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    06-08-2009, 03:55 PM
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?
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    06-08-2009, 10:39 PM
I am the exact same way as you. I'm interested in what other people will suggest.
Edit: this should probably be in the 'horse riding' forum and not Critique.
    06-09-2009, 06:44 AM
I've never been in a show but I will be at the end of July. Maybe you should just take a lot of time preparing in the warm up ring. That way you and your horse are familiar with the surroundings and such. Again I haven't been to a show yet (end of July! YAY!) but that seems to sound logical right?
    06-09-2009, 06:35 PM
I think it's a matter of showing and showing and showing. The more you are in the ring, the less nervous you will be.

There are also calming tapes and such you could use on an ipod before entering the ring, teaches you to focus and relax.

I don't show my horses, but do show my dogs in agility. What I do is imagine our run, doing it perfectly in my head as we wait our turn at the gate. Of course, once we are in the ring, the perfect run turns into fantasy, but I'm not nervous as I'm too busy working my dog.
    06-09-2009, 08:33 PM
Wintec: I've been to quite a bit of shows witht his horse. We're both very familiar with the warm-up ring, which is actually the ring I show in. But thanks for the suggestion!

7Ponies: IPOD! The best idea I've heard in my life. Thanks, i'm going to try it this weekend.
    06-09-2009, 10:00 PM
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...I'm not sure what the trick is, other then to just do it. I was at a show just last weekend and wasn't nervous at all... Until I walked into the colloseum to get a breakfast sandwich and saw people warming up... and then it was the same old... I don't belong, I'm out of my league, etc....

I just forced myself to breathe and did it... I didn't win the class but I didn't make a fool either... and I felt great afterward so just... believe in yourself. You can do it!
    06-10-2009, 02:30 PM
Thanks Farmpony84. I will try my hardest!

Hahaha I was watching tv this morning and Kanye West was on some show saying sometimes he has to go to Hawaii because he sits in his new york apartment and gets really nervous, so I was like, if Kanye West gets nervous too, it's ok!
Wow, that made no sense, but it helped me relax and to lighten my mood.

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