The Conundrum Of Conditions
When do you ride your best? Do you even know? many athletes cannot answer this question, no matter the sport, and i find it curious. if we are always striving to do our best, how is it that we don’t know the conditions under which we perform well?
begin by examining your performance record Hboth at home and at showsI to really answer the question of when you ride your best. knowing this component is powerful because it not only gives you a place to start but also a course to follow to continually improve. The number of times i have seen a rider come out of the ring from a great test and not be able to tell me why it went so well is overwhelmingly high. They say something like: “it was my horse,” “it was the full moon last night,” “it was the oatmeal i ate for breakfast,” or something so distant from the self, you wonder if they rode at all.
part of that comes from our cultural bend toward humility, and that i get, but the ability to own your success is equally important and critical for being able to reproduce it. So begin to populate a list of what you do well. cover as many areas as possible because so much goes into a great ride other than what you do in the saddle or in the ring. This should be a living document of sorts because not only will it take you days to connect with and remember them all, but you want to continually add to this list as you add new skills.
To read more from sport psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser, visit dressagetoday.com.