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    02-24-2012, 12:58 AM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy Worst Horse Show Ever

I had a terrible show on the 18th and I feel like sharing.

I had been hoping to win first in both my classes. I was in 2 walk-trot saddleseat classes. I hadn't seen my boy being lunged but my trainer said he had been so I took her word for it. I guess I should have double checked. The more classes passed the more anxious I got. I had a feeling that something was wrong. I got onto him and warmed him up and he was fine. But then we went into the show ring and he saw the crowd cheering, and he felt the tension filled up inside of me. I felt his trot get a little more choppy and fast. When we got near the crowd he spooked for the first time in a show. I handled it well and calmed him down and kept him going as if I meant for that to happen. We went near the crowd again and he was fine until someone whistled to get someone's attention. He spooked again and I knew things weren't going to go the way I had planned. I kept him calm after that and then he saw the mirrors. The stupid mirrors on the other side of the ring. He saw his reflection and stopped. He perked his ears forward as far as they could go. I kicked and used my crop but he wouldn't budge. And then he got it in his mind that he would scare me enough to cry. Enough so that I would cry and have a melt-down. So he reared for the first time. I held his withers and he reared again. I felt the tears rolling down my cheeks and I knew that I had lost. My instructor pulled me from the competition and rode him around the ring a few times. I stood in the middle of the warm up ring and cried.

So I just thought I would share.
     
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    02-24-2012, 01:56 AM
  #2
Yearling
I'm sorry to hear you had a not so good show experience. Don't beat yourself up over it, this has happened to everyone at some point!

I did want to ask you about something you said though. You said that he "got it in his mind to scare you enough to cry". Do you honestly believe your horse did that? Instead of blaming it on your horse, maybe talk to your trainer about a better warmup plan you can do before the next show to make sure he gets to see all the sights and sounds before you go into the class.

Good luck at the next one!
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    02-24-2012, 02:06 AM
  #3
Yearling
Being anxious at a show is completely normal... the trick is to prepare yourself for that feeling and when the butterflies start, to have a strategy to deal with it. My strategy is to prepare, prepare, prepare.

You said you got more and more anxious... next time, lunge your boy yourself. One, you'll know it was done, but two, it will keep you busy and burn some of YOUR nervous energy. Then spend plenty of time in the warmup ring, even if its just walking around on a loose rein... make sure you get to the show and arrange for the horse to be in the main arena for several laps so mirrors, flags, banners, murals, etc. aren't a surprise for you or your horse.

Finally, once you go in the ring, think "GAME FACE ON" ... put the smile on your face, get your body position, and think positive. Ride like you are supremely confident in your ability to take those other riders down! :) Stop aiming for first place, just aim for a clean ride, or smooth transitions, or steady posting, - whatever - if those all come into place then the ribbons will follow.

Good luck, and don't worry - we all have had those bad show days, there will be many good ones to follow.
     
    02-24-2012, 11:53 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ace80908    
Being anxious at a show is completely normal... the trick is to prepare yourself for that feeling and when the butterflies start, to have a strategy to deal with it. My strategy is to prepare, prepare, prepare.

You said you got more and more anxious... next time, lunge your boy yourself. One, you'll know it was done, but two, it will keep you busy and burn some of YOUR nervous energy. Then spend plenty of time in the warmup ring, even if its just walking around on a loose rein... make sure you get to the show and arrange for the horse to be in the main arena for several laps so mirrors, flags, banners, murals, etc. aren't a surprise for you or your horse.

Finally, once you go in the ring, think "GAME FACE ON" ... put the smile on your face, get your body position, and think positive. Ride like you are supremely confident in your ability to take those other riders down! :) Stop aiming for first place, just aim for a clean ride, or smooth transitions, or steady posting, - whatever - if those all come into place then the ribbons will follow.

Good luck, and don't worry - we all have had those bad show days, there will be many good ones to follow.
Thanks for the ideas! I guess I should have taken him out the day before to see the mirrors, sounds, etc. I usually never get super anxious before a show, but my horse hadn't been in the arena we were showing in for a while. And my boy is a spooky horse. Not overly, but he is spooky. Again thanks for the ideas. Next show I'm going to make sure he's not scared of anything.
     
    02-24-2012, 11:57 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dressage10135    
I'm sorry to hear you had a not so good show experience. Don't beat yourself up over it, this has happened to everyone at some point!

I did want to ask you about something you said though. You said that he "got it in his mind to scare you enough to cry". Do you honestly believe your horse did that? Instead of blaming it on your horse, maybe talk to your trainer about a better warmup plan you can do before the next show to make sure he gets to see all the sights and sounds before you go into the class.

Good luck at the next one!
Yeah I guess when I was writing this I was still upset over the show. You're right, I shouldn't blame my horse over things that really are my fault. I should have taken him out to the show ring the day before and had him trot and walk around it until he was fine with everything.
     
    02-24-2012, 01:09 PM
  #6
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If it makes you feel any better I went into a western rail class and my horse completely forgot all of his training and raced around the ring like a clown riding a giraffe. When I past my trainer (who is no longer my trainer). I heard her say what a disgrace I was and LAUGH at me. MY TRAINER LAUGHED AT ME!

That was the first time I ever cried in a show. I sat there in the line-up and cried. Had I not over heard her talking and laughing at me, I'd have been fine because horses loose their minds and riders blow their classes but Wow! You know?

Your trainer was right to pull you because you were obviously a mess. (nerves and naughty ponies) I'm sorry that the experience was so bad but next time... You'll be prepared and you'll do better. You'll see.
     
    02-24-2012, 03:44 PM
  #7
Weanling
Best not to beat yourself up over it. Dressage10135 is right, everyone who shows has those kinds of experiences - you are not alone!

Believe it or not these are the classes you remember and will probably laugh at later on. My daughter had one where she was running late and in a total rush (almost missed the class) and very anxious and nervous. The horse totally picked up on it. They were supposed to enter at a trot and our horse was a turbo trotter!! She was trotting around the arena so fast that she lapped all of the horses about 3-4 times before they announced "walk please". I don't remember, but I'm sure she didn't place. We now remember it as one of the funniest classes she's had and we still laugh about it!

Every horse show will be different and every class will be different. You'll have great shows and you'll have not-so-great shows. Do you best to remember why you are there and have fun regardless. The next one will be better!
     
    02-24-2012, 03:48 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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It happens! I also agree with newhorsemom that, believe it or not, you will look back someday and laugh about this experience.
     
    02-25-2012, 10:50 PM
  #9
Foal
This happened to me at fair last year. I did the same thing as you did. Maybe just work with him more at home and get him used to spooky objects. Hope your next show goes smooth! (:
     
    02-25-2012, 10:57 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
If it makes you feel any better I went into a western rail class and my horse completely forgot all of his training and raced around the ring like a clown riding a giraffe. When I past my trainer (who is no longer my trainer). I heard her say what a disgrace I was and LAUGH at me. MY TRAINER LAUGHED AT ME!

That was the first time I ever cried in a show. I sat there in the line-up and cried. Had I not over heard her talking and laughing at me, I'd have been fine because horses loose their minds and riders blow their classes but Wow! You know?

Your trainer was right to pull you because you were obviously a mess. (nerves and naughty ponies) I'm sorry that the experience was so bad but next time... You'll be prepared and you'll do better. You'll see.
Gee I wonder why she is no longer your trainer? That's horrible!
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