I got out my Jane Savoie book and got on her website, and there are definitely a lot of good tips in there. I think my favorite one at the moment is addressing why we ride and what we are grateful for. I think my favorite one was to be gratful for the bond you have formed with your horse (taking my greenie from only having 5 rides when I bought her to being almost ready for the show pen on the flat by myself all the while getting to know her personality - for better and for worse), to spend time outdoors (today riding in a beatiful, 70 degree temp with no wind and lots of sunshine), and to be grateful for the awesome way your horse smells and for the feel of his worm skin as you stroke his neck (especially after a hard day at work). And let me just add my own - for the feeling that you get when your horse knows the sound of both of your vehicles and meets you at the door/gate, following you as much as possible until you get her out of her stall (even hollering after you if she thinks you forgot her).
I have a clinic this weekend with Liz Denny, whom I have heard great things about. I will be riding a school horse of my trainers, (one of three), and I am mentally thinking about how I will ride each of these horses, and trying to imagine myself completing a nice smooth course on each one of them, getting the striding, keeping myself in a nice position, making nice easy corners. I think I will have a friend there with a camera, and if so, I will try to post videos/photos if I can.
Also (and I know this is long), I worked on "ground pole courses" on my youngster, and let's just say one of my faults my trainer has been pointing out to me was reinforced. When I meet an akward (sp?) distance, I have a tendance to curl up into a ball. I freakin' did this over a 6" cavaletti
!!! Needless to say, I had numerous choice words to say to myself, told myself that I am on a greenie that needs me to ride her so JUST RIDE!! I did, and we had much better striding throughout - I mainly concentrated on keeping my position (no balls) and using my legs and it worked. Now I just have to apply this to fences.