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Rider Psychology

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.

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By: April Clay |

Mindfulness is actually a pretty simple concept regarding bringing your full attention to the present, being aware of what you are doing and not distracted by irrelevant information. Being a mindful rider is about being in the present moment, fully engaged with the experience of communicating with your horse. It involves being open to what is happening, actively taking in information without judgement. Mindfulness can help you reduce ‘brain chatter’ – stress-inducing thoughts of previous errors or unfavourable future outcomes – which allows you to maintain perspective and focus so you can stay calm and better problem-solve. By contrast, ‘mindless’ behaviour involves taking in information uncritically, making assumptions from past experiences, and operating from a single, often closed perspective. Have you ever been guilty of mindless behaviour? Have you ever come out of a round thinking “what did I just do?”, gone off course, assumed that you could not do…

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