Recently, I have been getting unreasonably nervous, even on the ground, around horses. Nothing has happened to cause me to act this way, other than I've been having control issues with Hoover in saddle. You see, he's had three months ground training with my instructor and switched to a hack. I'm still trying to control him the way he needed before the training and when he was on a full cheek snaffle. He's got a lot of education on me right now.
Anyone have any advice for getting over being nervous? My instructor says I'm trying too hard and worrying too much about getting everything perfect. I'm sitting too stiff with my upper body and arms, and tending to lean forward without knowing I'm doing it. It's making the horse under me nervous, which in turn is making me more nervous. I keep thinking about what could happen. Help me, please. I'm getting really frustrated with myself.