<span class='mention__link' data-url='/wall/mention/kmpolle/'>@kmpolle</span> : How do you mentally prepare before a competition in regards to nerves and pressure?
Eat, drink water, and listen to a cheesy pump up song (All Star and Eye Of The Tiger are personal favorites)! I also like to watch a lot of other riders in the ring I am in just to see what is happening and how things are set.
What brands of show coats do you have for jumper shoes and what colour?
I ride in a navy blue JJ Classics show coat. My trainer likes us to stick with a very classic look no matter what ring we are in. But, if your trainer allows it, you can go with any color or no showcoat at all. I hope this helps!
Do you think pointing your toes just at random times makes it harder to get your heels down when riding?
I was a gymnast for nine years before switching to riding (you have your toes pointed whenever your feet are off the ground in gymnastics), and had no problem sinking into my heels, so I would say no. But I would guess it would depend on how tight you are.
Do all ' good ' trainers not allow their clients to jump their own horses without the trainer present?
I have been with multiple barns (each teaching a different stage of riding: one the basics, the second how to be safe and confident at around 1m, and the third going up into higher classes) and not one allowed jumping without a trainer in a lesson for safety and some liability issues.