Have you ever woken up to realize that your alarm clock didn’t go off and you are now running quite late for your ride?
Did you go into a panic, trying to get everything done as fast as you can? Throwing things around, speaking fast or yelling only to forget where you put your boots or keys? Then do you arrive late and blame it on your alarm clock?
How did your horse react when you were like this? Do they get upset, refusing to co-operate and generally behaving out of character?
Or did you focus on working efficiently?
When something like this happens, do you ask yourself what absolutely has to be done to be ready on time? Do you plan each move ahead so you know where everything is minutes before you need them? Do you focus on your breathing so your thoughts remain calm?
When you approach your horse do you continue to work efficiently? Do you focus, plan ahead and work quietly and calmly when you are grooming and saddling?
We all know that goal setting and visualisation has such positive affects on equestrian competition results and equine business profits but do you also meditate?
Scientists have proven that regular mediating increases the ability to
- remain calm under pressure
- keep your short-term memory intact (so that you remember where your boots & keys are)
- increase empathy (creating a deeper understanding of how your horse thinks).
If you meditate regularly (or know someone who does) and can add to these horse-related studies then please let me know.
We are working with a scientist who is conducting some research in the equine industry and we will forward your details onto them.
Maybe you think you don’t meditate, but know you behave like the second scenario? There is a good possibility that you have another similar technique you use. We would love to hear about it!
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