Healthy Riding Tips: Help with Overcoming Fears

Dr. Karen Sharf offers exercises for getting over fears.

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Comment by karen S on February 10, 2009 at 9:21am
Tori. That is a great question. If you practice the counting at another time during the day when you are not riding, perhaps while sitting, doing the dishes or walking, your mind will begin to strengthen and you will be able to concentrate better. If you practice this enough, later when you are riding, your mind will recall the sensation you achieved from the counting, and you will be able to go to that place in you rmind and recreate the focussed sensation you achieved earlier when you counted. In that way, your mind is trained and prepared, and you can move forward as you concentrate on your riding. I hope that is helpful. Let me know.
Comment by Tori Joyce on February 10, 2009 at 8:01am
Hi Dr Sharf,

I really like your video and I think the counting would work if you don't have to concentrate on riding! I have fears when jumping, just as I approach the jump. I couldn't do the counting exercise as I'm already concentrating on so many other things such as the next fence, my stride, quality of canter, approach route etc etc.
Do you have any further advice?

Many thanks

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