Keeping calm on a nervous horse
At my barn I ride horses that will NOT be controlled if you are tense, including my horse. My horse I am perfectly calm on no matter what- I think maybe because I know him well or ride him in a western saddle perhaps- even though he is potentially way more dangerous than the other horses I ride. However, when I get on the other horses I tend to start out fine and I look great on them. As the ride goes on, I seem to tense up and I can't stay calm. If it weren't a lesson I would just get off and walk the horse around until I calm down; I don't ride horses nervous. Do you guys have methods of staying calm. How can I work on this? I am normally really good at staying calm, but recently I have been riding a horse that makes me nervous in particular and it is becoming an issue. It is the same on the ground too. When I wasn't quite as familiar with working with my horse and when he had his biting issue I would be extremely nervous around him. Whenever I turned my back he would try to bite me (I didn't know how to deal with it then, I do now, the horse is straightened out, it was several years ago) so I would always be extremely nervous and come home bruised from bites. This definitely made him nervous as well, but now that I am calm around him we work together wonderfully. I really just need ways to calm down, and ways to practice at home.