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Re: cliffhangers

Welcome to the club!!!!  I've been this way since as long as I can remember.
I used to be this way, even on foot, but am much better now about myself.
I'm still terrified when on a horse, because I don't have control.  If it's
just my own body, I have some control.  I get what I consider panic attacks,
accompanied with a stabbing pain in the groin, much as if I had been shocked
by an electric fence.  When on a horse, and confronted with such a spot, I
get off and lead.  But I realize I can't lead for 15 miles or more; that's
primarily why I don't ride Tevis any more.  I've never seen the California
Trail out of Foresthill, but if it is anything like most people describe it,
I don't ever want to.  It pays to have an utterly unflappable and reliable
horse under you.  And don't look down.  I've even put my hand up to the eye
that's on the side nearest the drop-off; that is marginally helpful.  It's
like blinders on a driving horse's bridle.
Sorry, I can't help you overcome your fear, as I haven't learned to overcome
mine.  But I keep at it all the time, and I'm making some progress.

Barbara McCrary

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Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2001 11:34 PM
Subject: RC: cliffhangers

> guest
> i dont feel safe riding along narrow trails that drop off. anyone out
> there get over this fear? And how?
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