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The Less Than Ideal Show Environment

BY CATHY PENROD

As summer fast approaches and we prepare for our outdoor show season, many thoughts come into play, “Grrr…I hate showing in the heat; this is a new venue and I am not sure how my horse is going to react; I hope I am not in the ring and the train comes by or I have heard horror stories about the footing.” Environmental factors detract from our performance when we encounter an environment that we believe prevents us from functioning in an optimal manner, or in the manner to which we are accustomed. An example: If the skies suddenly open up and it begins to pour during our ride, we may lose focus, and our energy may become depleted. Environmental factors are those that are related to the setting and/or conditions in which you will perform. We don’t exist – or ride – in a vacuum. In addition to the people around us, there are tangible physical external elements that affect our energy and performance. Our environment will affect our stress level, as well as how willing and enthusiastic we are to perform. Though environmental factors aren’t always under our control (we can’t stop the rain from falling), we can learn to control the effect they have on us. Environmental factors can include: Conditions Setting/surroundings Equipment and clothing

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