Show Anxiety - Barrel Horse in Jumpers
Just like test anxiety, but at least during test you don't have a 1100lbs animal feeding off of your own feelings.
I have both, I guess its just my personality. A lot of time when I show, I forget the basics, and all my work goes out the window. When practicing I can have very consistent practices, but get to a show and have both myself and my horse in a high, frustrated place where both of us end up fighting.
I have my first English show on saturday. I have only done gymkhana and rodeos before, so I am in a whole new ball game here. Now, everyone has no idea how my horse will act (without being influenced by me.....at all). With only past barrel racing experience, he can be hot when showing. I do my best to diffuse all fight and lack of focus before I run and he has become calmer. But still doesn't change that he is used to when it comes time to start, he is supposed to haul butt. Yet at the same time, he has been consistently a star at home for about a month now. He balances well, is steady to the jumps, turns well, responds off of leg and seat. But adding in his weird personality and my own jumbled nerves.....Eh.
I feel like I have a million of things to remember, each having to do with different scenarios of how to handle him depending on his mood. I will have my trainer there to help, and support of family and friends, and I am honestly looking forward to it. I'm trying to stay positive and think that my only problem will be memorizing courses.
I'm doing four classes, two at 2'6" and one at 2'9". Two of those are speed rounds.
How do all of you help get rid of show anxiety and enter the arena calm and focused?