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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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A comment was made to me a few months ago now. It even made me question if I was worthy to continue coaching. Its left me wondering if I am good enough. Am I capable of working as a professional in the equestrian industry?

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That started my years long pursuit (it never ends really), of finding ways to work with our horses that aligned with my primary philosophy of first do no harm, mentally, physically and emotionally.

There are a few key things I learnt along the way...

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That first dressage test- It had taken 3 years of consistent boring arena work, frustration and weekly to fortnightly lessons to get us to that level.
I had so many fears, having returned to riding after 24 years. I was now a middle aged, over weight mum with a lot of insecurities.

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