When an attack starts, exhale deeply, loosen your shoulders and focus on some longer, deeper inhales and exhales that let your belly rise and fall. Place one hand on your belly if you need to feel this happening. Relax It’s easy to say “just relax,” right? But once you start to observe your body during a panic attack, you might find that certain parts of your body clench up during an attack. Make a deliberate effort to tighten and then relax those parts of your body. Or, if those parts feel like they wont obey during an attack, pick a body part that will respond, such as your toes or your shoulders. The more you can breathe deeply and relax, the easier it will be to cope. Talk To Yourself When you give yourself permission to have the attack, say it out loud.
More: How To End An Anxiety Attack
Instead, owner Ron Sanchez is considering entering him in the 7-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes, which begins on the backstretch, away from the crowd, or even wait for the Haskell at Monmouth on July 27th. Concern for the colts mental state came while he was being schooled at the gate yesterday morning when he began to get overly nervous and sweaty, behavior that greatly disturbed Sanchez,and 85-year old trainer Manny Azpurua despite the fact that they have seen him get this way before, including at the Preakness where he became extremely lathered up and nearly flipped under jockey Luis Contreras* after being loaded in the gate. Yet, despite the panic attack at Pimlico, he held on to come in third 6-1/2 lengths behind California Chrome after pressuring him to make his move an eight of a mile sooner than jockey Victor Espinoza would have liked. Although considered to be one of the fastest 3-years this year, having clocked 3 furlongs in just 38.48 seconds the other day, a workout time rarely approached by thoroughbreds, Sanchez is not willing to risk his colts safety or well-being, and stated that if he is unable to settle down in the gate within the next couple of tries he would be forced to forgo the Belmont. And even if he failed to make the decision himself, it was noted that the Stewards could rule against his being allowed to compete in the race. *Contreras has since been replaced as Social Inclusions rider by Irad Ortiz Jr.
For the original version, visit http://www.examiner.com/article/horse-s-panic-attacks-may-force-him-out-of-belmont-stakes