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 in a relaxed state in a familiar arena - it’s going to be more difficult to retrieve that information when we are stressed out and anxious to perform well - and in a strange place.
Added to that – when you’re stressed and in “Fight or flight” mode - your brain kicks out of clever thinking and into reflex...
Some thoughts about brain training and hypnosis to resolve this fear as well as the other factors involved in helping you to overcome this.
As a Hypnotherapist and Sports psychologist and ex Riding instructor I’m passionate about helping riders to put the fun back into their riding.
I also have a lot of tools in my toolkit - which gives me a unique perspective when I work with riders from novice to professionals, in the comfort of an armchair to retrain their minds and overcome their fears , or recover their confidence after accidents or injury, and improve their sporting performance
So I’d like help you today if you have the - fear of being out of control.
And I think we all have this worry to a certain degree - after all in our sport - our partner is half a ton of horse - with a mind of his own – who can also be scared or excited.
So how do you overcome this fear?
The solution is often to be found in how you came to have this fear in the first place and every person’s fe...