When I show in Showmanship, I pretend like I am trying to sell the horse to the Judge.
I proudly present the horse with confidence and proper posture, I make polite and attentive non-threatening eye contact to let the judge know I am acknowledging their presence and interest in my horse. I always seem to really be happy to be handling the horse. I usually have a big -sincere- smile on my face too. I train my horses to respond to cues lightly to where it looks like a real pleasure to handle.
I know it sounds silly, but it helps me focus in the ring ;) And think of it this way... when you go to buy a horse you -do- observe the owners behavior, posture, and the way in which they handle horses. If they are slumped over a chair in a filthy t shirt and they looked frightened around horses, and stutter/evade eye contact when mentioning how the horse handles.. you would probably feel really uncomfortable buying a horse from them. But, if you see someone dressed professionally, with good posture, a big smile, and a genuine excitement about handling their horses... you'd feel more apt to trust them to sell you a horse.
I hope that helps ^^
Last edited by Skippy!; 03-20-2009 at 06:31 PM.