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Conan the Barbarian's Rachel Nichols' Riding Lesson

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Star Trek and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra star Rachel Nichols has performed her fair share of futuristic action sequences.

But to play the leading lady in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian remake, the actress faced a whole new set of challenges.

"I had to learn how to ride a horse. I had to learn first on a tether, going around a little ring, and then I had to learn to do everything: gallop, ride bareback, and then drive a carriage. I did all of it. It was kind of this wild ride, and then I quickly learned you can't be afraid on the horse. The horse can tell, and the horse will make you its bitch. So you have to sort of flip it around."

Nichols, who'd never ridden a horse before arriving in Romania to shoot the film, admits she couldn't overcome her anxiety regarding one particular equine: Rodolfo, the horse that was paired up with Jason Momoa, the 6-ft. 4-in., 230-lb. star of Conan.

"It was huge," she says of the horse. "It was so big and so ornery – and I'm still scared of it today! … I can't ride Rodolfo."

Rodolfo aside, Nichols quickly developed a passion for riding the beautiful animals.

Now she tells People: "It was so much fun, and I now love riding horses""

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