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        05-27-2011, 10:39 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Breathing regularly and deeply.
    ...and...
    Focusing on the Little Picture. Pick some small part of the skill you're looking to develop, and use it to distract yourself when you start getting freaky.
         
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        05-27-2011, 11:54 PM
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    This is a general tactic for feeling fearful or having confidence be shaky;

    Ride with someone who is less confident than you and needs your leadership and help to be confident. YOu will rise to the need and bring up your confidence to enhance theirs.
         
        05-28-2011, 11:01 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I don't even ride his canter offline. I get longed once a week. My instructor encourages me to do more but I just panic... And when I panic, he panics... so I've taken a hiatus to build my confidence little by little.

    I have started giving myself mean pep talks. Like "geez Clair. You will never rein if you are too afraid to even try picking up the canter. What kind of a rider are you?"

    It worked last time... I had a pretty good lounge session.

    And I work him extensively on the ground with the canter and transitions.
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