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Counterintuitive Series #6:
Tiny Steps Done Well

This is number six in our counter-intuitive series that discusses many of the basics of horsemanship and riding, interwoven with the mental tools and skills that we all know we should do, but we tend to do just the opposite.

Today’s topic is about the tiny steps involved in doing any maneuver we do on a horse. If we don’t do each one of the small steps well (in the chain along the way), then the maneuver as a whole will not be smooth. Or it may not build the confidence of our horse – or us.


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Counterintuitive Series #5:
These Come First – Really?

Hello, my Friends!

This is our fifth episode in our counterintuitive series – those basic things in our riding that are important to do, but they’re so easy to forget – and easy to think they don’t carry that much weight.

The first four topics in our series were about:

  • The power of intention and how that sets us up for a positive experience with a clear focus
  • The amazing impact of keeping our eyes up to ensure direction and focus
  • How breathing can transform a ride for the better in literally one breath
  • Feeling your horse move beneath you by focusing on your seat bones

But most often with all these counterintuitive elements, our natural tendency is to do exactly the opposite! That’s the interesting part to me.

Our fifth topic in this video is all about the challenge of using your seat and/or your legs/feet before your hands. We tend to go right to our hands for almost everything!


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Counterintuitive Series #4: Please Be Seated

This is the fourth episode in our counterintuitive series – those basic things in our riding that are important to do, but they’re so easy to forget – and easy to think they don’t carry that much weight.

As a quick review, the first topic in our series was about the power of intention and how that sets us up for a positive experience with a clear focus. The second was the amazing impact of keeping our eyes up, and the third was how breathing could transform a ride for the better literally in one breath.

But most often with all these counterintuitive elements, our natural tendency is to do exactly the opposite! That’s the amazing part to me!

Our fourth topic today is all about becoming more connected with your horse through your seat. And just like all of the other counterintuitive topics, I LOVE this one!

Now I’m doing this episode via audio for a reason. It’s because I want you to take the time to tune into your body as you ride, connect to your seat, release tension, and feel the movement of your horse beneath you.

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Counterintuitive Series #3:
take a breather

This is our third video in our counterintuitive series – those basic things in our riding that are important to do, but they’re easy to forget or think that they don’t care that much weight.

And most often, our natural tendency is to do exactly the opposite!

Number 3 is all about breathing.


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Counterintuitive Series #2:
The Eyes Have It!

Hi, my Friends.

This is the second video in our counterintuitive series. And what I mean by that is there are many things we know we should do, but they seem so ‘common’ that we tend to think, “Yeah-yeah. Let’s move on to something a little more exciting!”

The challenge is that all of these ‘basics’ matter A LOT – but – they are counterintuitive and easy to forget to do.

By that, I mean that it feels more natural not to do them. Or we think these things don’t have that big of an effect on what happens with our horse in any one moment.

What I’m going to talk about in this video is keeping our eyes up, why it’s important, and a tip for doing just that.


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Counterintuitive Series, #1:
Does THIS really matter?

This is the first in a series of ‘good practices’ for riding that are counterintuitive – or maybe we think they’re not THAT important.

Over the next six videos, I’m going share one ‘yah-yah, but does it really matter’ idea, explain why I think it’s important and I’ll give a simple tip to you for doing it.

This first video is about the simple practice of setting an intention before you ride.

You may think that setting an intention before your ride does not significantly impact your ride.

I understand why you might think that.

But in this video, I explain why I believe setting an intention is counterintuitive for most of us, and why I know it matters.

You’ll also come along with me on a little adventure to boogie land with Nic! HA! It will be fun to see what happens.


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Taking the Slack Out

I just returned from Fort Worth, Texas where I had the opportunity and honor to judge a colt starting competition, Road to the Horse.

One of the things I loved the most about my experience is that for three days, I heard six different clinicians/professionals talk about what they do with a horse, how they think it, and why they do it.

I not only enjoyed learning their concepts – I loved hearing the words they used to describe what they were doing. That’s because the words we use matter!

That’s what this video is all about – a great idea shared by one of the clinicians and the power of the words we use and how we use them.


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Podcast:
Two Trips Challenge Update

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The Connection Between Confidence and Fitness

It’s Barb, and welcome to Springtime in Texas!

I have something short and simple, but something I know can make a huge difference in your life and your riding.

It involves a challenge for you as a rider for the next two weeks. It also involves your horse (if he or she is at home and that’s possible for you).

That’s what this video is all about!


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Tips for Riding and Showing in Front of Others

We all ride in different situations from time-to-time that include other people, whether it be at a show, a clinic, on the trail or a gather with friends.

We want to look good. We want our horse to look good. In short, we want to have it all together!

But no one escapes the fact that we can’t wave a magic wand and have it all together! (Not that we expect that, but we would love it!)

The fact is, you’re always collecting and assembling puzzle pieces of information and experience every time you ride.

This video is about helping you organize those puzzle pieces into four distinct steps. I’ll also share tips that can make a big difference in your preparation – and then staying cool and focused as you ride.


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Podcast:
3 Tips from the Judge

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Podcast:
Nerves in Horses and People

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