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May 12

Posts: 63

Storm123 says:



I always ride perfectly well when I am in a group lesson with the other rider's parents watching. I also don't mind the other riders watching me ride, as I have done demonstrations for them before. But as soon as members of my family turn up (like my parents) I start riding terribly. As they normally come at the end of the lesson to pick me up, we usually do jumping at the end of the lesson. As much as I love jumping, it's not as strong as my flatwork. When my parents turn up, I always try to ride well, trying to prove them that, despite their thoughts, I can ride well without having to have an instructor the whole time. Then I feel pressured, and that's when it all goes wrong, because I tense up, which causes the horse that I am riding to tense, then the canter loses it's rhythm and impulsion, which then affects the jumping drastically and so on. Even my parents who are totally un-horsey can see when jumping is good or bad. Does anybody have an tips on how to overcome this pressure problem?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as I want to get over this asap!!
Thank you

Keep Calm and Canter On

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Apr 12

Posts: 71

amber4ever says:

Re: Pressure

 This might seem a little obvious but you could try pretending their not there!!This might sound a little stupid but when your trying to ride well its making you tense up so maybe stay calm pretend their not there and make a effort not to think about riding well but just think the same as you do throughout the rest of the lesson.

Hope this helps,


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Aug 10

Posts: 5626

kevinhiatt says:

Re: Pressure

You seem just to go to pieces when parents are watching we have all been there even us older riders, now get comments from our own children some comments are quite interesting and also actions as the horses I have ridden frighten the living daylights out of them, being told that at my age should now take things easy not riding firebreathing dragons, the new horse scares everyone on the yard she is one very big girl. 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Apr 05

Posts: 2992

rhapsody says:

Re: Pressure

Just try to see it as a normal day as any other when they are there.  Many of our top riders experiencing their first olympics must feel under pressure, even though most of them have done amazing things all over the world.  The trick to help, so I'm told, is to view it the same way they would any other competition i.e. not to let the occasion take over the job they have to do, just the same as all the other comps they go to throughout the year.  Just keep riding the way you do normally, tell yourself this is your job and you're not letting outside influences get to you.

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