As you may know, I've been working with a mental coach and trying to deal with some fear issues I've had.
Working with Sommer Christie has really made a difference for me over the past couple of months. She's helped by giving me tools to work with so I'm much less likely to go fetal when something goes wrong on course.
Mental performance coaching is not just for the elite level athlete (clearly, I am not an elite level athlete.) Amateurs can definitely benefit from this kind of work. In fact, I would argue we need it as much if not more than professional athletes do. After all, they are more used to risk or competition nerves or distration than we are.
Horse Junkies United recently posted this fabulous interview/video of Guru/Canadian eventing Coach David O'Connor being interviewed by Stepahnie Rodes-Bosch. The topic? Getting ammie riders to the instinct level and improving their mental game. (Click to read Part 1: How Winners Are Made.)
Check it out!