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post #1 of 17 Old 03-20-2011, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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What makes you nervous headed to a show??

I wasn't sure where to put this but oh well..

Yesterday we had a show and we did really good, made some money..2nd, 3rd, 2nd, and a wide turn in my last run landed me in 6th that run..but it was a pretty good day all around..We had room in the trailer so I got Hickory out of the pasture and took him too (he hasn't been to a show in two years) He got second in the run he did!! I was so proud of that boy!!

But, as my thread asks..

What do you get the most nervous about when you pull out headed to a show??

I think mine is making sure that I have everything I need. I get so paranoid and worried about it. It all started when I got to one show and had forgotten Nikki's bit. It's a funny habit but now I check everything about six times and then recheck it. I always ask my sister and the girl that hauls with us if they have all their stuff so when we get in the truck, they know I'm going to ask so they yell "YES AMBER, WE HAVE EVERYTHING!!" before I even ask..

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-20-2011, 12:13 PM
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hm.... I think what makes me nervous is..well making sure that I have everything, yes, but I have my handydandy checklist lol! Um... probably just that I'll miss a class or that Cheyenne will do something wrong or stall out on me or something. I've almost missed a class a few times now lol

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I don't really get nervous anymore! I think I get a combination of excited and maybe even a little bit of nervousness right before I go in the arena because I want to do well. I think I get a little nervous in the jumper arena just because if I make a mistake and don't put my horse in good places to fences, it won't be good. I really only get nervous at the world show, but that's because it's the world show!(:
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post #4 of 17 Old 03-20-2011, 12:44 PM
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The most nerveracking thing for me is when Im in the jumping arena, waiting for my bell to start... It's the most awfully long wait in the world! That, and heading towards my first jump; it just seems to loom infront of me, and I just give Love a kick and get her over it, but towards that first jump I always feel like Im going to cry lol. But once I'm over that first jump, it's like "oh, that was easy... cool", then I'm fine for the rest of the class/show

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post #5 of 17 Old 03-20-2011, 02:01 PM
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I don't get nervous only because I'm too darn tired. I normally work very late at night, so this getting up at 6:00am stuff leaves me in a fog until sometime around noon. I pack everything I need the night before since I'd pretty much forget to load the horse at the crack of dawn!

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post #6 of 17 Old 03-20-2011, 02:07 PM
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I terrified of showing, yet I do them...I have an enormous phobia of large crowds ( well...groups of more than 3...), and the warm up rings are usually crowded.
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-20-2011, 02:16 PM
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I'm worried about forgetting something, once I forgot a saddle pad, at a CT, so for the dressage phase I had to borrow a friends colorful CC saddlepad, and for CC I used my friends nice white dressage pad. I normally wear my show pants under pj pants, but for some reason didn't ONE show, and forgot my pants at home, so we had to turn around, go home, grab my pants, and head back to the show. I have a tendency to be so worried about forgetting something, that I end up forgetting it after checking everything else except that one thing. Nervous that I forgot to clean something, or didn't clean it good enough. And of course I'm do excited, that I can't sleep the night before. I am not so nervous once I enter the arena, its just all the stuff BEFORE entering that gets to me. Once I'm in the arena I'm in my element, and quite happy. When I used to do dressage shows and jumping shows, I would worry that I'd forget my test, or my course, unless I was able to watch a couple people go before me. I hated being the first one in the arena. I'm doing my first show with my Arabian, and am nervous at how she's going to do, and nervous that I'm going to be nervous because its all new to her, and its been a few years for me, and that its going to cause her to be more nervous than she might have been otherwise. I am excited though. I'm not planning on winning anything, I just want to go expose her, and start her career with the easy stuff, which takes a lot of the stress off because I don't really care how we do as long as she listens and is happy.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 01:07 AM
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that i will forget my course. going off course is the most LAME way to get disqualified.... especially if you're having a good, clear round!!!

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post #10 of 17 Old 07-12-2011, 06:52 AM
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I don't show, but I reckon it would be a fear of falling for me.
I fall off in the paddock alot and then I realise the neighbours are watching me.
I think I even saw them laugh when we failed to jump...

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