I worked with Jo to focus on how to develop a clear strategy for managing challenging situations where a lack of confidence (horse and rider!) had become an issue; both competitions and training in unfamiliar environments. We developed an approach based on building a clear plan for each event, structured around my aims, what success would look like, and how I would manage each element of the competition/training session; including mental focal points and how I planned to ride. This approach has enabled me to maintain a consistent, focused attitude, and importantly to ensure that I ride to the best of my ability. My horse has become more relaxed and consistent, and as a result, we have not only achieved my initial aim of completing a one day event, we have also placed on several occasions.
June 22, 2017