Do you have a mantra? Many people use mantras today in their meditation, work, and life. Have you ever thought about applying a mantra to your riding? Mantras can be highly effective tools and you can take advantage of them to help improve your riding, training, and showing experience.
A mantra can be as simple as a single word, or it can be a short phrase. During meditation, repeatedly speaking your mantra can help you to relax and focus your attention. Mantras aren’t only for meditation, though – mantras can use the power of positive thinking to improve your outlook, confidence, and emotions. Mantras can be powerful tools.
The trick to a mantra’s effectiveness is its relevance to your particular situation and goals. If a mantra is not relevant or doesn’t “hit home” with someone, it won’t be as effective as another mantra might. Mantras should also be positive – rephrase negative statements like “I won’t fail” into positive ones like “I will succeed.”
Mantras can be applied to your riding in many ways. You can use a mantra before you mount up to help focus yourself on the task at hand and quell any nervousness that you are feeling. By using a mantra at a show you can remind yourself about how prepared you are before entering the show ring. A mantra can also remind you about how much you enjoy riding and why it is that you ride, helping to keep you positive on show days when things don’t go quite according to plan.
To come up with a mantra, first think about what it is that you don’t like about your current situation. When you go to shows, are you unfocused and distracted by the activity while you’re in the ring? Are nerves detracting from the quality of your everyday rides? Maybe you have particular position issues that you’re trying to fix, like dropping more weight into your heels or keeping your shoulders back.
Next, decide what it is that you need to focus on or think about to improve the situation. If you’re suffering from nerves, try a mantra such as “I’m a good rider and I’m well prepared for this.” To keep yourself from being distracted in the show ring, a mantra such as “My horse and I are all that matters right now” can help keep you focused on the task at hand. “Enjoy the journey” may be the perfect mantra to help wash away your frustrations during a training or showing ride.
Regardless of what mantra you choose, keep the phrase short and easy for you to remember. Repeat it to yourself (ideally out loud, but mentally is fine, too) while working in the barn or preparing for a ride, while mounting up, while riding, and after a ride – use it during whatever times you need it to keep yourself focused and positive. You can even create different mantras for different situations. Your riding mantra will put the power of positive thinking to work for both you and your horse.
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Original Source: http://blog.classic-equine.com/2014/03/mantras-and-riding