So­cial Me­dia at the Show

Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

What are you look­ing for when you scroll through Face­book, Instagram, Twit­ter or Snapchat be­fore you ride at a show? A dis­trac­tion? Val­i­da­tion? In­for­ma­tion? Just do­ing it out of habit? What­ever the rea­son, it does not out­weigh the po­ten­tial down­side. Re­search has demon­strated that so­cial me­dia may (and of­ten does) lead to de­creased self-es­teem and happiness and in­creased feel­ings of anx­i­ety, lone­li­ness, de­pres­sion and envy. Hmmm, not ex­actly things that will help you ex­cel with your horse.

Even if you are a sea­soned com­peti­tor, there is a cer­tain vul­ner­a­bil­ity in rid­ing in front of peers, train­ers and judges. The horse-show set­ting there­fore asks for your most con­fi­dent, self-as­sured and fo­cused self to be present. The act of scrolling so­cial me­dia chal­lenges your most proac­tive self be­cause it is pas­sive in­stead of ac­tive, of­ten dulling your at­ten­tion and tak­ing you out of the present mo­ment. You may also find that the eval­u­a­tive na­ture of see­ing oth­ers’ high­lights, lives and opin­ions puts a freeze on your pos­i­tive en­ergy as you mea­sure your life against your friends and ac­quain­tances.

Ideally at a show, you will make the con­scious de­ci­sion to skip so­cial me­dia at least be­fore you ride each day. If that feels too tough, then make it a goal to limit your scrolling to the morn­ing and con­sider es­tab­lish­ing a no-fly time limit on your­self be­fore your ride. For ex­am­ple, choose an amount of time, such as two hours be­fore your ride, that you will be 100 per­cent free of so­cial me­dia.

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