Riding with Your Mind (for horse lovers everywhere)

This is the core of an article I co-wrote recently for the Riding with Your Mind Magazine. It’s about the concept of using your emotional and energy state to be effective when working with horses. It also applies to being around people and dogs! The Mary referred to is Mary Wanless, the originator of ‘Riding With Your Mind’. The ‘voice’ is Nicky’s. Being present on purpose – By Nicky Smith (Riding With Your Mind teacher) and Jen Tiller (NLP Trainer, Reiki Master, EFT Practitioner, Buteyko Breathing therapist) A group of riders I teach challenge me to talk on a different subject each month in the form of a dismounted lecture/ workshop/ discussion group. The subjects chosen are those close to their hearts, from where they are on their journey. Some of these have been on safe subjects like the rider’s framework, enabling me to lift all the info out of, “For the Good of the Rider”, others are more challenging. One such subject was, ” being present”, what does it mean and how do you do it ?. In her dismounted workshop’s Mary talks about staying present to the situation, of being in flow and about running mental rehersals to improve your confidence and your performance. This subject is tricky ,as like many other riding skills you either have it or you don’t and the other side of the coin is outside of your experience to date or your imagination. So you either are present and so don’t know what the issue is or you are not ,or not often, and don’t know the way there. In situations of...