Thursday, 28 September 2017

A good case for saddle time vs. screen time!


"Mr Smith, I think for the sake of your daughter's well-being, you should invest in a horse..."

Reading an article about the effects smartphones and social media have on us, I‘d say the science is confirming that uneasiness many of us have our ever-present screens.   "There's compelling evidence that the devices we've placed in young peoples' hands are having a profound effect on their lives - and making them seriously unhappy." (Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" Dr Jean Twenge. The Atlantic.)

Study after study finds that the more time and teens spend looking at screens the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Teens who spend the most time in off-screen activities, especially with friends (the real, face-to face kind), report being the most happy. So, young riders, get to the barn! (and afterwards, sit on bale and yak with the other boarders.)

"In the next decade we may see adults who know just the right emoji for a situation but not the right facial expression".

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Coaching riders and… buying watermelons??

Had a little chuckle in the produce section yesterday J

Hmmm…the process of choosing just the right melon includes the 3 things I consider in choosing just the right solution to offer a horse and rider!

LOOK- We scan the melons comparing one to another - any flaws? I scan horse and rider-looking for resistance, tension, conflicting aids 

LISTEN I'm not sure what tapping the Melon is supposed to do but I do it anyway!
I've learned to listen to my riders more than I did as a younger coach. Does the point of the exercise make sense to you?? Describe what you're feeling-any frustration?  Physical limitations or even pain?  What are your long term and immediate goals?

FEEL- I feel the weight of the melon, picking it up. Checking for soft spots
“May I get on your horse?” Actually feeling the horse may lead to an AHA moment. Resistances, oversensitivity, subtle evasions, an unbalanced or uncomfortable saddle.
Look, listen, feel. Good coaching wisdom.

 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. The Bible (James, chapter 1)