How to Keep Reminding Yourself

Hi, it’s Barb.

I have a fun tip to help you remember to do things on your horse (that you know how to do), but you forget to do them!

It came up on our Facebook group this week. A rider commented that her turns were much better when she rode with her shoulders open. But the challenge was she couldn’t remember to do it all the time!

I told her about a fun ‘trick’ she can use to keep new things she learns in the forefront of her mind.

That’s what this video is all about.

Translate things from a technical instruction into a word or a phrase that’s fun and causes your body to make the moves you need.

Examples (Barb demonstrates in the video):

  • Open shoulders, “Would you like to see my gorgeous necklace!”
  • Sit with an aligned posture (no leaning). “Hips 1-2, hips 1-2.”
  • Clenched hands on the reins, “Hands off!”

Make a plan to keep repeating your phrase of choice to yourself – and smiling all the while!

That’s what I have for you today. Easy-greasy-simple.

When you know the action you want in ‘regular’ instruction, do a translation that calls up that behavior for you and that you enjoy. You can make up anything you want as long as it makes you feel a bit amused and causes you to readjust naturally.

My dad used to say to first-time riders who came to our place to buy a horse, “Here’s all you have to do when you ride. Put a leg on each side and your mind in the middle!” He thought that was so funny!

Have a great week, and I’ll see you soon! Leave a comment for me.

Thank you for all you do.

Much love,

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10 Comments on How to Keep Reminding Yourself

  1. Donna Hinze on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 1:31 pm
  2. Curious if the the shoulder/necklace comment was about turns during cutting.

  3. Linda Clavel on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 3:43 pm
  4. I loved the comment about smiling. This last weekend at a large show one of the 3 judges walked up to me as I was leaving the arena and thanked me for smiling. He had judged me all weekend and said he noticed I was always smiling and looking like I was having fun! 🙂

  5. Katrina on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 4:27 pm
  6. I like your Dad’s saying, I’m going to use it! I felt my shoulders relax and my elbows come in and I sat tall. Love it. lol 😃💜

  7. Leslie sterling on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 4:36 pm
  8. Cool

  9. Patti on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 5:44 pm
  10. 👍❤️👍

  11. Patti C on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 5:45 pm
  12. 👍❤️👍

  13. Patti Chiarelli on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 5:45 pm
  14. 👍❤️👍

  15. Yvonne Cates on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 8:10 pm
  16. Love it Barb!
    l put my gorgeous necklace on. Now on my way to the barn.

  17. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 19th Jun 2022 11:13 pm
  18. Thank you Barb for these “fun” reminders that we can make things up that “lighten” our attitude but still remind us of our “job” in the saddle. I always enjoy listening to you and watching Nic who was dozing in the breeze–:)

  19. Sue on Mon, 20th Jun 2022 9:23 pm
  20. I love that old cowboy saying. I put it on the card for my son’s 21st as part of my advice for life
    (The other one was: “The person doing all the talking doesn’t necessarily know what they’re talking about….”. The quiet achievers often aren’t into self promotion)

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