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post #1 of 6 Old 08-05-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have stage fright and everytime I do something in front of a crowd I think of everything that could go wrong. I ride Western so that makes me more nervous. What do I do to get over being nervous and thinking about all the things that could go wrong?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-05-2013, 01:50 PM
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I'm not sure why riding Western would make you more nervous than any other discipline, but everyone's different.

Stage fright is normal, but when you start thinking too much about the 'what ifs' you're going to sabotage yourself every time.

How long have you actually been riding, and does your instructor think you're ready to show?

There aren't any magic recipes or words to make you not afraid. You'll have to just work through it if you want to show.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-05-2013, 04:20 PM
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Absolutely things could go wrong ....... but so what?

I've been going to horse shows for about 22 years and just this weekend, my horse tried to buck me off during an event (I say "tried" because he didn't succeed). Thing can and will happen. Just deal with it as they come. Everyone else is in the same boat!!

But you've got to raise your mind above that. Think positive. Even though I"ve been showing for a long time, I still get nervous too. What helps for me is to imagine a perfect pattern or perfect performance (depending on what event you are doing). Go through a perfect scenario in your head where your horse performs perfect and you win first place. Then go in there and DO IT. Confidence goes a long way. Even if you don't truly feel it, go in there and fake it. The judges would rather see a confident rider, and your horse would rather carry a confident rider.

It's all about how you can control your mind. Think positive!

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-05-2013, 11:03 PM
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Yes, things can go wrong, but they're more likely to go wrong if you're worried about them going wrong.

Go in, remember to breathe, do your thing, and trust your horse; it will all get better. I was so very very nervous my first show with Rush (I'd shown before, but it was hunt seat and the horse was pretty mellow. Rush is... well, a Saddle Seat Arabian...), and he picked up on it. Last show I wasn't worried and decided that if it's going to happen, it's going to happen, and stressing won't fix anything. Likewise, he was far more relaxed with me.

Just don't forget to breathe; you'll do great! Bring photos for us :)
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I was in this boat not that long ago. i find that by the time i have saddled up and am on my horse i am more excited than anything. when i am warming up i dont know how to explain it..... i guess my horse just calms my nerves
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When is or was your show? How did it go?
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