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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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I stood next to my horse in tears.

I just wanted to ride, like I always used to.

Rocky was saddled and ready to go, but even though I was desperate to go for a ride, I couldn’t make myself mount. I was literally shaking with fear at the prospect of getting into the saddle.

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Having ridden, trained, coached and worked with horses for my whole life, last year in 2019, I thought I would take the next logical step and start the journey of becoming a dressage judge. 

 From my journey I would love to share some key things that I have learnt.

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