Get your confidence back

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Even the most accomplished riders can experience a fall every now and then. This may leave you in suffering, not only in physical pain but also strip you of your confidence as a rider.

Here are some ideas on how to get your confidence after an injury:

Speak to a doctor
If you have a niggling pain that won’t go away make sure you find the root of the problem.  Yes horsey folk can be tough as old boots but there could be a simple solution to your problem which will result in you leaving your surgery kicking yourself.

Attend physiotherapy
Muscular problems are often common in horse riders and sometimes a good physio is the best option.  Ask around or search for a local practitioner on the internet. Give them a call and often a single examination will be enough to determine what, if any treatment is required.

Try pilates or equipilates
As riders, we often put our body under physical stress, so we need to find a way to keep it balanced. Pilates and equipilates are both great way to improve posture and balance, relieve aches and pains, increase your strength and stamina, as well as help you relax.

Seek professional riding instruction
You’re discomfort could be linked to your riding style or something your horse is doing. An instructor could give you some objective advice and get to the root of the problem.

Complementary Therapy
Try acupuncture, dynamic healing or homeopathy to rebalance your energies which will help you to regain your balance and your overall well being. You can also go to the Confidence Club which can offer support and an excellent tool kit which will help you to get back into riding.

Stick at it
Once you’ve tried something to help, stick at it. Fall and injuries are part of being a horse rider and as the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than a cure’. Seek out something that that works for you and then stick to it.

As well as working on your confidence as a rider, it’s important to make sure you cover your horse from injury, illness and also insure yourself as a rider. At Horse-insurance.co.uk we provide affordable comprehensive cover for horses and riders. Visit www.horse-insurance.co.uk for a 20% online discount and the option of creating a policy that suits your requirements.

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