An exercise to release tension

January 13, 2022 by · 11 Comments
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Have you ever had a place of tension in your body (jaw clenched, arms up, shoulders forward, hands clenching reins, legs gripping, et.) that you had a hard time relaxing on a consistent basis.

There’s an important principle in performance training that goes like this. It doesn’t work to try to ‘get rid of’ something you don’t like, but instead replace what you don’t want with what you do want.

So in this case, we’re going to bring self-awareness to your trouble spot by you doing it over and over again (because most of the time we don’t know when we’re making an error) and then releasing, relaxing and repositioning it to the correct posture – over and over again.

That’s what this video is all about.


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How to have more fun!

January 8, 2022 by · 6 Comments
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Last week I talked about creating a theme for your year – an intention of sorts. It’s something that helps you lighten up and enjoy even more your life with horses (and of course, in general, too!).

One of mine was to make sure I did my best to have even more fun. I would be sure to create fun during my days and what I did with the horses.

Of course, I realize that sometimes life deals us situations that are not fun and could never be defined as fun in any way, shape, or form. That is part of life, too – and a topic for another day.

But here, today, I’m talking about our day-in-and-day-out activities wherein we absolutely can create more fun. That is up to us, and it’s a mindset.

Someone posted that they thought that was a good idea, but HOW could she create more fun?

That’s what this mini-podcast is all about.

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A New Year’s Theme?

December 31, 2021 by · 25 Comments
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This is the time of year when we set goals. (Some folks set new year resolutions, which is good, too.) But there’s one more element you can add that’s a little bit like a secret sauce to keep everything light and your focus on learning. That’s what this video is all about.


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From Our Family To Yours

December 17, 2021 by · 40 Comments
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I love the holidays. I love everything about them. I so enjoy gatherings with family and friends. Everyone’s so happy! You gotta’ love that!

And I love appreciating family. So I thought I’d take the time to introduce you to the Schulte clan.


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A Job Only You Can Do

December 9, 2021 by · 8 Comments
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In the past two weeks, I talked about how this time of year is a great opportunity to pause, reflect and get intentional about what you want to accomplish next year.

As an important next step, in this mini-podcast, I share what I know about the impact of upping the mental game part of riding for both you and your horse.

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No Blame

December 5, 2021 by · 14 Comments
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This is Part Two of strategizing how to design your 2022 riding plans. In this video, I discuss ideas to consider for improving the technical skills of you and your horse.


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Questions to ask looking to 2022

November 26, 2021 by · 25 Comments
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Hey, it’s Barb and Nic, and it’s a beautiful autumn day here in Texas.

I want to take a few minutes and talk about this time of year. It’s such a perfect time to think about 2022 – what we want to accomplish – why we want to achieve it – and what success looks like. Then – what is our path to get there?


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Time to Reset and Recharge

November 20, 2021 by · 22 Comments
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I’ve been traveling a lot over the past month. I’ve had fabulous experiences with incredible people. I am truly grateful.

I’m home now for a while. When I filmed this, I was getting ready to do one of my favorite events of the year, a “Cow Intensive” clinic with my friend, Shannon Pigott. But after that, my pace will be slower, and I get to hang out inside a new course with a new class – and I love that.

This video is all about how important it is to renew our physical, mental, and emotional energy for ourselves and as we ride our horses. I take a casual trail for no other reason than to be on Nic, relax and be with you.


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This place is hopping!

November 12, 2021 by · 1 Comment
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I had four fun-filled days in Cowtown in Fort Worth, Texas this past week. I got to see the sights, be a part of two unique events, and witness all kinds of horsey folks doing their thing. I love that.

This mini-podcast is all about my little adventure.

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An Adventuresome Path

November 4, 2021 by · Leave a Comment
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I’m out in the pasture with Nic. I just finished filming Lesson Three for our Confidence Within Free Workshop Series.

I want to tell you about it!

If you already signed up, you’ve received two lessons, so you know Lesson Three, Ride and Rise, is coming out tomorrow. I’m going to explain four steps on a path to a kind of quiet confidence on the inside.


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“How to Sit Deeper, Part 3”

April 11, 2019 by · 7 Comments
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This video is one more in my “finding your seat” series of video for working a cow. I talk about why it is so important for you to be grounded in your center of balance as you put your hand down after making the cut and before working a cow.


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“How to Sit Deeper, Part 2”

January 10, 2019 by · 1 Comment
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Previously I did Part 1 about developing a deeper seat as you work a cow.

This is Video 2 in that series. While it’s for all who work cattle (cutting, reined cow horse, and ranch cutting riders, etc,) there’s a message here for riders in all discipline.

I also focus on the role of using the horn in cultivating a deep seat.

This is the second video in a series for developing a deeper seat.

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