Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: I am omnipresent (mostly Alberta...)
My x-country horse is this crazy little bundle of energy. He's a Norweigian Fjord, with not half enough height to get over the fences that he clears in the blink of an eye!
We have our own little routine. I always start to get nervous, and then he starts to jig, reminding me that he can feel my tension, so instead of thinking of what could go wrong, I just think about the course. I imagine my breath starting at the top of my head, traveling all the way down my body and exiting through my toes. I do this as many times as I need, but usually just once works. I then give my pony a big hug and tell him ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that I love about him. I tell him that he's wonderful, that I'll love him til the day I die, and that I know that he's going to do everything in his power to take us safely around the course, and that I know he'll love every minute of it, which gives me the confidence I need. Then we burst out of the box, cantering like nobody's business, just cuz we can!