I feel like a really common fear I run across with my fellow adult ammies goes like this: "I'm just worried I'll ruin my horse."
I hear it over and over and over, from all riding abilities, disciplines, and walks of life.
And it goes right over my head.
There are lots of things I worry about--Maimimg. Death. Intense pain. Forced liquid diets. Crippling injuries. Ruined tack. Wasted time. The usual.
But one thing I don't think I've ever worried about is ruining my horse. I mean, if I put him in a bad situation and he gets way overfaced or fried, yeah, it'll be a massive PITA for me to spend the next few months fixing him and regaining his trust, but we'll get past it.
So to those ammies out there both with this fear and not, can you explain why this is a thing? What drives this fear? It's obviously a really big deal. I want to understand.