The importance of breathing
When I met Andrea and her horse Pummi, they were both in a state of panic, not the best place to start riding for either party.
She was most concerned about how safe her mount was
Observing them together I became aware that Andrea was not breathing correctly and this is a natural reaction to being worried. The horse of course could also sense that there was something amiss and responded with discomfort
Not long after creating awareness of the problem and demonstrating some relaxation techniques rider and horse were already showing marked improvement.