From Theory to Habit

In the past 11 weeks, I’ve been talking about things in your riding that are super important to do (no matter the discipline), but they are very challenging to integrate into your riding. Taking these 10 ideas from theory (“I need to do them”) to new and powerful habits – where the rubber meets the road – is what this video is all about.

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Hey, it’s Barb.

Howdy! For the past eleven weeks, I have been talking to you about ten different things that are so counterintuitive for us to do, but they’re really keys and basics of good horsemanship.

They’re for good horsemanship and our ability to develop a connection and really feel a horse.

Things like breathing, eyes up, connecting to your seat, and we had a couple of process-oriented ones like thinking about the different things that lead up to a stop like sitting instead of just thinking about the stop itself.

We had a couple of mindsets like to love mistakes and never stop believing in yourself and not only that but also to nourish that.

I hope that you got some excellent tips because we went through at least one or two tips with each of those.

But I also wanted to share with you that I’ve really been studying sequences of exercises in the past year and a half or so, sequences of things to do consistently every time you ride that do two things.

One, they get these skills and behaviors that we’ve been talking about woven into the fabric of how you ride. And then secondly, they have this wonderful effect of you developing the feel of the horse underneath you and a sense of connection with your horse.

Today we’re going to start by just this week I’d like you to set an intention for your ride, that was the first thing, to just set an intention and by the way, when we talked about that, there was the intention to, if you show, (some people show, some people don’t but no matter, you can use this.)

You can say, “We are going to be amazing.” Who wouldn’t want to be amazing, right?

I got a note from someone that said they did that, and the first and second day wasn’t so good, but the third day they did it again and went in and marked their highest score ever. Of course, they had to have the technical skills, but there is tremendous power in that, and that’s your assignment this week.

So I want to tell you about what’s happening next week.

In my Sunday video next week, I will give you the second step of this sequence because today, I’m only giving you the first step. Then on Thursday, I’m going to start a new free workshop which is just a video series of three videos that teach you more and more about putting these pieces together in a series of exercises.

So I wanted to alert you that that’s coming down the pike, so there’s actually a button down below if you want to sign up for the workshop (As I said, it’s free), so you won’t miss the notification it’s happening.

But today, I’m going to leave you on this video with a couple of things.

One is that we always have a kind of a way that we do things, and I call that the default way of doing things, and when we want to develop a new habit, we have this challenge that, of course, takes a while to replace one habit with another.

Then when we have multiple things that we want to do, unless we get them into a sequence that makes sense and we practice them over time, and we’re patient, unless we do that, we don’t really get them integrated into our riding, so that’s what we’re going to do.

So again, I’m truly excited about it because I know the profound effect it can have as you develop these skills and these behaviors.

This week your assignment is to set an intention for every time that you ride, and I’ll see you next Sunday, and then on that following Thursday, we’re going to have a brand new workshop, and if you’d like to sign up for it now so that you don’t miss any of those videos there’s a button or a link at the bottom of this video, and I hope to see you there.

Have a great week!

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One Comment on From Theory to Habit

  1. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 27th Jun 2021 11:49 pm
  2. Thank you Barb for another opportunity to learn more important skills from you—for free!!! That is sooo generous of you! I do look forward to your Sunday “videos” because you always look so pretty and I always enjoy seeing Nic too–he’s handsome and has a good personality!!!

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