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Riding for competition or for pleasure can be the most exhilarating feeling in the world. When things go well, all is right with the world.
But, when things go wrong it can be extremely frustrating, leading us to doubt ability and knocking our confidence - fear or anxiety get the better of us, making us tense. We end up trying too hard and mentally beating ourselves up. If you're a nervous rider, it can be so frustrating when your nerves get the better of you.
We know we want to go to the next level - whether it be dressage, x-country, show jumping, polo, endurance, driving or simply hacking - yet our 'mental blocks' stop us moving forward.
What We Do
Negative experiences, like a fall or a refusal, can create 'limiting beliefs' about ourselves. Our brains constantly look out for similar situations in order to avoid them, protecting us from harm. It creates negative emotions and generates certain [unhelpful] behaviours, like automatic responses, in an attempt to stop us riding, and so avoiding danger.
At IRS we help clear away those limiting beliefs, negative emotions and unhelpful behaviours using proven techniques including: NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Time Line Therapy.
Once your emotional baggage is gone, you free yourself from old patterns of behaviour, allowing you to do the things you've held yourself back from.
Does It Work
Absolutely! Vicky Smith heads up a very experienced team at IRS and was herself a nervous rider for over 20 years, eventually confining herself to the indoor school as she was too nervous to hack out, or compete.
She was able to completely overcome her fears after using these techniques. She freed herself and her very bored horse, Ted, from the indoor school and now gallops along beaches, canters across open fields, competes at Medium level dressage and fulfilled her lifelong dream of jumping a x-country course.
She has successfully been working with nervous riders for over 8 years, helping them to surpass their own dreams.
As seen in British Dressage and Your Horse magazines!
I just wanted to say thank you again for the course it was really interesting and helpful, especially in an event that happened a couple of days ago. I was on a hack with a couple of friends and we were trotting along a field when one of the horses got too excited and started to go sideways and backwards. However, there was a ditch filled with water behind and the horse slid backwards into it with her rider. The rider managed to scramble up from the ditch but the horse was stuck. Long story short we had to call the fire and animal rescue service to get her out and spent 6 hours in A&E. Luckily both horse and rider are fine and are resting for a few days. It was a very terrifying ordeal but when it happened I used the breathing exercises you taught me and used my anchor in order to focus on calming myself and everyone down and concentrating on what needed to be done. So thank you so much for your help.
E Thorne University Student