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.