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Rein Length: Part 3 - Bad Distances theory tips Feb 16, 2024
Rein Length: Part 3 - Bad Distances
Again, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking, but I felt this was a good educational moment to discuss. Did I ride as well as I would've like through...
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Rein Length: Part 2 - Examples theory tips Feb 14, 2024
Part 2 of Rein Length
While as I've said in many posts, there is a lot more nuance and complexity to riding, let's talk about some generalizations with rein length.
In this post, I'm providing...
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Rein Length: Part 1 - Discussion on Long Versus Short Reins theory tips Feb 13, 2024

A while back, I heard an Olympic level rider explain that cross country reins should be somewhat long in order for you to throw yourself back on downhill landings. 

And let me start off by...

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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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Analysis Paralysis Part 1 psychology theory tips Feb 06, 2024

This has been a frequent item I've addressed in lessons I've taught, as well as something that I have to work to overcome myself.

In a nutshell, the term "analysis paralysis" is used to convey a...

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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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