How to use visualisation to build your riding confidence

2021-06-21T09:25:20+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 confidence2021-06-21T09:25:20+01:00

10 powerful affirmations for building your confidence when riding

2021-06-14T10:00:56+01:00

10 powerful affirmations for building your confidence when riding I want to share with you some really powerful affirmations that you can use when you’re riding to help you overcome the mindset blocks that are holding you back, as it’s really easy to get stuck in a negative mindset, and in an ever decreasing comfort zone.  Of course, affirmations won’t magically solve all your problems, however they will help you to make the necessary shifts in your mindset so that you can start to find a more positive and empowered way of thinking and help you move to a [...]

10 powerful affirmations for building your confidence when riding2021-06-14T10:00:56+01:00

Too scared to ride?

2021-06-07T11:03:13+01:00

What to do if you're scared when riding your horse It’s OK, you’re not alone. Many riders struggle with feeling scared when riding, and the good news is that you can learn how to overcome your fears, and get back to doing what you love. There are many different reasons why you might be feeling too scared to ride. Perhaps you’ve had a fall, or you’re returning to riding later in life after having a family, or maybe you can’t really explain why you’re suddenly terrified of getting on your horse? Whatever your situation, there are plenty of ways [...]

Too scared to ride?2021-06-07T11:03:13+01:00

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
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