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July 01, 2008


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I'm a very visual person... when I'm riding my best, it's when I quit focusing on all the little parts and visualize what it SHOULD look or feel like. Easier said than done!! I just stumbled across your blog, I'm a lifetime lower-level rider, but have recently been learning on an upper level horse (read: it's like learning to ride again!)... it's nice other people share the frustration and joys of learning the art of dressage.


Hi there. I have just discovered your blog and love your writing. Your horse Teddy is beautiful.

I take it you are located in California? I am too, northern.

Have a good Monday :).


We all have nerves, it's simply a part of being human and alive. : ) Good for you for recognising what you have to work on, for listening to your Coach. I always love your posts because of your honestly and willingness to share everything, even the 'negatives'. Keep on keepin' on! : )


Hi! Great post! I've just started a website (blog coming soon too). One of the videos that I've just posted on the site and at YouTube is a certified sports psychologist giving an overview of how sports psychology can help amateur riders. It makes sense to me since we spend so much effort and energy on all the other aspects of our sport -- why not focus on developing the mental aspects too? I am glad to have found your blog and will check out the books mentioned by Pamela in the previous comment. Thanks!


Read the comment/question about the mental aspect of riding on UDBB and thought I'd comment. I do think there is a whole lot of mental to do with both riding/training every day and with showing.

I've shown for quite some time, and I have noticed that since I have really started to devote a good deal of energy and focus to that part of my training--the psychological aspect, I can change a WHOLE lot about my riding, and to be honest, elevate it.

I have been very much able to tone down the nerves, center my focus, block out those negative thoughts, change the way I think, and it has changed the way that I ride. This has been very use, actually imperative since I am up training with my BNT for 5 weeks trying to get changes on my young horse. It isn't alway easy, nor is it easy to keep up the morale because, as I'm sure you know, with training horses it doesn't always go up! There are good days and not so good days. The focus is the thing.

Anyhow, to wrap up, two really good books I have found are The Mind Gym and The Mental Edge.

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