I agree with all the rest. Also, breathe deeply and slowly, sit tall, and think about good things, like how excellent your leg position is, how shiny she is, what a lovely day it is. Try not to think about being nervous or the 'what if's', keep yourself thinking positive thoughts. Try just leading her out, or riding then leading then getting back on. How about going out with a friend then swapping horses? Then you can see how they get on with her, and be able to see her and how she goes from a different perspective (and hopefully get jealous and want to get back on her!!).
Do lots of groundwork and schoolwork with her to really get to know her, and to get her trust. Lead her past scary things, do some Parelli if that's what you're into, lead her out for some tasty grass (or hedge!).
As everyone else has said, enjoy yourself. Don't do anything you don't want to do, don't feel comfortable with, or feel that you 'should' do. Do what you want to do and have fun.
12 June 2009 16:41