At my last show [Rocking S], I sent this tweet:
Bad brain. Stop that!
The first recommendation from Confident Rider: Five things not to say to a nervous rider – and how to help instead is:
Remind me of all the reasons I love horses and riding.
I tried this while I sat on Bingo and melted in the heat.
What do I like?
I like to ride.
I like to show.
Just by trotting in the gate, I am getting a chance to do two things that I like.
Concentrate on that.
Ribbons are a retrospective event. They color the experience but they cannot change it.
Even with the error in my second class (wrong lead – totally rider error), I still had the chance to make that error ON a horse IN a show ring. Two places I like to be.
We shall see if it works again today.