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Christeena 08-10-2007 09:41 PM

To Show or not to Show
Ok new to this site but i need some help.

im an intermediate rider and i used to ride at this barn that was veryyyyy serious about competing. My instructor forced me to do shows and started making me jump after my fourth week of riding. I fell off a lot at that barn and i became a very timid rider. I soon was petrified to jump so i stopped riding at that barn a year and half later... (i dont know why i didnt stop earlier)... But memories of embarassing and scary shows still linger in my mind.

I switched barns and now go to an amazing stable that made me into a very confident jumper. My instuctor was amazing in helping me overcome my fear of jumping.

However, there are shows coming up. My instructor says she knows i am ready to compete but its totally up to me. I really really want to compete but im scared and i dont know why! I know im ready...i have been jumping really well and practicing as much as i can. I feel like im gonna collapse under the pressure. i dont know what to do!

please help and comment!

Sw898989 08-10-2007 10:26 PM

It sound like you are fear to be embarassing in the shows when something has done wrong during the shows while you were embrassing and have the scary moments even you are just schooling.

If you have no problem with your current instructor that do understand you and you improves a lot...I think you will do just fine but to feel these feeling are normal...except people who want to win and if they do not win, they just want to crawel in the hole and die there or sell their horses to top-breed horses so they can win the shows easily.

Anyway, my point is let the past to be the past. By the way, be sure do not meet your old instructor at the show place :wink: If you have someone to be there for you, be sure recieve a lot of support from someone that will be there for you.

If you will going to the shows, wish you a good luck and hope you will get some good results for your very first show with fear to overcome!

EDIT to ADD: Be sure do a lot of warmup but not too much to waste out your horse's energy before doing the show so you will feel comfortable and remember something what you should to do when jumping.

kristy 08-10-2007 11:33 PM

Man, you poor thing. :( It really makes me angry and upset for you to have to go through what you did - and for no reason at all.

I have empathy for you for having to be in a highly competitive barn. When I lived in GA, I boarded at a very competitive barn as well. 95% of the boarders had a large amount of money that liked to flaunt it and act very snobby. I of course, wasn't the one with the money so me and my cheap little gelding often felt intimidated and embarrassed to ride. My horse is priceless to me but the competition was so fierce I often forgot that it was meant to be "fun" to ride.

Anyway, I'm away from that barn and am back in the saddle full force. I am very happy to hear you have gained your confidence back. You're obviously a very strong person - I'm afraid many riders in the same situation as you would have permanently lost their confidence about riding. To say you are back in the saddle and jumping again is a huge accomplishment, pat yourself on the back!

I also have past shows that in a sense haunt me - I was put in situations I didn't want to be in. However, I'm having to come to terms with the fact that the past is the past. There is absolutely nothing I can do about the past but learn from it and move on. The only thing I can control is this very moment. I can make the conscious decision to either dwell on the bad moments of my life or I can keep my chin up and move forward happily. Try keeping this in mind when you feel overwhelmed.

You've been taught to put a very large emphasis on shows I assume. This would make anyone feel overwhelmed. I think the key to your situation is to realize that shows are not a huge important event. They are simply a different location to ride. It you make them out to be a huge deal, they will be a huge deal and you will feel utterly overwhelmed. However, if you realized it is just a change in location and a very simple thing - things will be far less scary.

So, are you ready in your training? Is your horse ready? Are you, as a RIDER, not a competitor, ready? Do you need to do anymore flatwork or jumping exercises? If you believe that you, as a RIDER, could successfully complete the jumping course at home, then sure, go to the show. Because you are obviously ready, you are just putting to much pressure on yourself.

If you still have doubts, is there any way you could go to the show and if you feel like you can't do it, you could just hang out and relax?

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