Here’s the Diff

What I’m about to tell you is the same for riders across the board; actually, it’s the same for humans across the board, but I’m going to give you an example from the cutting world.

The National Cutting Horse Association just wrapped up its 2nd largest show of the year. It’s one of the biggies, so there’s always a lot of excitement around it.

That’s what this video is all about.


What I want to share is a pattern I see over and over again that people who excel do.

  1. They take nothing for granted. No matter how accomplished they are, they don’t think, “Oh, I’ve got it now, so no need to go the extra mile.”No, they go two extra miles instead – every time!
  2. They mentally rehearse the technical skills, mindsets, and physical presentation strategies to prepare for their horse and upcoming ride.They visualize, plan a script, etc.
  3. As they do this mental rehearsal and planning, they fully notice and acknowledge what they feel confident about and own it. These are their strengths, and they know the incredible power of constantly building on them.
  4. Instead of feeling anxious about the less developed skills of their horse or themselves, or things they feel uncertain about, they think about how they will navigate them if those areas arise. They also physically practice them, of course, but having a game plan in their mind for these spots of uneasiness reverses the anxiety train. Now they know what to do if need be, and they slow down in that part of their ride to do their job – physically and mentally.

So there you go, four things you too can do – for a lifetime – to keep you grounded, building on your strengths, navigating lesser known areas, learning, and having a plan for your rides.

What do you think about these four areas? Please feel free to leave a comment for me. As always, I love to read them.

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13 Comments on Here’s the Diff

  1. Leslie Renee Torres on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 1:38 pm
  2. Excellent

  3. Tania Allman on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 1:41 pm
  4. Love it.

  5. Tania Allman on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 1:42 pm
  6. Love it.
    Wish I could consistently do

  7. Mary on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 2:58 pm
  8. Love it!! Appreciate the tips. Keep them coming!!

  9. Michelle portolese on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 3:12 pm
  10. Great advice..thank you

  11. DeAnna Ball on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 9:43 pm
  12. Those great Fort Worth competitors left no stone unturned. When you said that, I was admiring your beautifully raked arena, and thought, that is a visual example of no stone unturned. Nice summary of four areas to focus on.

  13. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 23rd Apr 2023 11:36 pm
  14. Thank you Barb, How fun for you to get to spend some days at a big cutting show and see your friends! And I wrote those 4 concepts down; maybe I can use them in general, not necessarily in the show pen since I don’t show. 🙂 Nic liked your earrings! 🙂

  15. Romana Davis on Mon, 24th Apr 2023 4:50 am
  16. Thank you for your Sharing . So good to be reminded.

  17. Judy Becker on Mon, 24th Apr 2023 6:19 am
  18. Great information! Thank you so much –

  19. Suzanne Lamon on Mon, 24th Apr 2023 8:57 am
  20. 👍❤️

  21. Kelly Scilingo on Mon, 24th Apr 2023 9:40 am
  22. Hey Barb
    I think that you hit every bullet point for every top rider that walks into the arena with this presentation.

    90% mind game in preparation.

    Thank you for sharing

  23. Sally on Tue, 25th Apr 2023 6:59 am
  24. Wonderful reminders

  25. Robin on Thu, 27th Apr 2023 9:40 am
  26. I especially appreciate point number two. I am going to concentrate on that one and come back to the others.

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