Confidence

The Best Question to Ask Yourself when You’re in the Saddle…

The Best Question to Ask Yourself when You’re in the Saddle…

Have you noticed how, for many people, the longer they spend in the saddle, the less curious they become about a lot of things ‘riding related’? Now, other riders are the exact opposite, they want to go deeper and further in all aspects of riding. Which is fantastic. If you have found yourself doing something for the sake of just…

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Out on the Trail; Harnessing the Different Energy

Out on the Trail; Harnessing the Different Energy

Anyone who has ridden in an arena for a prolonged period knows how different the energy feels when they finally get out on the trail.  What may have been feeling a little flat and, even, deflated, suddenly comes back to life.  Both horse and rider seem to become more keenly self-aware.  And more responsive to external elements. Rather than being…

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Revisiting the Basics; Why You NEED to Do This in Your Riding…

Revisiting the Basics; Why You NEED to Do This in Your Riding…

It can seem like something that only novice or beginner riders would worry themselves with; revisiting the basics.  After all, surely there’s a point where, as riders, we can ‘set and forget’ a couple of things in our riding? Basics like position and the aids.  Or trotting and cantering… And I think a lot of this stems from the fact…

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Creating Planned Responses In Your Riding (rather than messy reactions!)

Creating Planned Responses In Your Riding (rather than messy reactions!)

Do you have days where, after you get home, sit down, and think over the day’s events, you think to yourself “Why did I react like that?!”?  I know I do, even now.  I find that if I allow my emotions to run things, the chances of everything turning out exactly as I would have two chances. Slim and none! …

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Are Your Outdated Expectations Ruining Your Riding Progress?

Are Your Outdated Expectations Ruining Your Riding Progress?

Isn’t it amazing how so many riders just seem to ‘know’ what will happen each time they ride? They have certain expectations that, almost magically, seem to always come true for them. Unfortunately, the keywords in that sentence are ‘for them’. I see time and again how riders, regardless of what is really happening, will define each ride based on…

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