How to Take Command of Your Training Sessions

Most notable high achievers today (whether they are athletes, business experts, influencers or another type of guru in their industry) report that visualization is a cosmic tool behind their success. Visualization is the creation of mental images, in which you are also processing a concept or idea in a visual term. You are turning your thoughts into a picture.

You can literally use visualization to conquer negative beliefs or fear. Negative beliefs and fear lead to poor performance or training sessions, in addition to having a cynical effect on your attitude. We can implement visualization to relieve the stress from our minds and bodies while building up our positive beliefs, confidence and frame of mind.

With such great benefits, and literally no risk, why aren’t we using this in our horse training and our rides? This is a FREE tool for you and your horse. Our training sessions have been craving the effects of visualization, especially for any of us who experience fear when riding or working with our horses. We have access to visualization to catapult our confidence and make our rides that much more enjoyable and possibly even relaxing. Let’s take the stress out of our hobby and find a way to thrive.

Using visualization, we are more likely to create plans that are honed to the level of our own abilities, as well as each horse’s individual capabilities in the current time. We design realistic plans as a result.

If I can’t picture the results I desire, I am less likely to achieve the outcome I’m yearning for.  Visualization will prompt us to show up prepared with the knowledge and physical tools before we actually begin. That alone produces a more fluid and efficient assembly.  I visualize segments for each horse, as my objective for each horse is different.

Before executing visualization into my training program, I would basically just think words like “I will teach my horse to side pass today” and go about this “plan”, stumbling along the way. I’d start under saddle and then remember that I hadn’t refreshed side passing from the ground in quite some time. I would need to get off and possibly even grab different tools, ruining the flow not only of the session, but of the energy. Skipping visualization did not mean I was unsuccessful; however, it did not support the quality of superior goals and success I aspire for. Visualization gives me stronger preparation and more confidence, therefore I start my session fully ready and am more than likely going to reach my goals every time.

​Whatever those reasons may be, I’m throwing them out now. Let’s get started.

Start by focusing on one step at a time:

1) How do I want to feel when approaching my horse? What does that look like? Am I smiling? Am I comfortable?

2) How do I want my horse to feel during our greeting? I like my horses to present curious and interested. What steps can I take to increase the chances of my horse being interested? What does it look like?

3) How do I want to feel during the session or ride? I seek to feel patient, calm and in learning mode myself. Now I practice visualizing what that looks like and imagine how it feels, before I physically start a session. To eliminate frustration, I visualize each step of the skills I will be working on with my horse, how our progress advances, and how we feel during each step.

4) I also take time to focus on how I want my horses and myself to feel after a training session or ride. I strive for my horses to feel successful and visualize part by part what that looks like.

I started out by visualizing the task of backing my truck up and hooking up to my horse trailer. A chore that I knew I would get done, but that sometimes brings upon frustration. After a home run, in one shot, I knew I needed to continue to practice visualizing my tasks.

The BEST part about visualization, is that ANYONE OF US can implement this and gain results. Not only in horsemanship, but everywhere in life where we are eager for MORE! It’s not difficult. You just have to take the time to try it.

More tips to begin visualizing: 

How To Use The Power Of Visualization To Create A New Reality (mindvalley.com)