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The crisis of the genre – how to regain confidence?

“It would be better if I knitted or went to cooking classes!” – who in our hearts did not say anything like that after an unsuccessful riding lesson. This reaction is quite natural – there are periods of failure for everyone, even professional athletes, so at such a moment it is important not to fall into despondency and follow the useful tips that we offer in this article.

The crisis of the genre – how to regain confidence?

Bad dancer
Perhaps you think that weak physical fitness is preventing you from succeeding in the field of equestrian sports, or, applying all your strength, you follow the instructions of the coach, but you still feel that nothing is working out. Finally, your horse often thinks that simply jumping with his head thrown back and shying away from the birds is much more fun than moving in the assembly, doing the elements, or overcoming obstacles. However, the most annoying thing happens when you finish the workout, without being depressed about the stable with the horse, but stretching out on the ground. There may be many options, but one result: you are upset, angry, you are ashamed and want to fall through the ground. We all went through this – the difference in character: someone will gather and, with clenched teeth, will continue to train, and someone who has a bad experience will forever discourage the desire to ride a horse. What to do when hands are lowered?
The crisis of the genre – how to regain confidence?
Aphorism of success
Tip one: look to the future optimistically. All of us, being human beings, are pretty much fixated on the negative. Open any newspaper, turn on the news, and it will become very obvious. Such a phenomenon has its own explanation – without fear for one’s life, without healthy caution, evolution would be impossible. However, in our case, a negative attitude only hinders. Every time you start scolding yourself while riding, remember that moment when you were driving really well. Let it be a week ago or a month ago, the memories are vague, or you found a thousand excuses why everything turned out perfectly that time – it doesn’t matter. Throw unnecessary thoughts away and concentrate on the positive – in the end, it was you who did everything with a bang.

Quiet with yourself …
Second tip: maintain a constructive dialogue with yourself. After an unsuccessful workout, it is very easy to become disheartened and start accusing yourself of all mortal sins – it was you who were in the saddle, is it all your fault? Before you crouch in a corner in tears, try the following. Imagine that you are a teacher and teach at school. Every time when students are mistaken, you call them brainless, mediocre, lazy, advise you to quit everything and not to go to school anymore. Sounds silly? Not at all: in the saddle you are your own teacher, and if you treat yourself that way, you become an innocent student who just learns. Find something in the ride that you can be proud of – perhaps you keep cool, don’t get annoyed or re-sit in the saddle after a fall, or, overcoming fear, again and again go to the barrier or perform a complex element. In any case, make your inner teacher praise and cheer on the inner student.

Analyze it
Third tip: connect your head and put everything on the shelves. Now that your inner teacher has stopped mocking a student, it’s time to work. Analysis of driving after a workout is required and is an integral part of productive work, even if you drive only a couple of times a week. This well helps keeping a diary, and from the third person! Without observance of this rule, you can easily slip back into self-flagellation and record cues such as “I didn’t succeed again,” “I am a nothing,” and so on. When you treat yourself as an instructor, it forces you to analyze the result and not just scold yourself (for example: “The horse leaves for a reason. This is because Katya (you) weakly sends her with a shenkel and constantly pulls her mouth. Accordingly, you need to work harder with your foot and gently recall the occasion “). Make a plan of action: set goals and directions for further work. Small steps (even if you have to start from scratch, to return to the saddle after an injury or a long break) will help to gain self-confidence. Do not be lazy and write down your thoughts – they will help you keep track of mistakes and be more relaxed about yourself.

The crisis of the genre – how to regain confidence?

There is a contact!
Tip Four: Do not close yourself in – more communication. Practically in every stable you can find like-minded people, discuss problems, ways to solve them and understand that you are not alone. Of course, first of all, your friend should be a coach. Make sure that he understands what is happening, demands from you what you are capable of, does not force you to do something beyond your capabilities, but at the same time, at the right moment, insist on it and push it in the right direction. If you don’t talk to anyone, you have a huge world called Internet.

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