Here you will find the number of points that you should give yourself for each answer that you chose on the quiz.
1. A-2 B-1 C-3
2. A-3 B-2 C-1
3. A-1 B-2 C-1
4. A-3 B-1 C-2
5. A-3 B-2 C-1
6. A-3 B-1 C-2
7. A-1 B-2 C-3
8. A-1 B-3 C-2
9. A-1 B-3 C-2
10. A-2 B-3 C-1
Add up your total number of points!
If you scored 10 points and below, you should definitely set a goal to work on your confidence in 2019. Try to identify what specifically it is that makes you nervous. Then try and find exercises to help build your confidence in those areas. If you aren't sure, ask an experienced horse friend, or even better, your riding instructor. If you are struggling with confidence, you most definitely need to discuss it with your instructor. You would be surprised how sometimes our students are nervous or scared but hide it from us pretty well. Be open and honest with your instructor about your confidence and let him or her know you want to focus on confidence building activities.
If you scored 10-20 points, you are well on your way to becoming a confident rider. Certain situations might make your nervous, but you do your best to work through it. You have realized the important fact of the matter, that if you are not confident, the only way to gain confidence is to practice. It seems like you are doing your very best to try and improve your confidence. Again, this is a situation where you need to communicate with your instructor. Make sure they know how you feel. What triggers your nerves? What do you feel you are really good at? The ultimate method to gain confidence is a careful balance of working to overcome your fears and building yourself up refining the skills you are already confident with.
If you scored in the 20-30 point range, congratulations! I would consider you to be a confident rider. That is great! Make sure that you are not overly confident to the point that you don't take your lessons seriously. Don't let your ego keep you from continuing to learn. Remember, horsemanship is a journey and you should never stop learning. Being a confident rider is a good thing, but you should always maintain a healthy level of caution when around horses and riding horses. This healthy level of caution is what will help to keep you as safe as possible. Be proud of yourself for your confidence, but never stop learning, and never look down on those who aren't as confident as you are. Encourage less confident riders, and be supportive as they learn! We are all at our own place in our horsemanship journey, traveling our own speed, and that is okay.