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Somewhat embarrassing question. Update, I'm back from the show.

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  • Somewhat embarrassing question. Update, I'm back from the show.

    I'm riding in a show this weekend and the brisk temperatures and my spring allergies are causing my nose to drip anytime I exert myself at all. When is the proper time to wipe my nose in the middle of my test, or should I just tough it out and let it run? Is there etiquette for this? I'm doing first level tests 1 and 3 and I plan on blowing it right before I go in. I figure I could discreetly wipe it on a bit of tissue tucked into my glove during the free walk? I use Flonase spray but it doesn't stop the drips. I don't want to use any oral meds.

    This is is such an annoying problem. Suggestions, anyone?
    Last edited by bird4416; Mar. 20, 2017, 09:39 AM.
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  • #2
    Haha - I actually completely understand. I ball up a shred of tissue and literally stuff my nose. Try it next time you ride, mine usually lasts at least half an hour before needing to blow my nose...


    • #3
      if the judge sees you take hands off the reins you can be penalized. the free walk is not a "break" in fact it is often a co-efficient move. I would say run freely and try DS suggestion ( at home)
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      • #4
        Realistically a judge isn't going to penalize you for wiping your nose with the back of your hand. I've had to wipe sweat from my face in the past and was never penalized.


        • #5
          I once took my hands off of the reins to slap a fly that landed right on the center of my horse's neck -- thankfully, the judge was sympathetic and did not penalize me for it beyond the interruption to the movement (horse went above the bit). I think wiping your nose might not get you in trouble, but agree with the tissue plug suggestion. I would not do it during the freewalk, because that's often a coefficient - that would be a very expensive 'mistake'!

          Hope you feel better soon, and good luck at the show!
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          • Original Poster

            I wonder if I can slip in a quick wipe in the corner before my free walk.
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            • #7
              I'm afraid I would just give a good blow right before my test and then just let it run and hope the judges thought I was just sweaty!

              If I stuffed something up there I'd be worried about it falling out mid-test and if I planned on blowing part way through I know something would happen (murphy's law!) to prevent it and it'd give me more anxiety that just letting it flow!


              • #8
                Can you use a timed-release decongestant on this, like you would on a cold?


                • #9
                  Allergy pills work for me, but a lot of them make me a bit spacey - definitely not a good thing during a horse show. Those nasal sprays do a good job of "drying you up", a good squirt or two might be a good idea right before your test.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dressage_Strider View Post
                    Haha - I actually completely understand. I ball up a shred of tissue and literally stuff my nose. Try it next time you ride, mine usually lasts at least half an hour before needing to blow my nose...
                    I have done this also, but try it well before the day of the show. Try it around the house, if it works foe you then try it at the barn.

                    Be very careful to make the plug out of clean tissue, and insert it with clean fingers. You don't want a raging sinus infection.

                    Have you consulted a ENT doctor?


                    • #11
                      Was it Cooky McClung used to write the funny articles for COTH? She spoke about runny noses when riding in the winter, and "solved" the problem by wearing tennis wrist sweat bands on her wrists and wiping her nose on them, then into the washer after the ride. Still, that leaves the problem of WHEN to use them....going into the free walk would seem the best opportunity.


                      • #12
                        Hey, forgot to mention... those neti pot, or nasal irrigation thingies are great. A nice dose of saline water beforehand should clean you right out ;-P


                        • #13
                          I'd suggest using some over the counter decongestant like Afrin about 30 minutes before your test to dry you out. Even better I would agree with seeing an ENT and getting a prescription for atrovent spray which is really effective for watery noses and is safe for long term use unlike afrin.


                          • #14
                            My nose runs just about anytime I do anything active. I've found that a claritin or zyrtec helps immensely without making me feel drowsy or 'off' like Benadryl does. I'll second the wrist band idea - thats what I do on when I go running, but if I was in a test I would just let it drip. I'd be too afraid to screw up contact.


                            • #15
                              I once rode a freestyle with a bloody nose that started right when I was sent out of the warm-up and over to the ring. Ring steward gave me a tissue, I made a wad and jammed it up there and off we went. Ended up being a good test, too, since I was pretty focused on keeping my head up and back and therefore did not slouch at all.

                              I'm not sure I'd recommend that for two nostrils, though, not unless you literally want to be a mouth breather during your test.


                              • #16
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by hoopoe View Post
                                  if the judge sees you take hands off the reins you can be penalized. the free walk is not a "break" in fact it is often a co-efficient move. I would say run freely and try DS suggestion ( at home)
                                  I seriously doubt any judge has ever penalized a rider for this. I've scribed a gazillion times, and briefly wiped my nose when riding a test, and never heard of it being penalized.

                                  I think the Afrin spray is a good suggestion, though. In the meantime, I think a running and unattended nose is going to draw more attention in the judge's box than a quick wipe as needed.
                                  Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                                  • #18
                                    Where in the rules does it say that a judge can penalize a rider for taking a hand off the reins? I've never heard of such a thing.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by rebecca yount View Post
                                      Where in the rules does it say that a judge can penalize a rider for taking a hand off the reins? I've never heard of such a thing.
                                      Exactly! And you do take your hand off the reins to shorten them, and for the salute.
                                      Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                                      • #20
                                        From the 2013 Rule Book, but I don't think it has changed: DR117:

                                        4. Riding with both hands is obligatory at all national and International Dressage
                                        Events. However, riding with one hand is permitted in the Freestyle Tests and when
                                        leaving the arena. Individuals holding a Federation Dispensation Certificate may use
                                        bridged or special adaptive reins for use with one or no hand(s), if their physical limitations
                                        require such and the equipment is listed on the Dispensation Certificate.