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.