As riders, we all know that falls are part and parcel of the whole riding experience. However, getting back in the saddle after a fall can be a sticking point for many riders. This can be due to fear, a lack of understanding, or just the realization that falls can and will happen!
In this episode of the Daily Strides Podcast, I will lay out short actionable steps you can take to get you back in the saddle after a fall from your horse.
Why Did You Fall?
Understanding why you fell in the first place is usually pretty important. And it can also be a moment of truth for many riders. Especially those who want to lay the blame squarely at their horse’s hooves! Now, let’s be honest, sometimes it can be something that the horse did that caused the fall, such as tripping or losing balance. However, even then, there are usually ways that you can improve your chances of staying on.
Identifying the reasons for the fall, both internal and external, will allow you to begin to make changes so that the chances of you coming off again are less.
If the reason was more external, such as a bag blowing in the wind and spooking your horse, you can begin to make changes to lessen the chances of this happening again. Not riding on a windy day. Cleaning up around the arena or riding space. Riding a different route, etc.
And you can work on increasing your own balance, posture, position, suppleness, independent aids, and response when in the saddle as well. All of these will help increase your chances of staying on next time.
Groundwork is Your Friend
Before getting back in the saddle after a fall it can be helpful to spend time working with your horse on the ground. Especially if you are experiencing anxiety about mounting up again. Groom, lead, and engage in groundwork exercises to rebuild trust and establish a strong connection with your horse.
Following a groundwork plan will allow you to increase your confidence in your own abilities and in your horse as well.
And, if done correctly, will set the two of you up for better communication and aids when you do eventually mount up again. Make sure you check out my Groundwork for Riding Program where we go deep into all of this. From here, when you are ready to get back in the saddle again, there are a few key considerations and steps.