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Embracing Hunterland

My first horse show of the season is 11 days away… which elicits numerous emotions, chief among them excitement and nervous unease. I’m ecstatic to return to the show ring, and am thrilled finally, finally summer is upon us. However, after all that has transpired over the last six months, I’m also nervous about how events will unfold, and nervous about how unprepared I feel. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of negative self-doubt, I am consciously making an effort to battle away my fears with one principal tactic: embrace Hunterland.

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Skills Bank

Skills Bank

The Trust Bank, originally posted by Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management, remains one of my all-time favorite blog posts. I think about it (and use the trust bank technique) often. Another blogger (Oh Gingersnap!) recently posted an article about Rider Self-Shaming from Horse Journals that really resonated with me. I’ve been going through some tough mental stuff with my riding lately, and I’m working hard to move past my fear and misgivings.

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Discussing the course

Mental Block

The older I get, and the more I ride, the more I’ve come to realize that riding is both physically and mentally challenging. In the last year, I’ve experienced a lot of both. I think I’m winning the physical battle, although I hate to say that because horses are humbling creatures. Mentally though, it’s a different story.

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