Psychology

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - There is a saying that best sums up getting ready for the competitive arena, “if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Preparation doesn’t just mean training your skills. Yes, you have to replicate what you learned to do at home, but there is more. A performance situation places different demands on the rider.

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - What are mental traps? They are those little mental glitches you fall into again...and again. Here are some common traps and deep trenches that can lead you off your game.

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - Riders, at some point in their careers, usually know physical fear. Reoccurrences of physical fear can be confusing and really interfere with your riding pleasure. Some even give up at that point, exhausted from the inner struggle. There are things you can do, skills you can learn, to get yourself back to all that fun you’ve been missing.

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - Riders hear and feel the call of the “fear alarm” for two main reasons. One is the awareness of the possibility of physical injury or pain. The second has to do with threats of a non-physical nature. This is the kind of fear you feel when you experience threats to your emotional self.

5 Ways to Beat Horse Show Nerves

By Lindsay Grice - Although confidence improves the more often you show, it is helpful to take an honest look at the source of your nerves (what’s the worst thing that could happen, and would it really be that bad?), and block out the distractions.

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - You’ve got the championship, the horse you always wanted, moved up a division, or mastered a high level skill. You feel as though nothing will ever hold you back again because you, the winner, are in complete command. Now what?

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - Perhaps the most important component of goal setting success is intention. Deciding on a goal is determining your destination, but intention is about focusing your mind on your path. It is your intention that ultimately creates the energy that moves you forward.

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