Charlotte Dujardin famously said of her attitude to competition …”same shit; different menage”.
Figuring out how to make sure your competition performance is more like your home performance is the key to consistency!
By using the same routines at home and away; consistency in performance is more reliable.
Here are some ways to be more confident in your consistency.
1. Actually write out and plan your home and arena practice routine.
This will help you use your time efficiently at home and at events. Plus you can mentally prepare yourself well ahead of time.
2. Get started quickly
Standing around waiting for the menage or to enter the warm up arena always makes it harder and harder to get going especially when you don’t have your trainer or coach on hand making sure you do!
3. Listen to good music before you ride.
Schooling and warming up alone means it’s just about you; your mind and your horse. Try to find a catchy song to sing to yourself to help with the potential boredom or tendency to dwell on problems or negatives!
4. Mix up your activities
The best part of being the only one riding your horse – not even your trainer is actually up there – is that you can do whatever you want anytime! Use all the paces (space providing), change direction, change pace, change rhythm and keep it interesting for you and your horse.
5. Use positive self-talk.
There’s no one to rely on for a cheery, positive attitude going into a treble or into medium trot except yourself. It’s surprising how a few positive thoughts can change the outcome of your test or round.
6.Watch an inspirational riding clip.
Watching your riding hero whoever that is gives most of us a new motivation to ride better. Find a video clip that works for you and watch it on your iPhone when you need some inspiration or a confidence booster.
7. Have someone you can talk to about your riding.
Maybe you want to brag a little about getting your best score or time, no matter what you’re thinking it’s nice to be able to share it with someone (even if they aren’t a rider and have no idea what you’re talking about)!
8. Be patient.
Horse riding is a hard sport. Not every ride is going to be an amazing one. If you’re having an off day, try focusing on a small aspect of your riding that you can feel good about and forget about the rest for today!
9. Remember why you ride.
There are a million ways to fill your spare time and weekends but for some reason you chose horses and riding.! By choosing to ride you are choosing to make yourself healthier, stronger, and hopefully happier. Remember what is your motivation and let it drive you and keep you going!
At JigsawEquine we have plenty of routines and preparation plans to share with riders of all levels to help get what you expect when you need it most!