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    05-22-2013, 07:02 PM
Psyched out about a playday!! Advice?

Alright, I train barrel horses, I run successfully, and get enough business that I'm overwhelmed at times, but when it comes to my own horse, I get nervous. I guess I feel like I've got a reputation to uphold and my own horses should be perfect. The thing is, my main gelding is a solid little horse, he can turn and burn like nobodies business! Little kids run him and he is calm the whole time. I teach barrel lessons on him and everything. I take him to our local arena sometimes just to get him out of ours and he still runs perfect. When it comes to shows though, he's a wreck, and I think it's because I get so nervous. A kid on his back, he walks in calm and walks out the same way. I get in his back and he tries to run right out of the arena, act like he's going to jump a fence or whatever it takes to get the heck out of there, and running home, his whoa command goes out the window. Anywhere I'm not nervous or not at a run, I say whoa and he hits the brakes and slides, at a run, he won't calm down until he's out of the gate. I can't figure out if he does it because I'm nervous, or I get nervous because he does it.

I started him on vita-calm last week and plan on doubling his dose the day of like it suggests. He has no pain, teeth or other issues.

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    05-22-2013, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
Breathing exercises, I like to listen to music up until its time and then I sing to myself in my head. I get nervous really easy but this has helped me tons.
    05-22-2013, 08:08 PM
Sing. It's hard to stay nervous when you're singing.
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    05-22-2013, 08:40 PM
I used to be the same way...I learned that I HAD to relax or I was going to ruin the run and my horse was going to be a wreck as well. It wasn't easy and took a while...I still get nervous while warming up, but as it gets closer I just take a couple deep breaths and push everything down and relax.

So it is most likely your nerves get your horse worked up. A friend of ours is the SAME way. She gets SUPER nervous and her horse gets tweaked out....her daughter gets on and runs and the mare is calm and cool.

Also if it helps, once you warm up your horse, get off and walk him around till you get close to your run. And lots of deep breaths and don't over think things. Like I said it is easier said than done, trust me on that lol! I am the biggest nervous nelly but over the last couple years have taught myself to relax and go loose and let the nerves go. I am a bad picker also...when I am nervous I used to pick and pick and PICK at the horses when warming up....learned to stop doing that as well. Amazing how your horse relaxes when you let him just warm-up and not nit-pick him lol! :P
    05-22-2013, 09:05 PM
If you are over 18 drink a beer. That will settle your nerves. Give him a few sips too. I'm serious, it works.
    05-22-2013, 09:22 PM
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    05-22-2013, 11:10 PM
Lol at the beer idea, might have to try it!

BRL: Excellent advice!

I tried to get worked up today in our arena, I pushed him really hard, had someone time me to add pressure and oh my gosh I could feel my heartbeat in my neck! Sure enough, right when I got down there he got worked up too and tried to bail. Maybe I should make a drug specifically for barrel racers to chill us out lol! We'll find out Saturday for sure!
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    05-23-2013, 05:25 PM
Green Broke
Before a really important team roping run, I shotgunned a beer LOL. It was the best timed run of my life so far.

I feel that when I start competitively running barrels, I will also need to develop a calming supplement for myself.

BTW. Theres a drink that's the opposite of an energy drink! It's a Bob Marley calming drink. HONEST. Marley's Mellow Mood Products - Marley Beverage Company
    05-24-2013, 12:34 AM
Yup, sounds like your nerves are getting the best of you, and your horse FEELS it.

Do whatever you need to do to relax.
--head and neck circles
--arm circles
--shoulder "shrugs" and rotations
--singing a soothing slow song
--close your eyes and imagine relaxing every muscle in your body, slowly starting at your toes, and slowly working to your head
--imagine your horse walking in cool as a cucumber
--imagine every step you need to make to make that perfect run
--deep breathing exercises
--remind yourself that you can only do your best. And it's nobody's business but your own. Go in there to meet YOUR goals; not anyone else's.

I still get nervous too before I go. Just gotta be able to manage it.
    06-02-2013, 10:24 PM
Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
Before a really important team roping run, I shotgunned a beer LOL. It was the best timed run of my life so far.

I feel that when I start competitively running barrels, I will also need to develop a calming supplement for myself.

BTW. Theres a drink that's the opposite of an energy drink! It's a Bob Marley calming drink. HONEST. Marley's Mellow Mood Products - Marley Beverage Company
I've had a Bob Marley drink, and it does work. I've never drank one to calm me down, but I have drank one to help me sleep. I was out like a light in less than an hour.

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