9 Tools for Calming your Nerves // with Star Presenter Al Dunning

9 Tools for Calming your Nerves // with Star Presenter Al Dunning

Do you want the secrets behind what has made our 2019 Horsemanship Star Presenter a 48-time World and Reserve Champion? It’s all in managing his nerves.
Discover his top tips, which are suitable for all levels of horse and rider…

Nerves are a common problem for all  levels of riders.   They can control us unless  we learn to control them.

One of the greatest  trainers of all time, Matlock Rose, was asked if  he still got nervous at big shows.   He answered;  “Yes, If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t do it!”  

Part of why we compete is for the “rush”.   Controlling your nerves can make your show  experience even better and raise you to a higher  level.   Here are some things that have helped  me and some of my friends that compete:

1.   Be Prepared- Don’t add unnecessary  stress by not being prepared.   Some riders  even make a list of all of the things they need  to get done prior to a show.

2.   Visualize – Study and know your pattern  and/or visualize your optimum run.

3.   Ask yourself why you are there – You  should be showing because you like it, want to  be reinforced for your hard work, or want to see  where you are at.

4.   Have realistic expectations – Enjoy the  moment, and only show your horse to the level  he or she is at.

5.   Focus – Think of one maneuver at a  time, take baby steps, and don’t get ahead of  yourself.

6.   Remember how it feels to win – If you’ve  been lucky enough to be successful in the  past, remember that feeling.   It will keep you  motivated.

7.   Positive self-talk – Tell yourself the  truth…nobody really cares how you do but you!   You CAN do this, and you will survive.

8.   Watch the videos of your good runs  many times, and the bad ones only once.   Sometimes I’ll watch the videos of my bad runs  to improve, but I will definitely watch my good   runs for positive motivation.

9.   Breathe – Breathing is important for  relaxation, concentration, and life in general!  

Remember, it is only going to take one  or two good experiences to erase a bad one  from your memory.   So go out there and make  it happen!