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post #1 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Scared to show :(

Alright... So, I have never shown, ever, in anything. The closest I got was doing drill at a rodeo (pretty big rodeo, but that's all I've done)
Sounds normal so far?
Well I also own a business teaching lessons and exercising horses. I feel I'm very qualified to be teaching what I teach, which is basic safety, riding, and general horse care, mainly to children.
So, I guess I have to show as a professional? Which means I can't show in amateur shows? I don't know about all of this and frankly, I'm embarrassed that I have never shown. I don't even know how to begin though.
A big part of the reason I even want to start showing is to learn the process and then expose my students to it so they don't have the same anxiety I do about it. Is it common? Should I be embarrassed? How do I go about getting started? Both of my horses are ex-reiners but I don't think either could handle a sliding stop. One is 17 and the other is only 9 but chipped his hock before I got him. I also don't want to do anything like barrel racing or pole bending with them. They are both very valuable horses to me, and I make my living with them.
So... I don't even know what to expect at a show. Help me!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 12:57 AM
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What do you want to show?
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 06:40 AM
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what are you planning to show in??

i get where your coming from,i have been riding for six years and had never shown because i felt as if i was going to mess up and embarrass myself!

I recently showed in a jumping competition a few weeks ago and it was a big event, i went in two classes. and i found out that being in a competition is actually really fun! i know that before u do one you will be naturally nervous but that's ok! everyone has to start somewhere. You don't have to start as a professional because i see adults riding in amateur levels and its completely normal! i don't think any of your pupils will be at the show and you should just enjoy yourself!

Maybe before you show, just get some practice in before you go.
Since you haven't shown before you should start low and work your way up so you know how everything goes :)
Go out there and do some showing!

Hope i helped!

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know what I want to show in, whatever my horses would be good at I suppose. My style of riding most resembles reining, but I'd rather not subject my horses to sliding stops, plus our arena is deep ish sand. We're pretty good at spins, rollbacks, all gaits, side passing, etc. What do you think we could do?
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 02:59 PM
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Maybe try trail, pleasure or horsemanship classes?

Showing can be intimidating. I always get so nervous before I go in but while I am doing it and afterwards I am having fun. You could go ride with a trainer so you have a coach to guide you and give suggestions on what classes/shows to enter. I would start out with schooling shows and some small open breed shows until you got comfortable with it.
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