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Overcoming Confidence Issues

Everyone, no matter how good a rider, has at some time experienced confidence issues. Sometimes it’s a little blip that is easily overcome with supportive friends and/or your trainer. But sometimes it is a nasty wee monster that grows out of control and takes over, not only our riding, but our whole life. The thing about losing your confidence is that it also makes your comfort zone a whole heap smaller; and that makes you lose more confidence! The first thing we do when people come to us with a confidence issue is to assess both rider and horse. We check that the horse is not sore anywhere. If it is then we bring Karen Burrows in to work her Equine Touch magic. We check the horses emotional state and if that needs attention we do energy and crystal therapy to promote emotional balance and wellness. Then it’s the rider’s turn. If the confidence issue has resulted from a fall we use our Therapy horses (Maxi and Ben) to help the rider regain confidence and relaxation. Our horses are healers in their own right and are used to nervous riders. They are especially useful when the riders fall occurred when mounting. This is a very vulnerable time and if you fall off when you’re only halfway on it can causes major confidence issues. Once the rider is happy on our horses we can then start them back on their own horse. It is so rewarding watching them become a team again. A trainer told me long ago that: confidence is like a bucket of water. You can kick it over and its empty in a flash but you can only fill it back up one [...]

Rein pressure and balance

When you ride your horse how much rein pressure do you have? I was discussing this with a client the other day while out trailriding at Sandy Point. I had Maxi in his bitless bridle on a loose rein. He was in a lovely soft outline and walking out with long swinging strides. My client had her horse in a very round outline with obviously a lot of rein pressure; she was working hard with her legs but the horse was slow, not relaxed and its steps were short. Now I guess some of you are thinking “ well she obviously has a dressage horse and that’s the way they go”. Maxi is a “dressage horse” and Dave was riding with us on Storm who is definitely a dressage horse! Storm was in a bitted bridle but was also on a loose rein and walking out confidently in beautiful self carriage. The difference was the rein pressure and the balance of the rider. If you hold on really tightly to your horse all the time you are obliterating your stop aid and sabotaging not only your balance but the balance (self carriage) of your horse. It should be every riders aim to have their horse accepting a light contact and balancing themselves. If you give the rein forward your horse should stay at the same speed. If you go from walk to trot you should not need to balance yourself with your horses delicate mouth. So back to our client: she was effectively saying “stop” with the reins and “go” with her legs and her horse was confused and resentful. As we continued our ride we talked her into letting go a little and relaxing [...]

Challenge Day Approaching!

We only have three more Cake & Coffee Days before our Challenge Day on June 22nd. You need to have attended at least 2 Cake & Coffee Days WITH YOUR HORSE to be eligible to enter. There are great prizes and beautiful ribbons to be won, plus a stunning sash for the Champion Led and Champion Ridden. What is Cake & Coffee? Each month we hold two open days on the first Wednesday morning (10am) and the following Saturday afternoon (1pm) It costs $5 pp and you bring something yummy to eat. You can come by yourself or bring a horse. We have all the facilities available plus you can play Hoofball, try out the horse seesaw, small jumps, an obstacle course, or just you can just watch. Some people ride, some lead their horses around; there is no pressure to do anything. It’s great for young horses to allow them to socialise and get used to crowds without the stress of a competition. Then we put the horses away (we have small paddocks if you don’t want to tie them up) and go inside to have a cuppa and some cake while chatting.