Recognize that fear is future thinking. So you can learn how to manage your fear by staying in the moment.
To bring yourself back to the present moment, involve as many of your five senses as you can. Hear the rhythm of your horse’s footfalls. Look at the trees outside your ring. Feel the texture of the reins. Smell the fly spray. And taste your salty sweat dripping down from underneath your helmet!
Stay in the moment by adding emotion too. Remember a time when you felt calm, relaxed and connected to your horse. Recreate that feeling when you start to get nervous.