The Importance of Strength and Flexibility

Improve Your Riding with Yoga Exercises by Emily Beasley   We practice physical balance and flexibility so we can achieve mental balance and flexibility. I have instructed hundreds of yoga classes and have repeated that exact phrase, one I often heard from a yoga instructor. Until recently, however, I was …

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Rider Wellness: Functional Fitness

Are You Typical, or Atypical? If you’re a typical horse person, I’m willing to bet that you would go to any length to ensure your horse is taken care of. For example, recently my friends and I were lamenting over how we have “nothing to wear” this winter, yet each …

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Pressure Proof Your Riding

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Tip of the Month: How to Focus Productively by Daniel Stewart   Keeping your mind focused on what’s productive (like your show goals) instead of what’s destructive (like previous disappointments) can be quite easy if you know how to do it. Question suggestion is an interesting mental training tool that …

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Pressure Proof Your Riding

Learn the Secret to Improved Focus—and Performance—While Showing by Daniel Stewart     Heather asks “I stay focused in my lessons but when I show I think about a million different things and completely lose my concentration. Why can’t I focus when it counts?”      What you’re experiencing is …

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Pressure Proof Your Riding

How to Get into “The Zone” by Daniel Stewart   Previously we identified the illusive competitive edge called “the zone.” This month we discuss how to find it. In addition to the 8 characteristics discussed in April, there’s one more that is often considered the most important of all called the …

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Pressure Proof Your Riding

Identifying “The Zone” by Daniel Stewart   Rene asks “My trainer keeps telling me to get into the zone.  I’ve heard of this in other sports, but can it happen in riding and, if so, how do I do it?”    All athletes, including riders (yes we are athletes) can …

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