Confidence in the show ring – for introverts.

Confidence in the show ring – for introverts.

So you love the idea of going to a show or a dressage competition. Maybe this has been a reality in you life before or something that you dream of accomplishing… Let’s paint a picture, you are in a show ring, you have just won your class. You ride your lap of honour, ribbons flying, crowd cheering… oh but that’s just so not you… this way too far out of your comfort zone! All you can think of is tensing up making your already tense horse nap and buck, attracting all the wrong attention. And it all goes horribly wrong!

So what can you do? Let’s breath. Yes that’s right, I know it sounds ridiculously simple, but breathing the right way will help you to control your nerves and slow your heart rate. Your horse who feels everything, especially your heart going like the clappers will also feel calmer.

And so the picture of you riding your lap of honour with ribbons flying on your calm relaxed horse will become your reality. You have accomplished something really special.

Here’s a little exercise that might help:

Calming Breath

1. Take a long, slow breath in through your nose, first filling your lower lungs, then your upper lungs.

2. Hold your breath to the count of “three.”

3. Exhale slowly through pursed lips, while you relax the muscles in your face, jaw, shoulders, and stomach.

Practice this Calming Breath several times a day. Use it whenever you want to let go of tension and begin to experience a sense of calmness.

I would love to know if this helps…..

With love Hannah


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