Equestrians are often on a quest to improve their horses and their riding abilities. They take countless lessons, go to clinics, and read as many ‘top ten tips’ blogs as their eyes can scan in one sitting.
Riding horses well requires more mental focus than most people realize. We become detective-like when it comes to how the tack should fit, what kind of food protocol your horse should be on, which lateral work to play with, or how often to go out on a hack.
The truly committed riders are always thinking, deciding on the best course of action, and are willing to make shifts accordingly.
Let’s allow one of the greatest (although fictional) detectives to give us some insights. And yes, this is another ‘top tips’ blog, but we'll just go with five today (not 10).
All quotes are of course by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
When you focus on the tiniest details of your ride, you can discover the most subtle and amazing results. Your feel and timing will improve. You just have to get quiet enough to notice the little details.
Any great detective knows that you must keep yourself on your A-game by continuing to learn and observe all the things at your disposal. Books, videos, clinics, and even online courses. They can all help. Yet remember to be discerning (see #5). What new things are you reaching for today? Don’t let your education stop. Ever!
How often do you include music with your riding? When you’ve found the perfect songs for both you and your horse to enjoy, the frequencies can influence your rides on a cellular level. Especially if you seek out music that’s set to the love frequency. Explore what music you want to ride to next!
So many Equestrians can relate to this. Be prepared for the unexpected. Decide that you won’t be pushed off your course when bumps in the road come along. They will. Be the cork in the ocean that will always pop up to the surface, no matter how many waves it rides.
This is the Mind Palace concept that I love to use. Focus on what is absolutely necessary and allow the rest to fade away. Try this: write in a notebook all of your thoughts you have when you’re riding. Which thoughts are actually serving you?
Decide to discard any that aren’t assisting you and your horse. Simply allow the important facts and positive thoughts to remain. It’s quite the Experiment! “The game is afoot.”
Has Sherlock Holmes inspired you? Or perhaps another fictional character? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
May the horse be with you. Always.