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  • Goofy Facial Expressions

    I have a problem. Well, maybe not a HUGE problem, but still a concern to me. I tend to make goofy faces when I jump. Sometimes my tongue is out. Sometimes I bite my top lip. Other times, my cheeks are puffed out. When I really think about it, I CAN have a relaxed face, but it doesn't happen naturally. The worst part is that it ruins my pictures!

    Case in point - she looks good, I'm in a good position, but my face...

    Here is a good one where I was actually consciously thinking about my face...

    There were actually worse ones, too. Click here if you need a laugh - not sure what happened on this fence!

    Does anyone else do this? Suggestions on how to NOT have a goofy expression regularly?
    Last edited by Hunter Mom; May. 8, 2009, 10:02 AM. Reason: Add link
    A proud friend of bar.ka.

  • #2
    Oooo, Hunter Mom..... They aren't all that bad. You're deep in thought. You're concentrating. Your mare is concentrating. Maybe relax while you're making your courtesy circle and think "I'm here for fun" and have fun.

    I'm a "mouth breather" so my mouth is open alot. But I do tend to talk to my mounts out there. Its better than laughing like a hyena and having every picture look like someone is feeding you jokes out there..... Or like you're trying to trap flies.

    But seriously, try this. I know, you're going to laugh, but focus on breathing. Take a deep breath before the fence, exhale over the fence. Try breathing in 5 strides, breathing out 5 strides. Focus on it at home and it will be second nature in the ring. You can't be tense if your breathing right? (That's my yoga teacher tells me).


    • #3
      My DD (who is 14) has been working this year on not opening her mouth when she jumps. My DH who is a great photographer and takes tons of pictures always seems to capture her over a jump with mouth open in a big "O."


      • #4
        Thanks for posting this - it makes me feel so normal. Every single picture I have of myself over fences is with my mouth open. I know that I sometimes count strides to myself, but my mouth is probably still moving. There are a couple, when lovely OTTB took a huge spot where I look like this ! LOL. My friends & I have our own icon for it :-O.

        When it isn't as dramatic, it just looks like I'm trying to catch flies. I can't seem to keep my mouth shut (in more ways than one, it appears )


        • #5
          I have a HUGE poster of myself taken head on and it looks like im about to cry! But the horse looked awesome so I couldnt help it!


          • #6
            I used to make craziest faces when I jumped, my trainer said I looked horrified. Through the past year I've adopted a new facial expression. I smile, over every jump I've seen myself over this year I was smiling or laughing. It especially happens when I goof up. I guess when you relax your body, your face will naturally relax. I wouldn't worry about it too much, as long as you and your horse look nice, it's a good picture regardless of your face!


            • #7
              At least you make a different face over every jump...and have the ability to not make a face. This is the face I make over every jump.

              I love it when the horse's mane blocks my face. It's a cinch I'm buying those pictures.
              Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
              Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


              • #8
                It's funny you posted this thread because we were just talking about this very topic the other night. I'm a mouth breather, and after spending many years as a competitive runner, I tend to ride with a very relaxed face, jaw, mouth, etc., as if I were running. It can look kind of funny sometimes. One person at our barn will stick out her tongue...and another opens her mouth wide...it's great!

                When I ran track, I was taught how to relax my face..it's something you have to practice though.


                • #9
                  I'm not normally a mouth breather but I definitely am when I am showing. I guess because I get nervous and need more air, lol. Every stupid picture of me on the flat and o/f, my yap is open. I hate it.
                  Originally posted by barka.lounger
                  u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

                  we see u in gp ring in no time.


                  • #10
                    I do this all the time. My faces are horrible even if its a xrail

                    This is a xrail

                    or this one

                    I use to not do it


                    Don't know what changed???
                    Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RugBug View Post
                      At least you make a different face over every jump...and have the ability to not make a face. This is the face I make over every jump.

                      I love it when the horse's mane blocks my face. It's a cinch I'm buying those pictures.
                      He he...that's funny...


                      • #12
                        no funny faces here either...but definitely ditto on the mouth breathing! I tend to canter around with my mouth wide open, collecting as many bugs as I can for a little extra protein during a tough ride


                        • Original Poster

                          RugBug - maybe I should let her mane grow even longer and let it hide my expressions! Great suggestion!!

                          Zahena - breathing? Is that something I am supposed to do on course? I'll try that

                          I am so glad I'm not the only one out there with this problem. I did have a judge once tell me I was a very determined rider. Guess my face just shows that. Every once in a while, I'll get ribbed about it in lessons and do a drill team smile over a fence. I don't think that is any better!
                          A proud friend of bar.ka.


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                            no funny faces here either...but definitely ditto on the mouth breathing! I tend to canter around with my mouth wide open, collecting as many bugs as I can for a little extra protein during a tough ride
                            Protein is a good thing, isn't it?
                            A proud friend of bar.ka.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hunter Mom View Post
                              RugBug - maybe I should let her mane grow even longer and let it hide my expressions! Great suggestion!!
                              If only it worked every time! The mane doesn't usually cooperate. I have more pictures that I've 'ruined' with that face. Thankfully, most spectators think I'm smiling...not grimacing in what can only be described as terror...
                              Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
                              Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


                              • #16
                                i must say that i too am a member of this funny face while riding club.... but i was worse before ( i use to stick my toungue out the side of my mouth )




                                • #17
                                  I used to do some photography at small shows, and it drove me crazy when I'd get a beautiful shot of a pony and rider, but the kid had a big scowl on her face! Or worse, I once took a lovely photo of a girl with a beautiful smile on her happy pony, but her mom was standing right by the pony's head, with a big scowl on HER face!


                                  • #18
                                    I bite my lower lip when I show. My mom had tons of pictures at shows of me doing that. She would tell me to knock it off so she could get some good pictures. I now have the expressionless face. That is because I am trying not to bite my lip.
                                    OTTB - Hurricane Denton - Kane - the big dog!
                                    Tuggy - RIP 9/12/2016 - Wait for me at the bridge
                                    Foster LolaMaria AKA LolaBean (Boxer)


                                    • #19
                                      DH is always teasing DD and telling here he is going to photoshop a fly going into her open mouth in a picture!


                                      • #20
                                        I do that sometimes too, but I figure it worked for Michael Jordan so what the hell.
                                        "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin