Articles - rider psychology

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Become a More Confident Rider in and Out of the Ring

Having confidence is about more than just believing in yourself. Learn how to make a plan and stick to it, so that you feel prepared and capable as a rider.

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Is Social Media a Help or Hindrance for Equestrians?

A look at the pros and cons of social media for equestrians, and tips for managing your accounts to maintain a healthy relationship with the medium.

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The Smarter Rider: Accepting Life’s Challenges

Resisting things we can’t change causes us to suffer mentally. Accepting them helps us look at equestrian and life problems in a more constructive way.

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How to Avoid Drama at the Barn

Sometimes, whether you intend to or not, you end up becoming involved in barn politics. Try these tips to ensure a peaceful, drama-free environment.

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5 Qualities of the Coachable Athlete

Psychologist April Clay lists the top five qualities of a great equestrian student, with the attitude, self-control and work ethic to succeed.

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How You Can Be More Focused At A Show

Developing focus and becoming a mindful rider is about being in the present moment, fully engaged with the experience of communicating with your horse.

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Does Listening to Music Help Performance?

Is it true that listening to music can help boost the pre-performance mental and emotional states of equestrians? Psychologist April Clay responds.

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Avoiding the Winter Doldrums

Winter can be a tough go. No sunny horse shows and exciting destinations – just hard work in often difficult conditions. 

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Countdown to the Ring

Whether you are tackling your first entry-level cross-country course, ammy jumper round, or returning to competition after a long hiatus, here is a timeline for successful mental prep.

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A Rider’s Guide to Killer Confidence in the Ring

When confidence is approached as a feeling, the way to change seems to be through willpower. You tell yourself to feel better, to buck up, to believe.