Originally Posted by beau159
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
--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
This^ I used to be on a flag team and I would get so worked up thinking about what could go wrong and all the horror stories before we started that there were a few times I made myself sick.(Oops!) My horse, who is already so in-tune with me that it's kinda scary, would feel my nerves start and then he would freak. It got so bad halfway through the season that I couldn't use him for flags anymore at all. After I left the flag team and that barn(long story), I started enjoying what I did and the difference in my nerves before I run or do anything is amazing. Now I'm focused on my horse and what I & he needs to do to get it done. Keep yourself calm, cool, and collected and the difference will be amazing!