View Full Version : Super advice on building confidence by Lesley Stevenson

Apr. 10, 2011, 08:39 PM
This is a really interesting series of articles she's been writing. I really love the concept of confidence deposits and withdrawals, and her discussion about basics and balance is exactly on point.

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Apr. 10, 2011, 11:20 PM
Hah thats funny, we always talk about my horse like a video game. One good jump gets us one magic coin, but one bad jump takes 3 away, so having one more good jump wont get us back to where we started, it takes a couple good ones to replace the damage from the bad one. Its a good way to think about things with young or unsure horses, because its easy to assume that one bad fence might not make a huge dent, but it really can, and if you let the next one be bad too, and the next, you risk them getting so discouraged they dont want to play anymore. I know if I have a bad fence, I need to do more than ride the next one well, I have to over ride it a bit and then taper back down to normal.

Apr. 11, 2011, 05:10 AM
I agree, it's a great concept.

Years ago my 'super-awesome-worlds-best' trainer used the analogy of making 'trust' deposits. She said if I wanted to make a withdraw I'd better be sure there was enough in my 'trust bank' to cover it! It's one of the (many) tidbits she taught me that I pass on!

Apr. 11, 2011, 10:24 AM
*great* article and concept... Have been letting maresy get away with far too many cr*ppy transitions lately and it's not like it's hard to get a good upward from her. Downward is another matter...

Apr. 12, 2011, 03:45 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm glad you liked it! BTW I do take requests for topics. :)

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Apr. 17, 2011, 08:14 PM
For those who liked that one, here's another on using visualization techniques to improve your riding:


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