Ask somebody who's never been horse riding before why they've never done it and the most likely answer is that they were afraid to mount a horse. They weren't afraid of the horse itself or think that the horse would attack them. What they were truly afraid of was falling off the horse. Nobody wants to get hurt or feel pain. No matter what Patrick Swayze's character in the movie Road House said, pain does hurt.

The thing is people get hurt all the time, whether they got hurt during their job or from falling off a horse, accidents happen. If you are one of those people that no longer goes horse riding because you fell off a horse we understand what you must be thinking. It's not easy getting back on that horse after falling down. Just like it's not easy going back to the shop you work at after a workplace accident.

Here are some books to help you get over your fear:

Life Unlocked
The Confidence Gap
Conquering Fear

It can be hard going back to the scene of the accident as it conjures up painful memories. The biggest obstacle people who have been injured have is overcoming the fear that whatever caused them pain the first time will happen again. Overcoming fear and getting back to what you used to love, be it horse riding or playing football, or going back to your job so you can start earning a steady income again is something you have to deal with.

Of course we totally understand that it's easier said than done. We know you can't get back on a horse overnight or go back to your job the next day and act like nothing happened. No matter the severity of your injury you're always going to have some traumatic thoughts about it. That doesn't mean you should give up on yourself, your dreams, your job, your hobbies, or your passion entirely. Give it a second chance once you feel like you're ready.

Overcoming fear needs to be done one step at a time, one day at a time. All you have to do is decide when you're ready to take that first step. Whether it means going back to your job or stepping foot in the horse stable you can do it as long as you believe in yourself.

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