By: Ambassador Amy Bieber
Last summer, I finally got to show at my goal fence height for two glorious rounds, one of which landed me my first first place in a jumper class ever. A month later at our next show, I went in to do a lower “warm up” round on the first day, and was promptly thrown off my horse. So it goes with horses, am I right? But where I could pick my younger self up off the ground and get going again like it never happened, my adult self does not bounce back so quickly.
Fortunately in this case, I was not seriously injured in the fall, but I was shaken none the less. Now it is 9 months later, and my confidence has still not quite recovered from that spill. It has been an odd journey rebuilding my confidence that was already inconsistent to begin with, and I have realized as the weeks have passed that I am almost going through the stages of grief trying to get back on track. The more I think about it, the more it occurs to me that this always happens whenever I have a scary setback, so I decided to map it out in the hopes that it will guide me (or perhaps one of you) on the way back to the top.
So here I present to you...
The Adult Amateur's Guide to the