My Story

Originally, I’m from Warrington in Cheshire (although I’m old enough for it to have been in Lancashire on my birth certificate). I went to local schools and had riding lessons at Croft riding centre in the 1970s. I remember the ponies well – Taffy, Joey, Skippy and my own favourite bad-tempered mare, Nutmeg.   I […]

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Time for a new career?

I’ve had to consider the question, ‘Is it time for a change of career?’ many times. I’ve made career leaps from scientific researcher to lecturer back to researcher to teacher to NLP Practitioner and now Trainer. Within each career, I’ve changed jobs and moved countries and never regretted a thing. I do remember the dilemma […]

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PTSD in horse riders

Riders put themselves under such pressure to do well, even when the pressure manifests as fear and PTSD. What is PTSD? PTSD takes make forms and is often quite individualised, two people who experienced the same traumatic event(s) may not have the same symptoms. The mind often packages information away that is highly traumatic, however, […]

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Three simple keys to boost rider confidence

How then do we boost rider confidence? The part of the mind that we need to work with, the unconscious (aka subconscious) mind, is key to building confidence and enjoyment from out riding. This part of the mind literally has a mind of its own! It has set ways of doing things and left to […]

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How to release the pressure you put on yourself

Many people make the analogy of the mind as a computer – even NLP (neurolinguitstic programming), has that term ‘programming’ in it! There are those that have fabulously quick hard drives, providing answers that are lightning fast. Then there are others who have magnificent hard drives of high intelligence and vast data bases of knowledge. […]

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Negative thinking: 7 ways to limit and remove it

Whilst positive thinking, affirmations and mantras go a little way to help us limit and remove negative thinking, they are easily overridden by our unconscious minds and we revert back to the negative mental chatter once more. The changes we are striving to make can only have permanency if we decondition the unconscious mind by […]

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Do horses know what we’re thinking?

Do horses know what we’re thinking? Over their evolution and domestication, horses have never lost the ability to read others and their minute changes in body language. As herd animals they require the innate capacity to read others’ intentions before an event. When you were cantering, thinking of trotting, your unconscious mind communicated your thoughts […]

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For all those who’ve ever felt broken

When the Japanese mend cracked or broken ceramics, they mend it with gold laquer. This is called kintsugi or kintsukuroi. This style of mending pots embraces the flaws and imperfections, even highlighting them. There is a belief that when something has suffered damage and has a history, a past, it becomes more beautiful and more […]

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