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JUNE 10-12, 2016
CAL EXPO • SACRAMENTO, CA
their own anxiety by taking stock
of their own reasons for being in
the saddle. According to Johnston,
riders should begin by having a
clear notion of what they expect to
gain by hanging out around horses
in the first place. In fact, says
Johnston, some people are content
to simply spend time at the barn
with friends or to groom the horse
or perform ground work.
“It’s all good, because you’re
strengthening the relationship
between you and your horse,” she
But it’s not so good when
grooming or groundwork covers a
fear of actually being in the saddle.
Why do You Ride?
Johnston says it’s crucial to know
what motivates someone to get in
“You have to ask, ‘How much
do I want to do this, and is [being
fearful] limiting me and what I
want to do with my horse?’” says
Johnston. “Are you going to spend
the next 20 minutes focusing on
the weather, or are you going to
ride? Because the minute you stop
doing what makes you happy, the
fear has won.”
Understanding what a rider
can and cannot control is crucial.
Once in the saddle, any rider is
hard pressed to control a neighbor
using a grass trimmer next door,
or a car backfiring on an adjacent
roadway. Nor can equestrians
control how their horses might
react when they are startled by
sudden, unexpected sights or
“But how we cope with that
is our business,” says Johnston.
“Remember, trust is a two-way
Understanding what you
cannot control, like a spook
at a loud noise, is crucial for