Tune into your Horse
Horses are extremely intuitive animals picking up on your mood and emotion each day. Take the time you have with your horse to pay attention to how he is feeling and if he is reacting to your energy. Set the tone for your ride by working with him on the ground before mounting. A calm horse on the ground generally translates to a good ride. However, if your horse is dancing in the cross ties and misbehaving, you are likely to have a lousy ride. Take the time while grooming to feel how your horse is doing. As herd animals, horses look for a leader and that should be you.