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You need to be 'in the moment', and 'present', listen to the horse, be patient and understanding. To calm ourselves in the moment of fear and anxiety. Breathe. 
Ride and work with the horse, not against.

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 Finding time for our horses can seem like an impossible task some days. Between all our other commitments, some days just getting our horses fed and watered can feel like we are stretching our timetable. While I’m right there with you, if success with your horse is something you really want to achieve there are some skills that can help you carve out little chunks of time with your horse. LIST IT Ever heard of the Eisenhower Matrix? It’s a great way of prioritising your activities ranked by level of importance and urgency for your day, week or even month....

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I don’t know about you but as an adult rider I am significantly more aware of my mortality and the potential for a situation to go awry. I can find myself second guessing the environment, the weather, any variability that has the potential to make my horse less predictable and put me at risk of falling off. 

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As a person who has Depression anxiety and PTSD I have had to train myself to cope at competitions. It is still a work in progress but here are some tips to help you on the day and leading up to it.

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Having your horse on the bit is touted as the holy grail of self carriage but you often find your horse working hollow, fighting through the bit, sucking behind the bit or losing their brakes. This is because the frame and your horse being on the bit is the last piece of the puzzle and should happen as a result of self carriage not create it.

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