My mare doesn't pick up on my nerves
It seems to be common knowledge that horses pick up on our fear. Well, mine doesn't seem to. The other night we had very strong winds, cold and spooky.
There were other horses being worked in the arena having melt-downs like crazy. One of them was basically unriddable and the girl had to get off or get herself injured (reared three times, bucked and shouted for five minutes straight). Others weren't much better.
I watched all of this and got myself into a state but persevered and went in regardless. My mare was an angel. One of the best rides we ever had. She listened to light seat aids and I rode with long rains for the duration, amidst the chaos.
Then this morning, lovely, sunny, balmy weather, other horses being worked quietly, I didn't for a second think we'd have trouble. The mare decides that everything is spooky and that everything needs to be snorted at and barged passed. Runs through my hands, seat aids completely ignored. Luckily, she is the best horse in the world and her "spooking" is snort and speed up a wee bit :)
Go figure. I have only had her less than a year so maybe she doesn't really see me as a factor in her world yet :)