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post #1 of 3 Old 07-29-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Show Nerves... A Few Questions

I might start showing in hunter's this fall, but my problem is that my horse isn't a very good jumper. He refuses jumps all the time (I know it's partially my fault, but still), and he can never seem to get his striding correct.

I would only be doing the 18"-2' classes, but I was wondering how I can get him over more jumps... Especially at a show.

Also, how can I get rid of my nervousness??!?!?! I just know I'll be nervous, and I can;t concentrate when I'm nervous. How do you get rid of your nervousness?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-31-2010, 11:47 AM
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I would strongly recommend getting a few lessons as the teacher can see where you're going wrong and offer some tips, even the pros continue to have lessons!
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-31-2010, 07:46 PM
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Second lessons. It's not your horse messing up the striding, its you. You need to set the pace, have impulsion and count your strides.

As far as nerves, eat, drink water and most of all get plenty of sleep before a show.

Gordon Wright once told a student to take up swimming because he would never be a good rider, that rider was George Morris.
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