free of fear
in the saddle.
» BY PATRICE D. BUCCIARELLI IN THE SADDLE, the wind was Diane Welde’s enemy. On blustery days, her Paint gelding, Ringo, would react o every gust with a rapid- fire bolt or a buck. “It got so that if it was just a little bit windy, I wouldn’t ride him at all,” Welde recalls. “I almost sold
him, I was that scared.”
Whether it’s apprehension about
the weather, fear of falling or
reeling from a major accident,
every equestrian is afraid of
something. And no matter what
the cause, fear is something that
never really goes away entirely. All
equestrians can do is manage it the
best they can.
“Everybody is fearful about
something,” says Clarissa Cupolo,