Originally Posted by CJ82Sky
breathe, and exhale at the base of each fence. I see SO many riders that hold their breath before takeoff at a show and don't realize the effect it has on their horse. When you breathe in, often so does the horse and that causes hesitation and can make the horse suck back or stick to the leg. A calm exhale at the base of each fence can help with confidence and in keep the horse in front of your leg.
thanks! I've never really thought about breathing in front of the fences like that so that should really help!