Ride the present stride!
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 list and whatever else is going on for you in your life - and just commit to BEING fully there with your horse and in the moment - existing from breath to breath from when you greet your horse, until you get on and until you put your trusty steed away again...
Let this be a sort of vortex, where everything else simply ceases to be of any importance and let him and your ride have your full presence and attention.
This is the ingredient to improving your feeling and timing - and being able to listen to the in-the-moment-feedback from the horse, as your brain and body are fully on the job! 🙌
This is also the secret to becoming more confident, calm and connected! Because when you are in the moment and only riding the present stride everything else falls away. Because worry, stress and nerves only exist in the PAST or in the FUTURE, they are not the domain of the NOW...
If you are overthinking or feeling nervous - you are thinking AHEAD of the moment that you are in and worrying about 'what next', 'what if'...
And likewise if you are remembering and worrying over the past - you are not in the present, not in the moment, here and now!
Make this an ARENA RULE for yourself.
Where you agree to be disciplined in having your focus entirely on riding the present stride, and letting everything else fall away in your magical vortex... School your brain to this single task, and watch how this TRANSFORMS your riding ability and how you can connect and be more confident, present and relaxed!! And notice how much your horse appreciates your new mindful approach to your riding and relationship - he will surely blossom!
Start asking yourself the simple question of "What happens to my riding if I just focus on the single task of RIDING THE PRESENT STRIDE?"
When we are prepared to be fully present, and committed to enjoying the moment, we become more connected, focused and confident, we simply become more aware, more feeling and more talented.
Trust me, it actually can be simple as that! Give this discipline a try... it took me some practice to install this habit, but making it an arena rule and mantra has made the world of difference!
Happy riding, Stef x
Hello, I'm Stef Winwood,
And I love to help riders regain their riding confidence and ditch fear and nerves in the saddle, for good! As a rider, breeder, coach and ex 'nervous nelly' myself, I know how debilitating and frustrating fear and nerves can be, especially when they are robbing us of enjoying our pride and joy - our magnificent horses!