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post #1 of 9 Old 05-08-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Show Nerves

So there have probably been a lot of these posts, but I wanted to see what you all had to say for my personal situation. I have been riding for 5 years this will be my third year showing, and I have my own horse this year. But last year when I was showing for my equestrian team, my coaches expected me to win my bareback classes, but my nerves got in the way and affected my horse. Anyone have some tips on how to calm myself down relax and just have fun? I have always had HORRIBLE nerves no matter what I do

All I pay my Psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay and she'll listen to me any day <3
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-08-2013, 02:54 PM
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You just said it yourself - have some fun
Yes winning is nice but it should never be the 'be all' of it - unless you have pressure from an owner or sponsor and your income relies on it of course
Go into the ring intent on doing the best you can and enjoy it
I don't think losing is a guillotining offence!!!
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Just go in and ride your horse. The coaches and spectators and team mates don't matter. It's just you and him (her?), and you've worked your tail off to get where you are. This is your chance to really enjoy all that work. Focus on all the things you did to get to where you are, and how well prepared you are. Then go in and ride! If you don't win, well, you're not the only one working your tail off. A good sense of humor comes in handy, too, for when you make a mistake. Ask me how I know
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-10-2013, 09:25 AM
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Just take a deep breath. You will do great
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I can be the most shy person, but I do love to show. First of all like others have said just try to relax and have fun. Second, this may sound a bit childish but sometimes I sing a song in my head or hum. This helps me to relax and not focus on all the things going on around me.
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Some wise advice above!

I too get stage fright. I concentrate of getting my horse ready and me dressed off to the side. I very seldom get into the crowd and watch others. Once in the saddle I'm concentrating on my horse and then the routine and the judges giving direction in the ring. I don't remember ever seeing anyone outside the ring while we are doing our thing! Ya, we made mistakes and I just kinda laugh to myself and keep going.

It's me and my horse just having fun!
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When you get rattled, are you thinking about yourself or the horse? Talk to your horse in your mind and let him know what you'd like him to do and go over how you will walk into the ring, etc. Let him know that you are confident that the two of you can do it. This will help build your confidence and by you're being positive it will have a positive effect on him. Don't tell anyone you're nervous or he'll pick up on that. Keep the confident going.I should add:when at a show a gal had purchased a great trail horse that could do it all. As we waited for our turns she began to tell me her horse will never do the gate. Of course she will, I've seen her do it beautifully. She began to review the second then third obstacle and her mare was starting to get uneasy while my mare snoozed. By the fifth review her mare would no longer stand still. When I mentioned this and tried to get her to be positive she was so locked on to blowing the course that that is exactly what happened. Because of my confidence my mare remained relaxed and we took the class.

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A relaxation technique that works. SING. It's hard to be nervous when you're singing. Plus, you and your friends can have some fun!
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thank you all so much!!!

All I pay my Psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay and she'll listen to me any day <3
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