There is something that top competitors in every sport understand that can be applied at any level of riding to help us and our horses.
I heard this explained at a clinic with my friend, and amazing horsewoman, Barbra Shulte. Barbra is a professional cutting horse trainer, the first woman to win all three prestigious championships in cutting.
Barbra also studies and coaches personal performance, so she knows what really goes into peak performance.
Just to clarify something here… I believe that peak performance is not just for competitions and athletes. Many of the same principles and practices that create great “performance” also mean connection to yourself, to your horse, and being fully immersed in what you are doing – even if that is simply a Tuesday afternoon schooling ride.
During this clinic I attended, Barbra mentioned the concept of “recovery time” and how, in any activity, there is a rhythm between going full out, full focus, and then moments of relaxation to allow for being fully on again.
Now “relaxation” doesn’t necessarily mean stopping and hanging out. There are levels of recovery.
I explain more in the video below.
See you in the comments,