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post #1 of 7 Old 07-18-2012, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Our first official barrel race is Sunday . Tomorrow morning I'm giving Hotspot one final work on the pattern then she has Friday and Saturday of doing light trail work . But I'm freaking out . I want us to do so well but I'm so scared that I'm gonna screw it up . Her pink polo wraps aren't gonna be here in time (so they say), she's not focused on me as of lately, I'm going nuts . I plan on placing, only because it's an open show and only a few people bring real speed horses . I've spent 9 months on this mare and I'm just stressed . I have so much faith in her and absolutely none in myself . What can I do ?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 12:09 AM
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if you have faith in her then trust her to do what she has been trained for 9 months to do!
if you really eblieve that shes ready and that she can go out and win then just relax and have fun andlet her do her job. when you get in the arena you wont have time to be stressed you be concentrated in the pattern! so just relax. you both know what to do!

and good luck! be sure to let us know how you do!

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 12:50 AM
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Sing. I'm serious. When you get nervous you stop breathing subconciously or your breathing becems irregular an your muscles tense up and your horse feels it physically, not just mentally. Singing makes your jaw relax and makes you breathe which basically forces your body to relax, thus your horse will relax too.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 09:27 AM
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^ ^ Get outta town! I guess I need to start singing!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 10:03 AM
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This is so normal in barrel racing. The calmer you can keep yourself the better your horse will do. This sometimes worked for me in my younger days. Just picture yourself at home doing the pattern when you get there. It will help you and your horse settle down. Have fun and good luck :)
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Took her out this morning for our final tune up on the pattern and she did GREAT ! Our 3rd barrel is still wide but it's my fault . No more bucking coming home either ! I'm feelin much more confident in both of us ! Friday and Saturday we're just on a do light work . Still hoping her polo wraps get her in time . But I'm feeling way better !
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My first suggestion: DO NOT "plan on placing". That just puts huge stress on yourself.

Instead, plan on doing your best. Make it your goal to run a perfect pattern. If you place, super! If not, so what. You were focused on making a good run.

But keep in mind that pretty much everyone will never actually run a perfect pattern. There will always be at least one thing you wish you could go back and change. And that's the same for any barrel racer of any caliber.

Using myself as an example, there have been times at small shows that I have won the barrel racing, but in my mind, we had a terrible run once in a while. For those times I wasn't happy with the fact that we didn't have a nice pattern. Yea, sure, we won. But that wasn't my goal. Running a good pattern was my goal.

Don't put pressure on yourself to win. Go, have fun, trust in your horse that you've put so much time and effort into, and go have a good time and run a nice pattern.

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