🎥What genre of mind movie are you playing in the saddle? Rose tinted, rom-com, fantasy or more like a spooky horror show???? 🎥💭🐴 Working with so many riders who struggle with fear - and having been a 'nervous nelly' rider myself for many years, I know that something nervous and fearful riders have in common is that they are often playing scary movies in their heads when they ride! They are seeig what they DON'T want to happen when they are on their horse, instead of what
What is it that determines our level of 'riding success?' ... That single most important riding asset or essential skill? 🐴🧐 So often riders come to me to help them look for answers and this is one of the first questions I ask them, because often as riders we are looking for answers, frustrated and stuck despite throwing literally everything that we have at the problem! It can be a heartbreaking, difficult and lonely struggle for some riders to make the progress that we are
Reflecting on the European Dressage Championships and the controversy surrounding one of the riders I most look up to and admire, not for the achievements that she has clocked-up in her record-breaking career - but instead for the harmonious, classical and beautiful way in which she has trained and educated her horses; and importantly for the way she supports, champions and develops our beloved sport! I truly believe that we (especially the horses) have all benefited from the
Sometimes you simply have to BE it BEFORE you can believe it!
If you are going to take the big leap and cross the divide from a nervous, tense and ‘in-your-head’ rider to a more confident, calm and collected rider – at some point you’re going to have the make the decision to put those shiny new metaphorical boots on!
You’re going to have to step into-your-body and into the role and BE the person you need to be in order to BECOME the person you want to be! Just like the onl
One of the most powerful secrets to master for confident riding, is to simply RIDE THE PRESENT STRIDE!! Physically, mentally and emotionally ALL of you in the present stride... Make it a top priority that when you are on your horse - make sure you that you are ALL there!! ✨ When you can be fully present, focused and wholly where you actually are - you can completely put aside your emotions, ego and fear before you even get in the saddle. Put aside your busy day, your To-Do li
Let your horse have the loudest voice in your riding and training. Not of what to do and what to avoid - but to fully listen and know when something is working for him, when something is understood and explained properly, or when something is uncomfortable and difficult right now. Find out how he likes you to sit and balance yourself and when you help him improve his own balance and power.Of what he likes in his work and his favourite things to master. Of how he prefers to be
Last November, sitting in this same cafe the name of my fledgling business finally came to me, and right here almost a year to the day I purchased the domain name www.courageousrider.com while sitting in this chair waiting for my next meeting- and just like that, this crazy adventure began... It would be another few months before I officially launched my new website and biz to the world.... But in just these short months working with you amazing, gorgeous riders and watching
"Nothing is an obstacle, unless you say it is". 📣
- Wally Amos I was reminded of this awesome quote by Wally Amos today and it is so worth sharing with you all here. At first it can sound like a flippant quote to simply fall over... but it is actually a powerful key to finding solutions.
Because when you train yourself to ruthlessly look for solutions, then that is what you will find. And the truth is WE get to decide what is and isn't an obstacle. We are so powerful, that
Becoming a more balanced and secure rider starts with your seat.
You may know that feeling of holding on too tight, feeling a bit nervous and unstable when you ride? Riding with the handbrake constantly on, or sometimes struggling to give your horse some free rein? 🐴 It’s quite natural for us to want to hang on to the contact if we are feeling nervous or insecure in the saddle – and although the intention is well meaning - we are trying to keep ourselves safe and our hors
#geniustip coming at you from Carl Hester this week... "You are not a fairy on a tree!
RIDE the horse!" - Carl Hester 📣
This was one of my favourite 'Carl-ism's' and moments from the Carl Hester Masterclass in Brisbane on the weekend! Especially delivered with his trademark dry humour! 😂 There is so much we can learn from this comment, but for me the point I want to share is that we can't hide from the horse when we have the privilege to be on their back... So when you A
1 specific, measured, achievable and time-framed plan 1 robust mindset 7 kilos of fresh action 2 dozen freshly brewed coffees 1 kilo of accountability Prep Time: ~45 mins
Serves: One decent batch of progress PREPARATION
Take 1 cup of coffee and a journal/notebook
Often we are quite bad at measuring our progress, losing sight of how far we have come, only looking forward to the road yet to travel. In order to measure and celebrate progress we need to make our pl
LET your horse be your greatest teacher Your horse ALREADY is your greatest teacher – but are you a dedicated student? Are you constantly gleaning the wisdom that your horse is imparting to you in every moment and every stride?
I think we often are taught to become afraid to listen to what we are feeling and what our horses are telling us in our riding, as we are told to do it THIS way, like it’s a rule written in stone and sent down from the heavens. We are taught instead
✨ What does Courageousness mean to you? What is your definition and experience of courage? ✨ I love being asked why I called my biz the Academy of Courageous Riding and not just the Academy of Confident Riding as that is what riders are usually looking for confidence not courageousness- and I find it a really awesome conversation starter, and I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this too! For me courageous riding is about so much more than confident and fearless ri
My client's are sometimes shocked when they come to me wanting help to 'lift their motivation' or 'feel more motivated', and I tell them I’m no fan of the multi-billion “motivation’’ industry. Why? Because in my experience (and I see it mirrored in my clients too!) motivation is both fickle and fleeting. I believe it is an overused gimmick exploited by marketing gurus to sell you a dream – a ticket to the picture-perfect lifestyle. Motivation is the view from your comfort zo