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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. 

Getting Comfortable with Change

April 2018

We all have habits we have developed during our lifetime. Some habits are positive ones and others are negative ones. Identifying your habits, and realising whether they are positive or negative habits is crucial.  Positive habits are the ones we want to keep, because they can help us achieve our goals.  Negative habits are the ones we need to get rid of, because they will often sabotage our goals. Eliminating habits is easier said then done - I know - but nevertheless, we need to learn to do it. Habits are not just behaviour, habits are also affected by our beliefs.

Controlling Your Horse

March 2018

Many riders are struggling trying to determine what the correct rein contact is or should be. As riders, we don’t want to develop ‘hard hands’ and, therefore, many riders are often too scared to take up a contact at all. Here are some handy hints about contact and how to develop a sensitive connection to the bit... I see so many riders who ride with an open hand in the attempt to not hurt their horse. 

Tribal Behaviour

February 2018

To get the most out of your riding, you have to trust your own instincts. You do this by listening to what feels right and what feels wrong. These days, we get bombarded with information via social media, blogs and newsletters, as well as clinics, demonstrations and online videos. There are many training philosophies on offer and programs that promote one ‘system’ over another... 

Jen Marsden Hamilton’s A Jump Ahead Book On Sale Now

January 2018

For professional coaches and aspiring jumping riders, internationally renowned equestrian coach Jen Marsden Hamilton imparts her wisdom attained from a 45-year coaching and competitive career in her debut book, ‘A Jump Ahead: From Basics to Big Jumps’. Published by Horses and People Magazine and developed in partnership with Editor-in-Chief Cristina Wilkins and graphic designer Liz Hardy, Jen’s full-colour book illuminates her successful training methods with beautiful photos, detailed illustrations and her trademark wit.

Step-By-Step Guide to Skyrocket Your Confidence

December 2017

The Cambridge Dictionary defines confidence as: “The quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans or the future”. This applies directly to our riding - confidence is being certain of our riding and training abilities, having trust in our horse, in what we’re doing with our horse at the time and what we plan to do with our horse in the future. 

Equipilates in Australia

September 2017

I am both an anxious rider and an anxious person. I don’t think I will ever not be anxious, but my ability to deal with it and funnel it elsewhere is definitely the key that has helped me to manage it... And continues to help me manage it... And continues to help me improve my riding.

EquiFest: Australia’s Festival of Equestrian Sports

March 2017

This year, Australia’s inaugural festival of equestrian will ignite the Hawkesbury Showgrounds from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April.  With competitions from amateur to elite in Showing, Dressage and Show Jumping, combined with a swag of complimentary entertainment, EquiFest is not to be missed by any equine enthusiast.  This year’s inaugural event will see the return of the Puissance Wall to Australia, where horse and rider aim to claim the 2.33m Australian record. 

Australian Helmet Regulations Updated

March 2017

Does your helmet meet approved Australian standards? The helmet approved standards list has been updated in the Equestrian Australia (EA) General Regulations, in effect from 19 October, 2016. The new Australian ARB HS 2012 standard has now been added to the ongoing and current AS/NZS 3838 approved safety standards. Current American standard SNELL E2001 and British standard PAS 015 have also been added to the helmet approved standards list. 

Getting back on the horse

December 2016

Fear is a very real and legitimate example of the broad range of emotions available to warm-blooded animals, including humans and horses.  From the perspective of both rider and horse, the encouraging reality is fear can be managed and treated fairly effectively, regardless of its origin. This article explores the very reasonable fear in both horse and rider following a fall.


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