Articles - rider psychology

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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? Psychologist April Clay responds.

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Avoiding the Winter Doldrums

Winter can be a tough go. No sunny horse shows and exciting destinations – just hard work in often difficult conditions. 

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Be an Equine Warrior!

Are you a tough or a tender rider? Different situations elicit strengths and weaknesses to emerge in people. The challenge is to first know yourself well.

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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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A Rider’s Guide to Killer Confidence in the Ring

When confidence is approached as a feeling, the way to change seems to be through willpower. You tell yourself to feel better, to buck up, to believe.

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Go with the Flow

There are three stages to learning a new skill. Don’t expect immediate perfection from you – or your horse, just go stage by stage.

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7 Tips for Abandoning Perfection

Isn't a perfectionist someone who is hard working and a go-getter? Yes and no. Find out how to set realistic goals and do your own personal best.

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7 Qualities of the Mentally Tough Rider

Different situations elicit strengths and weaknesses to emerge in people. This article highlights seven qualities of a tough rider.

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Coping Strategies

Sport – and life – come with emotions, and sometimes they are strong and interfering. We must learn to distinguish between feelings and actions.

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Riding Under Intense Pressure

Performance and training are two sides of the same coin.In order to perform well, you have to train. In order to train, you have to keep performance in mind