Reply To: Enter at "A" and die!

G & S
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Are you as a rider doing anything differently in the show ring from what you do/did in the warm up? If you are relaxed in the warm-up but tense up in the ring, & have a horse that is very sensitive to your invisible body language cues, even if the change is as subtle as as changing the amount of tension in your fingers, arms, shoulders and/or back from what you were doing in the warm up could be enough to unintentionally send her the message that you are not comfortable with what she is doing. Long term, having a horse this sensitive will be a huge advantage, but you may have to learn to wide in the show ring with a lot less tension if you have a horse with a hair trigger response to even a miniscule change in your body tension. If this is the problem, you have a horse you can ride in your finger tips, with cues that will be invisible to the naked eye.