Other people’s opinions

2021-05-03T09:48:10+01:00

How to stop other people’s opinions and advice from undermining your riding confidence I’ve had a number of conversations this week with clients who have been on the receiving end of unsolicited advice, judgement and negativity from someone on their yard. The riders hadn’t asked for help, but the other person had felt compelled in the moment to share their own thoughts and comments about the horse’s way of going, the training methods or the rider’s skills. The impact of hearing these often unhelpful comments, can increase feelings of self-doubt, a loss of confidence and a fear of judgement.  [...]

Other people’s opinions2021-05-03T09:48:10+01:00

5 ways to stop feeling frustrated when riding

2021-04-26T11:49:08+01:00

5 ways to stop feeling frustrated when riding Every rider has experienced frustration at some point when riding. Sometimes frustration can feel like a BIG emotion, and trigger a downwards spiral into beating ourselves up and feeling miserable. Getting frustrated and cross with ourselves, or worse with our horses, never leads to a positive outcome.  So what can we do to overcome frustration when we’re riding? Stop! As soon as you recognise that you’re feeling frustration, press pause on what you’re doing. Interrupt the current pattern and find some space away from what you’re trying to achieve.  For example, [...]

5 ways to stop feeling frustrated when riding2021-04-26T11:49:08+01:00

How to ride a spooky horse positively and effectively

2021-04-16T21:12:19+01:00

How to ride a spooky horse positively and effectively Spooky horses can be tricky and their antics can chip away at your riding confidence. Most of us at one time or another will have experienced a horse that spooks and it can be very off putting. It’s part and parcel of partnering up with a fight or flight animal that has a mind of its own and sometimes even it’s own agenda. What is important however is to have a plan of action in place to manage and ride these spooky horses effectively and safely, so that you can [...]

How to ride a spooky horse positively and effectively2021-04-16T21:12:19+01:00

Experiencing fear when riding? A simple trick to change how you feel

2021-03-29T09:51:58+01:00

Experiencing fear when riding? A simple trick to change how you feel We’ve all been there at some point... the feeling of fear, anxiety and nerves when riding, whether competing, hacking out, or simply mounting your horse. Your legs feel like jelly, you feel like you’re going to be sick at any moment, you tip forwards and grab hold of the reins in an attempt to keep control, your breathing is so quick and shallow that you feel lightheaded, and all you can think about is ‘I’m going to fall off / lose control / make a fool of [...]

Experiencing fear when riding? A simple trick to change how you feel2021-03-29T09:51:58+01:00

Nervous rider? How you can become a more confident, calm and positive rider

2021-02-11T16:15:43+00:00

Nervous rider? How you can become a more confident, calm and positive rider Are you a horse rider who is struggling with a lack of confidence, anxiety or nerves in your riding? If the answer is yes then it is safe to say you are not on your own. Many horse riders suffer from a lack of confidence, anxiety of nerves. It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned professional, a complete beginner or somewhere vaguely in the middle at one time or another you may find your confidence dips. This can be extremely frustrating if in the past [...]

Nervous rider? How you can become a more confident, calm and positive rider2021-02-11T16:15:43+00:00

What is a confident rider?

2021-02-28T13:53:59+00:00

What is a confident rider? Have you ever wondered what being a confident rider actually means? How do you know if you’re confident? Do you even think about how you’re a confident rider (or not?!)? The term ‘confident rider’ is talked about an awful lot, and there are numerous social media groups and forums where riders who are struggling with a lack of confidence in their riding share their experiences and ideas, but what does it really mean to be a ‘confident rider’? There are so many different aspects of being a rider that can influence whether we feel [...]

What is a confident rider?2021-02-28T13:53:59+00:00

How To Be Confident When Riding a New Horse

2021-02-22T11:44:52+00:00

How to be confident when riding a new horse Riding a new horse can be pretty daunting. Many of us have ridden the same horse/s for years and the prospect of the unknown can affect our confidence levels (even if we would usually consider ourselves quite confident riders). It’s completely understandable to feel this way and isn’t uncommon for us to feel a bit nervous getting on a new horse. There are also a few key reasons why we may be in the situation of having to get on a new horse which can include; New horse at a [...]

How To Be Confident When Riding a New Horse2021-02-22T11:44:52+00:00

How to get over your fear of cantering

2021-02-14T12:35:32+00:00

How to overcome a fear of cantering your horse For some riders cantering their horse can be pretty nerve-wracking. It can cause much stress and anxiety at just the thought of your horse changing pace from a trot to a canter. This mindset can be frustrating for riders and can often hold them back from achieving their true potential and progressing. So, why do some riders struggle with cantering? There are a few key reasons why some riders may struggle with cantering. This is usually a combination of ability and mindset. Some of the most common reasons for struggling [...]

How to get over your fear of cantering2021-02-14T12:35:32+00:00

How to deal with a spooky horse when schooling in an arena

2021-02-08T08:17:04+00:00

How to deal with a spooky horse when schooling in an arena When a horse spooks it is fair to say that is not a fun experience for most riders. It can catch you completely off guard at the best of times and leave you feeling rather vulnerable in the saddle. This is particularly true if this type of behaviour leaves you feeling nervous or anxious. Most horses will spook at one time or another whether that be a small shy away from something or a big showy song and dance. All horses react differently when spooking and this [...]

How to deal with a spooky horse when schooling in an arena2021-02-08T08:17:04+00:00

What to do if you’re scared to jump your horse

2021-01-22T08:16:22+00:00

What to do if you’re scared to jump your horse Jumping your horse can be exhilarating and loads of fun however many riders are scared to jump their horses. It is more common than you may think and even the most competent of riders can often be nervous about leaving the ground. Navigating jumps adds a physical element into the mix which does not always sit right with some riders and can cause fear and anxiety at just the thought of it. A scared or nervous rider does not always bring out the best in their horse and can [...]

What to do if you’re scared to jump your horse2021-01-22T08:16:22+00:00
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