Barn Lounge

Good Habits for a Strong Show Season

With a new show season upon us, members of our Plaid Horse Adult Amateur Lounge got to talking about what changed our riding for the better in 2022 that we’ll bring into 2023.
Some of our favorite answers are below…

Finally finding a trainer who genuinely likes and believes in my horse, who is now straighter and more forward than she has ever been! As a result we’ve had our best rounds yet lately, and are closer than ever to the goal of the high adult jumpers!

Riding my own horse day 1 in the ticket and doing all the riding at shows was a huge leap forward for me this year. I feel more confident knowing what things she had to work through (or not) on the way to the ring. Also, showing at WEC on and off pretty much the whole year, it is clear to me that ALL of us ammies are out there learning every day, working hard to get better and getting harder to beat every week! Good stuff!

I have a green OTTB that I’m bringing along to hopefully be my adult eq horse one day, and this year we moved up. I am by nature a very competitive person, but this year every show we went to was purely a learning experience. We didn’t win many blue ribbons but we had fun and we learned! I definitely rode better just being in it for the miles rather than the ribbons. It made the experience more fun for the both of us.

I started listening to meditations on YouTube the night before a show. It helped me deal with pre-show jitters immensely, and I’ve actually had FUN at shows now rather than being all nerves. The horse really feels your anxiety, and I wanted to show up for my horse to give them a great ride. I’ve also learned to say “yes” more to chances at riding and trust in myself; it’s opened more doors to trying new horses which is just making me a more competent rider.

I moved barns at the end of 2021. It was a big and positive change for me. 

I found my bravery over fences, and realized that I could in fact ride my own horse when he is spooking or acting silly versus just getting off. I realized I’m not scared of moving up in fence height. A lot of this was due to working on correct flat work and fundamentals at home, rarely jumping a full course. Mistakes were viewed as something to learn from. It was a big mindset shift for me and has made riding so much fun for me again.

*This story was originally published in the February 2023 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!

This Post is Brought to You by:

America Cryo

Subzero equine therapy uses pressurized CO2 to target very specific areas such as joints, including the hock, stifle, pastern and fetlock, resulting in optimized range of motion and reduced pain.

  • Initial results visible within just 60 seconds
  • Infrared temperature and distance sensors for real-time control
  • Rapid attachment systems for faster setup and storage
  • Long-lasting battery and 15’ polyurethane-shielded cord
  • Backlit, interactive LCD screen shows treatment data
  • Treatment protocols for different conditions

Vets, trainers and physiotherapists report rapid pain relief and overall faster recovery from equine injuries through targeted cold therapy. This versatile and easy-to-use device treats numerous regions of the sports horse’s body for effective maintenance and injury prevention.

Piper Klemm

Recent Posts

Unlocking Equine Wellness: Navigating the Path to Optimal Horse Health with CBD

Horse health is paramount for the well-being and performance of these majestic animals. Owners and…

22 hours ago

Plaidcast 369: Julie Broadway, Joy Cook, Chris Gould, Andy Belfiore & Rick Schosberg by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

LISTEN NOW To listen to the Plaidcast, you can use the player above, Stitcher, Spotify,…

1 day ago

Jannan S and Jonathan McCrea Jump to the Top in $25,000 Alliant Private Client Cup

Feb. 22, 2024 – Ocala, FL – Jonathan McCrea piloted Jannan S to a fast…

2 days ago

Special Plaidcast: Lauren O’Connor & Catie Kovelman by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

LISTEN NOW To listen to the Plaidcast, you can use the player above, Stitcher, Spotify,…

2 days ago

McLain Ward Makes BoneKare Staple for his Team of Top Horses

Edited Press Release McLain Ward: the name is synonymous with elite level show jumping. Throughout…

2 days ago

Taylor, Harris Insurance Services Returns as the Presenting Sponsor of #AnEventLikeNoOther

Edited Press Release Aiken, South Carolina: The 2024 $100,000 Conceal Grand-Prix Eventing Showcase at Bruce's Field,…

3 days ago