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Analysis Paralysis Part 2 goals psychology theory tips Feb 07, 2024

So in the previous blog post (read here if you haven't), we talked about what analysis paralysis is, how it affects our riding, and why we should avoid it.

But now you're probably...

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How an NBA Player Means a Lot to Your Riding goals psychology theory tips Jan 31, 2024

Today I want to talk about retired NBA player Brian Scalabrine.

You probably don’t know his name, or if you do, it is for all the wrong reasons.

He played in the NBA from 2001 to 2012 and was...

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Three Tiers of Riding Lessons goals theory tips Jan 05, 2024

To start, let's talk about the 80/20 rule. It is a concept that broadly states that the first 80% of a skill takes only 20% of the time/effort to learn. But the last 20% of that skill...

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Taking, and Making, Your Own Opportunities goals tips Dec 06, 2023

Let me just start with saying that I have been extremely lucky and fortunate to have the opportunities and support from many people (but particularly my parents) over my riding career.

However,...

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A Happy Horse is a Better Performing Horse goals mental health psychology tips Dec 01, 2023

There are so many directions and ideas on this subject, but let's start here with this brutally honest fact:

If you want to get the best out of your horse, they need to be happy.

A happy horse will...

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Yearly Competition Planning goals organizing tips Nov 28, 2023

How do you plan out the competition year with when/where/levels/etc?

This is something I've done for many many years now. I make an excel sheet with all possible competitions, then start narrowing...

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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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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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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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