Kima Frenning has admitted the mental scars from a horror fall in March prompted her shock decision to give up the prized drive behind superstar pacer Ride High last week.
Claiming she “went downhill” a month after returning to the sulky, Frenning said she was struggling mentally and not in the right mindset to give Ride High the best chance in feature races.
Frenning drove Ride High in all five wins this year, before Kate Gath took the reins at Terang on Saturday night when the exciting pacer recorded a stunning 11th successive win. Ride High has now won 16 of his 17 races.
“When I got back driving I was really keen, but a month in I started struggling mentally,” Frenning told Brittany Graham on Sky Racing’s In The Gig program. “I started second guessing and doubting myself, which you can’t do when driving good horses.
“I started to get into arguments with people on the track, heat of the moment things. With the mindset I was in, I started taking everything really personally, as a personal attack on myself.
“For other people, it is probably just a five minute thing, but for me it was a few days. I started having panic attacks and it was not real good going forward mentally.
“I had been thinking about it for a while, when the ride with Ride High was over I would give up. That was not fair to anyone, for me to keep driving only because it was him.
“That was not fair to the horse and the connections.”
Frenning was considered lucky to escape a sickening crash at Melton on March 21 with concussion and hand fractures.
She will now focus on pre-training and training and while she “loved driving”, the training side of the sport was her biggest passion.
“Come race day (as a trainer) I still get nervous,” Frenning said. “But it is positives nerves, rather than the negative.”
Originally published asMental health battle prompts Frenning’s shock decision
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