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        12-17-2009, 04:48 AM
      #31
    Foal
    I honestly have noooo idea what goes through my head... nothing pobably coz im concentrating so hard! Lol.
    But the last xc I did was on a borrowed pony that I rode for a few months, and my reins were too long so I had to tie them together, so in the warm up I was stressing about where the knot in my reins should be :S but we did a really nice clear round :)
    We would have come third but the team got disqualified :( sad day...
         
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        12-23-2009, 06:40 PM
      #32
    Foal
    When I'm standing there with my horse I always have butterflies and I'm just thinking "crap I hope I don't forget the course!" Otherwise I'm just trying to take deep breathes so that the horse can't pick up on any of my nervousness.
         
        02-16-2010, 03:08 PM
      #33
    Foal
    Ha, when I'm in the start box I walk in and then I think "crap I'm here why? What am I doin? What happend" then they say have a nice ride then I think "DEAR GOD!" Haha. But xc is my favorite phase :)
         
        02-16-2010, 11:12 PM
      #34
    Foal
    My x-country horse is this crazy little bundle of energy. He's a Norweigian Fjord, with not half enough height to get over the fences that he clears in the blink of an eye!

    We have our own little routine. I always start to get nervous, and then he starts to jig, reminding me that he can feel my tension, so instead of thinking of what could go wrong, I just think about the course. I imagine my breath starting at the top of my head, traveling all the way down my body and exiting through my toes. I do this as many times as I need, but usually just once works. I then give my pony a big hug and tell him ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that I love about him. I tell him that he's wonderful, that I'll love him til the day I die, and that I know that he's going to do everything in his power to take us safely around the course, and that I know he'll love every minute of it, which gives me the confidence I need. Then we burst out of the box, cantering like nobody's business, just because we can!
         
        02-17-2010, 12:44 PM
      #35
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by horsegirlmaddy    
    I then give my pony a big hug and tell him ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that I love about him. I tell him that he's wonderful, that I'll love him til the day I die, and that I know that he's going to do everything in his power to take us safely around the course, and that I know he'll love every minute of it, which gives me the confidence I need. Then we burst out of the box, cantering like nobody's business, just because we can!
    That is just cute!!! Sounds like me when approaching the jumps...I start telling Sandie what a good girl she is and telling her that "we're going to jump it!" LOL I figure maybe if I say it out loud then I'll stop her from reading my REAL thoughts which are usually "oh god I hope she doesn't refuse the jump, that I don't jump ahead, that I don't get left behind, that something doesn't back fire and spook us LOL"
         

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