Ok, I did a search first and found a few threads that touched on this but wanting more detailed advice. On Sunday, we went riding on our friend's 60 acres of land and after spending some time on the main loop and feeling pretty good about venturing out to some of the other trails, my first encounter was a bit of a steeper downhill that started out open at the top, but ended turning to the right between a few pines and not being able to see the trail from that point on. I'm completely afraid of heights, so even if I was on this hill on a bicycle, I would still feel fairly fearful of venturing down this part. So I get to the top and freeze up and didn't end up going down the trail. If I was at the bottom and looking up, I would have attempted it without much fear. I haven't had much practice on downhills. The ones I've been on are fairly open and fairly gradual declines I guess you'd say? So, I'm sure that is part of the issue, but also my fear of heights isn't helping. Some of the other declines I've been on are less than 20 ft in length, have a bit of a slope and do have turns, but don't end with trees on either side and looking closed in as much. So it is all mental block I'm sure, but lack of skill in this area isn't helping either.So, how do I go about tackling a steeper downhill in general and getting over this mental block? What happens when I'm fearful is I tend to get started too slow, wobble, freak and grab the front brake too hard and halt or tip over. So I need to get over that. Once I get past that, I tend to overuse the rear brake and lock up the tire and skid around or stall and end up having to coast down the hills. I leave it in 1st gear but pull the clutch in and try to modulate with the rear brake so as to not stall, but usually end up just coasting/skidding down hills. I'm sure that is not proper technique by any means... There is one slope I go down on a regular basis on the main trail there that I do use the throttle and enjoy gaining speed on, but it is grass and wide open and ends turning onto a grassy driveway that continues downhill but is a long, gradual downhill. This one I froze on was a bit more loose dirt terrain.Any advice, helpful tips, etc. are much appreciated. I will get this, I'm determined, but needing some help! Thanks in advance!