March 1, 2016
Winning The Mental Game
Every equestrian is an athlete and we have a four-legged, thinking, emotional, reactive partner who is very much affected by our mental state. While sports psychology is very important to all athletes in every kind of sport, I think that equestrians take it to a whole new level.
We all know that horses can sense our emotional state. When a rider is nervous, their horse is going to react usually for the worse. If a rider is tense, they’re going to reflect that body language in their movement. If the rider is too intense and too wound up with a desire to win, their horse may over perform as well.