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

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
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