Three simple tips to transform the February Funk to Focus and get on track to achieve your horsemanship dreams.
As I write this, it is below zero with extreme wind chills. Not exactly inspiring weather to get out and ride!
February is always a tough month. Gone is the excitement of the holidays, and January’s energy to new year’s resolutions has been sapped away and frozen. Did you know that by February over 85% of people have given up on their new year’s resolutions? While the days are getting longer, February has an energy of exhaustion. We are tired of winter. We are tired of cold. We are tired of snow. Simply, we are tired.
If you keep your horses at home, I feel you. After feeding and chores on a frigid February day, I want to do is thaw the icicles out of my hair and eyelashes, put my frozen feet in front of a heater and wrap my popsicle fingers around a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle under a blanket and not come out until June!
Then I look at the calendar, and see that show season starts in three months.
When is it too cold to ride?
Well, if it is so cold that your nostrils clog shut as soon as you step outside, it might be too cold to ride.
The truth is that most of us use the cold as an excuse.
In this video I share some tips and considerations for winter riding-so that you can keep making progress towards your horse goals even during wintry weather!
Do you ride in the winter?
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Horsewomen I work with list lack of confidence as the biggest barrier to achieving their dreams.
Whether your lack of confidence is caused by an accident, a change in life circumstances (like becoming a mother!), or simply the realization that you are not immortal and don't bounce like you used to, the result is the same.
Horse activities that were once your dream, your passion, are no longer fun. Instead you might experience sweaty palms, upset stomach, shortness of breath, intense fear and anxiety. For some horsewomen it becomes so terrible that they no longer want to ride.
You may have been told to just get over it, and get back on the horse. Or that all fear is caused by a lack of knowledge, so to fix it you just need to take more lessons. You may have even tried many different things to get your confidence back, but nothing seems to help.
If this is you, don't despair. It doesn't have to be this way!
Hi, I'm Chevy. I'm a Mama to two adorable cowboys, a Farm Wife helping manage our herd of Hereford cattle, I prefer to be horseback whenever possible, I have a passion for horsemanship and helping riders learn the mental skills they need to get gritty and go after their big horse dreams.
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