Long story short, I adopted a horse who has a little baggage (he was mishandled quite a bit in the past), and I am having trouble gaining confidence with riding him. I am admittedly rusty (it's been 5 years or so since I seriously rode) and he is rusty as well. I think he hasn't been ridden for about that long as well.
I rode in the past, but it was a horse I had since I was very young (11ish), and now as I'm getting older, I am obviously a LOT less bold.
The past two times when I rode him he coiled up under me like he was about to bolt or even buck, but he didn't.
I have been nervous riding because I am at a new barn and always have lots of spectators, and western is a new discipline to me.
I have been told about the singing tip but what else might help?
I think I also may take a couple of lessons just to refresh me and the horse.
Thanks in advance. :)