April Clay

Articles by April Clay - 18 results

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Rider Psychology

Rider Psychology: Dealing with Fear

Feelings of fear and apprehension can trigger the flight-or-fight response, a natural change in your body as a result of feeling threatened.

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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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3 Steps to Turn Around Jealousy

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

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Paralysis by Analysis: Do you Think too Much?

Paralysis by analysis frequently happens when we are nervous; an unfortunate part of the flight-or-fight syndrome, read this article to find out more.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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.