If you accept all the praise, you have to accept all the critics.
– Chris Brogan, famous blogger
Not everyone wants to read self help books, attend seminars or work with a sports coach. If that sounds familiar, then this blog is for you!
Full of handy hints and tips for riders of all ability levels, helping you be the best you can be – for your horse and yourself!
As chief blogger what are my credentials?
I currently write on over 21 blogs; some are mine and some belong to others! So why do I blog so much?
I love trying to simplify complex topics plus writing helps me relax and learn about myself.
I get much of my inspiration from every day conversations with horse folk plus some unexpected places such as my music lessons! To find out more you’ll have to tune in!
Are you a rider who puts in 100% effort every time you ride and do you try as hard during your training, as you do on competition days? Research from professional athletes suggests that if you do give your all in every day practice, you raise your chances of producing the performance you want when…Details
Mindless; how do we become it? How do we know if we have already become it? What is it anyway? Mindfulness is well discussed and practiced by athletes of all sports. With so much focus on mental toughness and emotional resilience in sports it makes sense to know how to put your mind to good…Details
Have you stopped to think about the concept of “trust” as a Trust Bank Account. Have you pondered about how to build it up to be healthy for you and your companion horse? Just like a bank account you can add to it and you can take away from it – consciously and unconsciously. Your…Details
The danger of wish lists… Summer is officially over and Autumn is here! Nature adjusts well; horses coat’s change; leaves fall from trees; the sun sets early. But what about you… how well do you adjust, do you take charge of the need to change and keep in step with nature? What thoughts settle within…Details
Most riders at some point suffer with an injury that keeps us out of the saddle! Can you “will an injury away?” If you think back to an injury you’ve had, can you remember how it affected you? Did you apply every ounce of your mind to fixing and healing? Or, did you have some…Details
Occasionally I like to draw stories and experiences from other sports, and today I’m inspired by Tennis “ACE” Novak Djokovic and his use of mindfulness meditation! He is considered to be the most consistent of the ‘big four’ players since 2011, and displays excellence in almost every aspect of the game. So how does he…Details
Are you over 40 and new to horse riding? If you are over 40 and new to riding you aren’t alone! A recent American survey revealed that middle age in women (over 40) is a boom age for getting involved in equestrian sports! In fact, of the 11,307 people polled, more than 92 percent of…Details
How would you describe your relationship with stress? Do you know how to breathe it out? It may sound like a weird question or slightly new age-y but imagine the scenario if most of us have no idea just how stressed we actually are when we rock up at the stables? Meaning – we…Details
Do you want to sell your horse? At times I get asked by clients if I think they should sell their horse. Usually it is because the rider has lost confidence riding that horse or handling him / her. The assumption (understandably) is that buying a new one will fix the problem! It does…Details
Do you ‘over coach’ yourself and what does it mean? It is when (especially during a competition or important riding moment) your ‘self coach’ i.e. your self-talk (usually sounding like instructions to yourself), hinders your performance! Ironically, It works against the very thing you think it will help! Often this can happen after a period…Details