Originally Posted by Woodstock77
Skyseternalangel: yeah that is one thing I am not with him is "stern" so he does do things that make me a little more nervouse.
He is not a bad horse I am just new to rideing so I get very nervouse and I haven't ridden in a while so I am in the process of looking for a trainer but no luck yet. Any suggestions to relax while rideing ?
The best thing to remember is to think positively. Don't push yourself too far past what you are comfortable with. If that means walking him pants off, then walk him. Build up to trotting and only do it for a little bit. If he tries to run off with you, open your rein out and circle him in a tight circle until he behaves.
Also spend time just focusing on how relaxed you are (or should be) by focusing on how tightly your legs are on your horse, if you are stiff anywhere, if your shoulders are up by your ears, if you are hollowing your back and pushing your butt out.