The show season is aproaching, and Snickers and I are going to a show next weekend. Lots of times when i go to a show, i get nervous and forget a lot that i have learned, and then i can't do my best. people always tell me "just ride!" but it doesn't help. any tips? ~Elizabeth
Hi Elizabeth ~
That's a great question and one that every rider feels at some point. I think we can take inspiration from watching the Olympic athletes - when we are in the show ring, that is our time to keep complete focus and know that we have been working hard to get to this moment.
I noticed when I was watching the skiers how they went through the entire course on top of the hill before they even started skiing and that is what I do when I have a jumping course. This way you can work through whatever issues you or your horse may have at a certain turn or jump before you even get there.
And deep breathing comes in real handy to overcome nerves! Remember, each course is an opportunity to do your best and have fun!!
Hope this helps. Here's to a wonderful show season!!