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Helmets: 20 (More) Reasons to Put a Lid on It

June 2018

Horse riding is dangerous. I’m not going to go into the statistics on horse-related injury and fatality because they are far from straightforward. Do you calculate injury rates per ride, per hour spent in the saddle or per jump attempt?  Suffice to say that all accidents range from annoying to tragic, and the statistics for any sport as a whole are not going to matter when an accident happens to you or someone you know. 

Internal vs External Validation

December 2018

Do you know when you are doing a good job or do you rely on others telling you that you are? In my experience, many riders don’t trust themselves and, therefore, keep looking and craving other people’s praise. This in itself is not a bad thing, it just becomes hard when you are in the wrong environment or the people around you have ideas that are different to the ones you have. Craving external validation generally means that we are not sure and we don’t trust ourselves enough. Thus, we look for confirmation from others.

Developing Focus

September 2018

We can ride with focus or we can ride while being distracted. The difference will be enormous. The distractions can come from your mind as well as from your environment. First step: The first step in improving your focus while riding is to become aware of the distracting thoughts. I am talking about all your, what ifs should dos have to dos These need to stay at the gate. The biggest distractions generally originate inside our own head. The memories of what has happened in the past and the worries of what might happen in the future.

And... Breathe!

August 2018

Breathing is one of the most natural things to do and yet the hardest thing to remember whilst we are riding. Here are a few tips on how to remember to breathe and how your breath effects your horse. First of all we have to differentiate between the breath that lowers energy and the breath that raises energy. Lets start with the ‘Friday afternoon’ breath.

Technology Hacks for Hacking Out with Your Horse: Part 1

July 2018

Our horse world intersects another one, full of Amazon, Ebay, television and new-fangled things. In general, the new-fangled has hardly encountered our horse but, in this article, I have chosen some products that have qualities of ‘high technology’, and should bring some new benefit to horses and their riders. 

Without Judgement

July 2018

According to Mental Health Australia:  “Mental health issues affect one in every five Australians. We cannot afford to be complacent in our efforts to achieve changes to our mental health care system when we consider the impact of mental health on our community.” Promoting mental health awareness is paramount to supporting mentally healthy people and communities, including in equestrianism. Over the coming months, we will be discussing mental health and the equestrian lifestyle - from recreation and sports, to service providers.

The Power of Gratitude

July 2018

It is so easy to focus on all the things that need to be done and on all the goals that still need to be achieved. This often leaves us feeling overwhelmed and, even though it is inspiring to set goals, sometimes it is also important to stop and look back to see how far you have come. This is where a ‘Gratitude Board’ comes in. A Gratitude Board helps you to reflect on your already successful past. It is a perfect way to celebrate and acknowledge all of your achievements. 

Horses Helping Humans

June 2018

Now in its 14th year, Horses Helping Humans (HHH) has recently won its third Business Award this year for ‘Youth and Children’s Services 2018’. Founder Sue Spence invites you to become a licensee and facilitator for this internationally renowned horsemanship and life skills program. 

Are You Motivated?

June 2018

How do you get motivated? Have you ever thought about it? Some people get motivated when they have support and are encouraged, others are motivated when they want to prove to others that they can accomplish a certain task.  We are all different and that’s why it is important for you to know yourself. Two of the main motivators are, ‘towards pleasure’ and ‘away from fear’. Let’s have a closer look at each of them and what they mean.

Confidence and How We ‘Get It’

May 2018

So many people say to me they just need to improve their confidence and then they feel they will be okay.  Confidence is not something you ‘get’, it needs to be developed. This means, therefore, that confidence doesn’t come first, it comes last. Let’s have a look at what confidence is and what a lack of confidence tells us. With confidence comes a sense of safety. We feel we are in control and we can predict the outcome.  Lack of confidence comes when we feel vulnerable. We feel we are not in control and the outcome is unpredictable. 

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