“How to Find the Courage”

One of the themes in this workshop that may ring true for you is that your imperfections do not define or weaken you. In fact feeling at peace with them and embracing them as your personal next steps forward strengthen you within. It’s courageous and comforting all at the same time to know you are enough as you constantly grow in whatever direction you choose.

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“What’s Your Story?”

Have you ever had someone walk up to you and say, “What’s your story?”

If you’re like many folks, you might say something like, “Oh, I like to ride …” Your answer would be correct, but would it excite YOU?

It’s a common thing to love what we do, but settle for less than what would excite us the most.

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“Did She Really Just Say That?”

It happens to us all. Someone says something that for, whatever reason, unnerves us a little or a lot.

“Go out there and win!’
“Stop leaning.”
“You’re going to ruin that horse.”
“I can’t believe you just did that! Why did you do that?”

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“The Soul of Competition”

If you’re a competitor, chances are from time to time you might feel anything from anxiety to intimidation. What if I fail? What will they think? What if I let me trainer/spouse/friends down? What if Ill never be good enough? What if I don’t make it?

It can be nerve wracking.

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Quiz: Are You Connected to Your Horse Needs and Wants?

Do you have some nagging frustration(s) about something within the sphere of your horse world?

Most of us do have one or more of the following challenges: not enough time to ride, or making hard choices, or people problems, or sorting through conflicting opinions, etc. Of course, there are many more than just these categories. We can each fill in our own blank.

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“Three Things That Block Learning”

Do you ever feel like you get numb to learning?

I didn’t say numb to wanting to learn. I mean numb to actually absorbing the info.

Often we want a quick solution to what’s bugging us … and right NOW.

We want what we want so badly that we might gloss over wonderful tidbits of information that could appear in ways we least expected them to show up because we weren’t paying attention.

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“7 Ways to Get Ready to Ride”

Riding your horse is a series of beautifully interwoven moves that flow one into the next … into the next … into the next and so on. As a rider, this happens when you are grounded in the moment.

Here are 7 ways to help you prepare for that gorgeous flow:

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“How to Ride From Strength”

Why is it we have a tendency to not always recognize the best in ourselves and in our horses?

When it comes to the horses, of course we care intensely for them, and we see them as generally wonderful … but when it comes to getting on and riding off, we worry about what we don’t want to happen. Often we’re not thinking of their best, or expecting it.

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“PERFECT and ENOUGH”

December is a magical month, I think. Of course, there’s a twinkle in the air for Christmas. At the same time there’s a sense of anticipation for the future … January is just around the corner.

Depending on how things worked out for you this past year, you may be optimistic for 2017, or you may feel a bit sad … wondering if you’ll ever be able to make the kind of progress you desire.

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“TRUE CONFIDENCE”

How would you define “true confidence?” Would you find it in an award or recognition? Would you say it is a feeling of security when you get on your horse? Would you find true confidence if you were calm in most situations?

It’s pretty hard to nail down one definition of “true” confidence because it could be one or all of those things. And it’s so personal.

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“RIDING IN-SPIRIT”

If you’re like me, when you get on a horse, you initially think about what you want to accomplish. You’re focused on things that can easily be seen on the outside, like a pretty stop or lead change.

Perhaps if you’re a fan of studying and applying mental skills, you also think about getting focused, grounded and into a state of mind and body that sets you up for success. Good for you on both counts … tuning into both the technical side and the mental side of riding.

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“THE POWER OF YOUR INTUITION”

Do you believe in intuition? Do you follow your “gut feelings?”

Paying attention to your thoughts and following where they lead is something some people live by. Others either don’t subscribe to the validity of an inner voice, or they simply ignore it because they don’t trust its ideas. There’s no way to know for sure if those urges are “right.”

I personally believe our intuitive thoughts beckon us to move in a certain direction. Other times we may feel comfortable or uncomfortable reactions to something without knowing why.

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