When you get rattled, are you thinking about yourself or the horse? Talk to your horse in your mind and let him know what you'd like him to do and go over how you will walk into the ring, etc. Let him know that you are confident that the two of you can do it. This will help build your confidence and by you're being positive it will have a positive effect on him. Don't tell anyone you're nervous or he'll pick up on that. Keep the confident going.I should add:when at a show a gal had purchased a great trail horse that could do it all. As we waited for our turns she began to tell me her horse will never do the gate. Of course she will, I've seen her do it beautifully. She began to review the second then third obstacle and her mare was starting to get uneasy while my mare snoozed. By the fifth review her mare would no longer stand still. When I mentioned this and tried to get her to be positive she was so locked on to blowing the course that that is exactly what happened. Because of my confidence my mare remained relaxed and we took the class.
Last edited by Saddlebag; 05-10-2013 at 05:11 PM.