So I have a small schooling show coming up, and I am absolutely terrified of the warm-up ring. Normally I am a very confident rider, but the warm-up ring really sets off my nerves. For starters, do instructors not teach people how to properly pass anymore!?! I was always taught to pass left shoulder to left shoulder. And don't even get me started on people not calling their jumps, or ignoring people who DO call their jumps. Then there are students who look to be completely on their own galloping aimlessly around the arena. I'm just wondering how every one else deals with getting nervous in the warm-up ring?
I have shown before, and have been to this particular venue quite a few times, but the warm-up ring always gets to me. I know when I tense up, my horse will tense up too and be on the alert, so I try to remain as calm as possible, but it doesn't always work. To make matters worse, my horse doesn't do very well with other horses in the arena blazing around all over the place. For example, if we are cantering and another rider comes flying past us, he just absolutely looses it. I don't blame him either, I'm just looking for ways to avoid my horse having a bucking fit in the warm-up ring. Blazer, my horse, rarely bucks, but when he does they are HUGE. Easily the hardest bucks I've ever had to ride through, and I've ridden a lot of horses. He bucks up high AND can really twist his hind end to un-seat you (lucky me!). There IS another arena that I have warmed up in before, but technically you are not supposed to be riding in it, and I'm not sure how well that rule will be enforced this year. Honestly I just wish everybody could have manners and common sense in the warm up ring!
This will be our first show this year, and our first time showing together in 2 years. If I can survive the warm up arena I know our classes will go just fine.