Finding time to improve your riding confidence

2022-05-22T07:34:57+01:00

Finding time to improve your riding confidence As horse owners and riders, we have to put our horse’s management, care and welfare first. We invest huge amounts of time, energy and money into making sure that our horses have everything they need so that we can have lots of fun together, and achieve our equestrian goals. We have to balance this with family commitments, demanding jobs and often financial challenges, which means that ‘free time’ is in extremely short supply (if it ever really exists!). Horse riders who struggle with a lack of confidence around their riding, often feel stuck [...]

Finding time to improve your riding confidence2022-05-22T07:34:57+01:00

Why all horse riders should make their mindset a priority

2022-05-07T10:02:22+01:00

Why all horse riders should make their mindset a priority We all see and interpret our world through our own specific lens. This is our mindset; the assumptions, expectations and beliefs we hold consciously and unconsciously about ourselves, our horses and the world around us. Our mindset plays a huge role in how we think, feel and experience life. When we understand our mindset, we’re able to adapt, adjust and shift those aspects of our mindset which are not helping us to be resilient, enabled and positive. By working on our mindset, we can improve our physical and [...]

Why all horse riders should make their mindset a priority2022-05-07T10:02:22+01:00

Horse riders: Confidence is a skill that can be learned

2022-04-30T14:34:48+01:00

Horse riders: Confidence is a skill that can be learned Many horse riders, particularly those struggling with nerves, anxiety and fear around riding, believe that confidence is either something they have, or they don’t. As if confidence is some magical, mystical thing that some riders are lucky enough to have or not.  But this is simply untrue! Confidence is a skill that can be learned. Just like learning to do rising trot (or posting if you’re in the USA!), or learning to jump. All of us can learn how to become more confident when riding, no matter our individual starting [...]

Horse riders: Confidence is a skill that can be learned2022-04-30T14:34:48+01:00

What is NLP and how does it help horse riders?

2022-04-26T09:12:53+01:00

What is NLP and how does it help horse riders? You might have heard of NLP, you might even have tried it, and it’s such a powerful tool for horse riders. It has been around since the early 1970s, and is used by therapists and psychologists from across the world.  In this article, we’ll be exploring: What is NLP? How does NLP work? How can NLP help horse riders? What do horse riders need to know before they learn NLP? How I can help you… What is NLP? Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) began as a model of how we communicate [...]

What is NLP and how does it help horse riders?2022-04-26T09:12:53+01:00

How to build positive mental health for riders

2022-04-13T11:19:55+01:00

How to build positive mental health for riders Horse riding can be a great activity for your physical health, but have you thought about how you can support your mental wellbeing as a horse rider? Here, Katie Allen-Clarke from Horse & Country is on hand to give you some tips. Take time to rest Horse riding is a great sport - but if you are competing regularly or really trying to focus on improving your skills and performance, it can be easy to push yourself too much. That’s especially true when you are feeling enthusiastic to reach a new [...]

How to build positive mental health for riders2022-04-13T11:19:55+01:00

5 steps to staying confident when riding a tense horse

2021-11-21T18:37:54+00:00

5 steps to staying confident when riding a tense horse We’ve all been there, you’re riding and your horse suddenly sees something in the distance that they’re not quite sure about, their ears prick up, their head lifts so they seem at least 2 hands taller, their body tenses, and sometimes you can even feel their heartbeat! As a rider, it’s oh-so-easy to feel a wave of anxiety and nerves as you frantically try to figure out (a) what the horse has been offended by, and (b) how to regain his attention as you suddenly feel like a bit [...]

5 steps to staying confident when riding a tense horse2021-11-21T18:37:54+00:00

3 secrets of resilient horse riders

2021-09-19T13:23:05+01:00

3 secrets of resilient horse riders How well do you ‘bounce back’ when things do go to plan? How resilient are you? Owning and riding horses can be an endless roller coaster of amazing highs and lows, which can be difficult to navigate at the best of times.  Resilient riders show some key skills which help them to build and maintain a positive, hopeful and empowered approach to life, so that they can overcome the inevitable obstacles that we all face from time to time. Here are 3 key secrets of truly resilient riders: Secret #1  Resilient and mentally [...]

3 secrets of resilient horse riders2021-09-19T13:23:05+01:00

3 reasons every horse rider needs to build their resilience

2021-08-30T14:52:15+01:00

3 reasons why every horse rider needs to build their resilience skills To overcome challenges Owning & riding horses is an exciting, exhilarating and sometimes exhausting journey of amazing highs and sometimes the lowest of lows. While we can make plans and set goals, horses seem to have a knack for disrupting them! Horses go lame, they injure themselves, they struggle with movements or jumps, they pull shoes off, they find creative ways to add complications and challenges. And that’s without considering the impact of the weather, transport issues, yard problems, equipment changes, the state of the ground, access [...]

3 reasons every horse rider needs to build their resilience2021-08-30T14:52:15+01:00

Be a more confident rider by changing your perception.

2021-07-31T15:41:10+01:00

Be a more confident rider by changing your perception It’s easy to get stuck in a negative mindset around riding, especially when it feels like nothing is going right, things are tough and you’re feeling stuck. When this happens, we start to lose motivation and even begin to avoid doing the thing that’s worrying us at all.  When you notice that you’re feeling this way, and you feel like you’re out of options, then shifting your perception of your current situation can bring with it an opening up of possibilities, choices and opportunities to step forwards and make progress [...]

Be a more confident rider by changing your perception.2021-07-31T15:41:10+01:00

How to use visualisation to build your riding confidence

2021-07-14T10:16:46+01:00

How to use visualisation to build your riding confidence Visualisation, also known as imagery and mental rehearsal, is a powerful way to control your emotions, manage stress and improve performance. It can be used across all aspects of our lives to promote a positive, resilient mindset and to help us achieve our goals and dreams. Visualisation is the process of imagining a scenario and/or sequence of events in specific detail, in terms of what we want to achieve. For example, visualising yourself riding a fantastic dressage test or fast, clear show jumping round at a competition. However visualisation can [...]

How to use visualisation to build your riding confidence2021-07-14T10:16:46+01:00
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