SLR for Riders

Whether you ride for pleasure or competition, your mental game is a critical part of your riding skill set.  These articles provide concepts, skills and exercises to train your mind for maximum confidence and success, whether you’re aiming for a peaceful trail ride or a place on the winners’ podium.

Have a particular riding issue you’re struggling with?  Andrea is available for individual consultations.

StressLess Riding Workshop: Train Your Brain for a Confident Ride! Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Do you struggle with confidence when you ride at home, in lessons, or at shows? Come learn how to tame your Lizard Brain–the “Fight or Flight” part of your mind–and ride effectively and confidently. You’ll identify ways to reassure your … Continue reading

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When In Doubt…Give Up

Trakhener full res

(Photo credit: Suzanne Adams) So I’m currently in Ocala, Florida, which is total heaven for an event rider. I’m fortunate to be here for a month, and the plan was to get a jump on the competition season so I … Continue reading

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Defining Success

Chauncy GMHA 8.15

It’s been a whirlwind three weeks. I rode in a clinic with an Olympian whom I’ve looked up to for forever, who nailed me on my weaknesses with amazing speed and accuracy. It was incredibly helpful, and equally humbling. Right … Continue reading

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5 Things Confident Riders Avoid

5 Things Confident Riders Avoid Recently I told you five things that confident riders do. There are also things they avoid doing so that they don’t damage their confidence. Here are five things that confident riders avoid: 1. They avoid … Continue reading

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Five Things Confident Riders Do

You may think that confidence is something that you either have or you don’t, but that’s not true. Confidence comes from taking risks, failing, learning, and trying again. It comes from practicing, succeeding and recognizing that you’re making progress. Here … Continue reading

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Watch Your Language! How Self-Talk Can Hurt or Help Your Riding

“You should just sell your horse and quit riding.  You’re never going to get any better so you might as well just give up.” “Everyone else here is better than you.  You have no business being here.  Everyone is laughing … Continue reading

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Why Can’t I Think Straight When I’m Nervous?

Have you ever learned a jump course or dressage test by heart, only to have it vanish completely from your brain the second you enter the ring? In the warm-up, does your trainer’s voice sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher? When … Continue reading

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Three Easy Steps to a Successful Warm-Up Ride: The BAR Method

When you go to any horse show in any discipline, you will witness very similar scenes in the warm-up area.  Some people will be schooling their horses with purpose and clarity.  Others look a little lost, and still others seem … Continue reading

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Winter Motivation, Where Art Thou?

It’s February…cold, snowy, and nowhere near spring! For those of us who can’t winter down south, green grass and warm temperatures seem a thousand years and a thousand miles away.  Sometimes sinking into a deep armchair with a good book … Continue reading

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AECs 2010

I recently returned from the American Eventing Championships in Fairburn, Georgia, where I competed with my two mares at training level.  Both horses were terrific and came home with 7th and 20th placings out of a division of 54 riders! … Continue reading

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