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Inside Your Ride: Mental Skills for Being Happy and Successful with Your Horse Paperback – May 1, 2012
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More About the Author
Tonya's passion for the mental side of sport developed through a lifetime of riding and competing. She has always been intrigued by the behind-the-scenes preparation and psychological skills that help people succeed. Tonya has many championships, wins and year-end awards in the jumper and equitation divisions to her credit. She currently rides and competes in the amateur medals in California, where she recently won the 2013 Foxfield and PCHA Adult Medal Finals.
Top Customer Reviews
This book has really helped me in achieving a new level of confidence in myself. I think it is mainly because of the skills that are designed to give you something specific and real to work towards to and reward you for your efforts. Also the brain is a wonderful thing that can be trained…. Preferably in a positive way:
Example 1: I have often times gone around the ring and complained that my movements were not as accurate as they should be. Enter: Ride with your mind: giving you skills to separate and divide the arena into stepping stones and focus points. Sounds easy, but a lot of amateurs just don’t do it (enough).
Example 2: As an amateur I have plenty of lessons where after finishing, I wonder why my trainer hasn’t quit on me: Enter: Ride with your mind: asking you to focus on reviewing positive parts of your ride first and then diving into the negative view. Again, sounds easy…but once you get in the habit…it keeps giving back.
The more you use those techniques, the more you can see a change. Those are not hokum techniques, some do require a bit of trust into your feelings but are easy to incorporate into other aspects of your life as well.
The author "gets" the nuances of how riding differs from, say, basketball, and frames her concepts accordingly. For each concept, she explains it, and illustrates it, in a few different ways. She includes anecdotes from top riders about their applications of sports psychology, which helped me be a little more forgiving of my own foibles.
I first bought the book about a year ago, and while not every concept immediately seemed applicable, I found plenty that had a big impact on improving my riding, and which have remained useful. I recently picked it up again, curious how it would read when things are going better, and some of the concepts which didn't seem relevant a year ago, now gave me some new perspective and tools.
After each time I looked at the book, I came away looking forward to my next ride, and that has been the best thing of all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has great tips especially if you're coming back after a fall and don't have the confidence you used to. I'd definitely recommend it.Published 16 days ago by Unicorn Blow
Super book - chock full of practical tips and exercises that are useful at home and shows. As part of trying to ride better, I've read a lot of horse self-help books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kath
Excellent book I love it and it help me so much. It is the bestPublished 13 months ago by Bernardo A.
Re-reading it now that we've moved to a new place. Very helpful.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Gindick
Really enjoying the mental skills that are presented
In the book. Mental focus is really the key for me!
Great mind training book for riders. Using for a current students but will recommend to all my students. Lots of helpful tipsPublished 15 months ago by Laura Underhill
This book is great. We made it required reading for our Equestrian Team. It also appeals to young riders and adult riders.Published 21 months ago by Cynthia Bizzarro
Great advice from someone who gave me what I was looking for - practical strategies and ideas on how to manage riding goals and fears. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris
This book is chock full of practical tips and tricks that have really helped me to enjoy competitive riding again!Published 23 months ago by Dale Rose