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  • How to get over the nervousness of showmanship

 
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    06-13-2012, 05:35 PM
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Foal
Showmanship Nerves

I don't know what it is, but every time I start getting ready for a showmanship class my nerves get the better of me. I either get really snappy or start crying. After we get our placing and are just chilling in the barn again I'm fine, and I'm fine for any other class. It's just showmanship! I don't know how to calm myself down! So um....help?!
     
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    06-13-2012, 09:20 PM
  #2
Yearling
Have you tried taking Tylonal in the morning? If Showmanship is first, like ours, then it helps a lot! Nobody said anything about drugging yourself xD
     
    06-13-2012, 09:28 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
I eat cherries. I know it sounds silly but they have something in them that is supposedly calming. It's probably mental but ... hey, whatever works!
     
    06-13-2012, 10:14 PM
  #4
Weanling
How old are you, because that's going to determine what my advice is.
     
    06-13-2012, 10:30 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by spurstop    
How old are you, because that's going to determine what my advice is.
I'm 13.
     
    06-13-2012, 10:31 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I eat cherries. I know it sounds silly but they have something in them that is supposedly calming. It's probably mental but ... hey, whatever works!
Interesting. I've never heard of that. I'll try it at the next show I do showmanship at.
     
    06-13-2012, 10:32 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by xJumperx    
Have you tried taking Tylonal in the morning? If Showmanship is first, like ours, then it helps a lot! Nobody said anything about drugging yourself xD
No I haven't but I will next time! I had never thought to do that. Lol true!
     
    06-14-2012, 09:03 PM
  #8
Foal
Tylenol? That's pretty tough on your body to just take it for fun.. Please research the negative side effects long term acetaminophen (generic tylenol) use can have on your liver. Do you have anxiety outside of horse shows? I would consider speaking with your doctor about other options if it continues to be an issue. I used to be really nervous for showmanship for absolutely no reason as well. Try and keep a routine, maybe like: get up and feed, get my horse lunged and ready, go put my pants/boots on, eat breakfast/alone chill time, last minute checks, get dressed, warm up, show. It's ok to be nervous and want to do your best, but horse showing is supposed to be fun too. Can't have too much fun feeling like that :)
     
    06-14-2012, 09:44 PM
  #9
Foal
Oh hay best franddd, I'm video chatting with you right now but I'll just give you the answer here. :) I would just lunge Caramel really good before, like you already doing just so he's nice and calm. And then I would just remember that like no one in hunters is good at showmanship ;) So don't worry about it. I'm the exact same way though. :)
     
    06-15-2012, 11:53 AM
  #10
Weanling
False. There are plenty of hunt seat horses that do well in showmanship.

OP, you'll really just need to work through it. If you really hate it, then quit doing it. Being snappy and crying is going to stress out the people around you and not win you any friends. Really, you just need to realize that it is just a class and buck up.
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