The Cambridge Dictionary defines confidence as:
“The quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans or the future”.
This applies directly to our riding - confidence is being certain of our riding and training abilities, having trust in our horse, in what we’re doing with our horse at the time and what we plan to do with our horse in the future.
Riding confidence is all about knowing what might happen next. When we lack riding confidence, it really means we don’t know what might happen at any time during our ride. The horse might spook or shy, spin around, not slow when cued, refuse a jump, not load onto the trailer or any other myriad of possibilities.