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What to look for in a horse riding instructor

2020-09-23T12:32:56+01:00

It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional attending horse riding lessons can be highly beneficial for both you and your horse. Horse riding is a continuous learning phase and most definitely worth the investment. Many horse owners choose not to take lessons and therefore can often become stuck in a rut. It can often be difficult to fully focus and truly reach your goals when you are trying to do it alone. Having the support of a qualified instructor can make a huge difference to your riding success and can help you overcome mental [...]

What to look for in a horse riding instructor2020-09-23T12:32:56+01:00

The Perfect Rider

2020-09-23T12:34:30+01:00

Looks can be deceiving! As horse riders, we often consume a lot of our time and thoughts comparing ourselves to that of other riders. It is fair to say that we have all at some point come across what we would determine in our heads as the ‘perfect rider’. Maybe it’s the way that the ‘perfect rider’ looks that makes you feel so envious. You’re pretty sure in your own head that you don’t look that way when you ride yourself. This makes you lose confidence. It could be the way in which the ‘perfect rider’ breezes around the arena [...]

The Perfect Rider2020-09-23T12:34:30+01:00

6 exercises to help keep your heels down when riding  

2020-06-01T21:36:19+01:00

Maintaining a good lower leg position with the heels a little lower than your toes, is important for so many reasons:  To be able to apply leg aids effectively and correctly  To help you stay on board and secure if the horse is excitable  To help build a balanced, symmetrical, independent seat  Lots of riders struggle to keep their heels down, and have a tendency to draw their heels up as they use their legs, gripping and nagging with each stride. So, here are my favourite exercises to help you lengthen your legs and achieve better foot position:  Start with your seat!   [...]

6 exercises to help keep your heels down when riding  2020-06-01T21:36:19+01:00

How far have you come?

2020-05-16T14:22:05+01:00

How often do you actually look back and see how far you have come? It’s really easy to get lost in the noise and lose perspective on your journey towards confidence. Start keeping a log/diary/journal of your achievements, so that you can reflect on all the hard work, commitment and positive progress you have made over time. It could be over a week, month or years.   Your starting point is not important, it’s the process you follow, and the progress you make which matters.   Start creating your story, and use it to boost your confidence.  Come and join my Crack the Confidence [...]

How far have you come?2020-05-16T14:22:05+01:00

Celebrate your wins

2020-05-16T14:17:32+01:00

How often do you celebrate your riding achievements? I mean, really celebrate and acknowledge what you have done? I know many riders that will, when congratulated, reply with “Thank you, but {insert horse’s name] was brilliant today” or “Thank you, but it was really messy” or “ I could have done X, Y, Z better” or “God, it felt awful”. Sound familiar?  How about acknowledging that YOU made X happen? Regardless of how big or small, you need to start taking responsibility for the things that go RIGHT as well as WRONG.  I want you to find a whole list of ways in [...]

Celebrate your wins2020-05-16T14:17:32+01:00

Consistency is key

2020-05-16T14:10:22+01:00

“It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.”  Tony Robbins  The hard part about building confidence is that it takes consistent, positive action to become a confident rider. Doing a mindset exercise once is good, but committing to doing at least once, every single day, will make the biggest difference. Stretching your comfort zone and riding in an uncomfortable situation is great, but committing to doing it over and over again until it becomes your new normal, will mean that you become that confident rider.   Yes, celebrate your achievement in stepping [...]

Consistency is key2020-05-16T14:10:22+01:00

Perception is Projection

2020-05-16T14:07:38+01:00

What do you say to your yard buddies? Do you support them, reassure them, boost them up? I’m sure you do!  There is an NLP theme which is ‘perception is projection’, and what this means is that you can’t make a judgement about somebody, if that characteristic isn’t also in you too. So if you’re super positive about someone else, then you are also saying it about yourself.   However, this also works the other way round; if you tell someone they’re selfish, then you are also identifying that characteristic in yourself. So I want you to be really mindful of both [...]

Perception is Projection2020-05-16T14:07:38+01:00

Be the rider who takes action

2020-05-16T14:03:56+01:00

You can read all the books, watch all the YouTube videos, go to as many lecture/demos as you can, do all the online courses, talk for hours about what you’re going to do.  But unless you actually take action, and take that first step on your journey, nothing will change.  Start now, get perfect later!  Find out how you can start your journey to becoming a confident, positive rider below Learn More

Be the rider who takes action2020-05-16T14:03:56+01:00

Rider as an Athlete

2020-05-16T13:57:31+01:00

I know you do everything you can to keep your horse happy, healthy and sane. I know that you do All. The. Things.   I know your horse has a carefully managed routine. He has the best feed you can afford. He has regular farrier and dentist appointments. He has his teeth check and vaccinations done annually. He sees the vet if you sense something is ‘not quite right’. He gets carefully curated turnout to allow him down-time. He has access to carefully poo-picked fields. He’s visited by an equine physiotherapist to make sure he’s not sore and stays pain-free. He [...]

Rider as an Athlete2020-05-16T13:57:31+01:00

15 ways to improve your hands when riding a horse

2020-05-25T13:52:19+01:00

Here we’ll look at 15 different ways to improve your hands when riding, to help you achieve an even, elastic, consistent, receiving contact down the rein. Close your thumb down over the top of the rein, to help stop the reins from sliding through your hand. Use markers on the reins to help you keep them the same, correct length Keep your fingers closed and around the reins. Imagine you’re holding an egg in each hand; you should close your fingers enough to keep holding the egg, but not so tight that you crush the egg! Keep your hands upright, [...]

15 ways to improve your hands when riding a horse2020-05-25T13:52:19+01:00

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