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post #1 of 9 Old 08-19-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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I just had to share this!

I took my horse to his third show today, and it was such a turnaround from the last two! He was actually relaxed and listened to me well. The W/T/C could have been smoother, but we still managed to pull a third! Here's what we did and our placing:
Beginner rider 2nd out of 4
Hunter pleasure 3/5
English pleasure didn't place out of 8
Novice horse 2/5
Best English youth rider 4/7
I was so proud of him! I knew he had done so well and was so excited when I got my name called for the seconds! I was just glad that he actually acted pretty much like himself, regardless of the placings. But they were still pretty good :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-19-2012, 06:42 AM
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Well done!x
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-20-2012, 11:56 PM
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Congrats that's awesome!
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-21-2012, 03:31 AM
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Congrats :)

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Congratulations!

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Thank you everyone
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I want to take my new baby to her first show soon and I wanted to know if you had any tips? She tends to get really distracted and focused on other things instead of me.
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Yeah, mine does too. But he's the type that once he gets working really well, he's there and he's focused. Yours may not be that easy :) He's unfocused for a while and just when I'm about to give up he proves me wrong. He was a lot better at this show than the last as far as performing well and focusing, and I'm hoping it will only get better with more experience. There are three ways it could go-
-take her to lots and lots of places/shows, don't plan on winning, just get her experience
-specifically work on getting her to focus on you, doing exercises, circles...
-my farrier and trainer also told me that some horses just aren't cut out to be show horses. I thought my horse may be like that but then he had a major turnaround so now I'm confident he'll do well in the future (I hope!)
I think what really helped me this time was breathing. It sounds simple but I would consciously think about taking deep breathes, especially during transitions, and it relaxed me and my horse.
Just keep working with her and exposing her to new things and she should get better.
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And even if she doesn't do well, don't give up, keep taking her to more shows!
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