Episode 18: Georgia Bruce: On Clicker Training, Working with Horses & the Paralympics

Clicker Training has come to be a big part of the work that I’ve been doing with my horses, and I’m becoming more and more aware of what a powerful training tool it is. Georgia Bruce is not only an accomplished rider and trainer but one of the best in the business when it comes to clicker training and positive reinforcement.

In this episode, I talk to Georgia about the benefits of incorporating clicker training into your own work with your horse, how it works, and her own journey to being a dual medallist at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

You can learn more about Georgia on the links below:

Website: http://clickertraining.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaBruce.ClickWithHorses/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clickwithhorses/

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Episode 17: Intention & The Application of the Aids

If I were to ask you what first comes to mind when you think of “applying the aids”, chances are you would jump immediately to the physical; to how it is you organize your body and what prompts you apply in tangible terms to influence the direction, position or energy of your horse. Thinking of aids only in these terms, however, limits us; it prevents us from transcending a line of communication that begins at the most subtle level, and for any physical manifestations to arise from that place.

The application of the aids does not begin with the physical; it begins with thought and intention. Developing an awareness of and stepping into the practice of fine-tuning your intention opens a world of potential that maximizes you and your horse’s creative possibilities, which is exactly what we are talking about in this episode.

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Episode 16: 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing Now

Creating mental strength and emotional resilience is as much about what you DON’T do, as what you DO do! When it comes to making constructive changes that benefit you both in and out of the saddle, a good place to start is to look at habits and patterns that AREN’T serving you or are getting in the way before you summon all of your energies on new ways of going about things.  With that in mind, we’re going to run through the 7 things that you can STOP doing to optimize your brain space and get your heart and mind in tune with how it is you want to feel, who it is you want to be, and what it is you want to think.

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Episode 15: Robyn Schiller: On WEG, leadership & the journey with horses

Robyn Schiller grew up being a horse-crazy kid in California, riding before she could even walk and showing as a youth along with her mother in the Western all-around events. She is an extremely accomplished rider and highly decorated showperson (a World Championship & Rookie of the Year titles amongst them). Robyn’s can-do attitude, intelligence, and work ethic have served her well in both equine competition and work. Robyn was also part of Team Australia for the World Equestrian Games in 2018. In this episode, I talk to Robyn about WEG, competing, anxiety and the journey with horses.

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Episode 14: Let’s talk procrastination and overwhelm!

Overwhelm and procrastination is something that we have all dealt with at one time or another. Developing skills to negotiate it effectively is really important to ensure that we don’t stay stuck and repetitively cycle through unhelpful emotions. In this episode, I talk about my own experiences with overwhelm and procrastination and how I found my way through to the other side!

Episode 13: Making a Comeback & the Problem with Being Positive

When it comes to returning from injury, there are several narratives that are commonly talked about which I consider to be wildly inadequate when it comes to dealing with injury and trauma- “think positive” is one of them. In this episode, I talk about the returning from injury, the problem I have with the common rhetoric around it, and the necessity for it to be a visceral exploration of pressing reset for the body and mind in a way that is supportive and comforting.

Episode 12: Finding Your Point of Balance with Kathy Price

In this episode, I am talking with my fabulous friend and energy worker, Kathy Price. Kathy works with a technique called Point of Balance, which applies to both horses and humans alike. We were in California together recently and I took the opportunity to snaffle her and record this episode together. I hope you enjoy it!

Episode 7: Supporting children in training & competition

The practice of radical self-acceptance is one that I am actively engaging in to allow to move forward bravely and to ensure that I am avoiding indulging thought processes that might hold me back or stop me from doing the things that I want to be doing based on fear and self-doubt.

In this episode, we discuss how you can begin to practice radical self acceptance for yourself and the positive ramifications it has on your life and your partnership with your horse.

Episode 6 – The Anatomy of Riding Anxiety

Anxiety both in and out of the saddle is such a common mood state to experience- and while you are in the midst of it, often completely overwhelming! Whilst the experience of riding anxiety is prevalent, understanding why and how it arises is vital in order to find a solution that is going to work for you.

In this episode, we discuss the anatomy of anxiety so you can better understand how and why it happens and what’s more, how to deal with it.

Episode 5 – Self- Sabotage & Success Thresholds

Ever felt held back by the fear about what other people might think? Stopped yourself from putting yourself out there, entering that competition, or stepping up for fear of the ramifications? This is the episode for you! In this episode, I chat about how we self-sabotage and limit ourselves based not only on worries and concerns, but on our self-imposed limit of how much “good stuff” we can handle.

The principles I discuss are really important understandings to have to ensure you don’t keep hitting your own glass ceiling and create habits and practices that limit the success of both you and your horse. 

Episode 4 – 6 Steps to mentally prepare you for competition

Serious about enjoying and getting the best out of you and your horse in competition? Of course you are! The secret is to pay as much attention to your mental preparation as you do being physically prepared.

In this episode, we run through 6 steps to mentally fortify you and get you prepped and primed for competition.

Episode 2 – Focus, emotional busy-ness and working memory

Emotional busy-ness is something that we all dip and out of periodically, but if we aren’t mindful of how we are managing our focus and creating space in the day for downtime and reflection, it can become our day-to-day modus operandi. Not only does this cause us to carry a feeling of “rush” with us, but it also impacts our ability to stay present, to focus on the task at hand and to be able to manage our mindset under pressure.

Emotional busy-ness also has immediate consequences when it comes to working with our horses. If there’s one things that’s essential, not only to your mindset, but to your ability to be responsive as opposed to reactive as a trainer and rider (and as soon as we get in the saddle or pick up on the lead rope we are both of these, whether we formally identify with them or not) it’s the ability to be present. Emotional busy-ness pulls us out of the present and positions us mentally in the past or in the future, depending on the thought process at the time. There are many ramifications of this training wise; in this episode we talk about how mind clutter affects your working memory and in turn, your ability to focus.

Episode 1 – Dealing with the feeling of not being good enough

Let’s talk about the little voice inside your head that tells you you’re not good enough! The feeling that you are somehow not worthy, deserving or good enough are the top players when it comes to limiting beliefs and there’s a tremendous sense of liberation that can come from understanding that these beliefs aren’t necessarily specific to your experience alone- they are part of the HUMAN experience.

In this episode, I talk about limiting beliefs, the belief system cycle and the impact they have on your riding and on your life.

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