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The Progression of Learning Sep 06, 2023

The Progression of Learning

 

If learning anything was as simple as getting taught one time by an expert, we’d all be experts at everything.

But learning is not so easy. We have to take...

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Thursday Thoughts - 3 Things You Need to Succeed in Life (and Horses) goals psychology Aug 31, 2023
Thursday thoughts:
 
There are three things you need in order to succeed in life (and horses):
 
The ability to not give up on something until it works,
 
The ability to give up on...
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Wednesday Wisdom - Allow Your Horse to Make Mistakes Aug 30, 2023
Wednesday Wisdom:
Allow your horse to make mistakes.
 
It is in our human nature to want to control everything. It is also in our human nature to resist accepting that we cannot control...
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Psychology Sunday - Trying New Things psychology Aug 27, 2023
Psychology Sunday:
 
Keeping it very simple, but very profound today:
 
You don't get to a new destination by taking the same path you always take.
 
Use that at your...
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1 Simple Tip to Improve Your Dressage Scores dressage Aug 25, 2023
Quick and easy tip to improve your dressage scores:
 
When heading across the diagonal, whether in working trot or any sort of lengthening/medium/extended, wait until the end of the movement...
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"Horse Show" versus "Competition" psychology Aug 16, 2023

"Horse Show" versus "Competition"

 

The past few years, I've tried to make a conscious effort to stop saying the phrase "Horse show" and instead say "competition".

It's a natural occurrence in...

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Why You Can’t Use Top Riders As Your Goal goals Aug 11, 2023

Why You Can’t Use Top Riders As Your Goal

 

You shouldn't try to ride like the top riders. You can't use them as your goal. 

Why? Because they ride 8+ horses a day and can do things...

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Confidence Versus Bravery - There is a Difference psychology Aug 10, 2023

Confidence vs Bravery 

 

When people find out I'm an upper level eventer, they somewhat frequently say something along the lines of "Oh wow, I could never be that brave". And on its...

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The Importance of a Growth Mindset mental health psychology Aug 09, 2023

The Importance of a Growth Mindset

 

Adopt the growth mindset, not the fixed mindset.

With a growth mindset, you're always capable of broadening your views and abilities.

Don't say "I'm not...

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Monday Meanderings: Horses with "Maintenance" Aug 07, 2023
I've seen so many sale/iso ads that people say they don't want horses with maintenance.
 
Stop being afraid of horses with maintenance. I'm more afraid of a horse who has plenty of experience...
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Psychology Sunday - Positivity and Mental Health mental health psychology Aug 06, 2023

This was a picture I posted a long time ago showing how much wear Jack’s shoes and nails took in one cycle.

 

But it’s also a very apt example to help me explain a mental tool you...

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Part 3: Example of what I say in my head to memorize the test Aug 05, 2023
If you missed Parts 1 and 2, scroll back to the previous two days to read about why practicing your dressage test may not be the best idea, and how I define and memorize my tests!
 
Below is...
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Part 2: How to Memorize Your Dressage Test Aug 04, 2023
Well first of all, when I first learn a test, I will bring up the test as well as a dressage arena side by side so that I can trace out and know exactly where I'm going and what I'm doing.
 
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Part 1 of 3: Dressage Tests: To Practice or Not To Practice? Aug 03, 2023
 
Dressage tests are one of the few things we can exactly practice before a competition, unlike jumping phases where our preparation is solely on training the horse to be able to respond to...
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10 of the biggest leaps in a person's riding/horse education goals Aug 02, 2023
1) Learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable
 
2) Learning to ride forward
 
3) Learning to allow an exuberant horse an outlet. Knowing how to guide them to come back without...
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Official Launch! Aug 01, 2023

I am super excited to start my own website, blog, and educational library to share my experiences and knowledge with the world! Be sure to sign up for the newsletter so that you get updated any...

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