Brain Training for Riders
Unlock Your Riding Potential with Stressless Techniques for Conquering Fear, Improving Performance, and Finding Focused Calm
Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the 'Lizard Brain' that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your 'Rational Brain' can effectively 'shut down' and you are at the mercy of a reptile ...dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly — even though you know better.
When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or 'stressful' riding situations. But here's the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the stable, at shows, and everywhere in between.
- handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment;
- hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle;
- care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and
- produce a state of 'Focused Calm' and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.
Reviews for Brain Training for Riders
Brain Training for Riders… reveals that regardless of age, experience and ability, those of us who ride horses often suffer from fear, anxiety and nervousness – sometimes it’s short term and sometimes chronic. Here, the psychotherapist tries to unravel the cause using her experience in trauma treatment and solution orientated therapy and alleviate possible blocks to successful performance.
The Essex Rider
A confidence manual for those of us who occasionally have the odd nervous wobble in the saddle … an interesting exercise in positive thinking, and definitely one for the list if you’re struggling with your riding confidence.
Horse and Countryside
Andrea Waldo knows what it takes to overcome challenges that would flatten most people. The strategies in this book worked for her wed do well to listen.
Denny Emerson, USEA
So many riders give up riding, or suffer terribly before competitions because of being afraid. This book helps tame those fears and shows riders how to work through those problems. If you get stressed, nervous or anxious riding at home or in competition, then this is the book for you. It explains how to train your brain to handle the fear and doubt and to stay focused and calm allowing you to ride to the best of your ability. Highly recommended.
Horse and Pony Ireland