Okay, I'm still a beginner and have a great instructor. No problems there. I have moved nicely up from posting trots to cantering and small jumps and I love it. I arrive to my lessons about an hour early and stay about an hour or two after my lesson just to clean and muck. I like just being with the horses. No problems there.
My problem is not being able to relax in the ring. My instructor says I'm over-thinking and that a drink might help (she is kidding). I find myself often getting a bit tense in anticipation of my next step and becoming unbalanced. I then put more stress on myself to do better and of course that just usually makes it worse.
I feel like I am trying too hard and making it much more difficult than it is. Im making nice progress overall, but this tightness is holding me back at times.
So excluding alcohol, klonopin etc......any ideas on how I can chill before and during a lesson ?
A large note of thanks in advance !