So I'm about to go for a ride... but I'm that nervous, I tell you! Monty's a good boy and will look after me but since my accident a couple of months ago I haven't been able to just get on and ride without having to walk for like 10 minutes to settle MYSELF down!
Over it! Any suggestions? At the moment I'm thinking about going to a sports psychologist but that costs money (sometimes lots of it) and I'm not sure how I'd be able to fit it in with work. Are there any techniques that my fellow nervous nellies use that really work well? I know that the most effective long-term fix is to RIDE but I just hate being this nervous and Monty picks up on it (being part-Arab he is VERY sensitive), plus when I'm nervous I'm more likely to get mad at my horse, and we all know that anger has no place in riding. I don't want to turn this into a vicious circle of me being nervous, him sensing it and acting up, and me getting more nervous because of it.
I'll get over it, I'm sure, and it's not crippling nerves (I still canter and jump and all that) but still, I hate feeling this way. It's just a normal ride, for goodness' sake! Used to be I only got nervous like this before a competition. It's frustrating :[