The Connection Between Confidence and Fitness

It’s Barb, and welcome to Springtime in Texas!

I have something short and simple, but something I know can make a huge difference in your life and your riding.

It involves a challenge for you as a rider for the next two weeks. It also involves your horse (if he or she is at home and that’s possible for you).

That’s what this video is all about!


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Howdy,

It’s Barb, and welcome to Springtime in Texas!

In this video, I have something short and simple, but something I know can make a huge difference in your life and your riding.

I have a challenge for you as a rider for the next two weeks!

Do just one thing every day consistently to improve your physical fitness. It could be exercise. It could be your eating habits. I want you to do something for your body to get you a little bit more fit.

I’m not trying to make it a heavy workout routine. Choose something simple.

As riders, fitness is so important for our confidence.

When I was first trained in Florida, my mentor told our class that if you only wished to do one thing to improve your confidence, get into the best shape of your life.

I have decided that I am going to improve my fitness this Spring! I always maintain some level of fitness, but it’s not something I feel I’m getting stronger in. It’s time to up my game!

I would love for you to do this challenge with me. If you want to join me, leave a comment.

Next, it’s time to get our horses in shape, if they’re not already. Nic absolutely needs to get conditioned! He’s fuzzy, and I’m fluffy!

I’m going to work on my flexibility and strength, and I’m going to work on his fitness, too.

The way I’m going to do this is by bringing his respiration and heart rate up (trotting or loping) and down (walking).

I’ll start by walking him for a bit and warming his muscles. Then I’ll know if his respiration increases by his nostrils’ flare – just a medium amount is needed for each cycle. It’s an easy measure. When walking in the ‘down’ cycle, his nostrils will decrease in flare, but not quite to a resting level.

Be even and do the cycles in each direction.

Leave a message and let me know if you’re in for you – and/or if you’re in for your horse. Let’s all get in better shape.

It’s the ‘Shape Up’ Challenge!

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Comments

59 Comments on The Connection Between Confidence and Fitness

  1. Tonya Holmes on Mon, 22nd Mar 2021 10:14 pm
  2. Yes I’m in. Thanks for sharing. It’s funny that confidence comes that way. But I know it does. I’m always more every thing when we feel good.

  3. DeAnna on Mon, 22nd Mar 2021 10:50 pm
  4. I’m in. I am headed out with my horses and new, large puppy. Perfect exercise to run in the morning early

  5. Shelia R Snowden on Tue, 23rd Mar 2021 3:38 am
  6. Day one of the challenge – Monday is done for me.

  7. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 23rd Mar 2021 6:52 am
  8. Carol, I just go more slowly and in smaller circles until he gets warmed up… and then I can ask him for more. (-:

  9. Linda Carson on Tue, 23rd Mar 2021 10:49 am
  10. I’m in. Been putting it off but no excuses! Just gotta get out there and do it! Thanks Barb

  11. Karen on Tue, 23rd Mar 2021 12:21 pm
  12. Ready!! Both my horse & I need to work on our winter “fluff”!!

  13. Christine E on Tue, 23rd Mar 2021 1:43 pm
  14. Yes ma’am I’m in – myself and my birthday boy, turned-19-today gelding! His “season” is in the winter presently, but I will plan to plan for longer term with this challenge!

  15. Carol Mills on Wed, 24th Mar 2021 2:43 pm
  16. Yes I am in. Perfect timing for me and Maggie.

  17. Tanya Ragone on Wed, 31st Mar 2021 7:34 am
  18. Hi Barb!
    Yes I’m in. I have 4 extremely fuzzy, chunky ones that need to get back into condition. I too need to strengthen every muscle…I had a lazy winter too!

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