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6 simple breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and nerves when riding your horse


If you’re a rider who suffers with anxiety or nerves when you're riding your horse or getting ready to ride your horse. I've got some really simple, straightforward techniques around breathing that are going to help you to feel a little bit more relaxed, a little bit less stressed, and a little bit less anxious and nervous. Counting the breath So the first exercise is to breathe in for a count of five or six. Pause the breath and breathe out, counting for 8-9. Then you breathe in again, and keep counting slowly with each part of the breath. I [...]

6 simple breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and nerves when riding your horse2020-02-19T15:03:18+00:00

10 tips for building Rider Confidence


Confidence: Here are some of my top tips for developing and building your confidence around riding. Now it doesn't really matter to me whether you are a beginner rider, somebody who's been riding for a while and has had a break perhaps and now coming back to riding horses again, or it might be that you're a really experienced rider and you are maybe struggling about around jumping or going out competing. Your scenario isn't unique! I promise you that there are plenty of people out there who suffer with confidence issues. So I just wanted to share some of [...]

10 tips for building Rider Confidence2020-02-05T11:28:21+00:00

6 top tips to find the time to get riding this winter


Intro: Hi there, I wanted to talk to you about something I hear and have felt quite a lot at this time of year. We're coming towards the end of January and we're into the depths of winter, which is just the hardest work with horses. I wanted to talk to you about finding the time to ride because I know for lots of my clients it's a real challenge. People who are working full time jobs have families, have a life outside of horses. It can be really difficult to find the time to ride. So I wanted to [...]

6 top tips to find the time to get riding this winter2020-01-31T12:51:34+00:00

Real or Imagined?


Have you ever really thought about how your mind works? The principles of NLP consider there to be two different parts to our minds; the conscious mind, i.e. the logical and rational part, and the unconscious mind, i.e. emotional, contains deeply held beliefs, and controls 97% of our behaviour. I see many riders trying to solve problems with their logical and rational minds, only to find that their unconscious mind stops them. Have you ever thought or said, "Why can't I just do it?", or "I just need to get on with it!". Sound familiar? Logically, we often know the [...]

Real or Imagined?2020-01-15T11:53:54+00:00

Are you at Cause or Effect?


It's really easy for our minds to jump straight to the negative. I think for many riders, it's a kind of default setting! When we're thinking negatively, it can make us feel really stuck and demotivated. If we can develop self-awareness around what we are thinking & saying to ourselves, it is possible to get to where you want to be in your riding. A basic principle of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming - you can find out more about this HERE), is the empowerment theme of Cause and Effect. In other words, do you take responsibility for your thoughts and [...]

Are you at Cause or Effect?2019-12-28T11:24:52+00:00

My favourite 3 letter word


Nope, it's not a swear word! The word I'm talking about can flip your thinking instantaneously, and I'd love you to try it out for size. But first, let's think of where it's useful. As a rider, we all have those mindset gremlins that can plague our progress if we let them. You know, those phrases that begin with "I can't". "I can't canter" "I can't jump that fence" "I can't hack out on my own" "I can't ride along the scary side of the school" I'm sure you can think of many more! You might be right; at this [...]

My favourite 3 letter word2019-12-28T11:15:48+00:00