This blog posting is spot on. When George Morris says even he has to practice his guts, you know that it applies to every level rider.
I got similar advice many years ago after I had broken my hand in a jumping accident. I had started riding again but was afraid to jump. She said, “start small — Trot or canter poles on the ground. When that gets boring, make it a cross rail. Do that ten times, a hundred times, or several hundred times. When that gets boring, step up the challenge.”
At the time that happened, I had decided that I would concentrate on dressage. But I got bored. I took her advice.
It took me awhile, but eventually I was jumping again. Not just in a ring, but cross country jumps. I kept practicing and I got braver. Incrementally at first, but it worked.
A few years after that, I started to foxhunt. After I’d broken my hand, it was the last thing I could have imagined doing.
Unfortunately, what I also know is that you must keep practicing those guts because they are easily lost!