One, two, three, one, two, three, one… His approach was too long to make the jump. The distance wasn’t right and you were unable to correct it. You didn’t see it coming and you’re unbalanced. In a split second, you find yourself tumbling over his shoulder, hitting the ground, and seeing his front legs two inches from your face. You scramble to your feet but feel shaken up. Mistakes happen. Get back on the horse. Your hands are sweating and your body is shaking. Your breath is unsteady. You get back on the horse to fix your mistake and try again. You know you have to work through the fear after falling off your horse. The trauma from that fall has to sit on the back burner, for now.
What is Equestrian Trauma?
Trauma is defined as an experience that overwhelms your natural ability to effectively cope with the resulting distress. This could mean falling off a horse or injuring yourself during a riding accident. Even having a frightening experience while riding can be traumatic. Typically when people hear about trauma and trauma therapy, they think of combat veterans. Or, those who’ve experienced some sort of assault. Yet, it’s important to recognize the fact that these scary experiences we have on horses can fall under the category of trauma.
How a horseback riding accident affects you mentally:
When you can’t get back on the horse:
Next up we will dive into how we can heal from the trauma caused by horse-related accidents. Stay tuned.
Begin Trauma Therapy in Scotch Plains, NJ
You don’t have to live with the fear of falling off the horse again. Our caring therapists can support you in overcoming the anxiety of equestrian trauma. We offer trauma therapy services from our Scotch Plains, NJ-based therapy practice. If you are ready to start your therapy journey, follow these simple steps:
- Connect with us at Brave Minds Psychological Services.
- Meet with one of our caring therapists during a free consultation.
- Start your therapy journey today!
Other Services Offered at Brave Minds Psychological Services
Trauma therapy is not the only service we offer from our Scotch Plains, NJ-based therapy practice. Other services offered at Brave Minds include online therapy, anxiety treatment for children, child sexual abuse therapy, therapy for teens, anxiety treatment for teens, teen social phobia therapy, adult anxiety counseling, couples counseling, counseling for parents, postpartum counseling, birth trauma therapy, sexual assault counseling for adults, and food allergy therapy. For more information, feel free to visit our blog. We are proud to serve the areas of Westfield, New Providence, Fanwood, Cranford, and surrounding areas.
About the Author
Lisa is a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about helping children, teens, and adults. She provides her clients with the skills to overcome low self-esteem and trauma of horse-related accidents, sexual abuse, or pregnancy loss. In sessions, Lisa incorporates her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness.