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  • drug ideas...for me

    So I am trying keep my nerves in check for greenies first away show....I already purchased rescue remedy and am hoping that works but I'm open to any other suggestions.....thanks in advance!

  • #2
    My ex (a psychiatrist) would prescribe propanolol for people with "stage fright/ show nerves".


    • #3
      I would talk to your Dr. OP but I would go with a couple of Benadryl for myself.
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      • #4
        Mimosas with breakfast...wine with lunch...hard alcohol if you are there any later than that


        • #5
          Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
          I would talk to your Dr. OP but I would go with a couple of Benadryl for myself.
          Benadryl causes a LOT of drowsiness, I don't think I would want to be on a horse where you will need quick reflexes.
          When I used to play a lot of tennis I would often get very nervous before a match...I found if I took 3 OTC ibuprofen about an hour before I played it really helped my nerves. A friend that was a pharmacist agreed that it worked for that, can't remember the reason she gave me but I sure noticed a difference.
          (Rescue Remedy doesn't do squat IMO.)


          • #6
            I have the same problem. My doctor just prescribed Xanax for me. I take one before a jumping lesson, which of late has been giving me great anxiety. The difference is night and day. Before, I couldn't get through a lesson without panicing. Even though I "knew" nothing was going to go wrong, the receptors in my brain just kept firing that something would. I would be so paralized with fear that I would be lucky to steer in the correct direction. Now, I can canter around the course and actually think about what I am doing and where I am going. The Xanax just shut down the parts of my brain that were drowning out everything else. I can't believe it took me this long to start taking it. I have only experienced one side effect, which is I do get a bit sleepy - not to the point where I am going to pass out asleep, but if I were to lay down, I'd have a nice nap. I have only noticed it when I have sat down and just relaxed after I have been moving around or riding.

            For the record, I tried pretty much every other method - positive statements, visualization, talking with everyone about it, having a glass of wine before - nothing made a difference until medication.

            For some of us, it really is better living through chemistry.
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            • #7
              valerian is a natural herb that works like xanax if you want to try that as well . .helped me. .dosage is different for everyone but 1 or 2 (depending on anxiety) worked for me taken about 1/2 hour before ride.


              • #8
                Perfect Prep needs to make a human version for us!

                REscue Remedy is 27% alcohol- so BE CAREFUL with that stuff - that said. it does take the edge off for those of us with little alcohol tolearnce (myself - lol)
                It did work for me, i had a hormonal emo breakdown at a show a few weeks ago.. totally let my hormones take over and phsyche me out. the RR really helped me put everything back into focus.

                that said - take it easy on the sugar and caffiene the morning of the show, it'll just make your amplify your nerves and make them even worse if you slug down tons of coffee or soda. Its like putting gasoline on a camp fire.

                Go to bed extra early, and wake up half an hour earlier than you planned so you can take your time getting to the show grounds. It's green - its going to make mistakes, cut yourself some slack and the greenie and remember this is FOR FUN...

                drugs- if its not a rated show and you know its going to be silly talk to your trainer about maybe giving it half a cc of ace before you leave for the show to take the edge off the greenie. ( would probably put YOUR mind at ease if you at least THOUGHT that anyway) it'll probably have done its job and worn off by the time you ride anyway.

                drugs for you The Valerian works as well, not sure how far in advance you should start it or how long before to make it peak at the right time. Go to your nature store and ask about it. They can probably help you out


                • #9
                  Avoid caffiene... trust me that is hard since I am tired and wanting something to wake me up! But I try to eat a good breakfast, at least something with substance like a bagel and cream cheese or a breakfast sandwich. I have also taken a small dose of Xanax to take the edge off and it did help me a lot. I did not need a ful dose.
                  "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."



                  • #10
                    Star of Bethlehem, another Bach Flower Remedy, is good for courage & fortitude. Better than Rescue Remedy IMO. Take it (a drop on your tongue) about 20 minutes before your event.


                    • #11
                      I'm not big into taking mind altering medication while riding a 1200lbs animal. That being said I find Rescue Remedy to be a great relief for stress. It seems to take the edge off without altering my mind.


                      • #12
                        Rescue Remedy made me worse, to the point where I had a panic attack just before my cross country course. Never had one before, or since, so I'm blaming the Rescue Remedy.

                        Carbs/protein (like a chicken sandwich) seem to help me.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dapple Dawn Farm View Post
                          My ex (a psychiatrist) would prescribe propanolol for people with "stage fright/ show nerves".
                          Propranolol is a beta blocker so it will effect heart rate and blood pressure. If you have blood pressure or a heart rate on the lower side of normal (low to mid 60's for HR or 110's/60's or so for BP) this may not be the drug for you. Xanax is a wonder drug for many and it does come in a variety of strengths. You could always see about a prescription of 0.25mg and possible only have to take half. With any drug, prescription or OTC, you definitely need to try them more than once before stepping foot on your horse. You never know how they are really going to affect you. I have given Xanax to patients and it hype them up, or I have given 0.25mg to a patient that had never had it before and they slept 16+ hours. Go see your primary physician and see what their advice is! Good luck!


                          • #14
                            Drump the drugs, learn how to breathe and relax.

                            Forget the drugs, study up on some breathing techniques. Not only will regulated breathing relax you, by a natural release of chemicals in the brain, slow controlled breathing on your part will help relax your horse, improve your focus, and your riding.

                            I learned at ton through taking a centered riding clinic, but there are many books out there, and other resources. It doesn’t have to be riding based either, read up on breathing techniques! (a – car- driving instructor I worked with also emphasized breathing techniques for relaxation and control)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
                              Forget the drugs....
                              I agree. I neither give myself nor horses drugs. Ever. And yes I do get nervous. The year I qualified to 4-H Districts I literaly almost puked before going in the ring. I bit the bullet and just did it. The experience must have helped because oddly enough I did not experience as much anxiety at States.You just gotta show, show, and show some more. The nerves disappear when it becomes second nature. It is also important not to view shows as anxiety causing things. I personally view them as fun and while I consider myself a serious competitor, if I don't do well I don't care. I just try to ride my best and don't think about the judge, other competitors, or spectators


                              • #16
                                It is all fine and good to say "no drugs" if that works for you. However, some of us have exhausted all of the other options, and medication is the only thing that works. I have shown since I was 7, and I've probably been to more shows than most people on this board. Sometimes, nothing else works.

                                OP, if you need medication to help you, even if it is just one time, do it. Why not have the best experience you can?
                                My new mantra - \"Life is too short not to eat ice cream.\"
                                ReRiders Clique


                                • Original Poster

                                  I actually have propranolol for stage fright....but I never even thought of taking if for riding! I can ask my shrink for a new script if need be) I used to get really bad exam anxiety in high school/college and that worked wonders. Xanax was WAYYY too strong...it knocked me way out...


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by SunkenMeadow View Post
                                    Mimosas with breakfast...wine with lunch...hard alcohol if you are there any later than that
                                    This. Seriously though, I have anxiety being watched while riding. Whether it's a group lesson or a horse show, but there are SOOO many more people at horse shows. So, I tend to start with mimosas and move to margaritas by lunch. But then again, I moved to eventing and we have lots more fun at horse trials than I ever had when I was in the hunter ring.
                                    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

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                                    • #19
                                      "But then again, I moved to eventing and we have lots more fun at horse trials than I ever had when I was in the hunter ring. "

                                      I've always suspected this. LOL

                                      I have had great results with beta blockers and showing. I just cannot drink and ride and I always drive to the showgrounds also. Give beta blockers a try and if you need more try something else. But really, have fun, you paid your show fees and deserve your 3 minutes in the ring regardless of the outcome !


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by SunkenMeadow View Post
                                        Mimosas with breakfast...wine with lunch...hard alcohol if you are there any later than that