tuesday morning and I find myself feeling a bit nervy for once - I’m obviously out of practise and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on getting back into the saddle after a few months off, especially around regaining confidence?
 

Jessey

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2004
24,303
14,708
113
40
Suffolk, UK
My mare had a lay off of several months in 2015 due to lameness and I felt nervy of getting back on after and I’ve been riding almost 4 decades and am pretty confident. But as soon as I was on board all my worries melted away, it was like I’d never stopped ? just try not to visualise your worst fears before hand, think about the best possible outcomes and will them into reality ?
 

carthorse

Super Moderator
Staff member
Jan 6, 2006
9,295
5,233
113
Really the very best thing is getting your bum back in the saddle! A lot of people have felt the same way, it's a fairly normal response particularly when it's been constantly drummed in not to strain the NHS, so please don't feel it's just you being silly. Maybe mention to your RI how you feel so she knows and an be supportive.

I would say spend the time between now and your lesson remembering why you enjoy riding and all the things you've done well. Try closing your eyes and remembering the feel of it, of you and the horse moving together. Do not create nightmare scenarios in your mind! Maybe practices a few stretches at home too, just to keep the muscles flexible.

Once you're on you'll wonder why you were worrying!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Kite_Rider

chunky monkey

Well-Known Member
May 2, 2007
6,855
5,062
113
Remember that the horses will most probably have been ridden during lockdown so they will be calm. Its not like the horses have been laid off and your are on a ticking time bomb. So all you have to do is sit bak and enjoy it. Please dont think too much about it between now and your lesson or you will talk yourself out of it. Once back on board, if all goes well youll wonder why you were fretting. Dont push yourself to hard for your first lessons. If you are asked to canter on your first lesson back and you feel like your having a wobble just say to your instructor, its too much for this lesson. Id rather just stick to trot or something like that.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
V Sudden Confidence Loss Confidence Club 1
E Age, weight, loss of confidence and pony issues Confidence Club 12
T No confidence over jumps? Confidence Club 9
lindsay_314 Confidence after first fall First Timers 14
I confidence in a big canter Confidence Club 16
P Lost confidence after fall First Timers 11
mariaslk How to build confidence in young horse Older Riders 8
Ale Restoring trust and confidence Confidence Club 12
L New Horse...No confidence Confidence Club 26
OwnedbyChanter Re-building confidence Cafe 8
JayneW Bruised body and dented confidence Older Riders 40
M Confidence Knocked Confidence Club 4
Prjsmk A tip for confidence Confidence Club 21
DaisyAM Confidence in Schooling Older Riders 13
KB76 Help my confidence has gone! Confidence Club 10
domane Confidence Therapy....*Updated* Cafe 24
Eloushka I need a confidence boost!! Confidence Club 2
tikkitti Confidence wobble and parental guilt:-( Confidence Club 2
P I need a confidence boost fast! Confidence Club 8
A No confidence/ very nervous Confidence Club 11
L confidence and driving Cafe 6
Olivia C Confidence and slight lack of ideas! Confidence Club 12
Tiger Lily Lacking Confidence at the trot... Confidence Club 16
O Confidence gone. Confidence Club 5
Suzy-q560 Another confidence knock Confidence Club 16
L Trying to get a rounded experience- confidence knocked Confidence Club 9
M Bolting & Confidence Confidence Club 11
Drummie13 Confidence Shattered Confidence Club 6
N What does your horse lack confidence in? Cafe 16
tikkitti Daughters confidence :-( Confidence Club 11
KP nut I think we can say she's got her confidence back! Confidence Club 8
CharliesAngel Hacking confidence Cafe 4
Cremola Foam having a confidence wobble again! Confidence Club 5
G Confidence in pieces Training of the Horse and Rider 28
Little-red After some advice/confidence tips please - girthy horse Confidence Club 12
Stamper My little confidence builder - I'm new here. Confidence Club 35
Ale My confidence has gone missing... Hacking 15
Cremola Foam take that confidence demons!!! :) Confidence Club 10
H Help, my confidence has all gone, scared to ride :( Confidence Club 12
D Could a subconscious lack of confidence be causing my riding ability to plateau? Confidence Club 7
A Confidence Knocked - Fell off Confidence Club 32
G older rider - still working on fear and confidence Confidence Club 4
G started older... slow going... building and learning confidence Older Riders 6
squidsin Hacking confidence stories needed! Hacking 9
KP nut The Confidence of Youth.... Cafe 13
michelle18 No confidence on ground Confidence Club 27
S confidence downhill Confidence Club 34
MrC No drop in confidence? Cafe 19
New Rider Nic First fall - knocked my confidence Confidence Club 39
EquiiLife Jumping confidence Older Riders 8

Similar threads

newrider.com