I freak myself out
Alright, so, not sure if this is the right board to put this on, but it seemed the most appropriate because lots of the people who critique on here show a lot.
I used to be a really really nervous shower. Like throwing up 4 or 5 times before the show. Well thankfully I've gotten past the throwing up. But I tend to freak myself out and it all goes to my head and my mind plays tricks on me and it all goes downhill from there.
The first show of the year and I went there thinking I was just showing in flat, and all of a sudden my trainer says, "OK you'd better learn your course." I then found out I was jumping in a show for the first time. I ended up getting champion because I didn't have any time to think about it or freak my self out.
Last show, I started worrying, horse I was riding started acting up because we know each other really well and he can feel the minute I get nervous, he refused a jump, I fell off, and I almost had a meltdown. I seriously freak myself out and then I can't do anything.
So does anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to calm down before a show? Or any stories about them being nervous and somehow calming down?