109 How to Master the Mental Side of Horse Riding - Sport Performance Video By DAVID CHARLTON
Posted 03/18/2022 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

109 How to Master the Mental Side of Horse Riding

Today’s guest Maria Jeffers has a background in psychometric testing and is the Business Development Manager for AQR International role, who holds the licensing for the 4C’s Mental Toughness model.  Maria has a passion for mental toughness as well as horses.  In this episode, we discuss how mental toughness applies to horse riding and the challenges of parenting a child who enjoys competing on her horse. 

Key Takeaways

  • Psychometrics are popularly used in recruitment to objectively understand candidates more.
  • An individual or group's Mental Toughness as a personality trait, through the questionnaire, MTQ Plus can be measured.
  • What someone is thinking is invisible yet has a big bearing on their behaviour.
  • Mentally tough people are more adaptive when coping with stressors and challenges.
  • Horses will very easily pick up if their rider is stressed.
  • Parents can often influence how their children feel when they’re riding a horse.
  • The rider and horse are a partnership.  
  • How you talk to yourself and your horse is a skill that can be developed.

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