Learning to Maintain Focus

Q: I have 2 riders that have trouble with the last jump of a course. How can I help them keep their concentration throughout the course? Dr. Carrie Wicks: Encourage your riders to begin their mental focus for their lesson or round when they are getting ready to get on, rather than just before entering the ring. Rider’s can appoint a particular action, like putting on their helmet or boots with beginning to increase focus and attention. Suggest that they purposely connect with the horse as they ride to the ring, blocking out other stimulus including chatting with friends. Be careful not to make small talk with your riders as you are getting the lesson or warm up going. Instead, ask them about

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