"Be grounded in the present and keep a soft eye on where you’re going."
Many trainers suggest using a ‘soft eye.’ I apply that same philosophy to my work with riders. In doing this, one sets an intention on the goal but stays in the present, thus optimally preparing both horse and rider for what's coming next.
FIRST: BE PRESENT
Horses are in the present all the time; it's imperative for us to be there too, both on the ground and in the saddle. Being present let’s us shed our stories, worries or distractions. Anything that’s not in present time will interfere with our enjoyment and performance.
NEXT: SET AN INTENTION
To get anywhere, there must be an intention of where it is we want to go. Whether it’s from fence 3A to 3B or from the Adult Amateurs to the Amateur Owners, articulating what we want is the first step to setting an intention and determining the path get there. There we can keep a soft focus on the destination.
Reflection is both intellectual and intuitive—it’s important to get information from both your gut and your mind. Take a look and feel of that last round or the last show. What ‘clicked’? What didn't? What got in the way? What facilitated? Use this information to refine your plan.
HOW I WORK : THE DETAILS
OUR FIRST TALK
Let’s talk about what you’re wrestling with. I want to hear about your goals and what you feel is getting in your way. Our initial meeting also helps us both get a sense if we want to work together. If I feel I can help you, and you would like to move forward, then we will make an engagement plan. If I don’t feel I’m the right resource for you, I will do my best to offer you other resources. The initial consultation is 30 minutes on the phone, free of charge.
We can work on the phone, via FaceTime, in my office or on site, depending on location, availability and the need.
My rate is $250 per hour. Please inquire regarding packages, day rates and group seminars.