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post #1 of 8 Old 06-13-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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What strange things do you do?

I know I can't be the only one! What rituals, habits, good luck charms, etc. do you use at horse shows?

I get laughed at because I use a different pair of tall boot socks for each horse I show. The old, kick butt pony I showed had flame ones, Painter used lime green with polka dots, and I have a pair of hunter green with a jumping horse for "other" horses. I've not been happy about not having a pair for Ben, but all's good now. At this show I found "his" pair, blue with colorful circles of different sizes! They called to me, and everyone agree they are perfect for him
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-13-2009, 08:57 PM
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I have to use the same Zocks at every show

I have to go over my dressage test at least 10 times in my head and 5 times on paper the morning of my test

I have to go over my XC course 5 times in my head (complete with half halts and squeezes with the leg!)

I have to go over my Stadium course 5 times in my head

I use the same saddle pads (a white for dressage, my custom navy blue/sunburst yellow with the phrase "Hope for the Journey" stitched on it for XC, and a white with navy blue piping for Stadium)

Yeah, I'm a freak :)

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-13-2009, 09:01 PM
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basically, if I'm running a pattern, I'll practice physically over and over again. People look at me like I'm crazy. But hey, it works.

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-13-2009, 09:36 PM
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I got some silly looks for acctually running through my dressage test on my own two feet at the shows

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-13-2009, 11:10 PM
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My friend and i would set up jumps with brooms and buckets of our course and we would jump over them.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-14-2009, 12:13 PM
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I drink a rockstar Guava energy drink before every show. The first time I got one I got at least a third place in all my classes so now I think its lucky to drink a rock star guava before every horse show and I always make sure I have one before every show.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-23-2009, 08:48 PM
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I used to have this bra that would wear to horse shows and I would always place at least 2nd lol. I grew out of it though. :(
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-24-2009, 06:59 AM
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I have an Italian coin (no, I'm not Italian... unless liking pizza counts) that I drilled a hole through and wear around my neck at shows. When it comes my turn I take it off and stick it in my pocket.

On the trails I carry my mom's friend's steel dagger with me. He killed himself about two years ago and one day I found it on his porch just laying on the steps. It wasn't there the day before, so I took it as he wanted me to take it. It's saves my butt a hundred times since then.
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