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    10-17-2011, 10:02 PM
I would think the last thing you'd want is tune everyone out. It a busy show warmup ring, you need to be paying attention to where everyone is. The are rules of the road in place to keep everyone safe and avoiding collisions. You should always ride left to left and call out every warmup fence you intend to jump. You can't do those things if you "tune out" and don't know where anyone is relative to your horse.

Honestly, if you are that worried about people watching you, why are you even showing? That's kind of what happens at shows. Ideally you should practice your jumping in front of as many people as possible so you get used to it and it ceases to have an effect on you. Just concentrate you what you and your horse are there for and try to have fun.
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    10-17-2011, 11:26 PM
Sing your ABC's.

I kid you not. On our state's equestrian teams, the phrase 'Your ABCs' has spread like wildfire. Whens omeone gets nervous, the coach just says 'Sing your ABCs'

Nothing is more amusing than during a show, hearing your coach and your teammates yelling "Sing your ABCs!!! Sing your ABCs!!!"
    10-18-2011, 05:44 AM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Look at it this way...the show will have crowded warm up areas with lots of people and confusion. That was the PERFECT lesson, IMO, to help prepare for that atmosphere for both you and the horse.

As for concentration, you do have to keep a type of radar going when at a show, to keep from crashing in the warm up. Just be mindful of others and learn to concentrate on whatever you are doing. No real hints, other than practice with confusion going on.
Agreed! Its a brilliant way fo you to start using legs and seat more to avoid collisions... unlike you're like one of the dressage riders on our yard. She is a REALLY good rider, and her horse is one of those that makes your jaw hit the ground when you see him. I got to ride him once...ahhh bliss... but she rides into people to practise people getting out of her way when she warms up lol!

It might be harder to concentrate on doing things, but think, yes... I have the long side of the school free so I'll do a one loop serpentine, or use smaller circles for a figure of eight etc :)
    10-18-2011, 12:01 PM
Really, the thing I don't like is for me to mess up, and so many people see that. I love to have people watch me when I do something good. I really like the idea to sing the ABCs! I would be focusing on the other riders, but yet kind of tune out how they ride! That's what would distract me the most!
    10-19-2011, 05:23 AM
For cross country I use a "theme sng" ozzie's was "come on aussie come one...COME ON!" PMSL! Then i'd have a conversation with "look ozzie, the next jump is *only* a scary ditch jump, but that's ok, you won't see the ditch...whoops look out theres a jump judge, mind that stick, look, it's *just* a pole, oh good boy! Ok lets find the next jump, ok I know that felt good but come back, no ozzie don't go behind the bit, ok slow down now, whoopsie, that was a little fast"
That kind of conversation LOL ^^
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    10-19-2011, 07:57 AM
Lol my trainer does something like that to remember her show jumping courses!
    10-19-2011, 09:01 AM
If you're just worried what people will think when you mess up, I had the same problem. Remember that probably everyone there has gone through embarrassing moments- it's not possible to show without messing up at some point! Everyone has gone through it, so if it DOES happen (not that it WLL), everyone's been in that boat before and knows what it feels like. Refusals, rails, and the like are all part of showing and what you have to remember is to take them as learning experiences.

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