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Love life on Valentine's Day

As it's Valentine's Day, there's love in the air for all sorts of things. 
 

 
One of the main aspects ofPositive Psychologyis to feel gratitude about life, and people are encouraged to write gratitude diaries to reflect on what's in their life that's good. 

Things can be large or small, and you'd be surprised at the things you notice once you start.  When did you last notice the colour of a brooding sky before a storm; when did you feel the freedom of the wind in your hair; when did you hear children laughing?

Making Smooth, Accurate Turns

What does a torch and your tummy button got to do with riding perfect turns every time?



Do you ever find that you overshoot turns when you're riding, or turn too soon and find yourself wobbling up that centre line?

Often, it's because your horse isn't turning as one unit, so either drifts through the shoulder, or steps sideways towards the turn, rather than round it.  A supple horse will turn better, but even then, if we're not balanced and in the right place, it makes it harder for the horse.

Three easy tips to gain Balance in the Rising Trot

We al lknow that one ofthe best ways to help our horses work well, is to make sure we're ridng in good balance.  Using rising trot is a great way of freering your hrose's back, energising the hind legs and encouraging forward movement.

However, I often see riders 'behind the movment' essentially applying the hand-brake and expecting the horse ot pull them along too.  Usually, it is the mechanism of the rising trot that can be improved.

So, other than going up and down in time to the trot, how do you actually do rising trot (sometimes called posting)?

How do I know what my horse is thinking?

 
Hello everyone, Mr Ed here.  I’ve been asked to contribute to this blog so you get to know things from a horse’s point of view.  I’m really excited about it, so I hope you enjoy it!
 
Have you ever gone to your horse in the stable, or gone to get on for your lesson, or watched someone ride and wondered how the horse was feeling or what he was thinking? Do you ever wish you could make a better relationship with the horse you’re riding?  One of the ways that you can understand more about us is by watching our body language.

Top Five Confidence Building Tips


How would you like to be even more confident when you’re at work, with friends, or perhaps in an interview?  How quickly would you like to use the skills and strategies that have helped top business and sports people such as Bill Gates and Sir Bradley Wiggins get to the top of their game?

Most people would say that they’d like to be more confident at some time in their life.  This might be a generalised confidence, or in specific circumstances for example taking a test, or starting a new job.

#coachingquestion

#coaching question

which of your strengths is most useful to you?

life, camels’ backs and dustbins


When Archi, my rescue greyhound, arrived in my life, he only had one eye.  To be honest, that’s why I chose him (if it hadn’t been him, there was a lovely chap with three legs who looked gorgeous!)  I was told he had had an infection which they couldn’t cure so it had to be removed.  I’ll never really know, but I believe he was probably in a fight with another dog; he’s very reactive to other dogs and we work very hard to keep him calm.  I’ve noticed that some days are better than others, sometimes with no apparent reason.

Meditation

I'm not sure what your reaction to the word meditation is - you may roll your eyes to heaven, or tune in for more. There are many kinds of meditation, but one of my favourites is that of loving kindness.  You don't need to know the science behind it (although if you're interested, click here) simply play this one I've prepared, and enjoy your five minutes which will have an impact on the rest of your day.

Five top tips for life

Be honest, what do you think of when you think of self care?  Are you thinking spa days, manicure, treating with nice food, maybe a glass of something sparkly, locking the door and turning up the TV? 

If you answered yes, you’re not alone.  And does this all sound a bit self indulgent, selfish even?  And how often do you achieve the above?  I’m guessing you might be struggling to remember and then feeling bad that you don’t do it more often.  Well, I’m not going to tell you whether it’s self indulgent or not, but if you believe that, I do think that it’s probably the reason why you don’t do it – that and telling yourself you don’t have time/money.
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