First fall off my horse... Need some advice please
So I fell off my horse tonight. I've had him for a little over 2 years and never come off him before. I've come close, certainly, but not off. We're both fine. I just need some advice.
A bit of background info might be helpful. This horse was a bit misrepresented when we bought him, and I definitely rushed into it. The first year I had him was hell. I'd make a mistake and he'd pretty much explode. This horse also gets nervous quickly and easily, so if something new was introduced, he panicked. Then I would panic, and it was a vicious cycle.
In the last 8 months or so he has gotten so much better- relaxed and relatively easy-going. But I'm still afraid of him from our issues in the past. I've been slowly building up my confidence (and his) by taking baby steps, and it's been working. The problem is this confidence is really fragile right now.
So, long story short, right now I feel fine about riding him (and I did get right back on) but I'm worried tomorrow I'll get on him and panic. I love this horse and don't want to be afraid of him. I try to just tell my myself "Get over it, quit being a baby" but that's not working so well.
I just need some advice about not being afraid of him, I guess. Is there anything for me to do? I'm tired of being afraid of him, and I am really worried this fall will hurt our confidence. Help please.