Does anyone have any tips on how to manage nerves when riding a dressage test?
I have a comp in 2 weeks, and I struggle with containing my nerves when I ride a dressage test. I don't have a problem remembering a test, that part is really easy for me, its the being judged part. I find freestyle tests much much easier as I have to concentrate on the music as well as the actual test, but straight dressage tests I get really tense. Which in turn makes my mare tense up, so then I start riding her badly and everything just turns into a mess.
The nerves is something I have suffered with for as long as I can remember, and the only way I have been able to control it in the past is by going to as many training days as possible and just riding tests, but unfortunately there haven't been any training days in the last few months. I am going to a training day this weekend, so that is a start, but any tips to help me control or use my nerves to my advantage would be hugely appreciated!
Thanks in advance!