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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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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3 Tips from the Judge

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Nerves in Horses and People

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Three traits that work for anything

I had to reschedule a 4-part, 2-day webinar series a few days ago that was supposed to be for this past Friday and Saturday.

It was because the weather in Texas wreaked havoc on our internet, power, and water. We have been very fortunate personally. Our prayers are with our Texas neighbors who certainly have suffered.

However, on Wednesday, when I realized I had to reschedule, I went into a little bit of a tailspin trying to figure it all out.

Then, I remembered three traits I learned in my original performance training that apply not only to competitors but to everyone in all kinds of situations.

And I love thinking about them as related to riding.

That’s what this video is all about.

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How fast do you bounce back?

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Do you know when your horse is ready?

Last week we talked about getting into the swing of showing. I also said that while I might talk about ‘showing’ that this information is not just about competition.

It can be anytime you want to ride at your best, and you’re riding with others. You might be going to a clinic, doing a fun adventure with friends, or going down the trail.

This week I want to build on last week and do 3 things.

The first is I’m going to show you one of the ways I knew when my horses were ready to show.

The second is I have another fun and freeing way to think about competition.

The third is to identify the four areas in the four podcasts we have coming up starting this week.

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To Show or Not To Show

It’s getting to be that time of the year again when the bug hits a lot of riders to go show.

Of course, some people like to show, and some don’t. What absolutely matters is that you do what you love to do with your horse. Period.

Whether you show or not, you don’t have to prove anything in the show arena. In fact, I don’t think showing is about that anyway, although it is a blast to win!

I think you’ll find the perspectives I share here about showing to be thought-provoking no matter what kind of riding you do. Plus, I let you know about some fun things coming up.

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In Our Horseback Riding Lives, Change is Always a Challenge

And, Change is a Gift

There is always change in our horse lives.

This can happen when our horse has to be laid off. Or, we might experience a change in our financial capabilities to follow through on plans. Or, we might get the news that a trainer or a vet is moving. These are just a few examples. You fill in your own blanks.

Change is the only thing that is sure in our lives.

As I write this article, I am feeling that ultimate happy/sad state that change can bring. There’s a big change happening in my life right now.

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