updated 03/13/2012 AT 12:40 PM ET
•originally published 03/13/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
These days, Jaycee Dugard rides horses. Working with the animals is therapeutic, even confidence-boosting, she says.
“You have to be very sure of yourself when you’re riding,” she tells ABC News’s Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday (6:30 p.m. ET). “You don’t want to have any doubts in your mind because they’ll sense that.”
It’s a motto that seems to have a deeper meaning for Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old and held captive for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.