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Why do I forget my dressage test?

The question I get asked more often than any other is - "Why do I forget my dressage test in competitions?" The answer is usually because of something called state dependent memory. Memories are laid down in our minds with a unique chemical signature and also an emotional charge, depending on how we feel at the time. Research has shown that memories are best retrieved whilst in the same emotional state, and in the same context or surroundings - that they were laid down in. Studies have even demonstrated - that students who take an exam in the same classroom in which that they were taught, did significantly better than those who were examined in another room. When we learn a dressage test i

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