Articles - rider-psychology

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Riding Under Intense Pressure

Some practical tips for putting everything in perspective to perform your best....

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Does Listening to Music Help Performance?

Is it true that listening to music can help boost the pre-performance mental and emotional states of equestrians?...

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7 Qualities of the Mentally Tough Rider

Tips for improving your mental strength through “warrior thinking” for a more positive experience whether training or competing....

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Paralysis by Analysis: Do you Think too Much?

Chartered psychologist April Clay offers advice on how to achieve a top performance by not over-thinking it....

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7 Tips for Abandoning Perfection

How to set realistic goals and do your own personal best....

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Coping Strategies

Don’t let negative emotions affect your ride....

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Countdown to the Ring

Whether you are tackling your first entry-level cross-country course, ammy jumper round, or returning to competition after a long hiatus, here is a timeline for successful mental prep....

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3 Steps to Turn Around Jealousy

Registered psychologist April Clay offers psychology tips for dealing with jealousy. ...

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Rider Psychology: Dealing with Fear

Registered Sport Psychologist, April Clay, offers tips for conquering fear....

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A Rider’s Guide to Killer Confidence in the Ring

Do you dream of being the kind of rider who is able to stride into the ring every time, head held high, secure in the knowledge you can rock the course or test? ...

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