#6 – Make Small Goals And Celebrate Those
Don’t go into a show thinking it’s first or nothing. Setting small, achievable goals like “this time we aren’t going to pick up the wrong lead,” or “this time I will post on the right diagonal” is the best way to overcome those nerves. It gives you something to focus on AND it allows you to celebrate no matter what placement you got. I used to use my barrel horse for western pleasure as well and there were times when all I cared about was if we could get through the class without him trying to run around the judge like a barrel (yup, he did that, several times). Being able to celebrate those types of improvements will keep those nerves at bay.