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

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

8 Top Tips for Nervous Horse Riders

2021-01-07T11:38:27+00:00

8 Top Tips for Nervous Horse Riders Every rider feels nervous from time to time. It is all part and parcel of taking part in a sport where your partner just happens to be 10 times your size, with an unpredictable mind of their own. Most non-horsey people think we are mad and there have been certain odd occasions where I have questioned the reality of riding myself. Our nerves can kick in at any given time which is especially true when stretching out of our comfort zone.  Feeling nervous occasionally is no bad thing since it [...]

8 Top Tips for Nervous Horse Riders2021-01-07T11:38:27+00:00

11 Ways to get more confident when hacking out with your horse

2021-01-05T10:15:58+00:00

11 Ways to get more confident when hacking out with your horse So many riders are nervous about hacking their horses out. There is an element of unpredictability which makes many riders worry about what might happen.  There are so many possibilities and surprises that can occur out on a hack that it is no wonder many riders find the prospect quite daunting. There are many reasons why horse riders can find hacking a scary prospect: Road Routes - too many moving vehicles, inconsiderate drivers, shiny slippy concrete Off-road routes or hacking alone - what if an [...]

11 Ways to get more confident when hacking out with your horse2021-01-05T10:15:58+00:00

15 Ways to get your confidence back when riding your horse

2020-12-28T20:16:44+00:00

15 Ways to get your confidence back when riding your horse If you’ve lost your riding confidence, here are my top tips to help you get back on your horse, and feel more positive and confident. Start where you are right now Forget about comparing what you used to be able to do, or what you think you ‘should’ be able to do. Accept that you are not feeling as confident as you would like, and commit to doing something about it. Decide what you want to do What is your goal? What do [...]

15 Ways to get your confidence back when riding your horse2020-12-28T20:16:44+00:00

The Perfect Rider

2020-10-21T13:47:26+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 Rider2020-10-21T13:47:26+01:00
Go to Top