No matter what the equestrian discipline, using NLP will have a positive impact on you and your relationship with your horse. NLP explores the relationship between thought and behaviour and enables you to think, communicate and manage yourself and your horse more effectively. The creators of NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder explain:
Horse riders and horse lovers get stressed and anxious for various reasons.
You may have been hacking out perfectly confidently all your life, but you've had a recent equestrian accident that left you injured physically or emotionally or both.
Or you may be an accomplished rider but you can no longer handle the stress and fear of failing when competing. Nothing surprising there, we are all familiar with that sickening feeling.
Or maybe you are a beginner, and the whole size-of-the-horse, distance-to-the-ground-thing is causing mind-numbing panic-attacks.
Or you were forced to face the fact that as we get older we just don't recuperate as well or as fast as when we were younger and that accidents can have more lasting repercussions.
You still love horses and would love to be able to ride and handle your horse with confidence but you no longer feel able to do so. I know exactly how you feel; nervous, worried, terrified, frustrated, helpless, useless and depressed. It took me a very long time to get back in the saddle after a nasty fall. NLP helped me develop an effective mental strategy that got me confidently back into the saddle.
There are few more debilitating experiences for equestrians than a loss of riding confidence.
Your horse may be a grand champion, you may be an excellent, world-class rider, but if you've lost your confidence all these things are perfectly meaningless. Nothing destroys self-confidence as effectively as fear, whether grounded in reality or not.
Feeling nervous when handling a horse or riding is nothing to be ashamed of: riding is a risky sport. 26 out of 100,000 equestrian accidents will result in serious injury (according to a survey in Horse & Rider magazine, November 1999). Although this may be quite a small percentage, a significant number out of the 26 cases will unfortunately result in death.
However, excessive anxiety can be paralysing and humiliating. This fear needs to be addressed ASAP, because in time, it will only get worse. This is where NLP comes in.
From experience I have learnt that whatever it is that you want to achieve with your horse and your riding, you have to exercise you mind with as much diligence as you exercise your body (and your horse!).
First of all you have to get rid of the fear and frustration that has been accumulating over days, weeks and months. Only then can you start to rebuild your horseback riding confidence: by exercising your mental muscles regularly and purposefully.
Your mental fitness determines how efficiently you learn and how easily you remember new information and master new riding skills. NLP is an integral part of the Exclusively for Equestriennes residential workshops. Dr Montegu uses Neuro-Linguistic Programming as a toolbox that enables her clients to identify and understand the elements of outstanding performance and then reproduce a similar performance in themselves. Using NLP Dr Montegu has helped horse riders to overcome a wide rage of problems including escalating anxiety before a competition, loss of self-confidence after an injury or a fall and much more. Combined with equine-assisted experiential learning, NLP can give dramatic results in a very short time.
The Definition of NLP
Neuro: Each individual has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing the millions of bits of data being absorbed through the senses. Our mental map of the world is constituted of internal images, sounds, external and internal sensations, tastes and smells that are formed by our own individual neurological filtering process.
Linguistic: We then assign personal meaning to the information we receive from the world outside. We form a second mental map by assigning language to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness.
Programming: The behavioural response that occurs as a result of neurological filtering processes and the subsequent linguistic map.
"NLP cannot be dismissed as just another hustle. Its theoretical underpinnings represent an ambitious attempt to codify and synthesize the insights of linguistics, body language, and the study of communication systems." Psychology Today
No matter how you lost your confidence, even if it was due to a serious equestrian accident, you can easily rebuild your confidence during an Exclusively for Equestriennes residential workshop in the sun-drenched south of France. HOW?…by implementing the mental strategy that I used when I completely lost my riding confidence after a debilitating fall. This well-tested mental training program has worked, without exception, for all my students.
My e-book, Horse Riding Confidence Secrets, and my e-courseSupreme Self-Confidence for Equestrians will help you put the principles that you have encountered at our residential, hands-on workshops at Le Manoir du Mont Aigu, my farm in the heart of the wine-lands in the south-west of France. Belle, my Friesian mare and Beau, my Lusitano stallion, will be on hand to guide you with enthusiasm and patience to reclaim the confidence and enjoyment you have lost. I can only accommodate a small group of people at any one time so your learning experience will be personal, intense and life-changing.