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.


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hi, it’s Barb.

Last week we talked about getting into the swing of showing. I also said that while I might talk about ‘showing’ that 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 how I know when my horse was ready to show.

It’s a soft, clear, precise, and even responsiveness to your cues. It’s like being present and so in tune with your dance partner.

He’s paying attention but in a soft and responsive way.

When a horse is fresh, he tends to not pay attention as much, and be a bit more reactive to cues. With some riding and asking him to do simple things he already knows, you can get his attention, and then do a ‘test’ so to speak of his attunement with you.

I can put my leg on lightly to accelerate or move laterally and his response is smooth, seamless and accurate.

This is just one of the elements of getting you and your horse aligned together and focused and ready to do your job before you show. And I hope that little barometer was helpful to you.

The second is I want to share another little fact that has helped me so much in my thinking.

It’s that our job as a rider is the same at a show as it is at home. The difference, of course, is that you have to show up and ride at a certain time in front of others, and then have a result as compared to others.

But all of those things are external. Your relationship with your horse and his understanding of what you are asking him to do is the same. Your need to be tuned into him is the same. It’s just that it’s easy for us to be distracted by the show environment. But we can learn to overcome that!

And the third is that this week, on Tuesday, February 9th, I’m going to start a 4-part podcast series that will be yours to keep. It’s called Shine in the Show Pen.

The first podcast will be about establishing your true north for showing. It will help you get more near to your heart, and then clarity for getting where you want to go.

Not only why do you show, but what do you want to accomplish? And what would success look like for you? Your true north can be very diff than those around you… and for the sake of your own success and joy, it’s important to know… like following your north star with your horse.

Then there’s getting you practicing and getting ready.
Then there’s getting your horse practicing and getting ready.
Then there’s getting the two of you practicing flowing together.

That’s the subject of the second podcast.

Then there’s show day all that goes into that before and during your ride to walk into that arena focused, feeling good and ready to do your job at your very best… and by the way, that’s what I believe to be the criteria.

How do you warm yourself up? How do you warm your horse up? What are your pre-ride rituals?

That’s what we’ll talk about during the third podcast.

And then the fourth one will be all about how to review your rides so you can strategically improve for the next ride. You might even start to like watching your videos!

The podcasts will be yours to keep if you like. You can download them on your phone or computer, or you can listen to them online.

Then, just one more thing and I’ll let you go. On Friday, February 19th, I’m going to do 2 in-depth online coaching trainings and I’ll do two more on February 20th.

For now, just click the link or the button below and I’ll send the podcasts to you to listen to at your leisure.

And again, even if you don’t show or go to clinics or go on rides with your friends at a certain time and place, I think you’ll enjoy everything!

Leave a message and I hope you’ll join me. Heh, and try out the exercise!

Click here for more information on the FREE Shine Podcast Series

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Comments

3 Comments on Do you know when your horse is ready?

  1. LINDA VAN DEN BOSCH on Sun, 7th Feb 2021 6:37 pm
  2. Awesome !! So looking forward to the podcasts

  3. Pam Nielander on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 6:05 am
  4. Loving the Webinars. Looking forward to the Sarasota Clinic!
    Are there any exercises that you can suggest to help me keep my shoulders square? I ride with Romels and tend to drop a shoulder back. Trying to work on it before your clinic next month. Thank you

  5. Carol MacGregor on Wed, 10th Feb 2021 4:29 pm
  6. Hi Barb, I just watched Sunday’s video; sorry I’m a little late in watching. I really did like how you showed to evaluate when Nic was “ready and listening” to you before going to work on some training or trail riding. So important to have your horse tuned into you instead of the outside world. Thank you.

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