Articles - rider psychology

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Four Smart Ways to Fit Horses into Your Busy Schedule

If you can learn how to estimate your time well, prioritize, say no and stop procrastinating, you can find more ways to fit horses into your busy life.

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Become a More Confident Rider in and Out of the Ring

Having confidence is about more than just believing in yourself. Learn how to make a plan and stick to it, so that you feel prepared and capable as a rider.

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Stable Relationships: How to Set Healthy Boundaries

The one thing that barn drama, toxic workplaces and dysfunctional families all have in common is they are filled with personal boundary violations.

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Is Social Media a Help or Hindrance for Equestrians?

A look at the pros and cons of social media for equestrians, and tips for managing your accounts to maintain a healthy relationship with the medium.

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Mindfulness Exercises for Nervous Riders

Nervous tension in a rider is transmitted to the horse. Try these mindfulness exercises to get over your nerves and calm down quickly and efficiently.

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Mental Health for Equestrians

Megan Pinfield, a Clinical Counsellor that specializes in working with equestrians, says she often sees a reluctance to seek help for mental health issues.

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The Smarter Rider: Accepting Life’s Challenges

Resisting things we can’t change causes us to suffer mentally. Accepting them helps us look at equestrian and life problems in a more constructive way.

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How to Avoid Drama at the Barn

Sometimes, whether you intend to or not, you end up becoming involved in barn politics. Try these tips to ensure a peaceful, drama-free environment.

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5 Qualities of the Coachable Athlete

Psychologist April Clay lists the top five qualities of a great equestrian student, with the attitude, self-control and work ethic to succeed.

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How You Can Be More Focused At A Show

Developing focus and becoming a mindful rider is about being in the present moment, fully engaged with the experience of communicating with your horse.