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post #1 of 10 Old 06-06-2013, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Need some encouragement

So...I entered a schooling show this weekend, and watched my hand check the BN box instead of the Elementary one. It's 2'6" instead of 2'3". That's 3 little, tiny inches, so why is my head already messing with me? I've been wanting to try BN for the past few shows. My horse has been laughing at the fences, they look tiny to me where 2 years ago they looked huge, so I know we can both do it. I'm doing the show at a venue where my horse always does very well. He thinks he owns the place. That all being said, I could use some "atta girls" and any "moving up" advice.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 02:33 PM
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If everything you've been doing seems super easy and no trouble then you sound ready to move up!

You unfortunately can't avoid nerves altogether, what I recommend is trying to not think about the "what ifs", because there's lots of things you can't control. Instead, focus on the things you *can* control, and what you CAN do. Think about what you need to do, starting with being organized and ready for everything schedule wise. Then think specifically how you need to ride for dressage, position, hands, bend here or there, etc. Then for stadium think about how you will sit on your horse, riding positively, quietly and supporting. How you are going to ride to each fence on course. How you are going to get that nice forward but bouncy canter. Then for cross country, think about each fences your approach, the lines, etc, what you are going to do if he's a little looky at something. Instead of thinking "Oh my god, that is a scary fence! What if we have a stop there??", instead go "This fence might be tricky because of A, so I am going to do X, Y and Z on the approach to reduce the chance of a stop or runout." That will reinforce that you acknowledge problems that arise, but will also reinforce that you are confident and know to prevent and deal with them.

It sounds like you are prepared for the move up if everything seems easy, nerves and some worrying is perfect normal, so acknowledge your worries, and then immediately think about what you are going to do about it. For example, Dobbin might have a look at the ditch, but I'm going to ride positively with my shoulders back, head up, and legs on, and make sure I have a good bouncy (not fast) canter, so even if he takes a look and a few stutter steps, I'm ready for it. Concentrate on what you CAN do and think positive:)

Good luck!! I hope this helps:)

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the words. That does help. Luckily I went up to the barn to do my "feel him out" dressage test ride today to see where are sticky parts were. Little could be found. He felt absolutely fantastic, so I'm now very anxious to get that show and let him do his stuff. I know this horse can read my mind. I'm sure he will take care of me.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-09-2013, 12:02 AM
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Of course, Atta Girl!! You can do it, no prob!!! What's BN stand for?
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-09-2013, 01:27 AM
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Atta girl, atta girl, attagirl, atagirl, atgril argrrrr , agr. . . . ... you can do it!, I can't.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-09-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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You guys are funny! Well, I did it! I survived my first BN (that's Beginner Novice Waresbear). We conquered the 3 little extra inches of height. I must say I was more than a bit concerned after walking the XC course. This particular show makes is a rather big leap between elementary and BN. Some of the fences were very solid and maxed out, and the terrain was hilly. I spent the next hour sitting at my trailer thinking about all the other courses I used to think were huge and now think look tiny and how many times my horse has taken care of me before. Time came to warm up, I popped him over our standard 2 practice jumps and headed for the start box. Like every other time before, he poofed up like a rooster and started strutting toward the XC area like he owned the place. I couldn't help but smile despite still feeling a little overfaced. I rode the first 2 fences hard and then he went on auto-pilot from there. If I hadn't managed to pull the brain fart of all time and forget which hill to take through the woods, we probably would have made great time too. I was still thrilled with a clean (and still mounted) finish.

Stadium was probably my best jumping round ever. I wish I had it on video. I am extremely proud of both of us. We had been stuck for a very long time with our jumping, and now can finally start moving on up. We're big kids now!

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I'm glad it went well!! Congrats!

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-09-2013, 11:18 PM
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No doubt in my mind that you & Puck could do it. I want some pics now!!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-10-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately I went alone as usual, so no pics except for what the professional at the show took. Here's the one she got. Quick look before they take it down since we're not supposed to post thumbnails!

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-12-2013, 10:47 AM
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awesome ! Great job !!!! =]

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