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Can Equestrian Life Coaching Help You To Become A Better Horseback Rider?

Jan 12, 2008
Do you have a secret horse riding dream that you never had time or inclination to pursue?

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence. -Pam Brown

Then it may be time to enlist the services of a personal life coach that work exclusively with equestrians. A life coach who can share your horse riding dreams, work with you towards it and celebrate with you when you achieve it.

Your equestrian life coach is your horse riding cheerleader.

A life coach offers you support and commitment, and use specialised professional skills to provide inspiration, motivation and encouragement. You will greatly benefit from life coaching if:

You are a beginner, whatever you age, and this whole-distance-to-the-ground, why-does-he-go-so-fast, I-want-to-get-off-now thing is getting the better of you

Or if you had an unfortunate encounter with some errant hooves, teeth or a telephone pole

Or if your horse bolted for the first time ever and tried to rub you off on a fence

Or if you are getting older and are starting to doubt the wisdom of riding at your age

Or if you are frustrated because it feels as if you are making no progress with your riding whatsoever

Or if your riding performance suffer horribly from competition nerves

Coaching is a professional partnership between you and a qualified coach that encourages and supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on the goals you have set. It is a form of experiential learning through conversation. The focus of the conversation is on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce well-defined outcomes.

The quantity and quality of results depend entirely on how much effort you are prepared to put in. Some people have major breakthroughs in the first session; for others it takes a little while longer. Everybody works at their own pace.

Common benefits people equestrians can expect from life coaching include:
Better performance during competitions
Improved sense of direction/focus in their riding
Increase self-knowledge/ awareness of themselves, their surroundings and their horse
Improved ability to relate to their horses and better understanding between horse and rider
Increased motivation (especially to muck out on a cold winter morning)
Increased ability to handle change and cope with horse riding challenges
The ability to master riding skills faster, making the riding experience more satisfying

Life Coaching mostly involve coach and client either meeting face-to-face or during a telephone conversation. Due to the time-deprived and demanding lives that we live these days life coaching has evolved to fit into our busy schedules in the form of e-coaching.

E-coaching is personal life coaching by e-mail. Equestrian e-Coaching is a fantastic, flexible, low-cost way to receive the wonderful benefits of life coaching. Its main benefit is that you can work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own home. No fixed appointments or deadlines hanging over your head. E-coaching is ideal for horse riders and horse owners who are already seriously stressed for time.

Horsemanship is not merely a matter of bodily skills, but is based on scholarship and, therefore, is a matter of the mind and intellect. Good horsemanship is based on proper character development and, therefore, is also a matter of mentality and spirit. Without the correct attitudes and insights, there cannot be the right sport. -Charles de Knuffy
About the Author
Dr Margarethe de Clermont is the author of the e-books "Ride with Supreme Self-Confidence" and "Letters to Lady Belle, my Friesian Mare" and edits the Equestrian Inspiration Newsletter about the mental skills needed to master the art of horsemanship. Subscribe at her website www.equestrian-life-coaching.com to receive your FREE 7 day e-course. Visit her bookshop at www.browse-ebooks.com
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