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Winning Ways: The Mental Habits of Highly-Effective Riders

Driven to understand just what those mental skills are and how riders use them in equestrian sports, Wolframm's research has focused on examining differences between elite and non-elite riders. This includes a recent study conducted with show jumpers during the winter show circuit in Ocala, Florida, with her student Elin Ottersky. Although each rider may find some mental habits more helpful than others, research suggests that most athletes will use a combination of psychological strategies in achieving top performance. Much like training the body, these mental skills, while simple in nature, need to be practiced regularly to become effective habits, says Wolframm. It is work she believes is invaluable for any athlete. “I am convinced you cannot get to the top without the mental skills to go with it.” Here is a closer look at seven of those mental habits considered among the most effective. Habit #1: Goal-setting - Mapping out…

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