Welcome to My Equestrian Life, with me Charlotte Christopher. I’ve been coaching riders for more than 20 years and it has always intrigued me why progress comes more easily to some riders than it does to others. Why some riders are filled with confidence while others can become overcome with fear and anxiety, why some riders progress easily while others plateau and why some riders thrive under pressure while others crumble. It is these very factors that have led me to study both NLP and psychology. By combining my knowledge of NLP and psychology with my experience as an equestrian coach I have been able to work with riders to help them build strategies for positive long-lasting change. Helping riders build a fulfilling and successful equestrian life.
Psychology affects every aspect of a rider’s life. Its affects how we learn, how we train and how we compete. Many athletes attribute 90% of their success to psychological factors, so for riders wanting to improve and progress it’s a factor that can’t be ignored. Psychological skills such as imagery, goal setting and self-talk can have a hugely positive effect on rider performance.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and how can it help me be a better rider?
We may not be aware of it but our underlying values, beliefs and past experiences hugely impact our behaviour and our everyday actions. We constantly receive millions of pieces of information through our 5 senses., to allow us to process this information it gets run through filters that distort, delete and generalise. This process helps us navigate through life with ease. If we had to consciously process everything we would struggle to get beyond our own front door! However, this process can sometimes lead us to internalising unhelpful beliefs and internal representations that negatively affect behaviour. The techniques used within NLP can help riders to address these limiting behaviours and beliefs, helping riders build confidence and develop a more positive mindset.
I run regular workshops and ridden clinics click here for details
One to One coaching sessions help riders develop a better mindset and achieve their goals
My Equestrian Life Journal will help you plan, identify your strengths and weaknesses and set goals for you and your horse.