Tips to keep Jessie calm at busy shows?

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Tips to keep Jessie calm at busy shows?

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    08-20-2009, 02:50 PM
Tips to keep Jessie calm at busy shows?

Hi, taking Jessie to a show Saturday to do the 3ft and 3'3 class, I know its not exactly huge but I wanted to know if anybody had any tips on how to calm my skitty pony down as she finds shows VERY exciting as this is the 3rd show after 1 months rest and another month to get her fit.

Any advice is welcome :)

I don't want to use anything like oxyshot because she needs to be aware of what she is doing, not tripping over jumps like last time (we didn't give her too much)

Thank you :):):)
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    08-20-2009, 04:28 PM
My best advice is just to keep yourself calm. She will feel that you are relaxed and it will help to relax her. Just ride her around a bit and let her look and take everything in before you ask her to concentrate on practice or warming up. Good luck and I hope it goes well.
    08-20-2009, 04:32 PM
My horse always got excited at jumping shows too. Smrobs has some good advice, your horse will pick up on your feelings. I used to just spend a longer time warming my horse up, then he would be a little more worn out, but not too worn out.
    08-22-2009, 08:08 PM
Why don't you get on her and flat her for a little bit before the show starts. Then cool her off, clean her up and put her in her stall to chill until you need to get her out for your classes. Or you can put her on a lunger line in the am for a little while as well. Good luck! Have fun!
    08-23-2009, 07:12 AM
Hi, thanks for the advice, she was difficult but luckily I managed to direct her hyperness to the route of the jump off course so she won her classes and qualified for a bigger show :)

Also rode somebody elses 12.3 pony (who i'm training atm) in the 2'6 class, 2 refusals but as she was jumping nicely decided to take her in the 2'9 class and managed to get a double clear (with difficulty :) )and 4th place! Very proud of this pony as it was its 2nd jumping show ever haha.

Thanks for the advice guys, she was alot calmer (that might of been because she had a friends with her, I don't know ) still i'm very proud of both the ponies :)
    08-23-2009, 07:53 PM
Thats great! I'm glad you had fun!
    08-24-2009, 05:51 AM
Gald you qualified for larger classes!! Good job. Keep up the good work
    08-24-2009, 07:41 AM
Great job!

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